From accent to smart: our walls are getting fancy.


By designed by Jean-Gabriel Charvet and manufactured by Joseph Dufour et Cie - panels 1-10 of woodblock printed wallpaper designed by Jean-Gabriel Charvet and manufactured by Joseph Dufour et Cie, from K. R. Howe. 'Ideas of Māori origins - 1770s–1840s: early ideas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 15-Nov-12, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12373042

Once upon a time this thing called wallpaper was invented. Wallpaper, dating back to the 1700's was initially used to make less affluent homes seem more luxurious - imitating tapestries, which were always much more expensive. As building techniques improved - need for tapestries declined and the demand for wallpaper began. From elaborate designs to panoramic landscapes - let's face it our walls have seen quite the revolution.

Today is no exception - in fact we are pushing the creative bar even more! With technology saturating every corner of our marketplace 3D printing has made it easier than ever to 'print' your own wall. Not only that - lead innovators are creating walls that protect you're home from being invaded by other people's cell phones or wifi. What about walls that cooperate with projectors? Microsoft's hololens? VR? The possibilities are endless but for now check out some of my favorite accent walls.