The Young and the Restless

The saga of how one edgy young artist discovered the wonderful world of wallpaper.

Amanda Wilson is 23. Armed with intelligence, talent, enviable organizational skills and an Associates Degree in Special Technologies and Multi Media Design she stepped out to meet the world, and found us.

Amanda’s picks: modern clean lines with pops of sunny color, like pattern “Alessa”

“When I started almost a year ago at York Wallcoverings I knew absolutely nothing about wallpaper. I had no idea it was still being used, let alone the mass market appeal, but what really surprised me was the art side to these designs. There’s just so much my generation does not know about this media, but I’m telling all my friends about it.” Seeing beautiful images in roomsets from York’s collections have changed the way she sees wallpaper.

Much like may of her young “Gen-Y” counterparts, Amanda fell into the “mauve trap”. “I thought wallpaper was dated and the kind of thing you matched to your drapes in the 1980’s, but what’s happening here is all about the very best in color and design. I would definitely use wallpaper myself now, particularly for an accent wall or a full bath.”

Something calming with a gentle spa effect in soft green sculptured ink, Fonatine, has a hand applied artisan feel for an Amanda top choice.

As a Pre Press Specialist here at York, Amanda sees a wide range of creative ideas and on trend color palettes that inspire. “I love variety and never do the same thing twice, plus, I get to work with color and design every day. It’s a good company, my contributions are always appreciated and I’m proud to work here.”

Vintage updates and anything with a natural feel like archival choice “Bengali” are also favorites. Designs based in nature are Amanda’s real joy. “It is an unending source of inspiration, and it’s all around us.”
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From A to Zebra

I continue to be amazed at the amount of wallpaper designs our studio produces each year.  And often those designs have an interesting history.

When he purchased a silk tie in the early 1980’s, Ronald Redding, our VP of Design had no way of knowing it would serve as inspiration for one of his own designs thirty years later. As Ron told me:

Back when our management team wore suits to work, I had a large collection of ties. And naturally, I was drawn to the more unique designs. During one of my many trips to historic Williamsburg I purchased a zebra-print tie. The color and artistry really attracted me, but I don’t think I ever wore the tie.

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