Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Colonial Williamsburg Debuts New ‘Trend Meets Tradition’ Wallpaper Line

The new Trend Meets Tradition line of wallpaper includes 16 new prints. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
The new Trend Meets Tradition line of wallpaper includes 16 new prints. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

The WILLIAMSBURG brand and York Wallcoverings are once again partnering up to create a new book of wallpapers for the Trend Meets Tradition line launched last fall.

The book, which officially premiered at the Heimtextil international trade fair for home and contract textiles in Germany last week, includes 16 new patterns, each offered in a variety of color schemes.

As with the other Trend Meets Tradition wallpapers, each pattern in the newest collection is inspired by an antique object, design or motif found in Colonial Williamsburg’s archives.

Once selected, each source of inspiration is reinterpreted by home décor experts at York Wallcoverings to come up with a final pattern that fits in with 21st-century lifestyles while retaining a historical element.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to launch the second WILLIAMSBURG Trend Meets Tradition collection,” said Gina Shaw, vice president of product development at York Wallcoverings. “This lifestyle collection offers a beautiful blend of new and classic designs inspired by Colonial Williamsburg’s collection of handsome archival art, complemented with modern shapes and textures.”

Current trends featured prominently in this line are geometric patterns and shades of blue, turquoise and indigo.

Reflecting the colonial-era interest in patterns derived from Asian and particularly Chinese art and décor, the new collection includes several chinoiserie-inspired patterns. “Brazanga,” a pattern inspired by Indian chintz, features vibrant blooms and prowling jungle cats, while “Chinese Peony” and “Lightfoot Garden,” both based on antique Chinese wallpapers, offer a more demur take on exotic florals.

While the Asian-influenced prints tend to make a bold statement, the latest line also includes designs with more subtle nods to their colonial influence. A ruched ribbon found on 18th-century women’s gowns in Colonial Williamsburg’s collection was the inspiration for a simple trellis pattern called “Keswick Ribbon.”

Several designs such as “Albemarle Damask” and “Everard Damask” are intended to capture the look of vintage textiles by combining colonial patterns with hints of metallic or gilt coloring for an eye-catching but versatile wall covering suitable for a range of décor styles.

“This second stunning collection showcases the incredible versatility and richness of 18th-century design, the source of inspiration for the Trend Meets Tradition look of the WILLIAMSBURG brand,” said Melissa Fraley-Agguini, director of product merchandise and sales at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Click here to browse the collection.

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