Choosing wallpaper was once a case of flicking through samples, or browsing row after row of patterned rolls in a homeware or DIY store.
With wallpaper enjoying a revival, the choice of classic or new designs is certainly vast but there’s another option that could make your walls special – choosing your own images to create unique papers.
It’s affordable and easy because one of the most notable wallpaper trends right now is for bespoke designs, with companies using creating high-quality wallpaper based on a picture or item you’ve fallen in love with, a compilation of beloved family photos or just one image for a mural.
“Having your photos made into wallpaper is an innovative and lovely way of using them,” says Victoria Wayland-Smith of Life On A Wall.
A choice of three design formats are available, starting from £80 per square metre.
Creating the paper takes around two to three weeks. Customers simply submit their hi-res photos via the website, and will be sent a proof of the design to approve.
“Photographs are so precious and evoke so special many memories that people are looking at different ways to get them off of their computer and display them, and digital printing gives us so many more opportunities and flexibility than we’ve had in the past,” said Victoria.
Swedish company Photowall also produces unique wallpaper and wall murals. Customers can either upload their own image to the site, or choose from the website’s catalogue, which includes iconic skylines, tropical paradise scenes, maps and much more.
Prices vary from £26 to £37 per square metre, and completed wallpaper will usually be shipped within a week.
Creatively Different make bespoke wall coveringsand can print on to window blinds.
Again, homeowners can select a design from the company’s catalogue, submit their own images or request a unique design be created.
Price per paper roll is around £52.80 for customers’ own images, and around for £66 catalogue designs.
Space Innovation offers a range of bespoke print and wallpaper/murals services, which includes bringing vintage designs back to life.
This could be a wallpaper design no longer in production, the cover of a book or even the print on a fabric.
“Vintage Jigsaw and Favourite Frock were both bespoke commissions from a client’s own vintage collection,” says the company’s Georges Icke.
It also has access to a fabric archive from Warner Fabrics.
Costing from £60 per roll for repeating patterns, and £30 per square metre for print-to-fit single images, the whole process takes around 15-20 working days.
Mr Perswall has a Nostalgia collection as well as a pop design range featuring 20th century style icons including Bridget Bardot, Sean Connery, Bob Dylan and Jackie Onassis.
It costs from £27 a square metre for paper that you’ve designed with a motif of your own. The company charges extra to scan in a motif. It can also create customised patterns.
Wicked wall destinations
Creatively Different: 0800 085 2055/www.creativelydifferentblinds.com
Life On A Wall: 01628 667 116/www.lifeonawall.co.uk
Mr Perswall: 0208 442 8844/www.mrperswall.co.uk
Photowall: 020 331 83660/www.photowall.co.uk
Space Innovation: 07768 643 604/www.spaceinnovation.co.uk