Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 – Marsala

So the new year is upon us and many of you are already turning your minds to re-decorating for spring or freshening up your home with a new colour scheme for 2015. Pantone have announced their colour of the year for 2015 as Marsala 18-1438.

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_Color_Intelligence_BannerIt seems we are certainly seeing a shift towards warmer tones for interiors in 2015. In a similar fashion Akzo Nobel’s Colour Futures team otherwise known as Dulux have heralded a warm red tone too, naming their 2015 colour of the year as Copper Orange



We thought we’d highlight how well both of these colours compliment our Parasol Parade wallpaper which features Victorian ladies and vintage perambulators on a beautiful pearlescent finish! The design features a palette of warm nude, ‘copper’, ‘marsala’ and sepia tones so all of our lucky customers can rest easy knowing that their nursery decor is bang on trend, phew – what a relief! (jokes!)

Parasol ParadeLowParasols FullYou can purchase this and our other lovely wallpapers here.


Leave a comment

Filed under Inspiration

Bespoke Wallpaper

We’ve just completed a bespoke wallpaper for a private client and couldn’t wait to show you all. The rolls arrived today  and we did a quick photo-shoot before it goes off to the client.

The brief was to create a floral design for a bedroom in off-white and grey hues, the client wanted the design to incorporate a random pink rose here and there for a splash of bold colour, so this made the pattern repeat a pretty huge 104cm!

We’ve named this design ‘Bloom’

Bespoke Wallpaper

Close up

Close up detail

If you have an enquiry about bespoke wallpaper, we welcome all commercial and residential projects and prices start from £550, please contact Kate on 07446004449 for more info.

or email



Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Lovely Lisa Congdon Art!

Although her name is familiar to me, I’ve never actually taken a good look at this talented girl’s portfolio. The American artist and illustrator has such a huge array of bright and cheery drawings paintings collages and patterns to pour over. Her work is so uplifting, here are some of my favourites….

View more of Lisa’s beautiful work and products right here

Leave a comment

Filed under Inspiration

Macaroons Wallpaper (the result)

So you may remember I posted a few months ago about a project where I was creating a bespoke wallpaper for an artisan macaroon bakery in Berlin. Well here it is…..

Inspired by 1950s pattern, pastel colours and Parisian treats I hand drew, digitally finished and printed this unique design onto a lovely pearlescent ground paper to reflect the light and add a touch of luxury.

The bakery interior has a lovely relaxed and inviting appeal, and our wallpaper adds a little something unique and special, used as a backdrop for the counter.

Visit Makroenchen Manufaktur here for more info on their Macaroons.We are now looking for similar commercial projects to work on so if you have an idea you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call Kate on 07446004449 or email


Filed under My Projects

In Love With Ruben!

I just had to share with you all my new found love, the work of an artist I’ve been following for some time, Ruben Ireland.
I first his discovered his surreal and somewhat disturbing paintings over at Society6 ( where you can find a wealth of original, affordable art in the form of handy household items) whilst in search of a more “interesting” ipad cover than what was on offer in Currys, and have been hooked ever since.

This is surrealism, digital collage and painting at its finest. I only hope I have the pleasure of owning one before the year is out (take heed husband!) and it would have to be a really BIG print, because the quality and detail of his work is so awe inspiring it needs to be noticed! (An iphone cover would not suffice, but I wouldn’t turn it down!) My bedroom walls are crying out for Ruben Ireland!


Filed under Inspiration, Uncategorized


Apologies for the long silence, I’ve been busy doing nothing! Honestly, October was a painfully slow month for business and it really got me down! But you know what they say, you wait ages for a bus and then three come along at once! In other words I have plenty of projects to keep me busy in November! And I wanted to share the most exciting one with you, I am creating a custom wallpaper design for a boutique bakery which is opening soon in Berlin. Its called Makrönchen Manufaktur and they specialise in organic, handcrafted macaroons. With flavours like ‘Honey and Lavender’ and Pistachio on the menu I may even have to take a trip there myself (we’ll call it “research”!) MMmmmmm!

