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Wonder Walls

Jul 10, 2017 | Design and Decor, Featured

Wall treatments can have a major impact on a space – think fresh textures and new takes on the classics

The faded effect of the Nina Farré Tapisserie from UK-based company Devon & Devon ( creates the feeling of a settled-in space – chic but not stiff

“Even a traditional pattern appears modern and ultra-contemporary with a black and white treatment”

01. Trellis patterns are a total classic. The AF1967 design from the Ashford Toiles range – available through Hertex Fabrics (– is quite busy, so it’s perfect in an uncluttered space like a hallway. Using architectural features to break up the intensity, as seen here, is a smart way to tone it down

02. We’ve seen lots of tropical designs over the last few seasons. But the Exotic Paradise from Robin Sprong’s ( new range by artist Patricia Bruane ( interprets the trend in more toned-down black and white – ideal for nature lovers who want the pattern without the colour

03. Inject some graphic edge into a space with design inspired by street art. This Ink pattern by Wall & Decò (, available from Mavromac (, is the perfect counterpoint to a formal dining set-up. Combined with glamorous textures such as these metallic pendants and classic detailing (see the panelling), it’s a really dynamic and current look



Kelly Hoppen’s Geo wallpaper ( is a graphic option for a light, contemporary look. The big expanses of white help to prevent it from dominating the decor scheme



Ardmore’s Leopard Walk wallpaper from its collection for Cole & Son ( translates ethnic motifs into a clean and symmetrical design. A characterful composition like this works best with unique one-off furniture and period pieces



Graphic and organic at the same time, the Aragon design from The Scarlet Letter collection by Jim Thompson ( – available from T&Co Fabrics ( – is a powerful pattern and an exercise in maximising shades of grey to dramatic effect

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Whether it’s to recreate an element of the fantastical or historical – or an easy way to bring about a hard-to-achieve effect – trompe l’oeil wall effects tell a story





Rebel Walls’ Misty Forest wallpaper from St Leger & Viney ( gives the sense of escape that comes with the outdoors – perfect for creating tranquillity in a bedroom


06. The Treillage wallpaper by Wall & Decò (,available from Mavromac (, creates the illusion and atmosphere of a conservatory without the hassle of growing or maintaining plants. An instant way to bring the outdoors into a living space.

07. Mimicking a Delft tile wall, the Pagoda & Palms design – part of the No 9 Pagoda & Palms collection from Jim Thompson Fabrics ( – owes its realistic effect to the hand-painted design which makes it look like the real thing. Available from T&Co Fabrics (

08. Design house de Gournay is known for its artisan-made designs. The hand-embroidered Wisteria on gilded silk draws on Oriental influences to create a subtly luxe effect. Available from St Leger & Viney (


When in doubt, turn to nature. It’ll never date and goes with any decor style

09. You don’t get more stripped down than untreated pine. And it can go any direction style-wise – contemporary with clean-lined furniture or Scandi cabin with vintage design and craft textiles

10. This guest bathroom by Brian Paquette Interiors ( shows off the graphic beauty of cross-sectioned agate stone with a timeless yet contemporary pattern. The designer has cleverly extended the colour scheme by choosing black taps instead of metallic. A marbelised pattern will achieve the same sort of luxe but earthy effect. This application is also a perfect example of how a busy wallpaper can detract from the smallness of a space

11. The Phillip Jeffries Vinyl Basketry wallcovering from the Tangier collection was inspired by baskets in the Marrakesh souks. It combines durability with a handcrafted feel – the best of tradition and technology. Phillip Jeffries is available from Fabcote (

Add depth and interest with wall treatments that play with mixed materials and multiple layers

12. Eley Kishimoto created Zig Zag Birds for Kirkby Design, available through Romo South Africa ( The metallic finish gives the houndstooth pattern an updated look, which, when paired with panelling is a fresh way of dressing a wall

13. The dark panelling from JVR Architects ( adds dimension and texture by playing with matte and gloss elements, creating a dramatic bedroom backdrop

14. This effective wallpaper from Brewster Home Fashions ( looks like patinated metallic tiles, adding instant age and gravitas

Credit: Ivan Muller Photography, Haris Kenjar, Aupplied, Text: Julia Freemantle

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