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Wednesday 1 August 2012

Wallpaper Wednesday: Merci's Brooklyn Tin Tiles

Sometimes I like wallpaper to be wallpaper. You get to play with motifs and fool around with colour and quirky design. But then there are some wall coverings that stand out because they look like a totally different surface. Whether it's a leather Chesterfield design by Young & Battaglia, Studio Ditte's scrapwood, or even Louise Body's Porcelain tiles, it's a style that works really well.

I can't take credit for finding these brilliant Brooklyn tin tile wallpapers by Merci in Paris. I spotted them at the weekend while nosing through my copy of Living Etc. They're based on the tiles used across North America during the turn of the century.

The details is gorgeous - I actually love the cracks and aged look. Often you could find these tiles on the ceiling. I'd love to paper my ceilings with this. You paste the surface rather than the paper which is definitely a good thing - wallpaper might be brilliant but the actual papering is a massive ballache.

It's heavy-duty paper and you can wipe it clean. Actually, I can't help thinking that it would even look better after it got a little bit grubby. Obviously not if you throw red wine across it (no, I don't know how I did that in my old house), but a little wear is only going to improve the design and that's something that definitely appeals.

And then my heart sinks. Because while I do really love this paper, at £219 A BLOODY ROLL from Rockett St George, I'm going to have to make do with looking at the pictures. While I save up for a trip to New York.

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