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Everything that’s old, is now new again

On Jan 01 2015
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  • Residential Property

In his latest column for, interior designer and judge of The Block Darren Palmer ...

In his latest column for, interior designer and judge of The Block Darren Palmer talks about the rejuvenation of wallpaper.

With the advances in technology that have come since the 1980s, who should be surprised that manufacturers have been able to devise non-woven bases for papers? This means that the base of the paper does not split into layers as it’s removed, with some parts sticking to the graphic and others sticking to the wall. The non-woven base means that the base of the wallpaper is intact when you remove it.

Non-woven wallpaper isn’t your only friend when it comes to wanting texture or pattern as well as colour for your walls. Vinyl wall coverings also allow you to apply and easily remove with a possibility of reuse if you’re careful. The word vinyl has so many 1980s connotations but there are many options from faux silks, woven grasscloth paper looks to textured ethnic patterns to faux animal hides, the array is near endless and there are options to suit most styles, tastes and spaces.

A Personal Favourite

At the top of the list is Elitis sold through Seneca textiles. I’ve used so many of the Elitis vinyl coverings over the years, they’re featured on almost every second page of my book, Easy Luxury.

Another favourite is Ralph Lauren. They have a brilliant array of florals, traditional patterns like herringbone, hounds tooth and pin stripe as well some interesting interpretations of periods like art deco to give but one example.

When it comes to covering your walls, don’t just think of giving them a lick of paint, think about how you can give your rooms another layer of interest by exploring your world of wallpaper options.

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