With Easter around the corner, we’ve been crafting with our young friends, seen what Easter means to them through their eyes and been inspired by their ideas. This led to daffodils and wallpaper chicks on drinking straws that would delight any three-year-old.
Whatever crafting activity you decide to do, which wallpaper pattern you choose is not that important. Let the little ones choose, even if your chick turns out to be green or purple or you end up with daffodils and green cacti like we did. The easter crafts will be more personal and fun, and perhaps your three-year-old can tell you a cute story about why your chick is blue.
Make your own daffodil following these easy steps
1. All you need is a piece of your favorite wallpaper, children’s scissors, a pen or pencil, a template, tape or glue, pipe cleaners in colors of your choice and cupcake liners.
2. First, get your flower template. You can either find one online and print it out or draw your own flower. Trace the template on the reverse side of the wallpaper.
3. Trace as many flowers as you want to make. Cut it (or them) out carefully. This is when having an adult nearby is a good idea.
4. Turn the flower so the reverse side of the wallpaper faces up and glue or tape the pipe cleaner to it.
5. Then turn the flower upright and tape or glue a cupcake liner in the middle. Repeat until you have as many flowers as you like. You can stick daffodils in all the plants in the house or fill a vase with your flowers and place it on the breakfast table.
Make your own chick following these easy steps
1. All you need is a piece of your favourite wallpaper, a pen or pencil, children’s scissors, tape or glue, straws, a chick template, feathers and googly eyes.
2. Make your own template by drawing a chick or find one online and print out. Trace the template on the reverse side of the wallpaper. Trace as many chicks as you like.
3. Cut out the chicks. This is when having an adult nearby is a good idea.
4.Tape or glue the straw to the reverse side of the wallpaper.
5. This next step is the only one that is a little tricky. Make the beak by cutting a V shape in the straw.
6-7. Turn the chick so the wallpaper pattern is facing up and glue on a feather and some googly eyes.
8. Repeat until you have as many chicks as you like. Then place the chicks in a glass on the table.
If you have older kids: Watch our DIY video that shows how to make your own Easter lanterns out of wallpaper.
Our best DIY-tip is to use your favourite wallpaper motif to create unique decorative origami diamonds. They are the perfect element to a birthday party or a cute detail in every kid’s room. Here we used the wallpaper Linen Pink by Lemon. Take a look at our guide and follow the steps below to create your own hand made diamond.
It’s all about women, six powerful and inspiring female designers. On this year’s women’s day, we would like to pay an extra little tribute to them and their wallpaper motifs.
Nothing Can Go Wrng
Hand-painted brushstrokes, glamour and an explosion of colour sums up the design duo Nothing Can go Wrng’s wallpaper motifs. The Stockholm-based duo of Adriana Bellet and Paula Maso create motifs where their love of colour and form are in focus. For Photowall, they created monstera leaves, terrazzo patterns and confetti glitter, all in nice colour combinations.
Eternal Weekend – Blue – Nothing Can go Wrng
Jonna Jinton’s magical wonder of nature began to grow when she moved to a small village in the northern parts of Sweden at the age of 21. Today she is the photographer, blogger and artist who made the dream-like nature of northern Sweden into wallpapers. With her camera, Jonna has captured dancing mists, ice blue trees in the twilight and lonesome trees.
Into the Wild – Jonna Jinton
Ice lollies covered with dots, blue polar bears living in the forest with flamingos and giant strawberries create room for the imagination on the walls of your children’s room. Cathy Nordstrom’s collection for Photowall encourages playfulness, discussion and is created with inspiration from children’s inexhaustible imagination.
Ice Cream Pink – Cathy Nordström
Mushrooms, frogs, birds and butterflies, the design duo Team Hawaii with Malin Grundström and Anne Gustavsson have created wallpaper motifs, which draws our minds to nature. Their wallpaper collection, Nature Calling, is available exclusively at Photowall and the collection’s motifs can be ordered to size.
Cuckoo’s Nest Heather - Team Hawaii
Besides these six designers, we have many new, established and talented female designers and photographers in our range, which we are very proud of. All with their own unique design language and creative process. We are also continuously looking for new collaborations with amazing women to highlight.
