ISSUE 45  |  London Calling

British Invasion: 6 Black and White Botanical Wallpapers

November 13, 2014 5:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

As winter closes in, we’re looking for a way to bring the garden indoors. Our friend Cindy Weil of San Francisco-based Wallpaper Collective had a suggestion: botanical and floral wallpaper. The kind the British do so well.

The other day we stopped by Cindy’s San Francisco studio to look through imported patterns. There we found six modern black-and-white botanical wallpapers to make it feel like summer year-round:

Photography by Michelle Slatalla except where noted.

Above: From (L), English Garden by Dupenny; Rhododendron by Kubooa; Hydrangea Garden by Camilla Meijer; Esmeralda’s Reverie by Elli Popp; Dragonfly by Barnaby Gates, and Columbia Road from Custhom.

Above: A roll of Columbia Road in mustard is $310 from Wallpaper Collective. In the UK, a roll of Columbia Road is £198 from Custhom.

London-based designers Nathan Philpott and Jemma Ooi founded Custhom Design Studio in 2009; wallpaper designs include hand silkscreen printed papers such as Columbia Road, and hand-embroidered papers with a three-dimensional texture. For more information, see Custhom.

Above: Two wallpapers that shimmer: metallic Dragonfly (L) by Barnaby Gates and Hydrangea Garden in charcoal by Camilla Meijer.

Above: A roll of Barnaby Gates’ Dragonfly wallpaper in pewter, black, and white is $120 from Wallpaper Collective. (If you’re in the UK, a roll of Dragonfly is £78 from Barnaby Gates.) Photograph via Wallpaper Collective.

Based in Wiltshire, former magazine editor Vanessa Barnaby and painter Alice Gates design and print all their papers at their British Midlands factory. Of the wallpaper patterns, they say, “We incorporate subtle metallic finishes … and often a wry touch of humor, so you need to look twice.”

Above: A roll of Camilla Meijer’s Hydrangea Garden wallpaper in charcoal is $315 from Wallpaper Collective. (In the UK, her Hydrangea Garden pattern is available in four color ways for £199 per roll.) Photograph via Wallpaper Collective.

Swedish designer Camilla Meijer lives and works in London; her wallpapers are printed with sustainable inks in the UK.

Above: A roll of Esmeralda’s Reverie mural wallpaper by Elli Popp is $331 from Wallpaper Collective. (In the UK, Esmeralds Garden is £129 per roll from Elli Popp.) Photograph via Wallpaper Collective.

UK-based designer Katja Behre of Elli Popp describes her psychedelic patterns as neo-romantic; she also makes fabrics, bone china, and tiles.

Above: A roll of Rhododendron wallpaper from Kubooa in black is $125 from Wallpaper Collective. (For UK readers, a roll of Rhododendron is £57.50 per roll from Kubooa.)

British designer Andrew Hardiman, who established Kubooa in 2003 “to produce modern papers, with a traditional twist,” also takes commissions to design custom patterns.

Above: A roll of Dupenny’s English Garden wallpaper in black and ivory is $320 from Wallpaper Collective. (If you’re in the UK, a three-meter roll of English Garden is £65 from Dupenny.)

A perfect powder room paper: Brighton-based illustrator Emily Dupen has a “passion for all things pin-up, retro, curious, and a little bit cheeky.” Her English Garden pattern is a lush, overgrown tangle of ferns, fronds, and roses. We felt an urge to color it in–crayon, marker, colored pencil would all work, we think–and would hang it in a spot that encourages such leisurely interaction. For more information, see Dupenny.

Above: For more British floral wallpapers, see our recent posts on 5 Favorites: Leafy Wallpaper Patterns and How to Pick the Perfect Wallpaper.