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July 2010

WallTrends – Latest Wall Fashions Look to Textile Fashion for Inspiration

She was of course commenting from an era when coordinating prints were the trend and it was quite possible to get the same design printed on bed linen, wallpaper, tea towels, blouses even lampshades.

Having sobered up from those busy, heady days, the initial approach still holds true today.

As with dressing oneself, wallpapering should have the same considered approach, with a sensitivity to colour and design that complement you, whether the style is classic, sexy or casual.

Carrying on the trend from the last four years 'feature wall' designs are still strong with most mills conjuring up new collections of bold unique designs for that 'special wall'.

Within this area, major trends appear to be still the classic traditional look as seen in Visions 'Bloomsbury' which is now exported throughout Europe, going into the Middle East, India, China and Scandinavia.

Animal faux skin also appears to be a significant trend with a number of mills devoting collections to this look. Watch out for Vision's 'Wild Life' later on this year as well as Bloomsbury II.

Cityscapes were seen in a few collections with one to be seen in the next 'Boys and Girls' collection due second half of 2010.

Botanicals, still popular, range from simplified sophisticated silhouette looks that have worked well in collections as Visions Glamour and Akoya, to very seventies styled collections that had such a nostalgic look to them they looked old and tired.

Another echo of the seventies being re introduced to a number of ranges is the return of the stripe. These are employed as an alternative coordinating element to the feature design, other than plain textures. However if the stripe is bold enough they can become the feature design with plain texture coordinating.

Colour content will always lean more to the neutral side of the colour circle in most collections, with off whites, greys, smoky browns and taupe's providing easy on the eye colour combinations. Black, or black and white still remains a current theme, though other combinations such as black and hot pink or black and purple give more interesting blends. Acid lime appears in a number of collections and mustard seems to be making a comeback. Metallic prints or backgrounds still remain an important content in ranges along with pearl backgrounds. These can work to good effect in blown vinyl collections, such as Vision's Glamour, Brocante Akoya and Bloomsbury. Look out for the new sequel to Akoya titled Jade later on in the year.

Today, when looking at all the contemporary offering for wallcoverings in the market place, there appears quite an eclectic mix from which to choose from. This can be for some, a bewildering exercise. Always remember though, Resene staff will help you find the wallpapers that suit your projects and in doing so give a clearer meaning to. It's not what you've got it's the way that you wear it! Primrose knew what she was talking about!

Vision Wallcoverings are available from Resene ColorShops nationwide. View wallpapers online in the Resene Wallpaper library or on your phone with the Resene iSwatch app.

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