Forget sleek lines and subtle prints – maximalism is the new minimalism. This modern style encourages you to unleash your creativity onto your home’s interiors with colour and texture. The trend’s linchpin? Patterns – big, small, geometric, soft…anything goes in this bold and bright outlandish world. But using a myriad of prints in a singular space isn’t as easy as nailing a neutral palette in minimalist style. To help you get to grips with the art of pattern play, we’ve compiled a number of top tips to follow.
Use pattern as a form of expression
The number one rule of making patterns work in harmony is to choose prints which reflect your personal character and unique taste. Spend time researching those that attract your eye instantly – consider geometrics, florals, stripes, animal prints and polka-dots.
Nora Felin, Marketing Manager at Photowall, said: “Create a mood board to help form your ideas – Pinterest is a really easy tool to use. While you can explore the feel of an overall style, you can also dig deeper into how you want individual parts of the room or furniture to look, too.”
Begin with a base
To kick-start your pattern project, you need to form a base. Do this by picking out your favourite colour and style – for example, pink and floral. Use the shade and pattern you have chosen for one of the most dominant features of your room, such as your wallpaper, flooring or a sofa.
Create your layers
Choose secondary shades and prints that are complementary to your base – that way, they’ll pull the look together. You can try repeating the same colour in a different shades or opt for hues that are perfectly paired – think aqua with cherry red, yellow with grey or emerald with gold. This second level of pattern is best used on statement pieces in a room, such as rugs, cushions and lamps.
Nora comments further: “If you’d prefer a formula to follow, try the 60/30/10 approach. Use 60% of your favourite pattern as your primary base, 30% of your secondary pattern and then 10% of a tertiary pattern which can be used for accent features.”
Balance out patterns
Make sure the prints which you choose range in size, otherwise your room will teeter on the verge of looking bizarre, rather than eclectic. If you use something bold on your walls, opt for a pattern that’s less busy for your soft furnishings. The best tip to follow would be not to choose more than one pattern of the same scale size.
Nora adds: “Use obviously different patterns, such as a sleek wide stripe, intricate geometric shapes and ditsy florals. That way, the look will look obviously intentional.”
Provide pattern breaks
One key thing to keep in mind while decorating with numerous prints is to provide your room with intermittent rests from pattern. You can break up the space by using solids, which can be easily achieved with a simple neutral wall or a sofa in a sole shade. Be sure to distribute both solids and patterns evenly throughout a room, otherwise the space could risk looking out of kilter.
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Nurseries awash with baby pinks and powder blues are seemingly no more – instead, the design world is leaning towards gender-neutral colours. It’s a far cry from trends of the past few decades: the 70s was all about vivid orange shades, the 80s was a time of bright iconic prints and the 90s saw elaborate themes soar in popularity (think cowboys, space and under the sea).
From simplistic schemes to bold designs, there’s so many ways to decorate your baby’s space without a glimmer of pink or dot of blue. Take inspiration from the mummy bloggers who have been ditching traditional colours in favour of gender neutral nurseries. We show you how they achieved the look – and how you can, too.
Mural wall: J For Jen
This Leeds and London based blogger decided a super girly pink nursery wasn’t for her. Instead, she settled for a mountain mural as the focus for the room, complemented by grey and white tones. To finish off the look, she went for a Scandi-style cot, cute hanging storage and a comfy nursing chair piled with soft furnishings for a snug corner feature.
Get the look: Want to emulate J for Jen’s chic nursery? If you’d prefer to avoid painting a mural, choose a pre-made one instead. Go for ice cream tones with this version from Linnéa Nilsson Lundell or opt for rich forest shades with this design from Michael Mullan.
Image credit: Instagram/msjenallison
Grey among clouds: Mummy Burgess
Mummy Burgess, otherwise known as Kay, decided to plump for a minimal look for her son’s nursery, with splashes of grey and white. She added personality with a cloud theme and managed to hit two nails on the head – cute and gender neutral. What we love about this room is that it’s got a soothing style that’s not only effortless, but timeless, too.
Get the look: Stencil clouds on top of a dove grey paint and you’ll be well on your way to mimicking this chic style from Mummy Burgess.
