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Currently Coveting: Botanical Patterns from Boråstapeter, Sweden’s Oldest Wallpaper Company

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Currently Coveting: Botanical Patterns from Boråstapeter, Sweden’s Oldest Wallpaper Company

June 15, 2022

Wallpaper may be more of a commitment than paint, but it’s also more impactful. For those wanting to make a room feel more homey—and, yes, #cottagecore, #cozycore, #grandmacore, and #coastalgrandmother—an overall leafy or geometric pattern is a good way to go. We ourselves are currently immersed in the vast design library of Boråstapeter, Sweden’s oldest wallpaper brand, in business since 1905.

Located in Borås in southwestern Sweden, Boråstapeter follows environmental best practices—the paper comes from responsibly managed forests, its dyes are water based, rolls get shipped in recyclable packaging, and the facilities are powered entirely by renewable energy, plus the company runs its own water-treatment plant. Its wide-ranging patterns from past and present all seem to telegraph summer in Scandinavia.  The line is newly being distributed across North America exclusively by F. Schumacher. Here’s a look at eight favorite Boråstapeter botanical patterns and their applications all over the house.

Photography by Boråstapeter, courtesy of F. Schumacher.

nyborg was inspired by an antique stencil pattern. it come in three colorways o 9
Above: Nyborg was inspired by an antique stencil pattern. It come in three colorways on a pale cream background: green and blue is shown here; scroll to the end to see it in red and blue.

Boråstapeter’s wallpaper is made using a range of techniques, from collagraph to digital printing, all outlined here.

midsummer eve, also available in a charcoal background, evokes the swedish trad 10
Above: Midsummer Eve, also available in a charcoal background, evokes the Swedish tradition of placing flowers under your pillow to dream of your future love.  Scroll down to see it in a cottage bedroom.
celebrated post world war ii swedish ceramic and textile designer stig lindberg 11
Above: Celebrated post-World War II Swedish ceramic and textile designer Stig Lindberg designed the fanciful Herbarium pattern, shown here with a spruce background.
jane mural is named after jane morris, wife of william morris and leading membe 12
Above: Jane Mural is named after Jane Morris, wife of William Morris and leading member of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
ingrid marie in navy depicts an apple orchard at midnight. 13
Above: Ingrid Marie in navy depicts an apple orchard at midnight.
grazia is one of borastapeter&#8\2\17;s subtler patterns. look closely and  14
Above: Grazia is one of Borastapeter’s subtler patterns. Look closely and amid the flowers and leaves, you’ll spot smiling and teary faces.
aforementioned midsummer eve is perfect for a snug bedroom. 15
Above: Aforementioned Midsummer Eve is perfect for a snug bedroom.
  nocturne, a rustling meadow pattern, comes in four colorways; this one i 16
Above:  Nocturne, a rustling meadow pattern, comes in four colorways; this one is Sage.
boråstapeter created wild jungle in collaboration with swedish children&am 17
Above: Boråstapeter created Wild Jungle in collaboration with Swedish children’s clothing and accessories brand Newbie.
nyborg, here in blue and red, works as well in a bedroom as it does in a kitche 18
Above: Nyborg, here in blue and red, works as well in a bedroom as it does in a kitchen (scroll to the top).

Boråstapeter’s designs are available internationally, including to the trade from F. Schumacher, and directly to consumers at, among others, Wallpaperdirect.com and Chairish. Go to the Boråstapeter store locator to find a vendor near you.

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