Today we launch our second design collaboration with South African design studio Lemon. The Haphazard Places collection features 13 individual wallpaper patterns all inspired by details from everyday life.
“Following last year’s successful collaboration with Lemon, it seemed only natural for us to continue the collaboration and launch new patterns. The design studio has a great sense for colour and shape which gives the wallpapers a harmonious feeling and captivates us,” says Amber Johnson, Photowall’s Product and Design Manager.
The South African design studio takes much of its inspiration from the small details of everyday life that are often overlooked. The studio’s new wallpaper collection, Haphazard Places, features mountainous landscapes in muted shades, abstract patterns and geometric shapes in black and white. In creating this collection, Lemon allowed for a more random process where anything from a scrap of paper on the ground to graffiti on a wall in central Johannesburg can be used as sources of inspiration. This inspiration was then broken down into modern graphic patterns well suited for all homes and decor styles.
The image above showing the motif Misty Landscape Blue.
“We are interested in how graphic language design can work within an already existing space. When you are in the moment and actively searching for inspiration all around you, you will discover amazing things,” Kevin Frankental, co-founder of Lemon, explains.
You will also note how the African inspiration for the wallpaper collection is manifested in the wallpaper patterns but with a softer and more toned-down look. Traditional African patterns and the nature of Africa, with its mountainous silhouettes and swaying palm trees, inspired parts of the collection.
The motif above – Tribe Peach.
“The inspiration behind Tribe comes from 90’s abstract art and mid-century furniture, but our main source of inspiration has been the beautiful patterns found on the African continent. Our best design comes from random moments of inspiration and sought-after beauty in our everyday life,” Frankental concludes.
The Haphazard Places collection contains 13 hand-picked designs, all in different colour schemes. The motifs are available to order from Photowall as made-to-measure wall murals for £29 per square metre.
The best decor for a nursery is made by you. Create pennants, mobiles, wall decorations and hot air balloons. Best of all: So much can be done just with wallpaper. Here are two easy DIY decorations you can make all by yourself to personalize any nursery.
Create unique hot air balloons with wallpaper. All you need is your favourite wallpaper, glue, scissors and thread.
Step 1: Cut out round balls. You will need four for each balloon you plan to make.
Step 2: Fold three balls in the middle, and put glue on one half.
Step 3: Glue one of them to a flat ball. Now one half is glued, while the other half sticks straight up.
Step 4: Glue on another ball the same way. But glue it to the other half of the flat ball.
Step 5: Glue the third ball between the other two.
Step 6: Cut out shapes that resemble a flowerpot for the basket, with a straight top surface. Cut just one for each balloon.
Step 7: Cut two threads and glue them to the back of the balloon and the basket.
Step 8: Repeat the steps until you have as many hot air balloons as you like. Attach another thread on the back to hang your balloon like a pennant.
Create pennants out of wallpaper for your children’s room. All you need is your favourite wallpaper, glue, scissors and thread.
Step 1: Draw a shape in the form of two triangles that are attached and use it as a template for the pennants.
Step 2: Copy the template as many times as you need for the number of pennants you want.
Step 3: Cut the shapes according to the template, but don’t separate the triangles!
Step 4: Take a long thread or string (don’t cut it yet!) and fold the pennants over the string. For best results, use double-sided tape on the back of the pennant.
Step 5: When you are happy with the number of pennants, cut the string.
Test the limits of your imagination when wallpapering a nursery. A door, a closet and the ceiling over the bed can be wallpapered. Try combining motifs to create rooms within the room. You can create your children’s fantasy world out of bright patterns and playful motifs for their eyes to feast on and for their imaginations to take flight.
Patience, compromise and creativity: These are oft-needed qualities when styling space for teens. But what happens when the teenagers get to choose? Our top tips for creating a teenage room for a great teen are for both with and without the teen’s help.
Do you have a teenager at home who wants to weigh in on decor, decide which wallpaper to put up and how the furniture should look? That’s great! Then the room will be more personal. Together you can consider the mood to create, the practical solutions such as where papers will be kept, where dirty laundry will be collected and what needs will be met. For example, is a desk needed?
First, ask what colours and styling details your teen likes, and most of all, what your teen wants to do in the room. Consider what is already in the room and what can be redone. It may be enough to repaint the desk, wallpaper an accent wall behind the bed or over the desk, or replace the existing desk chair with another chair you already have at home. The flea market is a popular place to find furniture and decor. It’s fun to go together and favourable to your wallet if tastes happen to change.