Image credit: Instagram/MummyB_KW
Bright colour accents: Bev Cooks
While her blog, Bev Cooks, is designed to revolve around food, author Bev Weidner loves to document family tales, too. For her child’s nursery, she blended pristine white walls with pops of colour – you can spot them all around the room, from the vintage buildings blocks to the cool record player. The result? She proves that you can still play with colour in a gender neutral room.
Get the look: Use a pure white shade on all four walls then focus on your accessories to inject colour, just as Bev has done.
Image credit: Instagram/BevCooks
Playful prints: Oh Eight Oh Nine
Perth-based blogger Tarina applied her interior design knowledge to her son’s nursery – and it’s nothing short of gorgeous. The space nails how to clash patterns in an artful manner, while using cool grey as a base layer.
Get the look: Apply a light shade of grey and then give plenty of thought to your accessories and furniture, carefully balancing slithers of colour with layers of texture.
Image credit: Instagram/oh.eight.oh.nine
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Planning to refresh your home with new colours and a whole host of accessories is always an inspiring time – from enthusiastically perusing Pinterest for ideas to planning your new space to the utmost detail. But put the excitement of home décor aside and the realisation of the price tag it comes with may set in as, quite often, it can be a hefty one.
According to a report by Which? the average cost of hiring a decorator to wallpaper, paint and gloss a medium-sized room can total as much as £738. Add to that the cost of materials, such as paint and wallpaper, and you’re already looking at quite a large price tag which doesn’t even include buying furniture, accessories and soft furnishings.
To help you keep your decorating budget in check, we’ve compiled a roundup of tips and tricks for revamping a space without breaking the bank (plus the places to splurge, too).
Plump for a feature wall
Want a room to pop without spending a fortune? Opt for a standout feature wall, using an attention-seeking patterned wallpaper to draw the eye – it’ll give any room an instant lift. To pinch the pennies even further, pair with white paint which is not only chic but is said to be a cheaper choice than coloured versions, too.
Try your hand at upcycling
Before you embark on the shopping trip of the century, take a moment to think about any items you already own which could be upcycled – you’ll find most have heaps of potential. A lick of chalk paint, reupholstering in leftover fabric or making the most of the end of wallpaper rolls can go a long way. Try upcycling using daring prints and fabrics to transform old furniture into statement pieces.
Splurge on key pieces
Investing in important furniture, such as a sofa or dining table, will go a long way. Pick products which fit within your budget but are of high quality. Well-made pieces can last up to 30 years, so are well worth splashing out on.
Update soft furnishings
If you don’t want – or need – to buy a new sofa or bed, try updating your soft furnishings and accessories instead. Cushions, throws and bedspreads are completely affordable and can give your space a stylish new look, without having to change the entire room.
Maximise natural light
Your home can instantly feel bigger and brighter if you utilise natural light where possible. Allow the sun to stream in by framing your windows in a pale or white shade and choose a light fabric for your curtains or blinds. It’s a simple but very effective trick of the trade.
Do it yourself
The best way to save money while decorating is opting to do the work yourself, rather than employing professionals. There’s plenty of tutorials available on the net to help you along the way – if you’re looking to install a wall mural, we’ve got a handy video to help you with every step.
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Today the designer and founder of the Swedish brand E.Leijon does a wallpaper debut with her collection Nordic Stories. The collection, created by Emelie Leijon started with ceramics and quickly developed into both fabrics and tiles. Now it launched in the form of three wallpaper motifs, all in different colour schemes.
Emelie Leijon always liked to create things. Way back, since childhood, she has felt the need to use her hands as a creative tool.
– As long as I can remember I have been looking for new ways to work with my hands and express my creativity. Form and Design is close to my heart, explains the designer Emelie Leijon.
Emelie has always been creating, even long before she started her own label. It began with an art education, then continued as a graphic designer, first as a student at Berghs, the Swedish based School of Communication, then as a graphic designer and web designer at an agency in Stockholm. It was then the thoughts of getting to do something different, to start her own brand began to grow. Two years later Emelie took the leap and started her brand E.Leijon.
– The momentum to go ahead came from the desire to work for myself and decide over my own time. But also to be able to develop my own ideas and making my own products.
It is in the Nordic forests where the patterns come to life inside Emilie’s head. Here is where she finds shapes, tones and colours, which she then transforms into motifs. In all her products you can see the presence of nature.
