Monday, February 24, 2014

Wallpaper: The Concrete Collection

I love wallpaper but so often clients look at me with horror if I even utter the word. People have associations, as we all do, with certain things. But it seems like wallpaper is one of the most misunderstood and maligned of interior elements. If you are old enough, you might have a living memory of your mother's kitchen wallpaper that featured repeated bouquets of autumn-colored flowers next to an image of an old fashioned crank coffee grinder... or perhaps your grandmother's bathroom that had a paper of abstract streaks on smoked metallic foil.

Years ago, there was not a lot of choice when picking wallpaper. But now, there is an entire universe of amazing, beautiful, sexy, interesting, chic, luxurious, stylish wallpapers to choose from. There is no need to fear wallpaper. There is little chance of having your kitchen or bath end up looking like something you remember--with a chill--from your childhood.

I have to say I am excited at the prospect of using this marvelous wallpaper product designed by Norwegian professional and commercial photographer Tom Haga. The Concrete Wall collection is the result of photographing raw and refined concrete walls, raw cinder block walls, and even graffiti, in locations across Norway. The photographic images are printed onto a high-quality vinyl, making the paper washable, easy to care for, and easy to install (just use regular wallpaper paste!). And the website says that no pattern is ever repeated! I am not sure how that feat is achieved, but even if one found a repeat, it is still a great way to get that industrial/ urban/ loft look anywhere!

If you want your living room to look like a cool, downtown loft with a concrete wall, this is the product for you!
I will be talking about other types and styles of wallpaper, different manufacturers, and unique applications in a series of future posts.
Stay tuned and happy designing!

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