Creating a decorating scheme is a bit like a love affair, and it’s certainly as much about the heart as it is the head. When choosing fabric and wallpaper, the questions we ask ourselves are: ‘Do I love it enough? Is it a perfect match for me? Will it last?’ The variety of fabrics and wallpapers before us is now so extensive that preliminary research will always pay dividends, especially in such adventurous times for design. New developments and incremental advances in technology are giving designers greater freedom to pursue ideas, shaking off the restrictions imposed by traditional production methods.
Whether your style is classic, contemporary or an effortless mix of both, a greater understanding of the practical elements will advise your head, so you can follow your heart.
Marthe Armitage is truly special in the world of wallpaper. More artist than designer, she’s hand-blocked her botanical wallpapers on the same press since the Fifties. Paired with a painted bench, her Flora print brings the spirit of the summer garden inside.
This scheme celebrated the resurgence of rich, bold prints by showing them off in a neutral, pared-back setting for an easy-to-live-with look. Used in a hallway, this joyful and intricate wallpaper is the perfect choice for creating an eye-catching first impression. A generous arrangement of faux pink hydrangeas echoes the colour in the pattern behind.
Whether emblazoned on silk and velvet, or hinted at in muted flooring, this striking motif gives schemes a refreshing graphic edge. Here, striped wallpaper is used to create a dramatic chevron effect.
From the sophisticated, cultured yin of chinoiserie to the softly elegant yang of oriental landscapes, China’s rich heritage is a stylish source of decorative beauty. A careful mix of pattern, accessories and furnishings lends a complex sophistication and creates a sense of depth. The opulence of pieces such as the table and mirror is tempered by the comparative rawness of plain ivory linen upholstery and rustic baskets. These features act as a soothing counterpoint to the brightly coloured figurative wallpaper.
Carnival of colour
Evoke the exuberant style of Latin America with vivid shades and bold pattern for interiors with sunny appeal. When using a lot of hot, spicy shades, introducing a crisp, black and white pattern will act as a focal point and keep the look modern.
From hand-blocked panels to digitally printed vistas, murals of picturesque landscapes are an expensive way to bring epic scale and romance to a scheme. The slender tree branches of this pastoral mural are perfectly echoed in the minimal lines of the crisp, modern furniture.
We embrace our inner nomad with a considered mix of Eastern, African and South American patterns paired with natural materials, rich textures and bold hues for an elegant, worldly look at home. This wallpaper reminds us of heady summer days spent gazing at the ripples on the waters edge.
It’s easy to see why wallpaper is such a popular choice for decorating a hallway.