Passion for Paper
After years of being out of fashion, wallpaper has made a huge comeback. Amanda Neill, leading Auckland interior designer talks wallpaper and how to use it to update your space.
There were many interior casualties during the minimalist 90's
As we moved forward towards the new millennium our homes
reflected this new futuristic vision. Gone was the colour within
our homes - neutral was the key.
The way we lived changed forever with individual rooms that made
way for open plan living. Clutter was removed and only essential
items were on display.
As we all stripped back our homes we lost a lot of what actually
made our houses our homes, and one of the biggest decorative
features was no longer du jour - wallpaper.
Wallpaper has been part of our homes throughout history but its
widespread use goes hand in hand with technology.
With the invention of wide scale machine printing in the
19th century, wallpaper went from a luxurious commodity
to a commonplace product in our homes.
The current revitalization of wallpaper is also attributed to
our 21st century new technologies. We can now
print just about anything and any design for wallpaper.
We have recently seen some amazing digital prints that look like
We have seen real-life photography used as the wallpaper print
and more vivid use of colour throughout designs as our printers
become more precise and accurate.
We are also seeing wallpaper that has been designed to look like
wood, concrete, tiles or marble, known as the tromp l'oeil style -
or art that creates the illusion of being real.
These styles have been popular throughout history but are now
back in fashion to create impact and break up white space.
Better paper is being used to print on, which means it is a lot
stronger and much easier to hang than in years gone by. As these
new technologies become more available the range of wallpaper on
offer is expanding at a rate we have never seen before.
If you can imagine it, there will be a paper to reflect it.
Many of the design projects we are working on in our studio
incorporate a wallpaper feature both at the request of the client
and also through our recommendation.
Including wallpaper in schemes is a vital one and the choice of
wallpaper affects the mood and style of the room, and may influence
the choice of other furnishing.
The wallpaper itself may be indicative of the function of the
room and will often reflect the inhabitants of the home.
Wallpaper is the most eloquent embodiment of changing interior
There is a paper to suit every home. We hold a large range at
our studio and if you think you would like to include wallpaper as
part of your scheme why not drop by our studio or call us.
We are more than happy to help you find the paper that is right
for you and have a fantastic team of installers that can work to
make your vision become a reality.
Come in and see us today!
"As designers, it is our role to listen to clients and
carefully analyse their needs and preferences. We then translate
their vision into a reality by designing spaces to work in harmony
with their lifestyle and meet their budget and time
Amanda Neill is the lead designer and a renowned colour consultant
at Designworkx. She presents seminars on design
and colour and has also tutored at the Auckland School of Interior
Design. Amanda believes an interior designer's role is to listen
and interpret a client's personality, so that a space is created
that reflects who you are.