House Rules – Wallpaper Helps Deliver The House Rules

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

House Rules is a reality show where six couples battle it out by renovating each others homes in the hope of becoming mortgage free. The renovations must be completed with the 5 house rules the owners set down.

Each couple come from a different state and have to work hard when renovating the other homes to achieve the most points from the judges, architect Joe Snell and Home Beautiful editor Wendy Moore.

Then the owners themselves get to tour their home and give points to the zone they think was renovated the best without knowing which couple was responsible for which zone.

Carole & Russell’s House

The second week on House Rules Adam and Lisa were given the guest bedroom to do and the house rules were “Vintage Luxe”. They nailed it perfectly and the one thing that sealed the deal with achieving the Vintage Luxe look was the amazing flock wallpaper featuring large black flock flower heads. It gave the room a look of glamour and luxury which was of course what the owners Carole and Russell were after.

Below is the finished guest bedroom using this gorgeous velvety wallpaper in Vintage Luxe style.

House Rules Vintage Luxe Wallpaper


House Rules Vintage Wallpaper


House Rules Guest bedroom - Vintage Wallpaper


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Tile Wallpaper – Just Like The Real Thing

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Wallpaper tiles or tile effect wallpaper is the hot new trend this year. Always consisting of rich bright colours it’s no wonder we love it!

Modern papers these days very much look like the real thing. We have featured other faux wallcoverings such as wood wallpaper, brick wallpaper and the wonderful work of Andrew Martin. This time it’s all about wallpaper that looks like tiles.
Faux tile paper gives the authentic look of ceramic, stone or glass tiles without the expense. You can achieve the luxurious expensive look of tiles but at affordable prices and the best part is the installation. Forget the costly and time consuming job of installing tiles and grouting, save time and money with tiled wallpaper.

There is something to suit all tastes from classic designs, ornate or trendy fun designs. We start off showcasing the beautiful and vibrant papers offered by Paper Moon then look at many other tile wallcovering designs that are available from other companies.

Let’s take a look at what’s available.


The following papers are from Coordonne, the Spanish Wallpaper company and have been bought to the UK under the Paper Moon label. Their Tiles Collection is a stunning collection of tile effect wallcoverings which are digitally printed, they reproduce the effect of real geometric tiles with stunning detail, colour and weathered effects. Inspired by Antoni Gaudi, this collection brings a riot of colour to your walls.

Paper Moon – Tiles Collection Wallpaper Available to Buy Here At WallpaperDirect

Paper Moon – Tiles Collection – Zig Zag

Zig Zag is a vibrant ‘ancient faux tile’ herringbone pattern in a superb purple, turquoise and beige colour palette.
It has been digitally printed to achieve the aesthetic qualities of real tiles from 11th century Andalusia and 19th century Barcelona.
The rich architecture of Antoni Gaudi’s modernist Barcelona and the grand palaces of 11th century Andalusia have provided the inspiration for this stunning new wallpaper collection from Coordonne of Barcelona.

Paper Moon Wallpaper - Tiles Collection - Zig Zag
Paper Moon Wallpaper - Tiles - ZigZag

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Butterfly Wallpaper – Delicate & Pretty

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Butterfly wallpaper adds a touch of romance to any interior. Being pretty, feminine and delicate makes this wallpaper the perfect addition to any home or business that is looking for a soft fresh style. Nature inspired wallpapers are very much in vogue. Fresh floral designs, various tree designs and bird papers all have a whimsical quality about them and cause us to stop and daydream for just a little while. Most people can’t help themselves but to stop and watch a delicate butterfly flutter by, marveling at their fragility and beauty all at the same time. When we come across a vibrantly colourful butterfly, it truly sparks a sense of joy. They also represent transformation and freedom so why wouldn’t we want this happiness to be reflected on our walls? Gone are the days when you would only see butterfly wallpaper in a little girl’s room. Today it can be seen in bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms and powder rooms. Once you see the following examples of beautiful butterfly papers you will be amazed at how easily you can imagine some of the same in your own home. Also suited to businesses such as beauty salons and boutiques, these wallcoverings will create a sense of calm and delight.

Albany – Festival Collection – Mazarine

This sweet butterfly pattern shows multiple butterflies fluttering around pink flowers on stems. It’s a really happy wallpaper bursting with confetti colours against rich coloured backgrounds. This is a non woven paste the wall product available in 4 different colour variations.

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Albany Wallpaper - Albany Festival Collection - Mazarine

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Interior Wallpaper Trends For 2014

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

This year will see the use of graphic patterns and bold prints. There is also the continued trend of an industrial recycled look using cement, aged timber and raw steel. Dreary neutrals are out and eye catching designs are in. The easiest way to achieve this look is with wallpaper. It will create the “wow factor” like nothing else can. Below we will take a look at some of the amazing papers on offer that can help you create your own personal look. It is also affordable compared to more expensive renovating options, you will definitely get more bang for your buck by using wallpaper.


