Now trending: the return of wallpaper

Every edition we assess an aspect of the French zeitgeist. This month: the renaissance of papier peint – très chic and now easy to hang, says Jane Hanks

The chic home design magazines agree, wallpaper is back in fashion. Twenty years ago if you moved to rural France, the first thing you wanted to do was to get rid of the huge patterned wall paper which dominated homes and made them dark. Black and pink floral motifs shouted from ceilings and walls and wallpaper was torn off and replaced with monochrome paint as quickly as possible. Gradually brico stores began to stock more and more coloured paint, albeit expensive, and less wallpaper.

Wallpaper inspired by Dutch painter Jan Davidz de Heem, credit 4murs

But now wallpaper is back again, and this time the attraction is the huge range of designs available, improved and easier methods for putting it up and with digital technology some companies will print up ...

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