It’s quirky, colourful and pictorial. It’s a conversation starter and creates a mood; it adds depth and texture and a unique aspect to an interior that is hard to parallel. English wallpaper manufacturer Cole & Son is renowned for its high quality papers, moving from the very traditional through to ranges that have impeccable relevance in today’s market. But it is their latest African collection, known as Ardmore, that is causing a stir.
Wallpaper itself has seen an increase in popularity over the last few years, especially at the higher end of the market. “People are moving from feature walls to using wallpaper on all four walls of a room,” Icon Textiles + Wallcoverings director Claire Drake says. “While feature walls are still very popular, a lot of people are also using papers on other walls, sometimes in a contrast, and sometimes in a range of different papers.”
What people are starting to realise, Claire says, is that using wallpapers instead of paint is a way to create an instant impact – a plain paper with a very slight texture, for example, creates an instant depth and warmth to an otherwise plain space.
But it’s the bold and the beautifully vibrant papers that are taking hold in New Zealand, particularly in commercial spaces, she says, which is where Cole & Son’s latest African-inspired range has seen tremendous appeal.