Panoramic scenes, graphic prints, artworks and archive designs, it's easy to make an impact with the latest wall-coverings.
Take the rolling meadows, clipped garden rows and dense woodlands of the English landscape as your design inspiration and it’s easy to slip into twee territory. Not with Cole & Son. Its Botanical Botanica collection stamps flora and fauna across 15 handcrafted wallpapers, each in colourways that reflect the seasons. While head of design Carley Bean describes it as an ‘ode to nature, depicting its innate beauty and the magical allure of its transformation through the year’, it’s a rock ‘n’ roll take on wisteria, sweet pea, fern and maidenhair to us. Highlights include Topiary, a watercoloured geometric featuring ornate parterres, and the Art Nouveau-style Bluebell (below).
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Panoramic wallpapers are having a moment and it’s the French furnishing houses that are leading the charge. Joining supersized offerings from Pierre Frey and Casadeco, a new collection of 72 designs from Élitis spans Japanese-style water lilies, misty mountain landscapes and Bauhaus-feel prints on raffia, linen, straw and silk backgrounds. Our money’s on sunbeams for instant wall wow factor.
Nordic-cool gets a nod on Morris & Co’s recent collection. Based on William Morris’ journal entries from his 1871 Icelandic expedition, pure north includes embroideries, fabrics, and archive wallpaper designs, all recoloured to reflect the neutral hues of nordic landscapes. Scandinavian scenery from the comfort of your sofa – what’s not to like
Take any image and blow it up to fill the space from skirting board to ceiling and suddenly you have walls with serious statement style. Surface View is a dab hand at this, and its recent edit, Greenhouse, sees historical botanical drawings from archives at the Royal Horticultural Society, New York Botanical Garden and the V&A given new life as dramatic wall panels. For 18th-century high drama, go for Ludwig Czerny’s Winter Garden Antoine Mural (below). From the Royal Horticultural Society collection at Surface View.
The team at Black Edition first encountered the work of Katsutoshi Yuasa at the Surface Cutting exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts in 2016. Fast-forward a few years and the textile studio has announced the launch of an entire collection in collaboration with the Japanese woodcut artist, translating his washi paper artworks into wallcoverings, decorative prints, upholstery weaves and sheers.