What can a wallpaper withstand?A wallpaper can really make the difference in a room. It can make it cozy, create a comfortable atmosphere or make it sleek and stylish. Of course, in addition to the aesthetics, it should cope and withstand various stresses such as moisture, sunlight, stains and wear. I have put the wallpapers to various tests so that you will get some help and guidance when choosing wallpaper for your particular room and project.Scratch testWhat is tested?The scratch test shows us what happens if you take objects and scratch the wallpapers. Do they leave marks? Does the wallpaper's color fade?How has the test been performed?I got loose and scraped hard (Botany Banana and Brume - Cobolt) wallpaper in both Standard and Premium designs with a spoon and a wooden block.
Beata Boucht's detailed illustrations are characterized by her playful and surreal visual style. In GREY GARDENS, Beata Boucht worked specifically with unique oversized patterns to really enhance the feeling of being cloaked under a leafy weeping willow or being surrounded by a dense primeval forest.The collection draws inspiration from myriad sources but especially from the wild garden in the movie Grey Gardens, a film that depicts its eccentric protagonists at home in their decadent mansion in East Hampton, New York. The distinctive collection is home to many motifs such as an array of decorative leaves from various landscapes all over the world, selections of intricate and richly detailed flowers, as well as deep dives into the extensive and ornate veins of leaves and plants. The designs utilize a carefully balanced colour palette that emphasizes the boldness of its subjects while still yielding a surprisingly calm expression.“I wanted to create wallpaper patterns that would endure and that I wouldn’t tire of. Patterns you can lose yourself in and where you are constantly discovering something new. A place where you can find respite in the details and where your eyes get lost in the fantasy of the landscapes, finding a new kind of calm in the midst of the untamed wilds”, remarked Beata Boucht.A self-described maximalist, Beata’s artistic process consists of using various techniques and materials to create deep and complex patterns by working on a piece in several layers. She starts out with pencil drawings done by hand and then adds colour with watercolours or gouache, finalizing the piece with collage techniques and digital processing."I think we will become more courageous, more daring in our ability to express ourselves, and become more personal when we decorate our homes in the future," said Beata Boucht.The GREY GARDENS collection gives your room a feeling of magnificence with its grandiose settings. The captivating motifs create a brilliant spatial dynamic full of rich details that are impossible to resist.The GREY GARDENS collection consists of seven wallpaper patterns and nine posters that are all available exclusively at Photowall.
Image: 101 copenhagen, Jotun, New Works Studio. A focus on sustainabilityOne of the pervading concepts of 2019, and something that will hopefully stay around for a long time, is the theme of sustainability. It’s been a consistent through line through nearly everything and has formed the basis for all sorts of interior trends. Just make sure to always consider second-hand options first and you’re already halfway there. In stylish homes you’ll find pieces won at auction intermingled with great flea market finds right alongside all kinds of handed down furniture and gadgets. To renew, alter, and generally take care of the items you already have is a great way to take care of the environment and also keep up with the latest trends. With a splash of new colour or by changing up the wallpaper, your furniture takes on a whole new sensibility — all with relatively little effort.Sculptural shapes and handmade craftsThings that are handmade and with charming imperfections have begun to really take their place. Everything from pieces made by individual craftsmen to mass-produced items from larger chains — it should all feel unique and handmade. We’re also seeing sculptural shapes in many forms, both as decoration and in utilitarian objects like vases and lamps. It is a very tactile aesthetic full of exciting shapes and structures.
