When it comes to wallpaper, ever find that you are bamboozled with choice yet nothing quite hits the mark? Hmmm?
Balk at the thought of another season of woodchip? Well, I am in the throes of redecorating my living room after a horrendous leak way back in January and it has got to the point now where I am sick to the back teeth of looking at the same old bland wallpapers for my feature walls. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, so to that end, I have decided to put together a list of the best places to find that perfect paper to give your walls back their zzzzzzzzing!
To begin at the beginning. There is a problem with the availability of good wallpapers of a reasonable price so to help; I have split this guide into three categories:
‘Low-price bargain-fanciers’’, the ‘Fair to middlers’ and ‘Wowser, I need to take out a loan’. Just skip down to the one that most describes your needs. Part two will cover the more expensive options…
The low-price bargain fanciers’ guide
B & Q. Very disappointing (I hate their website, it’s so un-user friendly) but they have lots of useful info for dummies who can’t paste a bit of paper onto a wall and confusingly, they give you a chart of symbols to help you decipher the symbols they created to help you understand the wallpaper – confused?
However, I managed to pick out one or two cheaper reproductions of the more expensive ones I have had my eye on and they do sell some British Design Talent prints as well as some Wayne Hemingway numbers. However, there are couple that are ticking the box, albeit in a rather weak soft pencily way that is barely visible (see below).
This statement Kristen Flock paper is lovely and comes in at £39.98 per role.
Basso and Brooke Soma wallpaper at £24.98 per roll is crazy and busy and might just do my head in, but I loves it (I am thinking I might go and get a sample and frame it for a funky piece of wall art!)
Contour Geo wallcovering (below) – I like this Mondrian-inspired number but it would need to be restricted to one feature wall.
This City Scape paper (below right) by is an absolute steal at just £16.98 a roll – totally cosmic and very on trend with the illustrative style – love it!
For retro meltdown, try this seventies inspired uber-cool paper in chocolate and orange (below) – if only it was scratch n’ sniff paper! Again a snip at £16.98 a roll.
Ok, so that was about it from B & Q but I’m pleased to report that thankfully the lovely people at Graham and Brown are trying to do something this shocking lack of tasteful papers about. If you are after a mid-level price paper, try these beauties for size…
The Fair to Middlers’ guide
If you want a bit of something different, the Frames wallpaper by Taylor and Wood is pretty funky. You can add your own pix and make it totally individual.
I have also discovered the fabulous designs of Erika Wakerly – such as this delish Waltzer print – I’m totally in love with monochrome geometrics at the mo – have a look at more of her designs at The Farnsworth Design Studio.
They stock all sorts of lovely papers but I have my peepers on Graham and Brown’s Eclectic Birdcages paper (£30 a roll)
Another lesser known darling of the wallpaper world is Susy Hoodless whose delicious spring collection has my mouth watering. Here is a selection of my own personal faves.
Ok, so to avoid an information overload, I will end here but get your wallets at the ready for part two – serious wall candy extravaganza awaits you!
Ok, so I am a writer by trade, but heavens above, I am LOVING the new typographical textiles and interiors inspired by the written word and the quirky anime-style illustrations to be found imprinted across furniture and wallpaper.
This is not a new concept and many textile designers use words and doodles to inject a dose of cartoonish creativity into their designs. But there is a new focus on fresh and quirky art such as this fab wallpaper from Graham and Brown, called Scape.While Cole and Son’s range by Italian designer Alberto Fornasetti is so beautiful and unique.
Emily Readett Bayley has become well known for her ‘posh graffiti’ and with the likes of Banksy commanding millions for his quirky and somewhat political statements, this rough and ready, spray painted look is set to be hot in the world of interiors this year (though if you are like me, your home is already stuffed to bursting with little adages, quirky illustrations and celebrations of writing).
In the latest issue of livingetc, they have showcased a number of wonderful illustrative items inspired by arty doodlings.
Another designer to catch my eye is the oh so fabulous Deborah Bowness. She creates these wonderul photo real prints on fabric and wallpaper – which will make a stylish addition to any home. I am currently coveting the book images for my office – I can but dream…