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Punch-drunk Wallpapers

13 bold wallpapers that aren?t afraid to make a statement

By Lisa Wallace | April 13, 2016 | Category

Photograph: Elsa Young
Photograph: Elsa Young

Cotton Elegance 

Photograph: Elsa Young

 

Expansive and lavishly decorated, the open-plan guest suite in a luxurious bachelor flat designed by Andrea Graff includes an opulent bathing area with geometric silver-and-white wallpaper.

Bright As Day

Photograph: Adriaan Louw

 

African-inspired colour and a colonial sense of history make for a home that warmly welcomes you in. Rich colour and pattern lend a sense of occasion to the dining room.

A Bright Occasion

Photograph: Adriaan Louw

 

The guest bedroom in a Cape Town suburban home is a vibrant mix of colour and pattern.

Mirrored Hallway 

Photograph: Elsa Young

   

Cool contemporary design makes magic in a country-style Cape manor house. Here, a mirrored wall abuts a surface with ‘arithmetic’ wallpaper.

Modern Classic

Photograph: Elsa Young

   

A Joburg home capitalises on the fine art of composition in a marriage of modern lines and signature classics. With a nod to 1960s lines, a Tonic Design piece in walnut and soothing sophisticated shades set the scene for pared-back simplicity. Love the textured wallpaper!

Layered Minimalism 

Photograph: Elsa Young

   

Grasscloth wallcovering and sisal matting offer texture in the living room of this Bantry Bay home. Geometric fabrics from David Hicks’ Groundworks range and Allegra Hicks Fabrics continue the geometric theme.

Naturally Outgoing 

Photograph: Elsa Young

 

A classic undercurrent anchors modern art and 1950s architecture in a glamorous David Muirhead-designed Joburg home. In the dining room, the glossy dining table complements the walls; Cole & Son wallpaper lend a luxe feel. A work by Deborah Bell adds warmth.

Oriental Flavour 

Photograph: Elsa Young

 

Designer John Jacob layers subtle tones with fine finishes in a Joburg home that speaks of supreme sophistication. The main bedroom is a masterclass in layering pattern. The same toile fabric that covers the walls was also used to dress the bed and upholster cushions. John Jacob had it remilled especially, after finding the perfect swatch and discovering it had been discontinued. Cupboard doors were lined with off-white pleated silk to tie in the with toile.

Max Factor 

Photograph: Dook

 

A bolt of intense yellow in a Mumtaz Dasoo-designed Joburg home is offset by Mulberry’s ‘Octavio’ wallpaper.

Graphic Design

Photograph: Lar Rattray

 

Élitis wallpaper from St Leger & Viney creates a graphic backdrop in the dining room of this Kwazulu-Natal retreat.

Zimbali Love

Photograph: Lar Rattray

   

The wallpaper in this bedroom is by Cole & Son from St Leger & Viney, and the wooden pendants are by Goet.

Wallpaper Romance

Photograph: Elsa Young

 

Reindeer hides are an incredibly alluring and robust texture for elemental and romantic rooms, as seen in this Tessa Proudfoot-designed home. A French wallpaper in soft blue adds muted detail without being overpowering.

Patterns Collide 

Photograph: Elsa Young

 

In Generation Store owner Julia Day’s family home, the formal shape of the ‘606’ unit by Dieter Rams stands out against the delicate pattern of the Fornasetti wallpaper.

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