Hi Anna María! We are so happy that you’ve started blogging with us here at Photowall. How does it feel? It’s been great fun! I’ve had an eye on Photowall for a little while and thought you had lots of exciting products that I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to getting more familiar with your catalogue and also working on things myself! I think it’s going to be great! For those who might not know you, can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Anna María Larsson and I work primarily as a creator. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been quite deft and have built my own stuff and created things with my hands. I love finding new uses for things that already exist — sometimes I like to pretend I’m MacGyver. I am a trained Digital Art Director and have worked in advertising and design agencies as a graphic artist, designer, and art director. In 2017 I came in second place in Superskaparna (Super Creators), a competition for do-it-yourself and home improvement projects. I hold workshops for both adults and children and have been a DIY editor in several different magazines. You can occasionally spot me on TV, most recently on Dessertmästarnas Jul (Dessert Masters Christmas). I also have a blog, an Instagram and a YouTube channel.What are you working on now and what do you hope you can offer with your blog?I enjoywriting articles and creating DIYs that hopefully inspire more people to take up their own creative projects. I intend to take a close look at the trends in this coming year, do some of my own tests on the various products available, and come up with some exciting DIY projects that you can easily follow along with and do yourself. It’s fun to be able to change something yourself with few means and see how something completely new comes out of it. Aside from that, Ienjoy creating things with my hands. It has a soothing effect on the body and can really reduce stress.How did you come to start blogging? And what is your favourite thing about it? I have been blogging for many years. It started out as a diary form when I moved to Piteå to study. It was around 2014 when I started posting my DIY projects with some regularity and sharing the things I was creating. It was partly to collect everything I made into one place, but I also began to notice that people were really taking an interest in my projects and wanted to know how I had done it.After that, the blog became a channel where I could share a little bit of everything from my life — but usually centred around creation and the things I was making. Since then, the blog has partly been a diary where my audience can accompany me during my days. It’s a wonderful collection of the many great and beautiful memories of all the things I have done, seen and experienced. It feels nice to have so many nice memories gathered all in one place.What is your most memorable DIY project?All of DIY projects I did as part of Superskaparna. To make things while under such intense time pressure, with five cameras constantly around me, all as I strove to be creative and to make nice pieces. It was a real challenge! I am still incredibly pleased that I managed to make everything that I did, from a great chandelier to a lamp made from of old toy cars. I also concocted a necklace made from PET bottles, a doghouse, a headboard for a bed, a folding wall, and I even transformed a bureau from a flea into a vibrant piece full of fabric and colour. There was also a necklace of rope, table settings for a party, and honestly much much more. I'll never forget that experience. It was a fun and absurdlydifficult challenge!
Finally, the days are getting brighter and new interior design trends are emerging! As we leave winter and darkness behind us, it is time to start something new, such as redecorating our homes.To get your imagination going, we have selected the trendiest wallpaper patterns from our collection, ideal for the room you are keen to give a make-over. Be inspired by three new wallpaper trends; all from sober elegance to bold colours and even a nostalgic trip to cosmos and the underwater world. This is our trend watch!Trend 1 – Dark LushSober elegance and the colour black with baroque elements in gold set the ambience for this trend. Dramatic scenery, forests in twilight and surfaces that have changed due to patina – together with golden decorative items, velvet and marble add another dimension to your room.See all motifs here >
A new year and new wallpaper trends where colour and personality are in focus. At Photowall we’ve rounded up the key trends for the wall. Wallpaper Trend 1 – Authentic Presence We’re welcoming the year where structure wood-wallpapers are dominant, at least if you like the trend’s authentic presence. Here we see rustic and beautiful green, with details that reflect the hand-made. And what breathes more craft than a structure on the wall? Let wood and nature take place on your wall. Wallpaper Trend 2 – Vibrant Shapes
Photowall kicked off the new year with a large dose of inspiration at Great trend day, a major design trend event organised by Trendstefan on 10 January in Stockholm. Trendstefan unveiled the five major trends we will see a lot of in 2017 – the year of colour. Check out Trendstefan’s five trends for 2017
It’s hard to imagine anything could top the lush tropic patterns and archetypal seventies swatches that took the design world by storm in 2016. But since leading color experts Pantone announced ‘Greenery’ as Colour of the Year 2017, we’re expecting even stronger vibrancy in this year’s interior trends. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the key interior trends predicted for 2017 and how you can channel them in your own home. Zest is best You heard it – green is set to dominate color palettes this year and utilising the natural shade can help create an energising space. Whether you use accent bursts or go emerald with your paint palettes, introducing green hues into your home will be a sure winner this year. As one of the most soothing shades around, green can add a sense of ease to any part of your home. You might not want to use green from floors to walls, but introducing the color subtly with accessories is a great way to inject the trend into your home. For refreshing green wallpaper ideas, discover the colours collection on our website.
