With all the current talk of maximalism elbowing those classic Scandinavian clean lines to one side, I was thrilled when I came across this wallpaper company which sells modernist designs in a riot of colour patterns which sort of marries the two ideas – lots of colour and pattern in geometric patterns.
And remember, just as with paint, there are so many different ways you can use wallpaper that doesn’t mean it has to be scary. One that I’m desperate to try (but haven’t quite got The Mad Husband on board yet) is a wallpapered ceiling. It’s a way of being really decoratively bold in a restrained way. After all, unless it’s the bedroom, where you have your eyes closed most of the time anyway, you are very rarely looking directly at the ceiling.
The key is to choose a pattern that isn’t floral – as that often tends to go in a vertical direction and doesn’t work on the fifth wall. These abstract patterns are perfect. If you have a picture rail then bring the paper down over the top of the wall to meet it. Just as a ceiling paint that flows over the wall makes the room look bigger as it blurs the edges, so wallpaper will do the same thing. Bring it to meet a subtle plain plain (or a vibrant one if that is your look) and you will mostly be seeing the paint not the paper.
The other trick is to wallpaper all four walls but only halfway up. You will need a dado rail to finish this off though. That said I didn’t have one in my office and I just nailed one on at the appropriate height so it’s not a deal breaker if you don’t have one.
If those ideas are too much for you but you’d like a little bit of pattern then why not paper the back of a glass front cabinet, or the back of the bookshelves. That way you won’t see too much of it but you will know it’s there as an extra detail.
Now all you have to do is work out which pattern is right for you.
The wallpapers cost £145 a roll from Jupiter 10 and are all printed on fibres from sustainably managed sources using the most environmentally friendly inks. They are free of PVC and glass fibres.
The company was founded by Bruno Basso & Christopher Brooke who began their career in fashion becoming known for their digital prints. In 2009 Michelle Obama wore one of their pieces and they were one of the first UK labels to be worn by the former first lady. Jupiter 10 was set up to take their creations into interiors and they have worked in hotels, bars, boutiques and private home. There are three modernist collections and one stripe.