A Long Way From Woodchip

Exhibiting a keen eye for design even then, I chose for my teenage bedroom wallpaper what I thought of at the time as an appropriately manly faux woodgrain motif. Allied to a flatpack pine wardrobe, desk and bed, the overall effect was not unlike going to bed every night in a sauna, or perhaps the inside of a large tree.
Faced with the same choice today, I’d hope that I might pick something a little more tasteful, for there has been a veritable explosion in what we must inevitably refer to as “designer wallpapers” (check out Lachlan Blackley’s book). The latest to hop onto this little bandwagon is Habitat with its new range of Very Important Products, featuring wallpapers from the likes of Christian Lacroix, Julian Opie and even a graffiti version from Bernie Reid…

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