Deciding what to hang on the walls can be pretty tricky. Do you want your wall covered floor-to-ceiling with pictures? A cluster in the middle? A few prints that may be a little larger – or something completely different? The possibilities are endless, and starting this year you can order fully-assembled and framed prints from Photowall. You can choose between finished designs, or your own pictures. Let's take a closer look at the range (it's big!) and consider how your own picture wall can be created.
A new decade and new trends! What do the interior design trends for 2020 actually look like? What stands out at the big interior design trade fairs? Anna María Larsson helps you find your way through the maze of trends.Photo: Anna María LarssonTime for socializing We want 2020 to be a fun year. It will be the roaring 20's again, but with awareness. We want time to socialize and have fun together with those we care about. We decorate our homes more personally and we would rather have furniture with a story and history than something mass-produced which everyone else owns. Time has become a status symbol and having time for dinners, socializing and personal meetings is highly valued. And since everyone wants a home with a personal touch and their own style, then anything goes. This explains the many different colors that are predicted to be the trend colors of the year.ColorsThis year, there is no ONE obvious color that is the color of the year. Instead, we see several different colors named for this year's color. It is everything from different shades of yellow to a classic blue, more earthy brown burnt tones and pink. And that is probably it. Color is the very thing, everything is allowed! We want to create a cozy feel and a home to feel good in. White has gone from being the neutral standard to beige and gray tones becoming the neutral and "unpainted" instead. In the few places we have white, it is a choice rather than a standard. Although anything goes as far as color, some colors are still more trendy than others:Yellow
I think that at Christmas, all styles, colours and shapes are allowed. Sure, there are classic colour schemes like red and green, but I want to go off the beaten track and dare to mix it up with other colours. This year, for example, I fancy a Christmas with a pink/purple theme. But of course, with some classic features that keep that Christmas holiday feel. I'm planning to mix red, green, gold and natural materials with this year's favourites. I think it will be a wonderful Christmas.Fold a Stylish Paper Tree Quickly and EasilyDifficulty levelSimpleTime required10–15 minWhat you'll need:- Wallpaper or other thick paper- Barbecue skewer- Scissors/scalpel- Hole puncher or needle
The Italian wallpaper manufacturers Texturae are internationally recognised for their timeless, modern and exclusive wallpaper collections, focusing on high quality, innovation and carefully selected creators. Senso del Colore is the result of an exciting and creative collaboration between Photowall and Texturae. Behind the selected wallpaper motifs are Italian designer Marta Lavinina and graphic design duo VZNstudio. The inspiration for the collection is drawn from the Fauvist art movement with its simplified expressions, pure colours and its characteristic emancipation of colour and shape. The motifs are minimalist interpretations with a wink to timeless art-deco in a modern colour scheme. We are presented with city silhouettes and landscapes in harmonious colour schemes with a focus on the artistic experience. The collection embodies Italian design and is a tasteful combination of modern style and function. All wallpapers can be tastefully combined with a refined elegance or in more daring combinations and are suitable for all kinds of homes.
– The artistic work behind CEVO’s wallpaper collection INTERRUPTED UNIVERSE is out of the ordinary and it’s something we haven’t done before. His impressive, unique and time-consuming dot technique adds a real passion to this collection, says Anneli Öquist Sterner, product and designer manager at Photowall.Each wallpaper motif consists of meticulously detailed, hand-drawn drawings, created with stippling technique. The artwork below is made of more than 298.000 dots and took 19 hours to complete.
Create a cosy autumn feeling with recycled candle stubsWe'll start with a DIY project that creates the perfect cosy feeling. I'm thinking candles! Is there anything that instantly creates more atmosphere than candles? You can easily make candles yourself if you have some old stubs at home. They're perfect for reusing and making new candles!Melt your old candles down in a bowl of water. Then attach a wick to the bottom of an old glass jar, try looking in the recycling, or grab the jar as soon as the last of the breakfast marmalade is used. Then pour your melted candle wax into the cleaned jar and let it solidify. If you want an extra fancy jar, you can cover it with some leftover wallpaper. Tie a small string around it for an extra stylish detail. Look around to see what you have at home and let your imagination flow. If you have any scented oils at home, you can put in a few drops in the melted candle wax and in a flash you have a scented candle.All kinds of old candles work so save them and mix them. Even if there's just a little wax left in the tray when a tea light is finished, you can save it and recycle it. Have a bag or jar in a cupboard where you put all the pieces, then just make a candle once it's full.
Personally, I like to treat myself with a nice new school kit before each new term. It can include colourful pens, new bookmarks, stylish notebooks or a new pen case. And much of this is easy to do yourself with the help of some wallpaper! If you have some old but empty plain notebooks at home, they'll be perfect for upcycling.Using nothing but small pieces of wallpaper, you can make stylish bookmarks and pencil covers in a matching style. I've gotten carried away with some of Erica Jacobson's colourful wallpaper.Colourful school kit for back to schoolDifficulty level:SimpleTime required:approx. 30 min.
Stylish hanging decoration for a kid's roomComplexity:SimpleTime Required:About 1 hourMobiles and hanging decorations can be created in many different ways. Working with wallpaper is both simple and neat. In the video below I show you how you can turn a piece of wallpaper into a lovely hanging mobile that is great for a kid's room. Photowall has several different wallpapers that are perfect for the purpose. Make sure to choose a wallpaper where you can cut out the entire design. For a kid's room there are many great ones to choose from, with animals that are perfect for this type of DIY. Galapagos Blue, Galapagos Green, Fish Pattern, Zoo, Retro Zoo, Bird from Peppercookies, Sea Monsters from Petit Griffin are a few examples of designs that would work.
