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Wallpaper has long been used to not only beautify walls, but to fix them too.
The Chinese are credited with inventing the first wallpaperrice paper pasted onto walls can be traced back to the Qin dynasty. Eventually smoother linen fibres replaced rice so that painting and printing became easier.
Wallpaper then travelled to Europe in the 15th century with wood blocks made by hand. By the industrial revolution, the sky was the limit: iridescent paper and faux-leather options could now be created by the endless roll, which took it from aristocratic rooms to walls everywhere. Its ability to beautify, yet also hide cracks and offer up better insulation meant wallpaper was widely used in both the smallest and grandest of spaces to help improve, smooth and trick the eye.
In these rooms below, small and large, wallpaper works its magic to hide flaws, lengthen a spaceor simply make the design pop.
The powder room was quite large so the deep colours helped make it feel more intimate, says Chad Falkenberg of Falken Reynolds Interiors. The client's interest in electronic music was the driver for us suggesting the graphic patterns.” This beat-inspired green design is Salzburg by Jupiter 10.
Hazel and Brown Design chose this wallpaper for its neutral and luminous palette that adds additional softness to the bedroom space. Its long, vertical lines provide continuity with the adjacent full-height windows and window-coverings, while also obscuring the lines of the concealed door to one of the room’s ensuite bathrooms. Architecture by Patrick Warren of Frits de Vries Architects.
In this small condo, original developer plans included this niche for a seating area with TV. I suggested we change the layout and create seating, says Negar Reihani of Space Harmony Interiors. In order to anchor the seating and give it more weight (and make it feel more cozy), we put the navy blue wallpaper, Meditation Weave by Philip Jeffries, in the alcoveit matches the velvet seat and makes it feel like a much bigger seat than it is.
“I love to wallpaper powder rooms,” says Aly Velji of Alykhan Velji Designs. “Theyre like jewels in a home and you want to surprise people when they walk in so go bold with your choice.”
This custom world map wallpaper (printed on white) was inspired by the fact that the owner of the condo is a globetrotter so it felt like a perfect choice, says Negar Reihani of Space Harmony Interiors. Also, personally, I love having wallpaper on all walls, but when the clients are more comfortable with having wallpaper on only one-wall, then I would to go with statement piece wallpapers.
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