This week is National Wallpaper Week, and a perfect opportunity to fall in love with wallpaper all over again. Put aside for a moment the general assumption that wallpaper is a luxury product and an expensive way to decorate your home. Sanderson, Osborne & Little, Orla Kiely and Nina Campbell are among the high-end brands on the market, but you can shop around depending on your budget, or make a feature of only wallpapering one wall. So, whether you’re a lover of traditional florals or favour a more funky and unconventional look, wallpaper could be the design touch your home has been missing.
The world of wallpaper is vast and varied, so browse online and in magazines and then order samples. Reproduced images are great for sparking ideas, but don’t rely on them as a true likeness of the actual colour. You need to physically stand with the sample in the room you plan on wallpapering to be confident of how the colour will look in that space. You don’t need to restrict wallpaper to walls either. Think about papering the backs of shelving units or glass fronted cupboards to create a colourful patterned backdrop for books or glass ware.
Design-wise, if you want to be ahead of the curve, botanical patterns and greys are set to trend in 2018. Greenery is the Pantone colour of 2017 and shows no sign of going away. Graham & Brown’s Honolulu Green wallpaper at £23 per roll uses this summer’s love of palm trees to incorporate both trends perfectly, and their Chinoserie Canary at £50 a roll will add charm and cheer to the dullest autumn day (20% off their prices this week is another reason to be cheerful). Truly, the fabulous thing about wallpaper is that whatever your personality or style, you can find a pattern that gives it perfect expression and transforms a room in ways that paint can only dream of.