The latest trend in wallcoverings is to give walls seductive touch-me texture, or textured effects.
Some people are even hanging rugs on their walls to give them texture and to make a room feel softer and cosier.
Here are a few new season wallpapers we're excited about...
1. WOOD WALLS
Turns out, you’re only ever a hand-carved, engineered Italian walnut wood 3D tile away from a room with bountiful texture and touchability.
These beauties are by Fameed Khalique, but see also Aldo Cibic’s birch line for Inkiostro Bianco.
While we’ve rarely encountered any wicker that we didn’t like, its latest incarnation as wall cladding is stirring new levels of lust. Drop-dead-divine Parisian showroom Atelier Vime is, as ever, leading the charge with superb floor-to-ceiling panels, while a new wallpaper line from NLXL and Studio Roderick Vos features a covetable cane-webbing effect...
2. PLAYFUL SCANDI
The new school of Nordic decorator is proving that Scandi interiors aren’t all whitewashed walls and pale woods. All hail Pernille Lind, the brains behind Couverture & The Garbstore’s tile-tastic shop.
3. PORTUGUESE WALLS
These walls may look tiled, but it's actually a clever new wallpaper design by Pierre Frey. The design brings a taste of Portugal’s tin-glazed walls home via spectacular scenic wallpapers.
4. THREE DIMENSIONAL
There’ll be no eyebrows raised if you’re caught stroking walls this season, for surfaces are going soft and three-dimensional. Work it with Arte’s Velveteen collection, where relief patterns meet tactile velvet.
5. PAPER PULP
A new line from wallpaper specialist Phillip Jeffries is, at first glance, all pared-back simplicity and monastic whites, yet when you reach out for a feel there’s more at play. Textured surfaces, hard to the touch and each made in the look and feel of weathered concrete, they are handmade from pulp generated from the abaca plant using a technique similar to papermaking. Interesting, yes, but also just very nice to look at.
1925 Concrete Washi II Paving the Way, £97.20lin m, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, phillipjeffries.com
6. BEADED WALLPAPERS
Anthology's latest wallpaper collection features striking patterns are inspired by Brutalist architecture, foxed mirrors and rippling water, while the textures include beaded surfaces and printed cork.
The Beaded Brutalist Stripe might look plain at first glance, but up close you’ll notice that the surface is intricately embellished with beads, giving it a pick hammered appearance. The design was inspired by polished concrete and the multitude of stones that lie within. Edged by a fine highlight stripe when hung, this Anthology wallpaper creates a distinctive panelled effect.
This is Anthology's Beaded Brutalist Stripe
7. PRINTED CORK
Two of Anthology's patterns are printed onto cork, an exciting new material for wall coverings not only for the material’s beautiful aesthetic, but also for its environmental and acoustic benefits. Named after M.C. Escher, the striking ‘ESCHERESQUE’ wallpaper features a labyrinth of tessellations that are digitally printed on natural cork.
This is Anthology’s Escheresque
Meanwhile, at the Surface Design Show, King Kong Design showcased 3D geometric wall tiles that are manufactured from natural cement powder.
Concrete Wall Tiles, Price starting from £350 per 1m2, https://www.kingkongdesign.com
The studio also creates folded geometric wall panels using high quality Canson paper. This handmade origami wall art makes a striking decorative application for walls.
moduuli Paper White Cloud, £495 (150 x 55cm)
9. WOOD FOR YOUR WALLS
Also at the Surface Design Show, Lignosi showcased its acoustic slat wall panels, that bring a calming, quiet, Scandinavian feel while also helping acoustics.
Called Eco-Sound Panels, £189.99 each