Cinema style

Tonight I find myself at the top of a ladder trying to hang some wallpaper in the lounge. It’s going relatively we’ll, but my paste covered fingers are struggling to grip the shiny surface to ensure perfect pattern match. “I don’t remember it being this blimin’ tricky” I yell down to Tash who’s hovering with tea, brownies and encouragement, but even after two lengths, I can tell it’s going to be worth the strife.

The lounge, pre-wall paper.

The lounge, pre-wall paper.

Until now we’ve had perfectly serviceable walls dressed in a matt emulsion  called ‘vintage white’. A generous assortment of paintings cheered up the blank slabs and injected welcome bursts of colour. We had no reason to alter this happy arrangement until I became aware of the ‘Cinema’ range of wallpapers from Graham & Brown. In the past I’ve occasionally stumbled across some 30s or deco influenced papers, but they’re usually either pretty naff with excess glitter that rubs off with the lightest of touches, or full on 30’s reprints that tend to look a bit oppressive and loud.

Graham and Brown Cinema in cream and gold

Graham and Brown Cinema in cream and gold

A sample in cream and gold was duly ordered, and it became clear that this was a bit of winner. We could add a touch of silver screen glamour to our lives, and cover the whole living room for less than £200. It’s a superfresco vinyl paper, so slightly embossed and pretty easy to work with. It also means you can paste the wall rather than the paper, which is new to me (but seems to work OK).

So here I am trying to hang the stuff… Which may take several evenings, but will hopefully be well worth it.

A work in progress

A work in progress

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About Art Deco Magpie

Seasoned Art Deco collector and blogger Philip Butler, aka Art Deco Magpie, has spent many years transforming the interior of his family home into a 1930’s time warp. Furniture, wall coverings, fixtures, fittings and carpets, nothing has been neglected from his quest to obtain near film set perfection. Combining a love of photography and passion for 20th century history, Philip is now working on his debut book; “Streamline Worcestershire – A Journey Through the Inter-War Modernist Architecture in the County“. Philip lives in Great Malvern with his wife and two young daughters. When not immersing himself in all things Art Deco, he can be found tinkering with classic cars, working in the alcoholic drinks trade, practicing writing in the third person, and trying to be a good dad!
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