Upon entering a house, people will almost always notice the walls first since they are the largest surface area in any given room. The designs on the wall will attract anyone’s attention, and even if there’s luxurious furniture and decor all around, if the walls aren’t done well, the room doesn’t light up the way it’s supposed to. Simply put, walls play a crucial role in interior planning and design. History doesn’t reveal as much about wallpaper as perhaps it should. On the other hand as it is by definition temporary, it’s perhaps unsurprising that less hard evidence of it remains than of murals and paintings. The pyramids and caves of our own distant forebears were not, so far as we know, wallpapered. But then we have come a very long distance since that time. Miss E Wakerly is making quite a name for herself and it’s not difficult to see why given her clear talent and eye for the sublime. Here I take a look at what is making the young London designer such a hot topic of conversation in design circles. Direct comparison of the relative merits of wallpaper and wall stickers. Impartiality guaranteed. For generations, decorating experts have known that one of the simplest ways of making a style statement is via a floral tribute. What started as a late-Victorian obsession with the natural world, evolved into William Morris’s stylised botanicals and between-the-wars vernacular schemes that saw walls, floors and windows adorned with everything from sweeping trails of rambling roses to subtle sprigs. Wallpaper that has the look of belonging in the years from the 1940’s to the 1970’s is usually considered retro. The floral, striped, or geometrical patterns in colors like orange, brown, aqua, and grey are unmistakable. Most of the time they have a bold and stylized look that is different from the contemporary designs today.