Up against the wall: New wallcovering envelops room in luminous washes of color

May 21, 2021

If you’re looking for a way to refresh your home this spring and want to create a calm, relaxed refuge, consider a new kind of wallpaper. Founded in 2013 by Rachel and Nick Cope, Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper  creates atmospheric wall murals that envelop a room in luminous washes of color based on nature, The Chicago Tribune reports.

The custom fit, non-repeating wall murals evoke sunrise, sunset. and subtle landscapes wrapped in fog or water that turn a room into a serene, immersive environment.

nd they are part of a big comeback: Abandoned by designers and homeowners in the second half of the 20th century, wallpaper is making a triumphant return. In fact, one study estimates that the global market for digitally printed wallpaper, which was more than $2 billion in 2017, would reach $7.5 billion by 2026

“We continually draw inspiration from landscapes and scientific phenomena, as well as our own experimentation with art processes and materials,” said Rachel Cope, Calico co-founder and creative director. “Our Aurora collection was developed following extensive research in the art of fabric dyeing and draws upon shibori and ombre techniques. Each pattern is a study in the relationship between light, color, place and mood, and explores the emotions expressed by the ever-changing sky.”

Calico Wallpaper co-founder Nick Cope said that the designs begin as handmade artworks that are then digitized so that they can be printed to fit the specific space in which they will reside. “We began designing wallpaper to move art beyond the frame and incorporate its elements into everyday interior spaces,” he said. “Homes are sanctuaries and should feel pleasant, balanced and calming.”

This summer, Calico will launch a collection in collaboration with French designer Sam Baron called Noir, based on artist Pierre Soulages’ exploration of the reflection of light off the surface of his black monochrome paintings.

See the full range of Calico wallpapers at calicowallpaper.com.

Research contact: @chicagotribune

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