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From Pretty Paint to Patterned Paper: Wallcoverings We Love

The writing’s on the wall—and we can’t get enough of it.

Walls get poetic with whisper-soft shades and flights of fancy that are both serene and enchanting.



Buzz Worthy

Taken from silk fabric found in Josephine Bonaparte’s bedchamber, the pattern of Farrow and Ball’s Bumble Bee wallpaper ($230 per roll) is especially playful in new colour combos of Peignoir and Shadow White or Cromarty and Yeabridge Green.


Real Love

Double Fantasy (starts at $15 per square foot) is statement wallpaper inspired by Yoko Ono and the iconic black-and-white photograph of her and John Lennon kissing. Dreamy indeed.

moon motif mural Anewall 2

Wax and Wane

Graphic yet luminous, this mega-scaled moon-motif mural (self-adhesive vinyl or wallpaper) by Vancouver-based Anewall ($269) sets any interior aglow.


Pretty in Pale

Sico’s spring and summer lineup of paints is all about buttercup-tinged whites and this dusty rose called Venice Skyline (from $45 a gallon), a powdery pastel that’s oh-so-soft and soothing.


White Out

Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Colour of the Year is Simply White—a nuanced base on which to build a layer of light.


Heath Ceramics Seasonal

marianne“For me, wall colour or material will first be about how it accentuates a geometry or can highlight a particular space. Once that architectural move has been established, my first instinct is always to add tile. This adds colour, texture, artistry and depth to a space. By far, my favourite tile at the moment is Heath tile. I’m enamoured of the new specked texture!”

Heath Ceramics, Layered Glaze tile ($51 per square foot).

Marianne Amodio is Principal of Vancouver’s MAA Studio and winner of Western Living’s 2015 Designers of the Year Arthur Erickson Memorial Award for an emerging architect.


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