Wallpaper for interior design


Just a short time spent in your local interior design store and you will soon discover the wallpaper choices available today are plenty and bountiful. And when it comes to designs / complements/ variations in colour palette and quality you could spend several days looking at all there is, and still not find exactly what you want, simply because the choices are so extensive.

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But what is it about this wall covering that has kept it around for years? For some, it is simply the elegance it offers with ease of effort, but for others, it’s a form of artwork, and yet for others, it is a way to combine all the colours in the room into one focal point. With the many ways that wallpaper is used today, one has to wonder if the inventors of wallpaper had any idea that what started off as a way to duplicate hand-painted walls would still be around centuries later. Consider these interesting facts about the origins of wallpaper.

Wallpaper actually began in ancient China, first because the Chinese invented paper, and secondly because they glued rice paper onto their walls as early as 200 B.C.

The earliest European pictorial block prints were religious souvenirs known today as “helgen”.  The oldest known, a representation of the Virgin, is dated 1418.  It is now in the Royal Library in Brussels.  This type of printing method may have also been used by the Chinese as early as the 5th century.

Jean Bourdichon painted 50 rolls of paper with angels on a blue background for Louis XI of France in 1481.  King Louis ordered the portable wallpaper because he found it necessary to move frequently from the castle to castle.  The earliest known fragment of European wallpaper that still exists today was found on the beams of the Lodge of Christ’s College in Cambridge, England and dates from 1509.  It is an Italian inspired woodcut pomegranate design printed on the back of a proclamation issued by Henry VIII. 

Jean-Michel Papillon, a French engraver and considered the inventor of wallpaper, started making block designs in matching, continuous patterns in 1675, and wallpaper as we know it today was on its way.

Wallpaper came to America in 1739;

After World War II, the entire industry was revolutionized with the appearance of plastic resins which offered stain resistance, wash ability, durability and strength.

Of course, one should no longer talk about wallpaper.   Now it’s wallcoverings, for technology has stepped in and created products that incorporate miracle compounds that make them washable, long-lasting, pre-pasted, fire-resistant, and yet so true to the best of history’s worldly arts.  So, companies can reproduce any style of any period.  Unlike the costly fresco paintings, tapestries and hand-painted papers of the past, today’s wallcoverings are very affordable and used in many applications from formal settings to children’s rooms to entertainment areas, from Casinos to nightclubs to upscale bars and tapas restaurants, there is no end to their application and usages.

What type of paper is used for wallpaper?

Vinyl Wallpaper

It is the most commonly used type of wallpaper, currently, because of its high durability. The thicker the vinyl coating layer is, the more durable the wallpaper will be. Vinyl paper can be used in kitchens

What is printed wallpaper?

Wallpaper is a nonwoven (paper) or woven (fabric) backing, decoratively printed for application to walls of a residence or business. … There are four popular methods used to print wallpapers, and designers choose the printing technique based on cost as well as aesthetics.

PVC Wallpaper

PVC is known as Polyvinyl chloride or in short vinyl. They are commonly embossed to give them a luxurious textural effect. These wallpapers are very durable which makes them easy to clean and maintain.

Advantages of Wallpaper

Wallpaper adheres easily and smoothly to walls, hiding many surface imperfection. It can add warmth, depth, and style to a room that monotone paint simply cannot achieve. Beautiful designs, intriguing textures, and beautiful prints have an impactful effect on the décor of a room.

Is it cheaper to paint or wallpaper a room?

Wallpaper can last 10 to 15 years, giving great sustainability and reliability. If wallpaper lasts its whole life span, which can be up to 15 years, it is much cheaper than painting a room, although there is a greater initial cost.

Is wallpaper washable?

Many wallpaper types are washable. Some types can be used for busy areas at home owing to its durability and easy maintenance. Wallpaper can, also, be used to personalize temporary homes, like dorms and rentals, since it can be easily installed and removed without leaving traces.

Interior Design Trends 2020:

With the official end of the decade, we’re taking a look into 2020 to see where the future of design is heading. In the new year, designers are defining the concept of “livable luxury,” experimenting with bold, monochromatic color palettes, and creating more Art Deco-style interiors.

This year, wallpaper is all about bold patterns, warm colours, 3D texture and natural-inspired materials like grasscloth, cork, straw and wicker wallpapers, with key trends ranging from traditional florals and trompe l’oeil to tropical botanicals and contemporary geometrics. Plus, with new printing techniques and finishes pushing the boundaries on new possibilities, wallpapers are moving away from paper altogether, making things even more exciting. Gone are the days of just printing on paper, you can now embellish corks, grass-cloths and linens & silks with pretty much any design.

The 2020 wallpaper trends are favouring the bold…




Whether with saturated blues, purples, or reds, more designers are embracing bold, monochromatic wall paper colour palettes. “The colour palette feels strong and masculine, and impactful, yet modern and unexpected.



With its heavily decorated rooms, patterned wallpapers, and rich furnishings, the maximalist design will remain popular. “The style uses luxe layers and adornments, earthy tones, and a nod to traditional furnishings “Maximalism has become a trend as we move away from the industrial, reclaimed design that was once a necessity sparked by the downturned economy during the last recession


Texture is essential in any well-designed space. “Dimensional wallcoverings are unexpected and unique, and add interest to a space without the need to add color.


Trompe-l’œil literally translates as trick of the eye, as walls are made to look like something they’re not. For example, these walls may look tiled, but it’s actually a clever new wallpaper design by Pierre Frey. The design brings a taste of Portugal’s tin-glazed walls home via spectacular scenic wallpapers.

Wallpaper has definitely come a long way from being painted by hand. Today technology has added to its durability, design and uses. So, if you are looking for a new look for a room take some to check out some wallpaper.