Brett Beldock Paints the Town Ombre

Brett Beldock has designer genes. In the 1950s her grandmother developed Givenchy’s ready-to-wear factory in Paris, later introducing his collection to the U.S. When Brett was growing up, she attended runway shows with her mother who was working with American fashion designers Adri and Kasper. It’s no wonder that Brett, a former fashion designer and current owner of Manhattan’s Brett Design, an interior design, home furnishing and décor product company, sees patterns everywhere, whether it’s a Madison Avenue sidewalk surface or a bouquet of flowers at the Amagansett farmers market. This is especially apparent in her diverse line of artistic wall coverings—some playfully bold, others muted and sublime, but all sophisticated.

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What is your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere! We have an arc pattern I painted. It is similar to the pattern on the sidewalk on Madison Avenue between 78th and 79th streets. One of my favorite patterns is Luminous Ink, which has a vanishing point where color turns to a white light. I love the over-scaled patterns we have done with a circular motif inspired by the work of the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois.

How can your mural wallpaper designs be used effectively in a room?
A large mural can act as a substitute for art. Rather than a large piece of art or several smaller pieces, you can make a big statement with a mural. Underwater Mural and Sea Stroke are a little moody. The depth of the color in both papers pushes a back wall away, making a room feel deeper. Night Swim is more playful. It has the swimmer going horizontally across the wall and acts like a chair rail.

How would you design around your Lizard, Snake or Leopard wall coverings so they don’t overpower the room?
When I use an allover pattern like a skin on the walls, I try to keep the color pallet very tonal. If the skin is snake in reds and corals, I would blend the fabrics with those two colors. Throw in an accent like an espresso brown. Small rooms are not going to grow, using a pattern all over makes it cozy.

Do you believe wall coverings can help influence emotions?
I used to see wall coverings as a backdrop like stucco plaster and pigment, a gallery for art. Now I feel that a wall covering can be the art and make a statement.

How did you achieve such a fresh and contemporary vibe in your floral wallpapers?
Our first florals were huge heads of tulips that were on their way out of life. We photographed them and blew them up. Two years ago, we took old documentary botanicals and seed packets, painted them and blew them up, then printed them on black patent leather—so chic. Last spring, we did Flower and Serpent wallpaper. We recolored it for Spring 2018 in Kelly green and fuchsia. Don’t you want to wear that with striped socks and loafers à la Acne clothing?

What trends do you see coming in wallpaper?
We’re focusing on large circle motifs, metallic, dry grass cloth, printed woven papers and florals in brights and murals. I think prints are also going to be heading toward very small Liberty like in size. I’m also seeing toiles that tell modern stories with busy and tight patterns, and a return to panels and moldings painted in rich milky bright colors.