Bright, vivid colors and graphic elements have become Erica Jacobson's hallmark.She finds inspiration throughout the entire world from art, books, and people to fabric patterns and typography. She describes her new collection - In My Mind collection as playful, warm, and full of energy. We met up with Erica Jacobson to ask her some questions about the wallpaper collection and the creative process behind the creation.What does your creative work process look like?I usually go to art exhibitions and look at a lot in books and some things on the Internet when I start a job; I might need to read up on the subject I am going to work with. After that, I put it together in a mood board to focus on a feeling in both form and manner. Then I make a lot of drawings by hand, using only black pen and black gouache. The drawings are scanned and then I color them digitally.How come you start by drawing in black and white?I want it to feel handmade because every brush stroke and pen stroke should get a living expression.I make several black and white drawings to give myself a quantity to choose from. Most often it is the sketchier drawings that are good; they are a little unconscious. If you try to correct it and do it "properly," it is easy to lose the feeling in the expression. If I want to use color directly, silk screening is my favorite technique because I can fill large surfaces and shapes with color.Where do you get your inspiration?I am inspired primarily by art, travel, colors, and designs. Exciting people, vegetation, silk screening, and typography. Right now I am looking at Vogue covers from the 1930s and fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent's collections during the 1980s. Artists such as Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Marina Abramovic also inspire me.
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.
1. What does your creative process look like?I have a very research-based process; I love to completely immerse myself in a new topic and throw myself headlong into the unknown. Technically I sit down for a long time drawing with a pencil by hand. Because I tend to work in such great detail, I need a lot of time. Often I will listen to music as I work to keep my concentration. I use different techniques for colours, either watercolours or gouache; then I scan the image and finish the rest on my computer. This entire process is a prerequisite to creating the complex layers and patterns that characterize my illustrations.2. How would you describe the collection in three words?Wonderful, dense and mysterious3. What was your inspiration for this collection?In this collection I focused on trying to find irregularities in my designs and expanded them into the feeling of being in the midst of a tangled, long-forgotten garden. I was inspired by my trips to Bali and the various orangeries, gardens and greenhouses that I’ve visited all over the world. The collection was also inspired by the wild garden in the film Grey Gardens and the two female protagonists of the movie. They have that “little something extra” and are always just a bit “over the top”, exactly the style that I want my wallpapers to have, although in a slightly more comfortable setting.
Drawing upon nature as her primary source of inspiration, Saga-Mariah Sandberg creates whimsical and detailed illustrations that depict various Swedish nature scenes. Each pattern is delicately painted by hand to reflect nature’s own distinctive range of colours. The designs represent a particular biotope and are evocative of their unique plant and animal life.The title of the collection, DAWN CHORUS, refers to the morning song of the myriad spring birds of the forests, a choir of life that sets the mood for the entire collection. All of the motifs are designed with the colours distinct to nature’s vibrant palette and draw from historical nature sites of majestic Swedish landscapes.Saga-Mariah Sandberg's wallpaper patterns let us not only experience the beauty and diversity of nature, they also inspire us to discover the nature that constantly surrounds us. The Forest Meadow pattern takes us on a visit to a Swedish spruce forest, a place full of deep, vivid colours that contain a thriving ecosystem of bluebells, anemones, and lilies of the valley. The Fern Garden takes inspiration from old school posters as it depicts a gently shaded garden before and after the rain, as the resident garden snails peer outwards though a slick maze of ferns and mosses.The DAWN CHORUS collection invites the very aesthetic of nature straight into your home. The clever combinations of bright colours and natural scenery creates an airy, Scandinavian expression with an elegant personal touch. And if you’re looking for a more snug and cosy feeling for your room, we recommend going for the darker wallpapers.
Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind the DAWN CHORUS collection?I was really inspired by the first signs of spring and summer that we’re always looking for when the seasons turn: those first blooming flowers or the burgeoning trees, those initial signs we see in gardens and forests. The birds returning to their nests and the gentle flowers that provide the ecosystem with nourishment.Dawn Chorus" specifically refers to the choir of birds that all let loose their song in the mornings, one of the dearest signs that spring has returned! Waking up to a soundscape of birdsong after a long and cold winter is an absolute delight to experience. Here in Sweden we still celebrate the old tradition known as "Gökotta" where in the spring you get up in the early morning to listen to the first song of the cuckoo.What does your creative work process look like?I typically get started with a specific site in nature. I sketch out the elements that I think really represent the place and then put them together to form a pattern!Where do you find your inspiration? Is there something specific in nature that inspires you?Every corner of nature fascinates me; even something as minute as badger droppings are fun to find and make me look forward to summer — you can see what berries they had dinner, for instance. Sitting and watching is an important part of it: staying to see what the ants are carrying back to their home is just as fun as watching a rainbow rise over the horse meadows in the early morning mist. Just before I started the collection, I could feel my heart longing for those first telltale signs of spring and summer. I was listening to Swedish folk songs such as Vårvindar Friska (Fresh Spring Winds), Längtan till Landet (Longing for the Country), Uti vår Hage (In Our Garden), and Gustav Fröding’s Strövtåg i Hembygden (Hiking in the Homeland), and I took a lot of creative inspiration from these. You might say that it’s a kind of encounter between folk romance and field biology.
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.