The times for exhibiting art on your white walls are over. Instead your home can now become your atelier and your walls your canvas.
Colours, patterns and texture are on their way back to the walls, if you ask Danish interior stylist Mikkel Kure. According to him, there is a trend moving away from covering your white walls with expensive art as if you lived in the National Museum of Art. Instead you could be using your walls to express your own style and becoming the artist yourself, inviting people into your atelier.
‘Today we’re going anti on the overspending period that we had in the 90s, where your walls had to be white and the art expensive. Today your style can be more casual. You don’t have to show off expensive art, and instead can mix it up with cheaper things that you like.’
The wall has become your canvas
Mikkel Kure himself doesn’t have a single white painted wall in his apartment. Instead he likes to work with colours and patterns that make his walls unique and help to express a certain style:
‘At the moment there is a focus on working with structure when you decorate a wall. For instance, the company Kabe produces paint that, when it is brushed onto the walls, gives them a plastered look. I think that is very modern,’ says Mikkel Kure.
Zilmer who specializes in designing wallpapers with old painting techniques are also tapping into this trend. For instance, with their Nordic Antique wall paper, which combines ancient mosaics, traditional Scandinavian knitwear patterns and trompe l’oeil- painting, to form a look that is both classic and contemporary at the same time.
‘It is very much in vogue to decorate your walls with patterns. We’ve just had a long period where the wall seemed to serve as a gallery but now we see a movement towards turning the wall into a piece of art in itself’, says Mikkel Kure.
Harmony and contrast
You might be afraid that too many different colours and patterns in a room could cause a bit of chaos. But as long as there is harmony between the colours and patterns, you’re on the right path.
‘There are two schools of thought within this field. One where you work with nuances, such as colours that go well with each other, and one where you mix it all up a bit more. I normally say that it is good to look for patterns or nuances that fit each other. Let’s say you have two different objects that both have gold in them, you can sort of weave them together to create harmony,’ Mikkel Kure explains.
Contrast is also important when you work with colours and patterns on your walls, especially if you want to highlight objects that you want to hang on the wall or place in front of it.
‘If you have a patterned wall where you want to hang a picture that is maybe a bit understated, it should be highlighted by the contrast. This often works best for me,’ says Mikkel Kure.
Curating is important
When decorating with colours and patterns, it is even more important to pick and choose what you put on your walls or place around your home.
‘You shouldn’t be highlighting things just because they meant something to you once, and therefore you can’t get rid of them. It is important to be critical with the stuff that you want to highlight. Normally I’m not the less-is-more type and I’m not saying we should go all minimalistic, but things just have to be well chosen.’
Mixing stuff like old, new, expensive and cheap when creating a wall of pictures, for instance, shows that you have a personal style. Just as long as you think they fit together and they give you the wanted visual output.
’All in all, we are heading towards a style where you want your home to feel like an atelier. Paintings, for example, don’t need to be hung on the walls anymore but could just as well be standing on the ground as if they are a work in progress,’ Mikkel Kure finishes.