Flower Power – Florals Are A Breath Of Fresh Air

Who doesn’t like flowers? They feature heavily in nature of course but we also love using them for weddings, interior decorating and in fashion. Floral designs never go out of fashion, they just get reinvented to suit the times. For example they can be small and whimsical, large and bold, pastel or bright, cottage style or contemporary. Right now big bold bright designs are in. Flowers are the perfect choice for a bright and happy atmosphere. They do wonders for cheering us up.

See more happy floral wallpaper designs here

Abigail Ryan – Cosmo Maraschino

Abigail Ryan has some great flower designs that are all contemporary and large. The one below is Cosmo Maraschino featuring wet concrete grey flowers with navy blue outline set against a bold fuschia background. This is a stunning wallpaper that is original and edgy.
The following wallpaper from Abigail Ryan can be purchased from WallpaperDirect. Please Click Here

Abigail Ryan Wallpaper - Cosmo Maraschino

 Abigail Ryan Wallpaper

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Brick Wallpaper – Create A Raw And Earthy Atmosphere Easily

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Brick wallpaper can give a look of raw earthiness like nothing else. To have a brick wall built is costly and once installed is hard to change. For interiors that want exposed brick walls there is the perfect answer……….brick wallpaper!
Brick wallpaper can give a space an industrial or warehouse feel. Sometimes you might have the need for a grunge type graffiti look and this is where brick paper comes in. We have seen it used in fashion boutiques and surf shops quite successfully.
You might be surprised to hear how popular brick wallpaper is with Australian homeowners and decorators. Many people love bricks because they give instant atmosphere to games rooms, bars, man caves, restaurants, cafes, wine cellars and even kitchens and bedrooms. Games rooms and bars look amazing with the use of this paper, it really gives that “pub” like feel with ease. Brick wallpaper isn’t the type of paper you would use throughout your whole house but it does look great to highlight a room or as a backdrop to create atmosphere. We have seen it used in bedrooms with great effect as a feature wall behind a bed. Also if you ever get tired of the brick wall look then wallpaper can easily be removed.

Kemra – Boutique Faux Wallpapers

Kemra Wallpapers was founded in 2008 and is one of the design houses operating under Milton & King Pty Ltd.

It’s a family operated Australian company that specialises in creating unique faux textured wallpapers.  There is everything from exposed brick, stacked stone or library look-alike wallpaper just to name a few.

Kemra - Camden bricks

Camden Bricks

Kemra Wallpaper - Whitewash Bricks


The below wallpapers are available from WallpaperDirect

Albany  – Albany Collage 2012 Collection

These brick wallpapers from Albany are photographic images available in 3 various colours. It is the perfect paper for a contemporary look.

Albany Wallpaper- Albany Collage Collection

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Bookshelf Wallpaper – Create The Look Of A Home Library

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Bec and George The Block Sky High - Bookcase WallpaperI’ve always dreamt of having my own library at home just like in the movies.

The kind that has a big old fireplace and a big winged back chair with floor to ceiling bookshelves all the way around that must have a slide along floor to ceiling ladder to reach them all.

Of course these days you would have to live in a mansion to accommodate anything like that. Also with the digital world of ipads and kindles, books are slowly being replaced.

The good news is you can recreate the romance and mystery of your very own home library with the use of wallpaper.

Bookshelf wallpaper has become very popular and that’s because everything old becomes new again. People yearn for a time when life was much simpler and technology had not engulfed our lives.

To get that vintage feel of a library I have found a few different bookshelf wallpapers.

However if you’re looking for something a bit brighter and a whole lot of fun then there might just be something for you too.


This first bookshelf design is from Kemra Wallpaper here in Australia. It’s an authentic vintage feel paper that oozes that old world charm.
Their papers are made in a wider width than usual at 61.5cm.

Kemra Wallpaper - Bookshelf

 The below designs can all be purchased from WallpaperDirect.

Andrew Martin – Navigator Collection – Library

This really is the perfect wallpaper if you’re after that old time vintage feel library atmosphere. Nothing says old fashioned home library like old leather bound books.

This particular paper is available in a few different colours and looks so authentic with it’s hand painted effect.

It is richly detailed and quite luxurious reminiscent of old books, postcards, collecting, autographs and stamps. This is just the right wallpaper if you’re after the feel of a gentlemen’s club or old-fashioned smoking room direct from the archives of old Hollywood films.

A stunning Library design in a hand painted effect, showing in a multi colouring – other colours are available. This design will definitely create that private home library feel.

If you loved this Andrew Martin design you might love the rest of his collection.


Andrew Martin Wallpaper Navigator

Andrew Martin - Navigator Closeup

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Wood Wallpaper – Sophie and Dale’s Scrapwood Wallpaper From “The Block” 2012

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Wood wallpaper is just the thing  to create an interior that is inviting and rustic.

Decorating with natural materials is on top of everyone’s list especially when it comes to using wood or timber. These days the cost of real timber has escalated but not if you use wallpaper.

You can create any natural timber look you like with wood panel wallpaper at a fraction of the cost but with all the natural ambience.

You might remember the scrapwood wallpaper that Sophie and Dale used from “The Block” 2012. They were decorating an office and wanted a unique look which was easily achieved with rustic looking scrapwood wallpaper. This particular paper had an aged look about it featuring old planks with paint that has begun to rub off revealing timber underneath.

