Five wallpaper designers I currently have my eye on

Recently I’ve been obsessing about wallpapers. There are plenty of incredibly talented designers out there doing wonderful, creative things on wallpaper. Here are my top five picks.

1. Ellie Cashman

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Ellie Cashman designs impressive, beautiful, large scale floral prints. Don’t you think the wallpaper looks so moody and romantic? I can see these statement making prints looking amazing in a hallway or guest bathroom.

2. Karen Combs 

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Karen Combs is the designer behind Nama Rococo. She designs unique, beautiful handmade wallpaper which strike a fine balance of being incredibly detailed and ornate and yet they remain contemporary. 

It’s interesting because whilst her designs are inspired by 18th century Europe and Japan, they kind of remind me of Mexican arts and crafts. Or is that just me? Either way, her designs are truly works of art.

3. Yvonne and Rebecca Drury

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These two women are the duo behind missprint. Oh my, I am so in love with these retro, mid-century inspired wallpapers. All the designs are hand drawn and quite delightful. I think you that you wouldn’t be able to help but feel cheery in a room wall papered with their designs.

4. Front

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Front are a Swedish design studio who have recently partnered with Eco Wallpapers to create these incredible designs giving the illusion of 3D texture using hand drawn patterns and shadowing. The result of which is some pretty impressive, clever eye-trickery. Personally, I’d love to have this on a feature wall in my home!

5. Smink things

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This is the company founded in East London by Marianne Smink specialising in both ceramic tiles and gorgeous wallpapers.

The wallpapers echo her tile designs, and they look fabulous. Here you can find geometric designs in slightly faded and aged colour-ways. It’s a great way to get the look of tiles on the wall without actually requiring the tiling. I’d definitely recommend giving these a look!

3 top spots for design inspiration Copenhagen

I recently went to the beautiful city of Copenhagen on a little city break. Beyond the obvious pleasure of travelling to new places, a huge draw was the opportunity to fully immerse myself in Danish design.  

Danish design is absolutely ubiquitous and Denmark is the home to many a design classic. Don't believe me? Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Poul Henningsen all Danish. Looking around Copenhagen, I couldn't help but see Henningsen's beautiful lights everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. 

If you're planning on visiting Copenhagen anytime soon, here are my top three spots for getting your hit of Danish design inspiration.

1. The design museum

We popped in here during one of the frequent bouts of rain and drizzle. I would highly recommend it as the permanent collection is beautifully curated and an excellent showcase of 20th century Danish design. You'll be a Danish design buff before long. 

2. Llama - a South American restaurant

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Yes, of course I'm going to point you in the direction of some lovely commercial interior design inspiration in the shape and form of Llama. This restaurant was a recent winner in the conceptual category at the International Design Awards. Unfortunately whilst I didn't get a chance to eat there myself, I definitely had a good nosey through the window. Wow, it's a truly stunning design with these beautiful tiles lining the floors and walls.

3. Hay store

Finally, an absolute must visit is the Hay store. Spread across two floors, it is a design lovers' wet dream. Only the limits of finances, space allowed in hand luggage and time stopped me from taking back the whole store back with me to London. I'm still deciding if it was a blessing in disguise that I only had ten minutes to run around the store trying to absorb all the beauty before getting a train for my flight back home... One day, Hay store, you will be mine.

So there you go, I hope you've enjoyed my suggestions for Danish design inspiration!