– For me, the most beautiful and interesting shapes are those that have their roots and beginnings in nature. I am inspired by the calm, muted colour scheme and the organic shape of things.
In her very first design collection, Nordic Stories, Emelie focused on the contrast between the delicate and transparent in the motifs and the hard, clean ceramics.
– In the collection, I wanted to capture the beauty and ethereal that is contained in the leaves that have remained over the winter. There is something very complex in the small wire plants in each leaf that I think it’s beautiful.
Something that made wallpapers well suited for Emelie was that she already had a predilection for large scaled pattern. Now it was her opportunity to really try to scale up the patterns.
– The patterns really grew and came to life in a large format, which was fantastic to see.
– I think the Ash leaf is best at symbolizing what I want to express. Something both ethereal and transparent, but also faded, weathered, and enigmatic. It has a story to tell. And since I created a very simple pattern, it became a nice contrast which I like, explains, Emelie Leijon.
All Emilie’s wallpaper motifs are available to order at Photowall.co.uk as made-to-measure wall murals costing £28 per square meter.
Here at Photowall Valentine’s Day is a day filled with love, crafts and wallpaper, but also a day we are happy to send greetings to our loved ones. This year we did it with cards and wallpaper envelopes created by designer Linnea Nilsson Lundell using her new wallpaper motifs that fittingly is called Lovebirds.
A greeting on this pinkish day is never wrong! Linnea Nilsson Lundell’s best tip is to draw your own card – fun to do and a personal gift to get. Linnea used the sketches for her new wallpaper motif.
Below Linnea shows how the motif came to life and how, especially for this day, turned it into a Valentine’s Day card. You also get a step by step guide to see how she created an envelope with a heart shaped wallpaper cutout.
Wallpaper Envelopes – step by step
You will need – your favourite motif (in this picture Linnea used her own motif Lovebirds Velvet Sharp), double-sided tape, a scissor, pencil, ruler and a heart shaped template.
1. Draw a line around the heart template on the motifs back.
2. Cut out the heart.
3. Draw lines where you’ll fold the edges. One tip is to bend the edges a little to see where to fold and then draw the lines, but don’t bend it too hard to leave marks on the wallpaper.
4. Afterwards fold the lines edges on the long sides of the heart.
5. Use adhesive tape, but only on the lower part (the hearts round parts) that will be folded up. This is so the card can be placed inside when your envelope is finished.
6. Tape with adhesive tape on the sides.
7. Fold up the bottom, the hearts round parts.
8. Finished! Now add your hand-drawn card with a love greeting and send it to your loved ones.
Finally, we would like to tip that everyone can create their own wallpaper or Canvas. You can easily upload a sketch, illustration or photograph to photowall.co.uk and we’ll print it – a perfect gift on Valentine’s Day.
From the head to the hand. Go behind the scenes where the prominent Norwegian designer Andreas Engesvik reveals how he went about creating wallpaper patterns for Photowall.
It all started about two years ago. A meeting between a designer and a design manager. A designer who put Oslo’s design scene on the map and who, in most contexts, is called one of Norway’s leading designers. His name is Andreas Engesvik and he’s just about to launch the wallpaper collection, Manuscript, for Photowall. But if we go back a little, to somewhere between their first meeting and today, when Andreas’ design process began.
– It simply started in my head. There, I thought and defined – what should I do? Then I gathered my thoughts which were independent from each other and that would hopefully have a impact on other people, says Andreas Engesvik.
After collecting some thoughts it was time to start sketching. All Andreas had to keep in mind was that the motifs would work on the wall. But to create two-dimensional patterns turned out to be a little different from the three-dimensional Andreas was used to.
– It was hard. I thought it would be easy, but the two-dimensional process is very different from the three-dimensional one which I am used to working with. Here I review and consider the subtlety of simplicity.
For this collection Andreas took inspiration from old techniques. It was a must for the presence of the hand to be seen. All motifs were painted by hand and will be printed digitally in Photowall’s studio in Skarpnäck, Stockhom.
– I have long been fascinated by hand prints and their capacity and ability to create things. Whereas the digital is often related to technology, the hand is closely associated with the body, the mind and nature. The hand was in this case also crucial to head, as we wanted to distinguish the digital printing technology to something more analog.
