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532 Annette St
Toronto, ON, M6S 2C2
Canada

4169349771

CREATIVE MATTERS INC.

INSPIRED FLOOR AND WALLCOVERINGS

Our mission is to design and create exceptional, original, high quality and ethically produced floor and wallcoverings

Wallcovering inspiration for interior designers

Narrative Threads

Wallcovering inspiration for interior designers

Lydia Stone

The interior design opportunities of wallcoverings have risen exponentially in the last 10 years. Due to new digital and printing technologies, what used to be "wallpaper"  has opened up to a whole new world of different materials and effects. It is now feasible to order a small run - even for a single wall - using photographs, maps, hand-drawn artwork and more, so clients can now enjoy both truly unique pieces and unprecedented colour matching. 

In the last couple of years, we have assisted clients with custom wallcovering projects ranging from original native art for a healthcare setting to a restaurant owner's own photography creating the main design focus to our own Dream design customized  (complete with glass beads) for a Florida beach home. 

Eric McClelland at Fleur de Lis Interior Design used three of his own photographs to create ambiance for a restaurant client. They enlarged beautifully, with this one almost creating a trompe l'oeil effect. Printed on matte type II vinyl.

Eric McClelland at Fleur de Lis Interior Design used three of his own photographs to create ambiance for a restaurant client. They enlarged beautifully, with this one almost creating a trompe l'oeil effect. Printed on matte type II vinyl.

Interior Designer Jacki Mallick had a brilliant idea! She spotted a fit for Dream (a rug design from our XXV Collection) and not only asked us to size and colour it for her Miami client, but also specified encrusting tiny glass beads atop the wallcovering. Her lighting system enhances this magical effect. Creative Matters designer: Ana Cunningham

Interior Designer Jacki Mallick had a brilliant idea! She spotted a fit for Dream (a rug design from our XXV Collection) and not only asked us to size and colour it for her Miami client, but also specified encrusting tiny glass beads atop the wallcovering. Her lighting system enhances this magical effect. Creative Matters designer: Ana Cunningham

For the Toronto Birth Centre, LGA Architectural Partners provided us with four pieces of original artwork by Christi Belcourt. We then reworked the art to create a wallcovering design that fit the dimensions of each wall. Digitally printed in the U.S. on type II vinyl.

For the Toronto Birth Centre, LGA Architectural Partners provided us with four pieces of original artwork by Christi Belcourt. We then reworked the art to create a wallcovering design that fit the dimensions of each wall. Digitally printed in the U.S. on type II vinyl.

Leah Phillips, who led the launch and development of our wallcovering Collections in 2013 (Graphic Collection  and Watercolour Collection), worked as a wallcovering designer for 10 years before joining our firm. Back then, she was hand painting designs but with the recent technological developments, she is now revelling in an incredible range of other design methods. 

Creative Matters has also recently released a look book of starting point designs which can be customized into rug or wallcovering designs. We ask Leah which ones she most immediately envisaged for the wall.

GEO 007 "I see this in a clean/modern setting with light streaming through huge windows. The yellow accent could be easily adjusted to blend with the fabrics and finishes in the space." Creative Matters designer: Clémence Hardelay

GEO 007 "I see this in a clean/modern setting with light streaming through huge windows. The yellow accent could be easily adjusted to blend with the fabrics and finishes in the space." Creative Matters designer: Clémence Hardelay

ORG 018 "This floor to ceiling floral has a stunning range of colour and could act as the main artwork and focal point for a room." Creative Matters designer: Ashley Solymar

ORG 018 "This floor to ceiling floral has a stunning range of colour and could act as the main artwork and focal point for a room." Creative Matters designer: Ashley Solymar

WALL 011 "I love the large scale of this modern take on lace. It would be a wonderful way to introduce pattern into a corporate setting." Creative Matters designer: Clémence Hardelay

WALL 011 "I love the large scale of this modern take on lace. It would be a wonderful way to introduce pattern into a corporate setting." Creative Matters designer: Clémence Hardelay

Wallcovering Collections

Some of the designs in the collections have already been selected by interior designers and used creatively.

Interior design firm Fleur de Lis chose Raffia from our Graphic Collection for this residential application but requested a custom colour range. Printed on a lightly textured type II vinyl. Creative Matters designer: Ange Yake

Interior design firm Fleur de Lis chose Raffia from our Graphic Collection for this residential application but requested a custom colour range. Printed on a lightly textured type II vinyl. Creative Matters designer: Ange Yake

Timing
A thrilling note for interior designers under time constraints - it only takes two weeks to produce a sample and between two and four weeks for the production of the final wallcovering. 

Needle Felting
This is a special - and so far little-seen effect - where we embellish a wallcovering by interlocking the fibres. Enabling us to create the softer lines associated with watercolour effects and painterly designs, it also adds texture and warmth. 

A sampling of the effects possible with needle felting.

A sampling of the effects possible with needle felting.

Eco-Friendly
Today's wallcoverings include a full range of natural and recycled materials, renewable resources, organic and eco-solvent inks along with fire-ratings, sound insulation and LEED credits.