Hollywood Regency, Italian Mod or Seventies Pop – we are now seeing new geometrics-on-steroids wallpaper that makes bold, graphic statements and give a masculine look to any room. For the girlie girls out there we are seeing some version of Edwardian or Baroque papers covering the walls of the romantic’s nest. For the rest us, just wanting some peace and natural quiet, the textures and touches of nature are seen in the reemergence of grasscloth returning from its post-war heyday. Finally for the connoisseurs and those with deep pockets, we see exquisite hand painted silk panels custom fitted for private pads.
Photographing wallpaper is not just something that becomes your computers screen saver, but is a craft. The wallpaper photographer has to properly represent the scale, color and textures in today’s wall coverings. The photographic lighting style has gotten softer and is moving away from dramatic shadowing. Digital post production allows for removal of cameras in mirrors and any blemishes in installations. Color correction can be much more accurate than ever before. For the trade in tear-sheets, ads and binders the human element is giving scale and context.
All images © David Duncan Livingston