Paint effects: they’re back and this time they’re on a roll!

20 Feb

I am a child of the paint effect generation and my Mum’s passion for rag rolling and scumble glazing was what sparked my passion for interiors in the first place. So when photographer Clare Bosanquet dropped me an email about her traditional Romanian paint pattern rollers, I was intrigued.

patterned paint rollers for walls

patterned paint roller

Clare stumbled across these patterned rollers in a Romanian market, where they’ve been used as a traditional alternative to wallpapers for around 150 years. She’s updated the patterns to suit modern tastes and adapted the roller designs for use on fabric or walls.

traditional home office in period home

wall with paint effect roller pattern

I really love this design with its little deer family. Clare’s decorated her whole Welsh cottage using her product and it looks great – and at £15 for each roller design they’re a bargain compared to designer wallpaper… although like wallpapering I bet there’s a knack to getting it right!

period home with patterned walls

Interesting, don’t you think? Pop over to The Painted House for more ideas and tips or if you’re ready to have a go yourself, visit Clare’s Etsy shop.

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7 Responses to “Paint effects: they’re back and this time they’re on a roll!”

  1. Julia December 19, 2013 at 11:22 #

    You should have a look at http://www.strukturwalzen.de – the site is in german but worth a look – this guy has an archive with over 3000 historic rolls from all over the world … crazy ;o)

  2. Karen Chapman March 22, 2013 at 16:42 #

    Lovely – even if you’re not confident at getting the lines straight they would look good just as a panel of pattern either centrally or down one side of a feature wall!

  3. Wolves in London February 21, 2013 at 12:48 #

    These are amazing! (As are the gorgeous rooms in the photographs. Do you think if I bought one of these rollers my house would magically get that nice?!)

  4. Tracy Greene February 20, 2013 at 13:19 #

    I’ve scraped too much wallpaper to ever do that again – but these I would definitely try!

  5. Lynne February 20, 2013 at 12:31 #

    Yeah, love these too! I think I might definitely give it a try!

  6. aimskers February 20, 2013 at 12:20 #

    Beautiful! So much better than that tired old rag rolling effect!

  7. Anna February 20, 2013 at 08:50 #

    love these! I’m totally useless at doing things in straight lines so probably not for me but the idea ia brilliant and there’s some great designs in that shop!

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