Ahhhh…the joys of picking out a wallpaper pattern. I remember spending countless hours on Wallpaper Direct’s website many years ago; there were so many choices I became obsessed! It was so much fun to peruse the whimsical patterns I needed for my pirate basement (I blame it on my husband), then something more feminine for my pink tiled bathroom. I must have spent a full week revisiting my list of favorites before I actually made a decision and purchased the papers!
So, how do these up and coming wallpaper designers work their magic? Vika of Vika Design in Tyrol, Austria let me in a little on her process!
“How do I design my wallpaper? The design of a wallpaper keeps me busy all day. I work with Adobe Illustrator. Before a wallpaper design comes into being, I have it in my head for the most part. I draw different patterns on paper and transfer it to the computer using Wacom Tablet. I traveled to Moscow and collected a lot of impressions, so my collection was made up of 10 designs. The color aspects are very important. In Europe the wallpapers are very graphic and unobtrusive. Elegant with many pastel tones.”
Needless to say, you can see her patterns are very rich and so much fun!
So, we all know that wallpaper can be an interior designer’s best friend to perk up bland walls, but what about non-traditional uses like the ceiling?
Deborah Von Donop, of DVD Interior Design, says, “This is a great way to add a graphic pattern to your space. The ceiling is often overlooked when it comes to thinking about pattern or color.”
This may not be a new concept, but I’ve also seen more frequent use in recent times along the backs of bookshelves, or even gracing the front of dresser drawers. I’m glad to see more creative uses these days!
Interior Designer, Beth Clark, says, “”Some of my clients are skeptical at first when I mention using wallpaper because they remember the wallpaper of the 80’s. But when they see the beautiful options available now and realize just how much it will add to their room, all their hesitation goes away. I haven’t had a client regret using wallpaper in their project.”
And if you’re worried about the permanent nature of gluing paper to your walls, Sarah Wilson of Chansaèraè Interior Design reminds us, “Wallpaper today is nothing like the wallpaper of yesteryear. It’s easily removed and repositioned. It adds an amazing dimension to your space.”
When I initially started writing this post, I asked several designers for thoughts and certainly did not come across anyone who wasn’t enthusiastic about wallpaper. Cheryl Kees Clenendon says, “I live for the day the question is not what finish you want on your sheet rock walls but what wallcoverings do you want where!”
So, I hope you’ve enjoyed my two-part series on the magic and the making of wallpaper. Now, let’s get out there and go gussy up some walls!