These days wallpaper is on a roll (pun intended). Look for wall coverings that range in design from the dynamic to the demure, from the natural to the photo-realistic. In part, this craze can be chalked up to fashion; prints are hot. And as we so often see, runway trends quickly make their way into the interior design world.
But there is another reason wallpaper is experiencing a renaissance: technology. Advances in digital imaging have made it possible to create complicated designs that were, until recently, impossible to achieve. With digital imaging, design houses can print hundreds of colors and textures that you could not do with traditional screen or block printing methods. Take, for example, Schumacher's new marble prints which were inspired by trompe l'oeil techniques from the legendary decorator Renzo Mongiardino as well as from classic Venetian marbled paper.
Such complex patterns that capture every vein and gradation of color could not have been achieved without digital processing; to the naked eye, these lapis, Carrara and topaz designs look like the real thing. Capitalizing on this new technology, watch for new papers that replicate malachite, snakeskin and even quilted fabric.
Wallpaper can be transformative, particularly in rooms that have little or no architectural detail. The fabulous authentic mother-of-pearl wallcovering pictured below offers a glamorous surface that's at once reflective and iridescent.
Interior Reflections likes to use graphic or textural organic papers in entry ways to delineate the space and create visual interest. If you've fallen in love with a paper but are timid about using it in a big space, we recommend using it in a powder room or bathroom.
Haven't found the perfect wallpaper yet? Call on us! We have a wonderful selection that ranges from colorfully eclectic to the absolute sublime.