Earlier this year, Graham & Brown launched the Superfresco Easy Intrigue collection of wallpaper. I like the look of this collection for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s printed on Non-woven wallpaper. Non-woven paper is the easy to hang, easy to remove stuff that makes life so much easier for those of us that like to change our living room décor frequently. I’ve dealt with enough difficult walls and watery wallpaper paste at work so when I’m decorating my own home I like things to be as hassle free as possible.
Secondly, the collection has achieved something that I thought was impossible – it has combined floral patterns with contemporary styling, and created a sophisticated look that will round off any modern room.
There are six wallpapers in the collection:
Kensington – a hand-drawn, linear wallpaper based around the English Rose is slightly too cluttered for my tastes. The yellow version (pictured) is far too bright, too! There is a white version, which looks much more sophisticated, but it’s still too busy, and the attempt at “organic” looks messy to my eye.
Eternity – this textured Taupe wallpaper is deceptively simple. I think it would get too repetitive if it were used alone in a large room, but it would work well as an accent, perhaps on the bottom third of the wall with Milly taking pride of place above.
Milly – available in silver or grey and mica, this is my favourite wallpaper from the collection. The design is sophisticated and understated, with light textures and a delicate but not overly busy design.
Capri – this 1950s inspired wallpaper is clean and simple. If I was going to use a floral design as the primary wallpaper in a room, it would be either this one, or Milly, not Kensington.
Destiny – this lightly textured, linear wallpaper is almost a simpler version of Eternity. The texture is subtle, so it almost looks like the wall is painted, only without the paint smell and long wait for it to dry.
Metro –stripes are a hard thing to do well; it’s all too easy for them to become overpowering. I love the depth of this wallpaper, and the way it accents nearby features, instead of drawing the eye away from them.
The collection is available directly from the Graham & Brown website. Most of the wallpapers are between £20 and £30 a roll with free pattern matching offered. If you’re looking for some easy-to-hang, paste the wall Wallpaper with a touch of class, I think this range is worth a look.