It’s a great wallcovering and is so realistic that most people have to actually touch it to realise that it’s not the real thing. We loved it and went about finding other designs.

Dale and Sophie’s Scrapwood Wallpaper

Sophie and Dale's Scrapwood Wallpaper


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World Map Wallpaper Mural – A Real Talking Point

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

World map wallpaper is very popular as it can be used in children’s rooms, offices, studies, hallways and even in meals areas. It’s eye catching, a talking point and educational all at the same time.

I’m always drawn to the map of the world whenever I’m in a travel agency. It’s so fascinating that I often think I’d like to have a large scale world map on one of my walls. Viewing a world map is the type of thing that you can get lost in. It gets your imagination working by inspiring worldly travels and far off adventures.

There are many different designs to choose from, everything ranging from the more sophisticated atlas style to designs suited more to children and even antique style globe maps. Hanging a world map mural or wallpaper creates fascination.

World Map Mural

This full world map mural is perfect for any room suiting the budding geographers and travelers alike. Sold in 4 panels. Total mural size 270 x 188cm (8’10” x 6’2″) Available from AllPosters

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Art Deco Wallpaper – Inspired By 1920’s Glamour And “The Great Gatsby”

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Art Deco wallpaper - The Great GatsbyArt deco wallpaper has become popular of late due to the release of the film “The Great Gatsby”.

Art deco style originated in Paris around 1925 after a successful exhibition called “Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes“. It was post World War 1, a time when people wanted to forget war time austerity and move into a new modern era of prosperity, glamour, fashion and parties.

Art Deco is a unique style that is recognised by it’s geometric designs and metallic colours. Materials such as stainless steel, mirrors, chrome and glass were used to produce a sleek and glamorous industrial style look.

The roaring 20’s was no doubt a time of glamour and excitement. Hollywood was the 1920’s playground of the rich and famous as recreated by Baz Luhrmann’s latest “Great Gatsby” film. The architecture and decor of that time personified opulence. There was no room for clutter or fuss. It was all about streamlined finishes, clean lines, mirrored furniture, crystal lighting and silky fabrics.

Just a few well placed pieces can create this look but it’s the use of art deco wallpaper that will recreate the “art deco” period look the best.

We discovered that the set designer behind the film “The Great Gatsby” has released her own collection of beautiful Art Deco inspired wallpapers.

The talented set designer behind the film is designing Jazz-Age 1920’s inspired fabrics & wallpaper for Mokum called Metropolis.  The line includes Art Deco motifs with metallic inks and foiled wallpapers, graphic velvet fabric and geometric trims.

Catherine Martin Collection For Mokum

Below are some other great art deco wallcoverings to inspire you.

Tapet-Cafe Wallpaper – Deco fan

Deco Fan features a sophisticated geometric fan motif that is pure Art Deco style, designed using geometrical patterns that were typical from the Art Deco movement. The overall fan design is softened by using ink on watercolour paper and using soft grey and white.

This wallcovering is designed by Helene Blanche and is the latest design in The Private Collection from Danish company, Tapet-Cafe.

Deco Fan was chosen by Elle Decoration Norway, Norway’s leading interior design magazine as the best wallpaper design for 2013. A true statement from the Art Deco era.

Tapet Cafe Wallpaper - Deco-Fan

Tapet-Cafe Wallpaper - Deco Fan Design

 Tapet Cafe deco Fan design


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Retro Wallpaper Helps Bring Back The Fabulous 50’s, The Swinging 60’s and The Groovy 70’s, Yeah Baby!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Little Greene Wallpaper Retro WallpaperRetro wallpaper from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s has a vintage style all of it’s own. The retro theme has become very popular in recent years from fashion, art, video and decor.

Think geometric patterns, oranges and browns and quirky 50’s kitchen designs and you have retro wallpaper.

Groovy was the flavour of the day back then and  if you want to re create that era it couldn’t be easier than with wallpaper.

Retro isn’t for everyone but if you cringe at the minimalist look and are so over the neutral colour palettes with everything beige the quirky groovy retro style might be just what you’re looking for.

In today’s throw away society it might be worth re-evaluating what we already have, recycling and making use of family heirlooms.

Retro is definitely a style that is fun and has character. One persons retro style might differ enormously from someone elses but it’s easy to create with a few key pieces.

Upholstered furniture and modern danish furniture with tall tapered skinny legs is a good start. Lino flooring or as we would call it today vinyl flooring. Add fabrics with patterns based on scientific forms and geometrics. Lights that look a little like flying saucers fit in well. A colourful 60’s poster, a crocheted throw rug, a glass cake stand and a set of flying ducks on the wall all help with the retro theme. An old turntable and tin kitchen canisters are so kitschy but so retro.

Whilst retro is from an era gone by it is also a very individual choice today therefore there is no right or wrong way. The one thing that can really set a backdrop for this theme is retro wallpaper of course. With so many designs and colours to choose from it will be easy to choose the perfect paper for your retro look.


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