10 Ways to Go Bold With Wallpaper
To add instant personality to a room, it pays to be creative with your wallpaper
Why not take your feature wall to the next level? Use eye-catching wallpaper up to the height of a picture rail, then add a thin shelf on which to display your favourite artwork. Painting the wall above in a colour picked out from the paper will add more drama and create the perfect backdrop for your pictures.
This technique can be used with many colour combinations, so let loose your imagination.
A bright red kitchen makes a strong statement on its own, but adding this floral wallpaper takes it to the next level.
To make life easier when trying to re-create a style like this, make sure the wallpaper has the cabinet colour in its design. That way, you’ll create a cohesive look as well as a fun space in which to cook.
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Piece together all your favourite wallpaper patterns to create a mix and match wall. Include touches of this theme throughout the room – here, a variety of chairs around the table complements the look. This pick and mix style means you won’t get bored with your choices.
It’s a good idea to keep the rest of the room quite neutral. Here, the white and transparent furniture lets the wall take centre stage.
The hallway is often a neglected area, but it’s the perfect space to use vibrant wallpaper. Choose a colourful geometric design to make a strong statement that will put a smile on everyone’s face as they enter your home. What better way to say welcome to your guests?
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If your wall space is full of art, you could look upwards and use wallpaper on your ceiling.
The trick here is to get the scale and colour palette right. Here, the pattern of the wallpaper is quite small and intricate, and as the colourway is soft and harmonious, it’s not overbearing in the space and doesn’t hurt the eye.
If you’re using wallpaper in this way, keep the rest of the room simple, so the ceiling is the main feature.
Generally, a striking geometric pattern in black and white would not be described as restful. However, this scheme is a prime example of it being just that. The small scale of this simple pattern softens the harshness of the contrasting colours, allowing it to be used on every inch of the bedroom walls, creating a relaxing haven in the process.
You can use a small pattern like this in any colour combination, but make sure the tones you choose are harmonious.
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While your bedroom should be a restful place, your dressing room – or even the inside of a wardrobe or behind some open shelving – can be the total opposite. Use a colourful print like this to decorate all the walls. Go crazy with colour and pattern to create a vibrant look that will inspire you as you get ready at the start of each day.
Children’s spaces are the perfect place to go bold with wallpaper, whether it’s pattern or colour.
This large-scale print has the perfect balance of red and white, creating a fun, vibrant space that will work for a child of any age or gender.
Bold can also be soft and pretty. This bathroom, with its traditional-style fittings, works well with the classic design of the wallpaper. However, the bright colours of the wallpaper add a contemporary twist to the space.
The wallpaper is the star of the room here and brings in a delicate element. Using the paper on just the upper half of the walls allows the eye to notice the beautiful fixtures and fittings, too.
If you have an all-white bathroom, you can re-create this look using any colour or style of wallpaper and it’s difficult to get it wrong.
A cloakroom is a great place to be creative with wallpaper. Small spaces take large patterns and dark colours really well, as they create an atmospheric mood.
The geometric pattern and clean lines of this vanity unit give the room a dark, dramatic feel. The look is quite masculine, but you could easily soften the feel with more feminine accessories.
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