Thinking of embarking on an interiors revamp? Then check out these eye-catching ways to create bold decorative effects:
Words: Kara O’Reilly
Many of the latest wallpaper designs feature bold patterns in large-scale repeats, meaning you don’t need more than a few rolls to really ring the changes in a room as this Nina Campbell design shows.
Palmetto wallpaper from the Coromandel collection by Nina Campbell, £72 per 10m roll
Forget carpet; instead get creative by using paint effects up a staircase. This bold design features a Dove Tale floor with
stripes added in contrasting colours of Babouche, Mahogany
Floor paint, £59 per 2.5 litres
Be brave and choose a single print, such as this over-sized botanical design, to make a real statement on a wall.
Peony Gray wallpaper from the Flora Sandbergica collection,
£144 per roll (covers 135 x 270cm)
In an awkward or small space why not go to town and paper the ceiling as well as the walls? It makes for a really striking look.
Carousel stripe wallpaper from the Mariinksy collection, £75 per 10m roll
The smallest room in the house is a place where you can go to town with playful ideas as designer Niloufar Bakhtiar-Bakhtiari shows here. Contrasting shots of neon in the form of painted plaster frames introduce a light-hearted punch of colour.
Commissions upon request.
Draw attention to any architectural details in a space – think cornices, architraves, door frames and skirting – by picking them out in a dark colour. This also has the effect of ‘framing’ the room.
Architectural details in Jack Black; walls in French Gray pale and door in Cape Red, £38 per 2.5 litres Absolute Matt Emulsion;
£54.50 per 2.5 litres Intelligent Eggshell
Create a modern mural effect by colour blocking geometric shapes in complementary paint shades such as these muted pastels.
Clockwise (from pink): Orchard Pink, Yes Your Honour, Skylon Grey and Graphite, all £39.50 per
2.5 litres matt emulsion
Green is one of the on-trend colours for 2017, but give it a chic retro edge by pairing with ochres and tans.
Creeping Ivy and Dropped Pollen, £36 per 2 litres matt emulsion
Mis-matching patterned tiles in a similar colour palette is de riguer at the moment. Designer Mhairi Coyle used them in this bathroom as a way of defining the shower area and paired them with a punchy primary paint for greater impact.
Large Picasso monochrome patchwork tiles, £94 per sq m
Interior designer Amelia Carter used a patterned wallpaper to add an unexpected shot of colour when this hidden tambour cupboard was opened for use.
Commissions upon request.