Fashion season is back in full swing, and we’ve seen a shift in silhouettes and a palpable shakeup in patterns and color. From contemporary catwalks at Fashion Week, fresh into the walls and accessories of your home – here we explore how you can use these trends to help inspire a fashion-led switch up in your home. Texture touches Radical ruffles adorned the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, and channelling notably ruched décor is the best way to get the look. Add in frilly cushions and chiffon curtains to channel a romanticised style to your space. These kind of fabrics work really well alongside pastel hues and blushed metallic shades of rose gold and copper.
The eyes of the world are on Rio de Janeiro as the Brazilian city steps up to host the 2016 games. There’s hardly a better time to take a slice of the country’s renowned carnival atmosphere and incorporate it into our interior design. From tropical wallpaper canvas prints and bold up-scaled geometrics to natural materials like jute, bamboo and wicker, we look at how you can take your interior to the tropics with a few simple tweaks and additions: Go bold and beautifulTake the biggest wall in your living room or open-plan kitchen and make a tropical feature of it. The new AL Collection at Photowall, created by artists from around the world, beautifully blends luxurious palm leaves and vividly colored flamboyant flowers, as well as Honduras parrots, for an exciting samba style. Turn up the heat and create a fun twist by adding parrot or flamingo ornaments to the room.
Classic art has always amazed and inspired us. Here on Photowall we take it a little bit further and wallpaper our walls with one of our favourite artists - Vincent van Gogh. A perfect wallpaper to inspire you all day in your studio, or maybe to make your livingroom to something extra ordinary. Almond Blossom is one of our favourite motifs out of Vincent van Goghs collection, and is available as both wall mural and canvas print.
This month marks the release of Alice Through the Looking Glass, giving us a welcome reminder of the beauty behind our most-loved children’s books. With its memorable characters and ultra-creative plot, the famous Alice in Wonderland tale is cherished as one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written.From fantasy to non-fiction, here we explore ways to get some Alice in Wonderland-inspired interior ideas in your home just in time for the next release on the 27th May.Whimsical wallpaperOne of the most famous chapters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is the one in which all the characters are crazily charmed at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. While you might not be planning such an illustrious extravaganza for your home, you can take inspiration from these key moments in the novel and use it to your interior design advantage. Channel the tea party theme in your kitchen or dining room to give a vintage feel. Floral, romantic patterns with forest elements exude the Mad Hatter’s tea party theme, so accompany this with distressed wooden home accessories to emulate a woodland setting. Photowall’s A Warm Summer’s Day is perfect as a wall mural or wallpaper.
The wedding season is in full swing. Here at the wallpaper factory, we decorate a wedding reception and talk wedding tips with Swedish blogger and bride-to-be Anja Forsnor. Wallpaper pennants in delightful designs, pastel wallpaper backgrounds and loving heart frills are some of our best decoration tips for the big day. Blogger Anja and her fiancé Marcus remind us not to neglect the small details, and to surprise the guests with something unexpected. Check out our wedding photos and read Anja’s and Marcus’s thoughts in the run-up to their big day for more wedding inspiration.
Spring is finally approaching, bringing with it new trends. We can leave the dark, muted colours of autumn behind and focus on brighter shades. The big trend colours this spring are pink and blue, ideally matched with the accent colour white. Our interior inspiration continues to come from nature and plants climbing the walls feel just right – as in our wall mural Geranium, designed by Byracka.
Wallpaper can be so much more than patterned walls. If, like us at Photowall, you prefer to see wallpaper more as a material for change, you suddenly have tremendous possibilities to create just the feeling you’re looking for in your home.There has been a veritable explosion in the structure trend recently. Marble, concrete, wood and fully tiled walls feature strongly in almost every interior design magazine. Homes should feel rustic and down-to-earth – but also personal, reflecting the people that live there. If you’re not blessed with a wood panel you can reveal, or you want to create a concrete wall more simply, there are alternatives. At Photowall we have structure wall murals in a variety of forms. Never has it been so easy to create change.