Wallpaper is back in trend?
How many of us grew up in homes or apartments that had their walls covered with wallpaper prints?
Not many, depending which year you were born. I was born in the early 70s and during my childhood years, I had seen a fair bit of wallpaper covered rooms. The repetitive designs were somewhat monotonous but fast forward another decade, I hardly recall seeing any homes, schools or government buildings with them. It just vanished…not literally but something one would consider ‘old fashioned’ and only found in certain commercial establishments. The wallpaper revival wasn’t anticipated until the last decade as it slowly but surely made its presence felt again.
The trompe l’oeil trend in 2017 changed all that and traditional gravure was somewhat superseded by digital wallpaper printing. Any designers can turn any high-resolution images into a wall mural with ease. Graphic illustrators now would be able to present their work on another medium. With the ability to continuously print using large format printers, designers no longer have to put up with repetitive patterns. There was a good article by freshome.com regarding this trend. Printable wallpaper these days comes textured too, resembling marble, natural stone, and stucco.
If you are seeking bold colours or look, metallic wallpaper is for you. It presents a luxurious interior that normally befits a penthouse suite in a 6 Star hotel. Interior designers that I had spoken to recently say wallpaper with metallic accents, especially brass and copper tones will be making a splash in 2018.
With a wide variety of available textures to choose from, you could even go further by opting for the sustainable media. Many manufacturers, conscious of the environment, are making inroads in introducing these PVC-free substrates. They are the latest trend in interior décor for both commercial and residential projects.
Made up of approximately 30% post-consumer recycled material, these non-woven and breathable wallpaper, which eliminates vapor lock that contributes to the building up of mold and mildew. And because they ‘breathe’, it makes them a perfect candidate for both kitchen and even bathrooms. They are also tear-resistant, making it less susceptible to tear during installation or removal.
To the discerning interior designers, this trend would compliment your services if working on one-off designs are the pre-requisite for today’s sophisticated but demanding clients. You are in complete control over how the end product should look and feel. Do you need to spend sleepless nights scouring through catalogues just to find something remotely close to what you are after, yes?