Our Love Affair with Wallpaper
Wallpaper is back in the good graces of designers and homeowners alike, but this time, we’re determined to right the decorating wrongs of the past. While some of us still struggle with decades of childhood memories of wallpapered pasts, when dizzying prints and pastel florals overwhelmed the walls of our homes, in recent years, wallpaper is back in vogue with a vengeance. Manufacturers and design houses are showcasing some of the most beautiful and stunning patterns we’ve ever seen. So read on, immerse yourself, and partake in this décor affair of the heart and home.
Wallpaper sometimes scares people. The product of years ago was covered in oranges and apples or shockingly bold colour and pattern, which was just plain difficult to look at, or to live with. Today, however, we see wallcoverings reimagined for a modern eye and used with restraint. The latest lend personality and style, without overpowering.
Sometimes we need that little bit more than much-loved paint, in particular spaces, to give them a finished feel and a well styled appearance. Today’s designs add dimension and sparkle,creating a warm, layered look and just the right amount of sophistication, fun, or whimsy.
We urge our clients to see wallpapered spaces as an amazing piece of art or a gorgeous accessory
An exciting company that we are following closely is Creative Matters Custom Wallcoverings. The leading-edge, Toronto firm makes custom wall treatment solutions, which allow clients to incorporate personal touches and unique applications in their homes like never before.
In addition to the handmade, custom contemporary rugs that Creative Matters is well-known for in the international design community, its custom wallcoverings use two distinct manufacturing techniques — digitally printed vinyl, and needle felted polypropylene, both of which are the perfect solution for the designer or client who wants to enhance a feature wall or room with full-coverage wall art.
Digitally Printed Vinyl Wallcoverings
Creative Matters’ digital vinyl wallcoverings are specifically made for a particular area in a home, office or retail location. There are many advantages to digital vinyl — it can be produced in a matter of weeks, and sample production takes only a few days. The digital process allows for an infinite number of colours and flexibility in the size of pattern repeats.
The Westside Project
Needle Felted Wallcoverings
With its excellent acoustic absorption properties and soft texture, the needle felt technique adds warmth to any space.
There is an innate sophistication to a needle felted wallcovering because of the layered fibres that make up the felt. As well, soft gradations and painterly designs can be captured exquisitely through a process that permanently interlocks fibres to create a soft blending of colours.
The Andaz Project
Designed by Creative Matters for Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, The Andaz Project (above) included headboard wallcoverings in the hotel’s rooms and a map of Canada in the elevator lobbies.
So, before you start this love affair with wallpaaper in your home, consider these few style tips to help you select from the many available options…
Choose texture over print
Use on an accent wall
Use in a smaller space
Go for vintage
Feature image (at top): The classical vintage look of the hallway of The King Edward Hotel, designed by BedfordBrooks Design Co.