From verdant fronds to insects and shells, these monochrome wallpapers prove that you don’t need a lot of colour to get a statement look inspired by the natural world.
Textile designer and fine artist Nicole Levenberg of Aureum Design drew inspiration for this tropical motif from the exotic plants she saw in Kew Gardens’ greenhouses in southwest London. She decided to bring her foliage-filled illustrations to life by collaborating with Lemon design studio on a wallpaper collection that comes in three delightfully muted colourways: Silver Ash (pictured here), Veridian and Nightfall. Tanglewood Forest is also available as velvet and cotton fabrics through T&Co Fabrics.
The ethos behind this boutique homeware brand founded by artist and photographer Nicki Ellis is one of sustainability and eco-awareness, resulting in conscious products with nature-inspired designs. This wallpaper not only embraces the recent trend for insect motifs in interior and fashion design (hello Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2018!), but is also made from 100% recyclable PVC-free materials and printed with non-toxic inks. Love Milo’s Insect wallpaper comes in three colourways: White (pictured here), Blue and Green.
Since being awarded Best British Pattern Design 2010 by ELLE Decoration at the British Design Awards, English surface pattern designer and illustrator Abigail Borg has received major recognition for her hand-drawn illustrations reminiscent of vintage florals. As its name suggests, her Muscari wallpaper features detailed stems of the plant growing among Echinacea, and comes in two colourways: Coal Ecru (pictured here) and Mustard. This bold botanical wallpaper can be ordered locally through The Silk and Cotton Co.
Photographer and designer Clinton Friedman’s passion for the natural world is immediately apparent in his work, which has grown from limited-edition artworks and prints to span the fields of homeware and fashion. While his collection for Robin Sprong includes some colour, it mainly boasts magically monochrome wallpapers with the graphic feel of black-and-white photographs. Clinton Friedman’s Natural Curiosities wallpaper for Robin Sprong comes in four colourways: Black and White (pictured here), Colour, Night and White.
Hertex has been supplying South Africans with premium fabrics since its inception in 1987, and today the company has expanded to include HAUS, a finely curated homeware collection, and offers a marvellous selection of wallpapers to boot. Their Petiole wallpaper is made from vinyl on a non-woven backing and combines large palm fronds with delicate linework. Hertex’s Petiole wallpaper comes in one colourway: Monochrome (pictured here), and forms part of the Urban Gypsy collection.
Cara Saven gives its customers a truly bespoke experience by taking original ideas and translating them into personalised designs printed on an array of materials ranging from canvas and wallpaper to vinyl and glass. It also has a huge library of distinct images, like this Nature Study motif, which can be adjusted in scale and colour to suit your personal aesthetic. Cara Saven’s Nature Study wallpaper comes in one colourway (pictured here) and forms part of the Botanical collection.
While Ardmore may be best known for its bright and colourful designs, the proudly African lifestyle brand has presented a collection of monochrome wallpapers that are just as lively as their vibrant counterparts. Their Savuti offering for Cole & Son is named after the national park in Botswana, whose abundant wildlife and beloved Coral Trees have been translated into a large and energetic print. Ardmore’s Savuti wallpaper comes in seven colourways: Charcoal (pictured here), Cream Multi, Dark Petrol Multi, Duck Egg, Orange, Khaki Multi and Stone Neutral.
Rebel Walls founders Irene and Christofer Gimmersta want to make the world a better place by dressing it in imaginative wall murals that are environmentally friendly and manufactured using energy-efficient processes. The Jungle Land wallpaper forms part of their Best Of collection, which is made up of 40 of the brand’s most-loved designs, and comes in four colourways: Original (pictured here), Verdant, Vintage and Colour. For each unique wallpaper created, Rebel Walls donates money to Habitat for Humanity to help people build their own homes. Rebel Walls’ Jungle Land wallpaper can be ordered locally through St Leger & Viney.