Did it become cheaper to paint? Did it become too hard to rip off wallpaper when we inevitably changed our minds? Or did we all lose our confidence and start playing it safe? Were my parents, in fact, brave and daring decorators?
Whatever the answers, with the seemingly never-ending range of stunning wallpapers out there today, there are no more excuses (and I'm talking to myself here, probably more than anyone!) for not splashing some colour and pattern on our poor Hog-Bristled walls. Of course I could dedicate a whole blog to wallpaper, but here are a few that caught my eye this week that I hope you'll enjoy ...
First up, some hand-painted heaven from the fabulous Fromental:
|Embroidered Nonsuch in (custom) Glacier|
|Paradiso in Kelly|
|Sylvaner in Bolero|
Blue/green wins me over again with another gorgeous and luxurious hand-painted paper, this time from DeGournay:
|Earlham design in part custom colours on Emerald Green painted silk|
While I'm on a roll (pardon the pun) with botanicals & birds, what about some Lorikeets from the always interesting Sixhands:
|Lorikeet in Emerald City|
Or some striking colour and shape combinations from Nama Rococo:
|Chateau 66 in Hot (via Little Willow - no longer appears on Nama Rococo website)|
|Chateau 66 in Kraft (photo by K Kennefick)|
Bring the 30s bang up-to-date with this from Graham & Brown:
|Soprano in Teal|
And of course I couldn't do a post about wallpaper without including Sandersons 50s collection:
|Wrappings in Kingfisher/Red|
More funky, modern shapes from missprint:
|Saplings in Sunflower Yellow with White|
|Little Trees in English Grey and Cotton Trees in Snapdragon Red|
And I just love Lizzie Allen's sense of fun:
You can even create some cool clutter without taking up any floor space with Ella Doran's Stacks and Stripes:
And finally, to a classic I return to again and again - the remarkable and fascinating William Morris:
|via Historic Style|
I got so carried away with all these amazing wallpapers, I nearly forgot to tell you what started all this in the first place! It was the Ikea Family Live catalogue, would you believe, and in particular, this picture:
I just fell in love with this wallpaper and had to know what it was. I did some fairly random and aimless internet searching, then had the brainwave to email the editor, whose kitchen happened to be the one featured. Needless to say, I am sure Lotta is extremely busy and I appreciate that a question about the only thing in the whole catalogue that is not an Ikea product is not quite top of her list. So I resigned myself to never finding out, but was already inspired to write a post about wallpaper.
In my research for this post, I was leafing through a gorgeous book I have - Wallpaper: The Ultimate Guide by Charlotte Abrahams - and what do I find? This fresh, colourful and joyful wallpaper that makes me think of spring is by Josef Frank and is called Varklockor. No wonder I love it ...
|Varklockor wallpaper designed by Josef Frank in the 1940s|
Funny how you find what you need when you stop looking.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Nx
P.S. Just noticed a bit of a bias to UK websites/companies - completely unintentional!