Paint effects: they’re back and this time they’re on a roll!

I am a child of the paint effect generation and my Mum’s passion for rag rolling and scumble glazing was what sparked my passion for interiors in the first place. So when photographer Clare Bosanquet dropped me an email about her traditional Romanian paint pattern rollers, I was intrigued.

patterned paint rollers for walls

patterned paint roller

Clare stumbled across these patterned rollers in a Romanian market, where they’ve been used as a traditional alternative to wallpapers for around 150 years. She’s updated the patterns to suit modern tastes and adapted the roller designs for use on fabric or walls.

traditional home office in period home

wall with paint effect roller pattern

I really love this design with its little deer family. Clare’s decorated her whole Welsh cottage using her product and it looks great – and at £15 for each roller design they’re a bargain compared to designer wallpaper… although like wallpapering I bet there’s a knack to getting it right!

period home with patterned walls

Interesting, don’t you think? Pop over to The Painted House for more ideas and tips or if you’re ready to have a go yourself, visit Clare’s Etsy shop.

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  1. says

    love these! I’m totally useless at doing things in straight lines so probably not for me but the idea ia brilliant and there’s some great designs in that shop!

  2. says

    Lovely – even if you’re not confident at getting the lines straight they would look good just as a panel of pattern either centrally or down one side of a feature wall!

  3. Catford Handyman Ltd. says

    Very interesting article. I remember my grandma’s home. There were paint effects on the walls. It recalls me a lot of great time. I will be glad if paint effects are on track again. Thank you for sharing. Best regards!

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