CALL OF THE WILD: NATURE INSPIRED WALLPAPERS THAT BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

by Marisa Marcantonio


Look around and you are sure to notice the influx of pineapples, palms leaves, and general exoticism reflected in wallpapers recently. This trend towards all things nature-inspired is not new, but whats interesting is the interpretation. I have included wallpapers that are unique in their artistry, color combinations and the feeling they evoke. Rendered in large scale and small, these fantastical scenes can create an escapist atmosphere for that place you like to spend the majority of your time, your home.

Photo courtesy of Adelphi Wall Hangings

Photo courtesy of Adelphi Wall Hangings

Known for their historically accurate wallpapers in period colors, Adelphi Paperhangings is the go-to source for designers that do interiors in historic houses and work with color, like Brockschmidt and Coleman. Working from original period documents, Adelphi block prints their papers in the same was they were made in the 18th Century. Their papers are not for wallflowers, and I love their circa 1840 Pineapples pattern which has been recolored by the aforementioned duo, the colors are fantastically fearless.

Photo courtesy of Cole and Sons

Photo courtesy of Cole and Sons

Folie from the Fountanbleau collection, a paper from Cole and Sons has become a fast favorite, depicting a tree of life with climbing branches, big blooms and exotic birds in a range of bright colors. It is charming and joyful at the same time.

Photo courtesy of Cole and Sons

Photo courtesy of Cole and Sons

Recolored and restyled in blue on white, Palm Jungle from original Palm print by Cole and Sons gets a whole new beachy look when done in this perpetual favorite combination of colors.

Photo courtesy of Fromental

Photo courtesy of Fromental

Capturing the jagged rock formations of a Chinese mountainside in blues and pinks, Fromental's hand painted scenic Rockface is captivating. Painted on lacquered paper, the hand dyed papers seem collaged.

Photo courtesy of Hermes

Photo courtesy of Hermes

Flora and fauna co-exist in harmony in Hermes's exotic wallpaper.  Done in a small scale repeat you have to look closely to catch all the action occurring in the jungle setting.

Photo courtesy of Osborne and Little

Photo courtesy of Osborne and Little

Fashion designer Matthew Williamson's follow up collection, Cubana, of wallpapers for Osborne and Little is just as ebullient as expected. Strutting flamingos, giant orchids and palm fronds provide pure fantasy in a 1950's way.

Photo courtesy of Flat Vernacular

Photo courtesy of Flat Vernacular

You can still make a big impact with  smaller scale pattern, as seen in Flat Vernacular's wonderful Burma print, filled with tigers on the prowl. The presence of the artists hand comes across in this paper and it has a sweet naivete to it.

Photo courtesy of Cordonne

Photo courtesy of Cordonne

Freely flowing giant palm leaves painted in watercolor give Cordonne's Palm Springs mural a hand done touch. I discovered this playful Spanish wallpaper company at Maison Objet in Paris, and like the airy quality of the repeat, all the white space lightens it.