Wallpapers are now making a comeback and they’re nothing like what we all remember seeing on our grandmother’s walls.
Since Oprah Winfrey announced on her famous tv show that “wallpaper is back” and reputable Time Magazine described wallpaper as “hip” and the “latest passion” of all interior designers, we don’t want plain painted, boring walls in our homes anymore.
We will try to present below some wallcovering innovations and trends that can help us to add a designer’s touch to our interiors. After reading this article, we won’t see walls the same way ever again.
Abandon the old rules
The popular belief in the ’70s and ’80s was that all four walls should be wallpapered, yet no more than one pattern should be put on the walls. Forget about these standards and norms, they are now gone. Papering every inch of the walls is out. Wallpaper borders are out, too. And what’s more, you are not limited to a single pattern – you can play with patterns and colors in whatever way your imagination permits you.
Take Advantage Of Technological Changes
One of the most dreaded renovation projects for most of us is putting up wallpaper, and maybe even worse – removing it. Anyone who had a pleasure to put up wallpaper in the past, remembers this awful mess connected with trying to maintain the pattern. Removing wallpaper was even more irritating. You had to soak the walls to be able to remove wallpaper in thousands of small, gummy bits.
Today wallpapers are totally different. Thanks to changes in their technology, modern wallpapers are much easier to apply to the wall.We are not damaging the wall itself thanks to sticker-style adhesion. This solution allows also easy removing this type of wallpaper – you can peel it off quickly in one single sheet. Today market offers us a wide range of wallpapers in all possible colors, patterns, textures and materials – imagination is the only limit. There are even such types of wallpapers that can be reusable. Very interesting and useful solution are wallpapers in vinyl or other scrubbable material which we can use in kitchens and bathrooms where grease can be removed easily and steam will not absorb. They will be also good option for households with children who like to express their early art on the walls.
Personalize your walls
We are creatures who like to personalize our surroundings. As in other spheres of our life, we are searching for interesting ways to let our personalities, tastes and hobbies show throughout our interiors – here, particularly through walls. Here are some most important trends which can help you create your spaces in amazing way:
1. Vivid, bold colors
Do not be afraid to go crazy a bit with colors– the brighter, the bolder or deeper the color, the better.
2. Interesting patterns
Oversized geometric shapes, floral patterns and other big patterns gain popularity in wallpaper trends nowadays. Stripes, dots, animals, chequered patterns and kaleidoscope patterns are also extremely popular nowadays. Flowers and other floral patterns, which we all remember well from our grandparents’ walls, are famous once again, but they are refreshed.
3. Tactile sensations
Many wallpaper manufacturers are giving their products unique textures and a multidemensional look. On store shelves we can find wallpapers with textured powders, feathers and even seashells included into printed or hand painted designs.
4. Proper place
Wise positioning is of paramount importance when it comes to wallpapering. The simplest but not the most effective way is to put wallpaper on all the walls in the room. On the other side, you can put a wallpaper on just a single wall, for example behind a sofa or around a fireplace. We can draw attention to the achitecture of a room by puting a wallpaper only on some building elements, like for example a column or an arch. Very interesting solution may be connecting wallpapers with bricks or decorative stones – you can have bricks on the bottom of the wall and above you can put a wallpaper. You can make an eye catching display space for your decorative items, photos by hanging wallpaper behind a bookshelf. Finally, you can put wallpaper even on the ceiling – with addition of some nice lamp, the ceiling can function as the main focal point of the room. The list of possible variations is endless.
Contemporary open-ceiling living room with black faux-tile walls.
As Willian Morris, one of the founding fathers of wallpaper design, said:
“Whatever you have in your rooms, think first of the walls: for they are that which makes your house and home.”