In the past, wallpaper was not so much for decoration, but mainly to cover up damp spots or cracks. Wall paper has a long history. Carpets were used along the walls in the Middle Ages, wallpaper was then embroidered on this for centuries with typical Oriental carpet motifs.
In the middle of the 18th century, wallpaper manufacture was a complete industry, especially in England and France. The most expensive varieties were painted by hand, and the largest companies attracted famous artists. The Netherlands also had a wallpaper factory in Hoorn, set up by minister Cornelis Ris. Around 1800 there were dozens of wallpaper painters at work in our country.
It is precisely this rich past that is a source of inspiration for today’s wallpaper makers. Because the wall paper is suddenly indispensable in a contemporary interior. The production techniques have been improved in such a way that no effect is too crazy anymore. Metallic, rich Japanese motifs, wall murals or illustrations from the 18th century: everything is possible.
The four most important wallpaper trends at a glance. Flora and fauna have of course been popular for years and that will remain the case next year. The motifs only become more cheerful and playful: insects, tropical flowers and colorful birds brighten up the room. A special plant for it and the picture is ready.
Plain wallpaper is completely out. Shapes, style elements such as a large diamond shape or water-like stripes should be used. As with the flowers, one wall or part of a wall is the maximum. The colors are much calmer. Again often a combination with a lamp or cabinet in matching shape.
A third trend includes marble and wood effects, often indistinguishable from the real thing. If you would like a brick wall but have to make do with concrete: this effect can be imitated wonderfully with wallpaper. Many wallpaper even has a relief so that it cannot be distinguished from the real thing.
Finally, the wall paper in the beautifully refined Japanese style. Swimming koi carp or deep blue with a crane on it. Printed in such a way that it looks like textile. Actually more art than wallpaper! So we are back in the eighteenth century. Also in terms of exclusivity, because the prestigious British brand Cole & Son sells rolls that cost more than a thousand pounds.
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