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