Image copyright of Makrönchen Manufaktur

Watch this space for a beautiful macaroon and sweet themed wallpaper in gorgeous pastel colours! For more info on my bespoke wallpaper design services please contact Other projects I have in the pipeline at the moment include some community art work and a range of musical greeting cards for a record label. All exciting stuff!

1 Comment

Filed under My Projects, Uncategorized

Dress Print Designs for Asos

Beta Fashion Projects have been running a competition to design a collection of four dress prints for A/W to be sold by The brief was to take inspiration from traditional wallpaper design just as the likes of Jonathan Saunders have done for their Autumn Winter 11 collections.These are my favourite pieces from his collection.

So anyway I put together a last minute application for the project and am praying my work gets shortlisted. Watch this space…..!

Here are my four designs, 3 of them are allover repeats and one is a placement dress print. I took inspiration from William Morris style flora and fauna and did a lot of hand drawings of different flowers and leaves, I then used photoshop to inject some vibrant colour into the designs and add a contemporary twist.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

New Design

Sorry for the lack of posting lately, things have been piling up! Anyway thought we’d give you a peek of our newest design, which we’ve yet to find a name for, its a Henri Rousseau-esque jungle scene filled with monkeys and lemurs. We wanted to give it a zooilogical feel and hopefully we have achieved this with intricate studies and paintings of primates by the highly talented Sarah Fleming and Sarah Crosbie who have both been working extremely hard on placements with us over the past few months.

Our latest children's wallpaper design

This paper will soon be available to buy from our online stockists for £165.00 per 10 metre roll. For samples and enquiries please contact Kate on 07500004178 or email

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Coming up…The Late Shows @ The Shed

It’s that time of year again, when everyone at The Shed Studio is preparing for the Late Shows; the North East’s fantastic Museums at Night event.  This event includes “46 popular venues in NewcastleGateshead opening their doors to revellers on this legendary culture crawl.”

For one night only The Shed is being transformed into The Adelphi Fim Theatre, with lots of activities to celebrate the glitz and glamour of 1920’s cinema!  There will be a costume store, a workshop to make your own bow-tie/head dress and a Hollywood film studio complete with scenery and props!! Members of the public will have the opportunity to feature in their own black and white movie which will be broadcast live on the screen downstairs and accompanied in true silent-movie style with organist Carl and Lady Koo and her band playing the hits of the 1920s!

Here at Kate Usher Studio we have been busy creating a 1920’s ‘Art Deco’ themed wallpaper to be used behind the bar on the night.  This wallpaper was designed by our current intern Sarah Crosbie.  We wanted to create something that captured the exotic and flamboyant colours from the Art Deco movement and would provide a jaw dropping backdrop for serving cocktails!!

Here is a sample of the wallpaper, we are having it printed on a lovely pearly paper which should make it look even more luxurious!!

And this is how it will look repeated on the wall…

Please let us know what you think!!

The event is on at The Shed on Saturday the 14th May from 7-11pm, everyone is welcome!! It’s looking like it’s going to be a great night with lots of talented designers contributing, so come along as see what The Shed has to offer!!

Visit the Late Shows website here, to see what venues are taking part and how to get around!!

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized


Last Thursday we packed up all our new rolls of wallpaper and headed down to Aura Designer Furniture shop in Newcastle.  This amazing furniture showroom was to become the set for shooting our new wallpapers!! It proved to be the perfect location, with literally hundreds of props to chose from…we had so much fun roaming around the shop trying to find the perfect accessories to compliment our wallpapers!

Many thanks to Theresa from Aura, who was very generous in letting us take over her shop for a day!

Check out their website here

We were shooting our three most recent wallpapers, “Parasol Parade”, “Roll-up Roll-up” and “Sharkbait”…this was the first time we had seen the wallpapers on a wall so it was very exciting and we were delighted with the results!!

Here are some behind the scene shots of us preparing the wallpaper and applying it to the walls.  This is quite a intricate procedure and requires a steady hand and a close eye to make sure the repeat is perfect!

Let us know what you think about the final photo shoot images!

We hope you like them as much as we do!!  It wouldn’t have been possible without our photographer Laura Jane Vest, a Fashion and Beauty photographer who also has a space in the Shed Studio.  She was brilliant on the day and knew all the tricks of the trade to make the most of the photographs!  Find her website here

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized