Colourful, graphic treatments just keep on coming



Wallpaper is no longer content to fade into the background — just try overlooking this Promenade pattern by hip firm Twenty2.

A few years back, when wallpaper became a key item on every home fashion editor’s hot list, you could have been forgiven for thinking it was yet another design trend that would soon fade away.

Instead, wallpaper’s star appears to rise a bit higher by the day. Top contemporary design blogs buzz constantly with news of the latest indie wallpaper designer, and it seems graphic artists are increasingly looking at wallpaper as a medium with great creative potential.

So how do you use the bold new designs in your space? Instead of papering an entire room, many folks are choosing to cover one focal wall (or headboard, wardrobe or other piece of furniture).

A lot of the new designs feel modern, but without coldness or sterility. Nature is a big influence; patterns are bold; colour is key. If you want to get a handle on the electic style of decorating that’s referred to so often these days, you couldn’t do better than to start with modern wallpaper.

While you’ll find some of the product lines the blogosphere raves about are pricey in the extreme, remember the fun of looking through the collections is to draw inspiration from them. Here are a few of our favourite sites to browse:

  • If you want to learn more about the creation of handmade wallpaper, check out this site’s sections on block printing, screenprinting, flocking and more.

  • The ne-plus-ultra of classic wallpaper; even moneyed décor fans need to save up to get just a panel of the firm’s fantastic, gorgeously-rendered, mural-style prints.

  • Beautiful, largely floral offerings from renowned British colourmonger Tricia Guild.

  • This firm carries wallpapers by Clarissa Hulse and Kuboaa; check out the Selina Rose 3-D butterflies.

  • Nature is a huge influence on the patterns from these Danish designers.

  • Flavor Paper, whose slogan is “tasty handscreened wallcoverings,” not only creates absolutely remarkable papers, but does so from its base in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward.

  • Reasonable prices and plenty of fashion-forward lines, including the Drama Linda Barker and Julien Macdonald collections, not to mention the designs the firm now nufactures for Umbra.

  • Wilkinson’s paint-by-number wallpapers manage to be both amusing and stylish.

  • Mibo’s feminine, nature-inspired patterns are beloved by modern home style magazines.

  • Vinyl-free, hand silk-screened papers available in girly patterns.

  • This lineup is limited to five choices, but they’re all great. You even can submit designs for future wallpapers and vote on your favourites.

  • Gorgeous classics that don’t shy away from striking colour and pattern.

  • Intriguing custom products from a Vancouver-based company.

  • If you’ve never heard of Josef Frank, take a look at the master’s absolutely remarkable nature-inspired patterns. Like the work of Florence Broadhurst, Frank’s creations can more than hold their own against anything being designed today.

  • Another Scandinavian design powerhouse.

  • Graphic yet pretty patterns rendered in modern colours.

  • Extraordinary patterns with Gothic undertones.

  • Lively colourways and remarkable patterns with a graphic influence make the husband-and-wife team behind Twenty2 a go-to source for plenty of top U.S. decorators.

  • The firm’s Tiku collection is an East-meets-West, highly decorative line incorporating lots of metallic and giant paisley prints. Their Florence range also contains dramatic offerings.

  • A Hollywood-based purveyor carrying papers by a superb roster of designers, including Flavor Paper and Neisha Crosland. The site’s virtual galleries are eye candy of the highest order.

  • If you’ve never seen patterns created by Florence Broadhurst, the venerable Australian designer, you couldn’t pick a better place to start learning about wallpaper. Design nuts still swoon over her Blueprint collection, with its Japanese influences. The prices can also make one feel faint.

  • Hand-screenprinted offerings that tend to be a bit starker than others on this list; colourways also tend to be more muted.

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