PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 November, 2010, 12:00am

Blank walls are proving to be inspiring canvases for designers, whose experiments with texture are taking wallpaper in a whole new direction. And we're not just talking flock.

New York-based Trove recently unveiled wall coverings with bling. Called Marquee, the surface is entirely covered with glass beads, adding sparkle and glamour to walls. The company has also created customised designs (enquiries through its website, troveline.com).

Metallic links in various patterns give an extra dimension to surfaces in the eye-catching Urban Metallic line by New York textile-design company Carnegie (available at Tat Ming Wallpaper, 16/F, 6 Tonnochy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2893 2337; for details, go to carnegiefabrics.com).

Autumn foliage, fish scales and ruffled skies inspire the 3D bespoke wallpaper of British designer Catherine Hammerton (pictured; catherinehammerton.com), who stitches die-cut shapes to standard wallpaper and matches the colours to order.

For an eco-friendly solution, consider Wall Flats by United States brand Inhabit. Made from 100 per cent bamboo pulp, the flats are embossed with 3D graphic patterns and can be placed over existing paint or paper and painted to match any decor (for details, visit inhabitliving.com).

And the trend has gone hi-tech. Swedish designer Camilla Diedrich has created luminescent fibre-optic wallpaper, with floral motifs that emanate light (for details, go to camilladiedrich.se).

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