Colours & patterns

A colour can look different depending on surrounding colours, shapes and light. The difference between the hues, light and shades of different colours is more pronounced on a wall. The effect is usually greater on a colour on a smaller area.

When you choose Boråstapeter, you can be sure that all colours in our collections have been meticulously matched and that the suggested combinations in the collection books and inspiration material are guaranteed to work. But do remember that when the wallpaper covers an entire wall, it makes a stronger impression. Colours look bolder, small patterns can look plain at a distance, while large patterns can seem more dominant. Try to imagine what the wallpaper would look like in your room – perhaps you can borrow the wallpaper book or ask for a sample.


If you’re thinking of matching the colours in one room with the wallpaper in the next room, remember that different yellows can give you quite a headache. Grey is another colour that can be seen in many different ways, depending on whether it contains red, blue or yellow. If you’re feeling uncertain, ask for advice at the store.

Colours can bring other unexpected surprises - skirting boards that are not 100% white can look grey against a bright yellow wall, pink against a green wall, yellow against a grey wall and almost white against a dark red wall.

Colours affect us in many ways. Most of us have one or more favourite colours. These favourites are often linked to cultural and social traditions or to vivid memories. Most people like blue – but probably not on everything. Blue jeans and blue walls are not one and the same.

Remember too that there are warm colours and cold colours. Swedish people think of yellows and reds as warm colours, while blues and bluish-greens are considered cold. Whitish colours are regarded as colder than brightly hued colours, whatever the hue.

What pattern do you feel like today? Thank you, I feel like a bright red pattern! Our mood can be swayed by colours and patterns. They say that red and patterns make you active, that green is soothing and that plain blue walls in a bedroom give the impression of cool freshness. But tests show that, whatever the colours in the room, we feel time passes just as quickly and we feel just as cold or warm in a red room as in a blue.

The intensity of a colour is also an influencing factor. A mild green is more soothing than a bright red, yet an intensive pea-green removes that soothing effect. The amount of colour has an affect on us too. A colourful setting can be refreshingly stimulating. However, lots of different colours can be stressful for some.


Sissa Sundling

Sissa SundlingCURRENT PROJECT: New Head of Design at Boråstapeter.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: Responsive, optimistic and determined.

INSPIRED BY: All the beauty that has been created over thousands of years around the world; art, music, architecture. But I also get inspired when out walking in our beautiful countryside or watching an American TV series.

PERSONAL MOTTO: Let pleasure become part of your everyday life.

ROLE MODELS: I have a soft spot for Josef Frank, Jaime Hayon and other designers who have a penchant for the whimsical.

ON THE WALLS IN MY HOME: We have wallpaper almost everywhere in our home. Everything from large birds in red and gold in the hall, to a floral textile pattern in the study and a strict checkered pattern in the kitchen. There's no going back once you've started wallpapering. It looks simply amazing. We have lots of books and paintings in our living room, so the wallpaper there is plain apricot pink, which goes well with all other colours.

LIKES: My husband, my children and horses.

HIDDEN TALENT: I love playing my grand piano.

OTHER DESIGN CREATIONS: I've designed hundreds of products for IKEA - everything from crockery and napkins to lamps. Lots of wallpaper for Sandberg Tyg&Tapet. Zestful and decorative are the recurring theme in all my design work.

IN FIVE YEARS' TIME: Still be creating beautiful wallpaper.

Ulrica Hurtig

Ulrica HurtigCURRENT WITH:
The Vintage and Silent Nature collections for Boråstapeter.
Positive, ambitious and thorough.
Everything around me, but I often find myself in the natural world.
I don’t have a motto, so it should be that you learn as long as live.
I am inspired by skilled, knowledgeable and good people.
At the moment I mostly have wallpaper in shades of white with a range of surfaces and structures on the walls, like in a studio. It feels restful after working with colours and patterns all day. I have more colours and patterns in the hall, children’s room and as a feature wall in the living room; I like to bring them into the décor in other ways that are easy to switch around, such as behind shelves and as pictures that I like to mix with other art.
My family.
I have a passion for cross-country skiing.
Includes bed linen for HØie, woollen blankets for Berger and interior textiles for public spaces for Borås Cotton. Since I started working as a designer in 1998 I have worked with products of higher quality and with designs that will last for many years.
Wallpaper is a relatively new area for me, so I hope that I’m still working with it. Working with an entire concept, with patterns and colours, is the best thing I know – varied, challenging and fun all at the same time.

Lisa Vilhelmson

Lisa Vilhelmson designer BoråstapeterCURRENT PROJECT: The Linen Collection for Boråstapeter. Linen-textured wallpaper with a colour scheme of 33 shades. A bright, tactile collection of plain colour wallpaper inspired by nature in tones that follow the slow changes of the seasons.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: Creative, spontaneous and multifarious.

INSPIRED BY: Nature. I love seeing how it burgeons and grows. I delight in the changes that the seasons bring.

PERSONAL MOTTO: Karin Boye's lines in her poem "In motion". The sated day is never first. The best day is a day of thirst.

ROLE MODELS: Louise Bourgeois and her tremendous impulse to express herself visually throughout her life. I'm inspired by artists who are not afraid to tread their own paths.

ON THE WALLS IN MY HOME: I have William Morris' Willow wallpaper on the walls of the kitchen in my summer cottage. The beautiful sand-coloured tone complements my old iron stove very nicely. A foliage pattern that is growing on the wall. I also have Trapez by Arne Jacobsen from the Scandinavian designers collection. Otherwise, different shades of grey and white.

LIKES: Patterns, architecture and cultivation. I'm fascinated by the repetition and rhythm in patterns.


OTHER DESIGN CREATIONS: Hand-tufted rugs, woven upholstery fabrics and printed textiles for public settings. In the past, I've worked at Almedahls and Ljungbergs Factory.

IN FIVE YEARS' TIME: I greatly enjoy working as a designer at a factory, where the proximity to the production process is rewarding. I develop grades, select colours and work on pattern designs for different materials. Wallpaper, textiles and products.