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Wallpaper is a trendy addition to a home with foliage, floral and geometric prints the trend

EXPERT: Haidee Kramer director of Dreamwaver Studios

Q I want to use wallpaper in my home. What’s the best way to do this?

A Wallpaper is a trendy addition to the home as it is such a quick and effective way of making a big statement with a small investment of time and money. You could just do one feature wall in a room and it would take only a few hours. If you have a tight decorating budget, a patterned wallpaper will allow you to create a finished look in the room without having to worry about sourcing artwork.

Q I’m afraid to use wallpaper in case it gets dated and dusty. What should I do?

A Wallpapers can last many years if cared for correctly, but at the same time they are not permanent. When you are tired of the look, today’s wallpapers are easy to strip off to install a fresh new look.

Q What are the latest trends in fabrics and wall coverings?

A We are still seeing a huge interest in foliage and floral prints, whether they be botanical in character or more painted. Geometrics are once again all the rage and create a clean, pure aesthetic, especially in contemporary homes. Texture, texture, texture is all-important at the moment and helps to create a dynamic and interesting interior.

● Catch Kramer at the fifth edition of 100% Design South Africa, that runs alongside Decorex Joburg until August 12 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. The design-led experiential show, which is curated by Platform Creative Agency and with leadership from directors Cathy O’Clery and Laurence Brick, features residential, office and hospitality designers, with a focus on interiors.

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