This Interior Stylist Added Texture to Her Cottage In the Most Unexpected Way
Not everything is as it seems.
Updated Oct 10, 2018 5:20 PM
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Summer is just a state of mind, right? Or so says the wallpaper in Linda Dekkers’s coastal holiday home in Ouddorp, Netherlands, which is full of tiny, quiet nooks—tiny being the operative word. To carve out different zones within the small three-bedroom, Dekkers, an interior stylist and cofounder of Fronteriors, a company that makes custom fronts for IKEA cabinets, relied on statement walls. But instead of washing them in bold paint, she took a sunnier approach: cane wallpaper.
The smooth paper, inspired by the woven rattan that’s most commonly used for furniture, appears in Dekkers’s dining-living area and master bedroom. And unless you’re looking closely, it’s nearly impossible to tell that the webbing isn’t the real deal. That’s because Dutch brand NLXL took ultra-high-resolution scans of the pattern for an “is it or isn’t it?” trompe l’oeil effect. Dekkers says the paper’s stylish effect is immediate: “Bringing texture into a room can transform a place from flat and plain to rich and full. It makes a space come alive.”
While the stuff isn’t cheap (it costs around $300 for 50 square feet), she considers it an investment. “I see it more as a piece of furniture than mere wall decor,” she explains. And you can rest easy that it’s not just a trend. Caning has already proven to withstand the test of time thanks to Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret’s Chandigarh chairs, which are as relevant now as they were 70 years ago. For a thoroughly modern twist in the dining room, Dekkers placed a pale pink vintage wardrobe up against the print. In the bedroom, she took a more minimalist approach, opting for no headboard and letting the accent wall speak for itself.
NLXL’s collection of cane wallpapers features a few different designs: square webbing (what Dekker used in her dining room), a crisscross pattern, teardrops, diamonds, and plain strips. Fair warning, Dekker admits that the paper is heavier than most other versions, so she enlisted her mom to lend a hand with the installation. But she promises it’s worth it—once it is up, your once-blank walls won’t go unnoticed, no matter the season.