Borderline: The Return of the Paper Wall Trim (in a good way)

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As my post on Monday decreed, the paint effect is poised for a major comeback in the style stakes. Well, in my book anyway, having now committed a bedroom wall to its dual-coloured charms.

Designer's Guild & M&S Images for Stylist's Own blog by Joanna Thornhill

Don’t just take my word for it – the lookbook for none other than Sir Terence Conran’s SS13 collection for M&S featured a gorgeous painterly background, and Designer’s Guild’s stunning Castellani paper consists of a subtle ombre, sneaking its way up many a stylish wall.  But that’s not the whole story. Its fickle friend the border, last seen circa 1992, has also quietly been nudging its way back into polite society.

Pure Style borders by Jane Cumberbatch for Stylist's Own blog by Joanna Thornhill

Take a moment to let that sink in. Now think about it: the paint effects in Dulux’s Collective Passions trend are, in the main, essentially bands of colour. Kinda like a border. So converting it into paper is, really, a logical progression. But think not of those sad, dog-eared strips of fleur-de-lis designs butted up to Auntie Maureen’s Artex ceiling. These are MUCH more exciting. Take these little striped fellows, above. The newly-launched brainchild of Pure Style pioneering author and stylist Jane Cumberbatch, each 10m roll comes with its own little pot of wallpaper paste and a brush, ready to stick up as a charming little dado, trim a doorframe or even add colourful detailing to a tired piece of furniture.

Freizes by Cole & Son for Stylist's Own by Joanna Thornhill

And ever at the forefront of cool wallpaper offerings, Cole & Son have just launched a fantastic new collection by Fornasetti (called friezes, mind), offering a witty take on the idea of panel designs. I’m desperate to install Promenade (bottom) in my hallway once I’ve shed it of its current textured wallpaper, and I’ve actually used the  beautiful Pennini (middle) design in a shoot I styled for the Spring issue of Heart Home magazine, out tomorrow!

Wallpaper tape by Custhom, blogged at Stylist's Own by Joanna Thornhill

Also featuring in the same Heart Home shoot is this clever ‘wallpaper tape’ by Custhom. Available in five colours, its super-sized circle design is inspired by Dutch typography and gives a unique pattern every time it’s displayed (and it’s removable, too).

Washi Tape Display, blogged at Stylist's Own by Joanna Thornhill

Which segues us rather nicely into the somewhat inevitable: Washi tape for walls. After a write-up in Ellie Tennant’s hilarious post on the topic, the worldwide washi sensation continues to grow apace with the launch of extra-wide rolls, perfect for all manner of interior customisations. Originating from Japan, the rolls are currently stocked in the UK by children’s e-tailer Molly Meg (but will doubtless be everywhere by the end of the year). Though you can still achieve magic with the humble small roll, as proven by designer and blogger Ann Kelle, who created this amazing striped washi wall with a megamix of thin tapes.

Patterned Paint Rollers by The Painted House, blogged on Stylist's Own by Joanna Thornhill

And to finish, a rather charming idea from The Painted House, as featured recently on the equally charming Decorator’s Notebook blog. Based on a traditional Romanian product, company owner Clare Bosanquet adapted the traditional roller system to create several different designs for use on both fabric and walls. I’d particularly love to give this a go on a flat furniture door, possibly adding some vibrant Bongo Jazz 1 over a dusky Chalk Blush 1 background…

{Images: all copyright the companies/blogs they are credited to. Marks & Spencer’s products, from a selection, Terence Conran for M&S. Designer’s Guild Castellani wallpaper, price on enquiry. Pure Style borders, £30 for a 10m roll. Cole & Son Multiplette wallpaper, £190 per 7.5m roll; Pennini, £110 per 10m roll; Promenade, £350 per 68.5x10m roll. Custhom Offset self-adhesive wallpaper tape, £32 per 10m roll. Molly Meg washi masking tape rolls, £3 for 1cm wide/£7.50 for 5cm/£15 for 10cm wide. The Painted House rollers, £10 and patterned rolls, £15 each.}

{Psst: wondering why I’m blathering on about Dulux all week? Well, I’m working on an exciting online collaboration with them, exploring their latest SS13 trend, Collective Passions. All week I will be producing blog posts with this trend as the starting point, and then on Saturday 9th March I will be presenting my findings at Meet the Blogger London. To find out more about both, click here.}


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About Joanna Thornhill

Freelance Interior Stylist, Author, Writer and Crafter working for a range of magazine titles and commercial clients. Author of Home for Now (CICO Books 2014)

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