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Posted by Harriette Halepis | Sep 03, 2009

All About Wallpaper

Is wallpaper making a comeback? Today's wallpaper is nothing like your grandma's! Innovative patterns, designs, and custom papers make any home pop.

Those Old Wallpaper Days

Wallpaper can be traced all the way back to Renaissance Europe. Historically, wallpaper was created in order to replace the expensive wall tapestries that were so common. As the trend grew, different wallpaper patterns became available.

People enjoyed plastering their walls well into the 1980's when wallpaper suddenly became boring. Wall paintings quickly took the place of the former paper. Drab and flowery patterns simply didn't entice the average consumer during the Eighties - then again, who can blame them?

The Revival

Within the past two to three years, wallpaper has begun to resurface. Modern wallpaper is quirky, colourful, and chalk-full of divine design. As more and more consumers grow tired of regular old paint, wallpaper is quickly gaining in popularity.

Here are some wallpaper designers that you'll want to check out:

  • Ferm Living: this Danish designer has created various shades of papers that you'll love. Black roses, family trees, bustling blue squares - this designer can't be passed up! If you're after something truly unique, look no further than Ferm Living.
  • Flavor Paper: handscreened vintage (or contemporary) wallpaper can be yours when you shop at Flavor Paper. These designs easily jump off of any wall creating an unforgettable space. Take a look at "Fleur de Saveur," "Party Girl," and "Monaco" designs.
  • Graham & Brown: designs from this manufacturer are a bit tamer when compared to Flavor Paper's patterns, but they are innovative all the same. The Eco Collection is soothing and calming, while the Mode Collection is everything that you'll want and more.
  • Olli and Lime: with a name like Olli and Lime, you know that this English designer has fun lots of fun with wallpaper. Billie and George prints are perfect for any bedroom that needs a bit of spunk - don't forget to look at this designer's other bedroom items too.
  • Studio Nommo: Even if you aren't in the market for wallpaper, you must look at these designs! Studio Nommo (an Istanbul design company that works with other designers from around the globe) creates wallpaper that looks like drawings. You'll find cartoonish cityscapes, colourful penguins, whimsical flowers, and many other designs that you really shouldn't live without.

Papering Your Space

Keeping in mind that just because it's called "wallpaper" doesn't mean that the paper you choose has to go on your walls. While surrounding a room with any of the designs you find is a great way to add spice to your home, consider some newer papering techniques:

  • Add an accent wall to a room by selecting a small swatch of paper, and applying it to one wall. Then paint the surrounding walls in a complimentary, or contrasting, color. This works especially well with designs that were meant to catch the eye.
  • Look up towards your ceiling, and think about adding some paper to an area surrounding any light fixture.
  • Paper an object inside of any room for a bit of instant glam. Matching an accent wall to a particularly interesting wallpapered piece is a fun way to change the look of a room.
  • Wrap a bit of your favourite paper around a decorative column. You'd be surprised at the way that some simple paper really makes columns stand out.

The best part about all of these techniques is that purchasing a small amount of designer wallpaper is not as expensive as buying enough paper for all of your walls. Yet, you'll still be able to express your love for great wallpaper designs.

Photo credit: Graham & Brown

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