Even if your teenager is not at all interested in how the space looks and lets you choose on your own, our advice is to start with your teen’s personal interests and choose decor in line with that style. Choose furniture and decor that will last until your child has grown to full height. Add details from your teen’s personal hobbies, such as football, music, drawing or dancing. Don’t forget that a teenager’s room often needs to include friends, either in the form of mementoes on the wall or space for an extra mattress on the floor.
Choose matching wall art. Some teenagers may want motifs featuring their idols, pictures of their friends, graphic patterns, sports images such as Playing Soccer, or city skyline motifs such as Times Square, New York. Some motifs work best as an accent wall behind a desk or bed and others work better on a canvas print or as part of a gallery wall arrangement.
Items in interior by Maze Interior and R.O.O.M.
Autumn is approaching and many children are getting excited about starting at a new school. It’s a fresh start, a time for new interests and an expanded repertoire of things to do in the child’s room – everything from homework to playing video games.
Pictured above is the Graffiti Elements design.
A quiet corner for homework and creativity with space for a computer is a good idea. If your child’s room is low on space, go for a raised bed to create a sleeping loft with space for a desk underneath. Another good solution for fitting a desk into a small space is to attach a board to the wall. Remember to bring light into your kids’ room. Go for a desk lamp, a bed lamp or a ceiling lamp. Also, consider curtains that can be drawn aside to let light in but also darken the room when it’s bedtime.
Let personal interests determine the style of your children’s room. By this age, children have developed many interests. They may like the graffiti pattern Gouge, sport wallpaper such as Skilled Player, an art motif such as Art School Daydream, horses as in Running Mates, or music as in Music Notes World Map Color. Choose wallpaper to suit their interests. Don’t be afraid to enhance the decor with paintbrushes, paint pots, cars, stuffed animals or sports memorabilia. There is a multitude of delightful, creative toys and kids’ decor you can use to make the space personal and appealing.
If it starts to look too jumbled and busy with colour, then invest in some stylish storage. Sometimes you have to get creative if there is not a lot of space in your child’s room. The best storage may be under the bunk bed or in high shelves. The closet may hide a play area, and desk space with built-in storage can be created on the spot Test the limits of your imagination.
Pictured above is the motif My Rollercoaster design by Maja Sten.
Dare to go all out when choosing wallpaper patterns! Wallpaper over the bed, on closet doors, on part of the wall above the desk or just a small section of the room or wall. When you wallpaper part of a room, you can also choose a more colourful pattern. It won’t be as prominent as when you wallpaper an entire room.
Did you know that you can also use wallpaper to create the illusion of a room within a room by wallpapering each wall in a different pattern. This is both appealing and playful.
Items in interior by SELECTED BY R.O.O.M. SKRAPAN and Designtorget.
And then it happens! It’s time to start school. New routines, new friends – and maybe new interests. What better time is there to spend time with the kids renewing their room?
Pictured above is the canvas print Lightning is All Good from Disney’s new movie Cars 3.
Some kids may already know what they like and are not afraid to express their opinions. They found favourite film characters already at an early age – or perhaps they are all about animals or cars. Whatever they want in their room, we are sure they want it to be colourful! Buy furniture in neutral shades such as white and natural wood and let the kids choose wallpaper, canvas prints and interior decor that match their personalities and styles. If they like the movie Frozen, go for Frozen Fever – Elsa and Anna canvas print. If the Cars movies are their favourites, they are sure to love the Cars Cars Cars wallpaper.
Plan so the furniture and decor in a kids’ room will last a few years. If there is space, get an adult-sized bed now. Buy children’s lamps with shades that can be changed to other colours. Choose a height-adjustable desk.
The motif featured in this picture is We know the Way
At this age, many children start doing more advanced crafts, and being creative at school and with friends. So what can be better than crafts they can hang in their rooms – on the walls, shelves or above the bed. With wallpaper you can create pennants, hot air balloons, drapes or just small wallpaper shapes. Visit our blog for more wallpaper craft inspiration. Our top wallpaper craft tips are Owls Pattern by Mini Empire, Mountains by Fine Little Day and Happy Forest Pastel by Sne design.
Children’s heroes and favourite characters often take a lot of space in terms of wall decor and toys, so we recommend you create practical, stylish storage space. This simplifies picking up all the colourful things that tend to get spread all over the floor. Put shelves on the walls of your kids’ room with space for boxes and frames to fill with pictures and mementoes. Or why not frame a section of their favourite wallpaper?
