Walls covered, so to speak in our Sunday Business Post column!

Murals and 3D wall covers leave paint in the shade

Wallpaper is an absolute love of mine and I’m really excited with the ways in which it has revolutionised over the past year. We all need to forget what we thought about wallpaper and explore ‘wall coverings’ in all its magical guises.

Perhaps we all got a little tired of Elephant’s breath and slightly lacklustre paints and decided to demand more from our walls? In any event the fabric houses have reworked the very concept of wallpaper using a whole host of new design technology and thinking and the results today amply demonstrate it is not only an inspired and stage-setting tool but practically-speaking, it is flexible, easy to work with and improves acoustics by absorbing sound.

One of my personal favourite styles of wall covering in the SS17 collections are murals, which create a stunning experience. From vistas to exquisite shelving, you can create the most unique and inspired setting and everything can be played with. Murals are the modern day feature wall because of a their ability to dominate a room, you genuinely only need one wall to illuminate the entire room.

 

One of my personal favourite styles of wall covering in the SS17 collections are murals, which create a stunning experience. From vistas to exquisite shelving, you can create the most unique and inspired setting and everything can be played with. Murals are the modern day feature wall because of a their ability to dominate a room, you genuinely only need one wall to illuminate the entire room.

Murals as with other bold wallpapers are great tools to employ in corridors, stairwells and alcoves too. You can go bold and have fun on a wall without it being a massive investment. We love Zoffany's Holkam Bay panel - it was originally commissioned as an oil painting depicting a landscape of vast sands, a sultry sky and a moody sea on a layer of gold iridescence. 

Another exciting trend is 3 Dimensional wallpaper. Arte, a Belgian family-run wallpaper manufacturer have stepped it up a notch with their unique take on wall-coverings. They call it Thermoforming, which is the process of using heat to press a design into a fabric which results in a luxurious satin sheen that reflects the light back into the room. It is pure luxury and irresistible to touch. They have numerous designs ranging from graphic, leaf and even faux panelling which is intriguing to look at and proving very popular.

A major benefit of the 3D wall-covering is the fact that they are sound-suppressing. Its all about using a the combination of materials that will influence the acoustics in a  room in a positive way and is often used by designers for its absorptive effect.

Good surround sound systems have become the norm in modern homes. We are also opening up our homes to make them open plan so noise has become a real issue. Now let's imagine our living room with stupidly funky wallpaper where we throng around in our J Brand jeans dancing to One Direction and no one outside is the wiser!

Metal Madness

One trend that just keeps evolving is metallic wallpaper...pure luxury through and through this look adds a touch of glamour to any room. Don’t think shiny walls instead think natural wallpaper with threads of bronze and gold running through. Opulence with a natural edge.

The key is not to overdo it. Tone it down and keep the shimmer to one piece - be it wallpaper, carpet or soft furnishings. Too much and your house will end up looking like a sad and empty nightclub.