Wallpaper or decorative walls are a quick and easy way to create inviting rooms that buzz with vibrancy and personality.
Unlike the days of yore, today’s wallpapers are rich, colorful and interesting, with the latest trends being botanical prints, florals, metallic finishes, bold geometries, stunning patterns, designs and paintings. oversized murals, classics, fun looks and even personalized art prints.
From delicate ferns to vibrant tropical palms, plants have always been popular in wallpaper design and can be used seamlessly in everything from heritage homes to contemporary new builds.
In the garden, flowers attract birds, bees and butterflies with the promise of pollen and nectar and in the house these beautiful buds create welcoming spaces that attract joy.
From delicate daisies, opulent orchids to old English roses in modern and luxurious tones, the Resene wallpaper collection flourishes with ways to add color and good feel.
Floral designs are indeed a timeless way to add softness to a room while boosting glamor.
Geometric shapes, stripes in all their forms, retro patterns and 3D effects – graphic effects of all types – can also be found in the Resene wallpaper collection.
Today’s graphic patterns are eye-catching, but there’s something about the rhythmic structure of a geometric design that’s also visually relaxing.
Large patterns tend to work best on larger feature areas and clean walls that are seen from a distance.
Small patterns make the room bigger, while large patterns make the space feel smaller and more intimate. Vertical stripes and patterns make the walls appear taller, while horizontal patterns make a wall appear longer.
Be careful though, don’t overuse bold graphics by using it everywhere – sometimes less is more.
Meanwhile, murals remain on an upward trend, offering unparalleled visual effects. In fact, oversized patterns, murals, and landscaping have quickly become the ultimate feature walls and look especially beautiful in large, open spaces.
With both murals and illustrative drawings to choose from, they are the ultimate picture wall – outdoor scenes like lush forests and breathtaking mountain ranges will infuse the home with the calming and invigorating qualities of nature.
If you can’t find what you want in the Resene Wallpaper Collection range, or are looking for something more personal and unique, check out the Resene WallPrint service where you can create your own wallpaper from a favorite photo or print. .
Whatever the choice, today’s wallpaper selection is more diverse and creative than ever and it is true that it will affect the mood of a room.
Keep in mind that dark backgrounds and in cool colors such as deep blue or charcoal will make rooms appear larger, soft pastels will add tranquility, while warm colors and loaded designs will add drama, warmth and vibrancy.
Damask and stripes will feel quite formal, florals relaxed and whimsical, geometric architectural and bold, and faux industrial and fun styles.
Wallpaper added to an existing scheme will need to accommodate such things as the rug, curtains, and sofa, while a relatively clean slate means the wallpaper can initiate a scheme – draw colors from the design and find Resene paint colors and other decors to coordinate and complement the room.
Remember to always check the suitability of wallpapers, especially in areas where there is humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
If the wallpaper is heavily patterned, pay attention to other patterns in the room, on cushions, rugs, or curtains.
Use complementary colors and styles rather than competing and go for what you like over the trendy.
Or mix and match wallpapers – many collections offer a range of simpler styles and patterns in a variety of colourways designed to go together.
A plain wallpaper in the hallway, for example, will go well with a pattern from the same collection in the living room.
If low light levels and less than perfect walls are an issue, wallpaper can even be used to help overcome these existing issues.
In a dark hallway or room, choose glossy wallpaper so that it reflects the light around the space. Also consider metallic or iridescent patterns, just avoid heavily textured wallpapers which will appear darker.
Look for textured papers and anaglypta (paintable wallpapers) to cover imperfect walls. If you can’t find the right wallpaper color for your interior, choose a design from the Resene Anaglypta collection and then paint it in your favorite Resene color. This will give you the best of both worlds: texture and the right color.
Heavy patterned wallpapers or those with a layered pattern like a floral on a spotty background, for example, will take the eye away from a dodgy substrate.
Ultimately, the wallpaper choices these days are endless, it’s quick and easy to apply, and one of the most economical ways to transform a room.
Wallpapers can sell out very quickly, so if you like a design, it is best to buy enough for your project and plan for spare parts, as it may not be possible to buy more more. late. If your wallpaper is no longer available, Resene ColorShop staff can help you choose other designs and colors to suit your project.
Get a quick overview of some of the latest collections online at www.resene.co.nz/wallpaper. Be sure to check out the huge range of wallpapers in the wallpaper library at your local Resene ColorShop. Seeing a photograph of a wallpaper pattern won’t reveal its beauty. Many sometimes have subtle visual and tactile elements that must be experienced in person – textured finishes, a variety of gloss levels, embossing, velvet, even grain and pearls. You have to see and feel today’s wallpapers to get the full effect.
Just like you would test a painting with a Resene test pot, you should also test wallpaper. Order a sample through your Resene ColorShop, take it home and pin it to the wall. Watch it during the day and after dark to see how the lighting changes its appearance. If you plan to use it on more than one wall, move the sample to each wall to verify that it fits. If no samples are available, place the wallpaper book on a small table against the wall and move it around.