A few months ago, I bought my first home and one of the first things I got excited about was decorating. I’d only ever lived in the magnolia painted hell that was rented accommodation so now I had the chance to use actual colours and patterns.
So imagine my horror when I went to buy wallpaper and realised that there were more patterns and styles out there than I had ever considered, and that I didn’t have a clue how to plan a room around what wallpaper I chose. Thankfully, I had people to guide me (parents are amazing), but speaking to the team at Very HQ, I discovered that this fear of wallpaper is almost universal (as far as I can tell by asking around 3 people in the office!) so I decided to put together this quick guide to hopefully inspire others and help avoid freak-outs in the decorating aisle!
Vintage chic has been around for a while but it’s safe to say it’s not going anywhere yet. It’s such a pretty, timeless style to decorate a room in as well, you can be sure it’ll always look cozy and inviting. You could try something like this Isabelle wallpaper, designed by Monsoon for Graham & Brown which shows off cute vintage flowers, birds and butterflies. The pattern’s easy to match and would look lovely as a feature wall with the rest of the room painted in a complementing colour.
To finish the room, go for furnishings with an eclectic, shabby chic feel. Pretty much anything from Fearne Cotton’s home range is perfect, or try other pretty accessories such as a vintage-style perpetual calendar or the floral crochet pouffe.
If you have a flair for the dramatic, then high contrast and elaborate patterns are probably for you. Be aware that you need a good size room to get away with this – especially if you’re going for an all-over wallpaper. High ceilings and a good amount of square-footage are a must! And you can certainly see why. The Desire wallpaper from Graham & Brown is a rich, luxurious damask in a stunning gold, complete with a metallic sheen. It’s not for everyone, but if you have the right room it’ll look amazing.
Again, stick to a theme when finishing the room. Go for dark woods and Venetian styles with more than a hint of baroque. Try the Baroque ‘n’ Roll mantel clock from Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen combined with his Bonjout boudoir mirror in black for a super-dramatic space.
Another pattern perfect for a feature wall is a contemporary-themed floral. It’ll look amazing with the remaining walls painted a neutral shade and it’s brilliantly easy to accessorize. I love the Pippa wallpaper from Superfresco, which combines neutral shades with metallic gold and teal flowers for a look that will never go out of style (good news for anyone not so keen on the actual decorating bit!).
You can go for either modern, classic or somewhere in the middle when furnishing to go with this style, it’s very versatile (more good news!) but I love it teamed with teal accessories like the Hudson Supreme shaggy rug and a decorative glass bowl. You could mix some gorgeous gold metallics in there too!
So, that’s my quick guide to styling your room with wallpaper. As for putting it up? That’s where parents come in very handy!
Love Sarah x
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Graphics designed by Sara Yates (@Sara_Very).