It’s no secret that kids love to move and climb. “No running indoors and no climbing on the furniture” is a rule we often hear. But what about a children’s furniture solution that encourages movement and play? A climbing wall, a rope ladder, an indoor swing or a homemade fort are all nice options. Take a look at our Pinterest board for more inspiring ideas and creative solutions for children’s rooms.
Items in interior by SELECTED BY R.O.O.M. and Granit.
Wild flowers, playful details and wallpaper pennants. This year’s final Wedding Special is brimming with tips and ideas to make your classic Vintage wedding a night to remember.
You needn’t go all-out vintage. With the right details, you’ll get the look you want. Hand-picked wild flowers look lovely in flea-market vases. If you pick a rustic yet romantic venue for your reception, soften the setting with white textiles and pops of colour. Hang pennants from the ceiling and set the table with whimsical drinking jars. Don’t forget the candles and personal greetings for guests to create the look we like to call Vintage Vibes. Our top wallpaper tips for this look are Wooden Plank Wall, Colorform Monogreen and Rusty Patched Plate.
On the walls, on the tables and from the ceiling. There are many places where you can decorate with crafts you made yourself. Here are our best DIY crafting tips, both with and without wallpaper.
Send us an image of that special moment from your wedding ceremony or celebration that you want to cherish a little longer. All you have to do is select an image, upload it in as high resolution as possible in our shop and choose what size you want. We now also offer a 20 percent discount on canvas prints from your images. Enter the code ownimage17 at checkout to activate the discount. This offer is valid until 31 May 2017 and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.
Would you like a large print? We can help you create a canvas print from your own image up to 150 cm in both width and height. And best of all, we have reduced the price of our largest prints, so you’ll pay a lower price per square metre if you order a large print.
Congratulations to Anneli Karsnäser who submitted the winning entry in our Star Wars contest, and a big thank you to everyone for their outstanding entries. We would like to give those of who did not win a small consolation prize. Enjoy 30% off on all our Star Wars motifs until 21 May, valid for both wallpaper and prints. Enter the code starwarsweek at checkout. (This offer may not be combined with other discounts or offers.)
May The Force Be With You!
As we gently roll into the brighter days of spring, the winter echoes of hygge become fainter. Instead, the Swedish term “lagom” lingers on the lips of bloggers and throughout the online design community, shifting focus towards finding the perfect balance in Scandinavian interior design – not too much, not too little.
The Scandinavian style remains at the forefront of current trends, with its clean lines, playful pops of colour and unforgiving sense of class – and we expect this design concept to continue to grow in popularity. Join us as we explore how Scandinavian interiors adapt to the changing seasons, and how to bring this minimalist style into your own home this spring.
Art remains a core component of modern Scandinavian homes. Whether those are retro-inspired wall prints or ultra-modern furniture, so consider swapping out any dark-hued designs with brighter counterparts this spring. If you’ve been living Scandi for a while, it’s likely your home comprises of a mostly monochrome colour palette – so inject vivid accent colours such as red, green, yellow or orange to make the colours pop against a neutral background and welcome spring in style.
The Scandinavian love of nature lends itself well to springtime decoration, giving you the chance to bring the outdoors in using natural tones and features – and plants are the perfect place to start. Start small by using a vase or something more creative to display a handful of your favourite flowers and enjoy the impact this can create on the overall aesthetic of a room.
Wallpaper motif – My Greenhouse Flowers
For the particularly green-thumbed reader, flowering houseplants are a worthwhile investment and look right at home in nature-focused Scandinavian designs. A flower injection in the form of a floral wall mural can also provide a much-needed burst of springtime sunshine, and look fantastic when placed on a single feature wall where there is an abundance of natural light. Alternatively, faux flowers can look just as good as the real thing, and don’t require any maintenance!
The use of wooden materials is apparent in any Scandi home, as they look to connect their living space with nature – and lighter toned woods sit nicely within the airy aesthetic of modern Scandinavian design. Opting for ‘unfinished’ wooden furniture can deepen this look, adding rustic charm for a subtle but stylish contrast. Whether you choose wooden chairs, wall beams or wood-look wall murals, feature wood in your home to create a nature-inspired space this spring.
Wallpaper motif – Brown Wooden Wall
Scandinavian design doesn’t tend to employ large blocks of bright colours – that’s where pastels come in. Of particular interest in 2017 are the increasingly popular shades of pastel pink, which can work seamlessly in Scandinavian homes to create a sense of calm and tranquillity. Modern interior materials like metallics, concrete and marble all complement this shy shade of red, so bringing this tint into your home could be just the thing to brighten up your home and complement existing decor.
