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INTERIORS TREND ALERT: PATTERNED WALLPAPER

Want a snapshot of the UK’s favourite interiors trends? Check out Houzz’s Newly Featured tab and filter by room, region and more to find current real home trends like this week’s most desirable decor – patterned wallpaper 

Article first published on Houzz
Lily Young, Houzz Contributor
Lead image: The Birches by London58 Ltd

Houzz’s clever little search function can give you insider knowledge on the latest interiors trends at the click of a button. Just hit the Photos tab on the homepage, filter by Newly Featured, and you’ll see all the latest projects and trends, straight from the industry.

So, which trend is taking centre stage this week? Patterned wallpaper! Over the past few days, Houzzers have uploaded some wonderful rooms featuring bold and brave wallpaper designs, from a crisp star pattern in a child’s bedroom to a modern floral in a period home.

Country Manor
Photo by THOMPSON CLARKE INTERIORS & SHOPMore traditional bathroom ideas

Think outside the living room
Wallpaper in the bathroom? That’s right, this beautifully decorated bathroom packs a real design punch thanks to the bold and pretty wallpaper above the panelling.

Choose a dedicated bathroom wallpaper if you want to recreate this look. If you’re worried about the practicalities of wallpaper in a bathroom, take a look at this beginner’s guide to getting wallpaper right.

The Birches
Photo by London58 LtdMore contemporary dining room photos

Liven up your living space
How can you make an impact in a minimal scheme? With a bold wallpaper like this dramatic one.

Giving this clean-lined and bright dining room an unexpected twist, the dark design adds depth, interest and plenty of personality.

The Cottage
Photo by W Design Studio LondonSearch Scandinavian kids’ room design ideas

Keep it simple
This child’s room shows the trend for bold wallpaper can be light and restrained, too. With a clean star pattern in a light colourway, this feature wall makes a fun statement without dominating the small space.

Holly Tree House, Beckenham
Photo by AV ArchitectsMore contemporary kitchen ideas

Get it noticed
In a room where most of the wall space is taken up with cupboards, you can get away with a bold paper on the remaining areas.

This kitchen design is a great way to work a patterned wallpaper – it’s bold, zingy, and a little unexpected. The owners have not only papered the wall in this contemporary cookspace, they’ve also covered one side of the island in the same design for an unexpected twist.

Bathrooms in Belsize Park
Photo by Mia Karlsson Interior DesignLook for traditional cloakroom design inspiration

Lap up the luxury
Cloakrooms are fantastic places to experiment with this trend, as you can make a big impact with a small amount of wallpaper.

This room has a luxury boutique feel thanks to the simplified floral wallpaper that complements the dark wood flooring and ornate mirror.

If you’re wallpapering behind a basin, try adding a clear glass or Perspex splashback on top to protect the paper from water damage.

Read expert advice on making the most of your cloakroom
The British Empire Collection
Photo by OccipintiBrowse traditional bedroom ideas

Update period features
If your room has period features, like the sash window here, a bold, contemporary paper can create a strong, contrasting look. This wallpaper has a traditional floral motif, but the large scale and bright colourway bring it right up to date. The chartreuse armchair creates a cheerful contrast.

Browse more wallpaper on Houzz
Portfolio
Photo by Ignas Jermosenka PhotographyMore eclectic living room ideas

Adorn an alcove
A neat way to introduce a patterned wallpaper in a living room is to hang it either side of a chimney breast to highlight the alcoves.

The dark blue patterned paper works well in small sections here, and painting the chimney breast a lighter shade of blue allows a bit of breathing space and creates a soothing backdrop against which to display artwork and ornaments.

Check out these 10 ways to style your period fireplace
The British Empire Collection
Photo by OccipintiMore traditional bathroom ideas

Enjoy it
Want to go all out with a bold patterned paper? Place it somewhere you’ll have the time to really take it in, such as on the wall behind a bath.

Here, the repetition of this colourful bird pattern is bold, but could actually be rather soothing, especially if you were soaking in the tub and could really lose yourself in the details. The bright yellow colour also allows the simple white sanitaryware to stand out.


 

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