From classic to contemporary, sophisticated to playful, wallpaper is back in a big way. Advances in technology mean the choices of colour and design are enormous. Patterns are sophisticated, yet they form part of a wallpaper system that coordinates colours, textures and fabrics.
In these modern times, wallpaper is all about making a statement – a statement that’s no longer reserved for the smallest rooms of the house. Bold patterns, interesting textures, metallics and paintable papers are hot for 2012, but feature walls remain the key trend.
“We’re definitely seeing lots of splashes of wallpaper, but they’re still used primarily on feature walls,” said Wendy Elers of Wendy Elers Colour & Design. “That’s where people can have some fun without going overboard.
“They can individualise their space more through the use of wallpaper. And they can be quite graphic, quite bold. The colours are strong that are coming through, and the patterns are really big and bold.”
Botanicals are still popular, with flowers and plant patterns. From large sophisticated silhouettes to dainty flowers which offer consumers pure glamour or classic sophistication.
While floral femininity remains a strong trend for the season, a moody ambience and masculine persuasions are coming through.
When wallpaper first started coming in it was very floral because women were the ones who were choosing them. Now, there are designs that are more masculine, like bricks, tiles and geometrical shapes.
The combination of geometric patterns and vivid colours typically generates a strong energy, creating a sense of vibrancy without being too overpowering.
Stripes are a hot option, both in bold or softly elegant tones. Grey is a prominent colour, reminiscent of days gone by, but nowadays it is juxtaposed with contemporary hues such as orange, turquoise, mustard green and salsa red. Textures continue to be a trend, with flock papers in fashion. Flocking is a process where small fibres are applied to an adhesive-coated surface, making the paper look and feel like velvet.
Typically, flock wallpapers carry large floral or damask designs. Textures are ideal for walls that aren’t suitable enough to be painted on.
Besides flocking, texture is finding its way onto wallpaper in other ways. For example, grasscloth is sustainable, manufactured using natural fibres of jute, reed and arrowroot, these nature-inspired papers add warmth and texture to a room, whether in a formal or informal setting, in traditional or contemporary styles.
Grasscloth was originally a product of the 60s and 70s, but today’s versions have a broader, fresher look with a more sophisticated range of colours.
Another reminder of the past is paintable papers, which hark back to the days of Anaglypta. Successful in its time, these uncoloured, embossed wallpapers have again surged in popularity.
Metallic wallpapers add decadence to an interior’s colour scheme, generating an opulent ambience with colour accents in golds, rose gold, coppers, rich bronzes, and silver.
With new trends hitting the market, Commercial Interior Design speaks to the wallcovering suppliers you should know.