Interiors Q&A – adding wallpaper to your home
Dear Andrew, I would like to liven up my home by using some wallpaper, what are the current trends?
Wallpaper has had a revival in the last few years after falling out of fashion in favour of plain painted walls. The use of wallpaper adds another level of detail to an interior and can also help to soften a room. The trend over the last few years has been to use wallpaper to create a feature wall in the home, but we are also now seeing a return to fully wallpapered rooms.
This year we have seen lots of colour emerging in all aspects of design and this is also true of wallpaper. There are some wildly colourful wallpapers available now that will add impact to any room, if you are slightly nervous of your choice use the bold colours in a room you don’t often use – a rich red wallpaper in a dining room is a good example of this. The Bolas wallpaper below from Tres Tintas would look amazing if lit well at night.
In addition to colour there is also lots of new textures now available in wallpaper, Osborne & Little have a great range of flock wallpapers that add texture to any interior, and they are colourful too!
If you are feeling brave Timorous Beasties is a supplier with some very daring large scale designs. Their London toile wallpaper looks initially like the Toile de Jouy wallpapers of the early 1800s but actually features scenes of modern urban London. This would be a great choice for use in a cloakroom. Floral patterns are still very big but often in a more abstract larger scale than previously available. Different finishes in wallpaper are also now available and some are even suitable for us in the bathroom.
When choosing wallpaper do remember that it isn’t as easy to replace as paint, but the overall effect can be so much more enjoyable than plain painted walls.