Archive for December 2014

Going Green?

WHAT IS GREEN DESIGN AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU? Green design is design that goes beyond what is attractive and functional.  It is design that cares about people and the environment and it is the fastest growing segment in the building and design industry. Green is the word used for the term, sustainable.  Sustainability, […]

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What’s on your walls?

Remember your mother’s kitchen walls covered in baskets of fruit or that frilly guest bedroom with borders of lively florals from the 80’s?  Well, times have changed and, believe it or not, wallcoverings have made a huge comeback the past several years in a whole new fashion.  I’d like to show you some fresh designs on original and even historical wallcoverings that will knock your socks off!

Embossed wallcovering can create an unexpected architectural detail in a room.   This three dimensional pattern below consists of a sponge-like texture that also serves as an acoustic panel.

Arte, Intrigue

Arte, Intrigue

There are endless prints of drawings and art that are now on walls!  This iconic wallpaper by Cole & Son was taken from a 1953 screen print of faux library books in sepia tone.  This cheeky accent wall brings an element of fun with a sense of humor to this refined, clean-line modern study.

Cole & Son, Fornasetti Ex Libris

Cole & Son, Fornasetti Ex Libris

Wallcoverings also come in natural fibers.  One of the most popular and timeless of them all is grasscloth paper.  Grasscloth is a fine woven fiber, resembling linen, that comes from the ramie, jute, or hemp plant.  This type of wallcovering brings the outdoors inside with it’s warmth and natural textures.

Phillip Jeffries, Grasscloths

Phillip Jeffries, Grasscloths

With an array of all sorts of metallic shades and textures, you can really spice up a room with these shiny and vibrant wallcoverings.  Phillip Jeffries has combined the texture similar to that of birch wood with metallic brilliance that lends itself to natural elegance.

Phillip Jeffries, Etched, courtesy of Town Studio

Phillip Jeffries, Etched, courtesy of Town Studio

New technologies in design now offer us innovative ways of producing wallcovering based on digitally printed artwork and photos.   Replicas of elegant moires and highly veined natural stone such as onyx, malachite, and marble can add drama to any room.

ZINC, Surround

ZINC, Surround

There are even more natural materials used as wallcovering such as mother of pearl, mica, and granite.  This vignette, featured at the Kips Bay Show House is covered in Maya Romanoff’s unforgettable Mother of Pearl wallcovering tiles that are composed of genuine, hand-inlaid capiz shells.

Maya Romanoff, Mother of Pearl via Colby Design Interiors, Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Maya Romanoff, Mother of Pearl via Colby Design Interiors, Kips Bay Decorator Show House

I’m guessing that you probably recognize these lovely prancing zebras.  This wallpaper was created by Scalamandre in the 1940’s for the Gino of Capri restaurant in Manhattan.  The Italian restaurant was owned by a friend of Franco and Flora Scalamandré.  The pattern was taken from Flora’s original artwork, with a sprinkle of the fancy safari theme that was popular during that era.  It has been featured in “Mighty Aphrodite” and “The Royal Tennenbaums” along with Kate Spade and Barneys New York retail spaces.  These unforgettable boisterous zebras are now available in many colorways and they remain one of Scalamandre’s most treasured patterns.

Scalamandre, Zebras courtesy of Traditional Home

Scalamandre, Zebras courtesy of Traditional Home

Whether it be color, pattern, or texture, wallcoverings can gem up any interior!

By: Audrey Herbert