Whitewashed floors and walls are at the epicentre of Scandinavian home designs, providing the clean base needed to style with sharp lines and monochromatic shades. Spring is the season of change, so get creative with floor tiles by using Nordic-inspired styles to complement your home decor. For a change of pace from a predominantly whitewashed home, use floor tile designs to incorporate cool-blue hues in your bathrooms or kitchens for on-trend appeal and effortless class.
No matter the season, the Scandinavian design principles can be incorporated into your home interior. Whether you bring nature indoors with green plants, natural materials or focus on flooring to add finesse to your springtime Scandi look, follow our helpful tips and you’ll be well on your way to bringing minimalist class into your home this year.
Fly off and get married – then come home and celebrate with your loved ones. Follow these tips to transform your wedding celebration into a truly delightful party – at home. But have in mind these useful takeaways when you get married in another country.
Invite your friends and family behind the scenes of your home and show them your personal style. Start simple by designing a digital invitation to your reception and then use it to invite guests on Facebook. Organise a clothes swap session with your friends to combine finding the perfect dress with the fun of making wallpaper pennants – or create a photo backdrop with your favourite wallpaper to create the look we like to call Home Simplicity. Our favourite wallpaper to use for this style are Berries Rose by Andreas Engesvik, Linen Blue by Lemon and Sycamore by Iwa Herdensjö.
Crafting decorations with wallpaper for your wedding reception is both fun and easy and gives a more personal touch. Use wallpaper left over from a renovation or else wallpaper samples. We made decorations from Botany Banana, Speckle and Linen by Lemon, and from Fruta do Dragão by Iwa Herdensjö.
Our best crafting tips:
It doesn’t have to be difficult to find games that are fun for everyone. Start by thinking about what you and your friends are interested in. If they like music, then it might be fun to hold a dance contest in the living room to your favourite tunes. If history is your thing, create a unique historical walk around your garden with mini-quizzes dotted along the way containing amusing little puzzles and riddles. Or why not set up a canvas next to the drinks table where guests can paint messages of congratulations and love to the happy couple?
Canvas print with love greetings from the guests.
Or, at many airports you could even get married before departure and then celebrate with a wonderful honeymoon before the party.
Don’t miss part 3 of our Wedding Special, where we share advice on creating the perfect classic vintage wedding.
It’s wedding season and preparations are in full swing. We can plan everything – except the weather. That’s why part 1 of our Wedding Special is all about ideas and crafts for celebrating your wedding indoors.
Step into a creative world of inspiration full of wild flowers and retro details. Start with a muted colour scheme, then add pops of colour with candies and confetti for a romantic and playful style we like to call Romantic Retro.
Capture the right mood by choosing a romantic venue with turn-of-the-century details, and use the same colour scheme in your decor and crafts. Bring your personality to the mix with some playful, unexpected – almost modern – touches. When you select decor and furniture for an indoor wedding reception, think glass vases, brass candle holders, antique chairs and flowery china. But don’t forget to delight with paper cones and yummy popcorn. Our top wallpaper tip for this style is Wild in My Garden by Peppercookies, Confetti from By May and Changing Waves by Sne Design.
Do it yourself! Your wedding will be more personal and it’ll be easier to stay on budget. And you don’t need to worry about wallpaper crafts or handmade confetti being spoiled by wind and rain when you hold your reception indoors.
Create your own garlands
Make a heart template, lay it on the back side of the wallpaper and trace it. After tracing as many hearts as you like, you can start cutting them out. Once you have cut out your hearts, tape a string to the back side, near the middle. Don’t cut the string yet! Keep taping it to all the hearts, with the same spacing between them, and then cut off the string. Now you’re done!
Create a fun, chatty atmosphere with a game of guessing the age of vintage clothing. Or, have a music competition with the same theme. Play a game of balloon stomp or the wallpaper game.
How well do you know the bride and groom? Make wallpaper cards for wedding guests to have ready when they think they can answer questions about the bride and groom.
Finding the perfect venue can be both time consuming and expensive. And even if the space should suit the style of the wedding, you can create the right mood almost anywhere with a little creativity, fabric and wallpaper.
Rent or borrow umbrellas and put up rain shelter for guests to step out for fresh air. And make sure the local taxi company’s number is posted and the Uber app is ready as the evening winds down.
Don’t miss Part II of our Wedding Special: The modern wedding.
Vintage dresses and china from Vintagefabriken.