The collection of three motifs which Andreas Engesvik named Rain, Shelter and Berries are all living proof that they where created by the hand. The uneven lines and dots give room for interpretation and reveals that a machine didn’t create them. Looking closely at the motif Rain, you can almost see when Andreas has paused to breathe. But the motifs reflect not only the presence of the hand, but also what and how we see it.
– Even if the forms are simple, I want them to revive people’s ability to create associations.
Therefore, someone who looks at the motif Rain might see rain patters hitting the ground, but for others the blue lines might turn to something different, maybe tile joints?
But going back to the first meeting between the design manager and Andreas Engesvik. We asked Andreas what really made him chose to create a wallpaper collection for Photowall? – Mainly, I believe all home parts are interesting and because I also wanted to work with Amber – Photowall’s design manager, says Andreas Engesvik.
Andreas Engesvik has been a designer for quite some time. After a master’s degree from National College of Art and Design, he started his own company, Norway Says, in 2000. Nine years later he founded the self titled Andreas Engesvik in Oslo, where he currently collaborates with international brands such as Iittala, Muuto and Fogia.
Andreas’ wallpaper collection is available exclusively from Photowall as made-to-measure wallpapers costing £29 per square metre. The interior photos were styled by AnnaLeena Leino and taken by Kristofer Johnsson. The photos of Andreas is photographed by Siren Lauvdal.
Nature has long served as inspiration for interiors, popping up year after year on home décor trend reports. But bringing the outdoors in isn’t just a pretty fad – it also comes with bags of benefits.
It’s more important than ever to use green tones and natural landscapes in your home, as research continues to reveal how vital it is to get a daily dose of nature. NASA has proven indoor plants, natural fabrics and wooden furniture can help boost immunity and relaxation, while another study revealed that green or natural features can increase well-being by 15%.
Plus, nature-inspired interiors continue to climb in relevancy as we struggle to get outside as often as we need to. A report has found that people in developed countries spend 90% of their time indoors, while another highlighted that 75% of UK children spend less time outside than prison inmates.
So when you can’t get outside, featuring natural inspiration in your home can serve as the second best thing. To create that all-important connection to the outdoors, we’ve put together six ways you can use earthy elements in your home.
Fill your home with colours inspired by the great outdoors – we’re talking greens, blues, browns and yellows, which all nod to nature in its various forms. If you want to keep in vogue, try using Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 – ‘Greenery’. The zesty shade is reminiscent of fresh spring foliage and can be either used in accessories or to coat feature walls.
Allow natural light to stream into your home with clever daylighting techniques. Not only will it bring a room to life, colours will be enhanced and it’ll create a brighter setting. Try out tricks such as replacing heavy drapery with more delicate fabrics. You can also maximise what light you do have with pale flooring and muted walls.
What better way to bring the outdoors in than with some live plants dotted around your home? Controlling your home’s air quality is just one of their many benefits, while being in close proximity to living plants can also reduce stress and enhance creativity. Not to mention they can instantly lift a room and can add texture, colour and shape. What type of plant you choose will be dictated by your own personal style – go trendy with a terrarium, low maintenance with cacti or change things up with fresh bouquets every week.
Indulge your nature-inspired theme further with fabrics and furniture. There’s plenty of natural sources you can work with, whether you’re a minimalism fan or colour enthusiast. Wood is an easy choice that injects warmth into its surrounding, plus is versatile in its application – you can choose from a number of finishes and use it for everything from flooring to photo frames. Other natural materials you could work into your home include cotton, wicker, rattan, cork and bamboo.
The art of nature
If you have a blank wall that needs bringing to life, try featuring art which depicts the great outdoors – it can instantly add warmth and interest. Either create a gallery wall using multiple works of art or opt for a floor to ceiling wall mural.
Give your finishing touches the green treatment, without compromising their style. Choose chintz flowers, tiny birds or delicate leaf patterns for your soft furnishings. Easy touches also include popping pine cones in a bowl, artfully arranging twigs in a vase or filling a basket with piles of freshly chopped logs, ready to throw on your fire. You can also touch other senses too, using sandalwood candles and floral potpourri to emulate natural scents.
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