March 13 2014
When it comes to pattern, I have a great affinity for the fanciful flora, fauna and country scenes created by Marthe Armitage.
As we open our doors and windows to allow the spring air into our homes, I am keenly aware of how wallpaper literally invites the outdoors in through a combination of pattern, light and texture.
When it comes to pattern, I have a great affinity for the fanciful flora, fauna and country scenes created by Marthe Armitage. Now in her 70s, Marthe been making hand blocked wallpaper for over 40 years using a century old offset lithographic press. This is an extremely rare and time consuming artform which makes her work highly sought after.
In the room pictured below we used ‘Alphabet’ wallpaper by Marthe Armitage – a print which was originally designed for the feature film Woman in Black. Marthe is known for her palette of greens, blues, dull blacks and ochres, however, our scheme called for something a little sunnier to lift the natural stone features present in the space.
As with paint, it’s important to factor in the amount of natural light a room receives when selecting wallpaper. Some wallpapers have a slight sheen and can reflect light. Layering neutrals can create a surprisingly cosy effect, while cool hues appear calming when lit by natural light through a window.
Wallpaper really comes into its own where texture is concerned and can emulate the feel of timber, stone, and wicker. Grasscloth is an especially subtle and stylish option available in a variety of colours and finishes. The scheme pictured below was inspired by the soft yet tactile quality of grasses. The Altfield Grasscloth on the walls is complemented by natural materials such as linen for the lampshades.
Of course, there are many considerations to take into account when selecting wall treatments but with so many lovely designs to choose from, wallpaper is an option that can dramatically - and naturally - enhance a scheme.