Narissa, Riviera and Azari. Whilst you could be forgiven for mistaking these as the latest in celebrity baby names, what we are actually talking about is wallpaper designs. Think wallpaper and you may experience flashbacks to your grandparent’s home back in the 70’s and 80’s. Are you wincing at the memory of that psychedelic, geometric “flower-power” print pattern in the living room? A time when orange tones prevailed and way before orange became the new black?
Well, times have certainly changed! Wallpaper is making a comeback and is shrugging off its stigma as old-fashioned and uncool. What used to be very much “out” has reinvented itself and become the cool kid on the block once more. No longer just the domain of upmarket boutique hotels or trendy hospitality spaces, bold statement designs allow you to add an element of visual interest and create a focal point for any room in your home. Replacing painted accent walls, wallpaper, as it is today, gives you the freedom to incorporate texture in clean, sleek and fun new ways. The choices of beautifully crafted designs seem endless and range from rich floral themes understated geometrical patterns to the outright whimsically fantastic. Apart from versatility, the great thing about wallpaper is also its durability.
Wallpaper was first used in China in 200B.C. As the Chinese passed this knowledge to othercultures, the uses and methods of making paper improved with each generation and as other cultures added their own touches.
There are some key attributes that make wallpaper an incredibly viable design option:
- Washable – many wallpapers are able to be lightly sponged using a clean, lint-free cloth with some warm soapy water. This can be incredibly useful in high use areas such as living rooms and dining rooms, and even more so if you have little kids in the house!
- Stain Resistance – as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and are sensible about it, most wallpapers show no significant change after stains have been removed. Depending on the pattern and colours, this can easily hide many of the telltale “wear and tear” signs on a wall.
- Colourfastness – wallpapers tend to have the great ability to resist a change in colour or caused by exposure to light.
- Removeable – some wallpaper ranges are designed to be able to be removed “dry”; that is, without steam or water. Think of this as a “sticky” wallpaper which means that when you no longer like or want it on the wall you can simply peel it off. These tend to be “non-woven” with a mix of both natural and synthetic fibres. The texture and feel of these are sometimes different, so do your homework and decide what’s best for the space you had in mind.
Internationally renowned designers in your home
Whether you are after a contemporary or traditional look, the Porter’s Paints Wallpaper collection features both local Australian and international designers who have created beautiful works that translate into stunning wallpaper.
Their inspiration comes from nature, historical references and innovative modern forms, resulting in bold designs and beautiful colours. It’s important to know too that Porter’s paper is printed locally by specialised staff on their own wallpaper press using premium quality paper.
Here is a selection of some of the beautiful wallpapers on offer:
Matthew Williamson is world-renowned for his highly recognisable signature aesthetic.
A master of print, embellishment and kaleidoscopic colour, the collections reflect a refined yet spirited sense of glamour, inspired by global and artistic influences, including his latest, Durbar which conjures up images of India with a vibrant, contemporary twist.
Cole & Son was founded in 1875 and remains one of the most famous Wallpaper brands in the market Over the years Cole & Son has provided wallpapers for many historic houses including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament and continue to produce innovative and beautiful designs.
These designs are on display in Porter’s stores, including the new Ardmore Collection.
Ardmore is a charming and stylish new range of wallpapers and borders in collaboration with Ardmore Ceramic Art, celebrating African traditions and culture.
The Designers Guild business philosophy is to combine creativity and innovation with the highest levels of quality The studio, headed by Tricia Guild, has produced designs from such diverse inspiration as Eastern decorative art, Italian architecture and classical documents.
Porter’s stores have both the Jardin des Plantes and the Majolica collections on display.
Finally, if you can’t find what you want from the large range of colours you can ask Porter’s colourists for your own custom colour! The skilled colourists at Porter’s have the ability to match any colour you wish and create custom wallpapers to your specifications. Note that for this there is a minimum purchase of 10 rolls and set up costs may apply.
To see exactly how wallpapers will work in your home, sample swatches are available to order online for a small charge. All Porter’s Paints Wallpaper samples are 0.5m × 0.5m.