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What is it about wallpaper that makes a room feel special, feel loved in, turns a house into a home?

There are some rooms that lend themselves more to wallpaper than others I think, and by that I mean, wallpaper can really transform them.

I love wallpaper in ‘good’ sitting rooms. I think wallpaper can make a room that isn’t used that often, feel really cosy and comfortable rather than feeling rather bare and cold. I detest rooms that feel cold, yes, a warm colour in paint can warm them up but you can’t beat a wallpaper that fits the look of the room for adding character and comfort.

Little Trees wallpaper. Picture from House to Home

I often think that downstairs loos can be a tad bare too. Often quite small, there is usually just room for the toilet and a small sink, perhaps a small bin on the floor. Wallpaper doesn’t take up any room!  I’ve found that the ‘Un Dimanche A Paris’ to be a really popular wallpaper for the smallest room in the house  – people like it as it is stylish, quirky, fun, brightly coloured and it isn’t too expensive either.

Photo from Living Etc

Master Bedroom – wallpaper on the feature wall behind the bed definitely adds something to the main bedroom – be it drama, cosiness, more colour, more interest or perhaps all of the above.  The only thing I don’t like about wallpaper in the bedroom is if it matches the curtains – I prefer designs that co-ordinate rather than match exactly.

What do you think? Do you think that wallpaper makes some rooms that bit more special and homely?

If you are looking to buy wallpaper online, do check out the designs available here.


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It is commonly thought that the Toiles originated in France but they actually originated in Ireland in the mid 18th century and spread rapidly in popularity, they were named toile de jouy after a town in France.

Commonly white or an off-white background,, the pattern is usually in a single colour – blues, reds, greens, or charcoals. The pattern is usually a pastoral scene of people picnicking or beside a river or a floral scene.

However, in this ‘Promenade’ toile pattern by Barneby Gates, the pattern is very different to the traditional toile. It is quirky and depicts fashions from different eras, such as fashionable Edwardian ladies chatting to a 1980s punk and a teddy boy chatting up a flapper girl and many other groupings showing a mixture of eras.

Toile Wallpaper - Promenade

This Toile wallpaper would be fabulous in a bedroom, spare bedroom, dressing room, cloakroom, toilet ….. and of course, it’s a must for fashion lovers.

You can purchase the Promenade toile wallpaper online, perfect if you are looking for a design that looks traditional from a distance but very quirky and definitely a conversation point from a closer perspective.

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I’m loving this image from the Delphine collection of wallpapers in Harlequin.

Of course, they are showcasing  their designs by creating this patchwork effect but if you have less than a roll of a couple of designs that all have similar tones and co-ordinate (or even clash against each other) it can be a budget-friendly, eco-friendly (preventing waste) and fun way to create a feature wall in your bedroom.

It’s a clever way to incorporate the warm whites, the mustards and yellows, the teals and turquoises and as they are teamed with a plain painted floor and plain bedlinen, it looks superb with a couple of co-ordinating cushions.

Perfect too for if you are a first time wallpaperer as you don’t even have to worry about matching up the repeats within the designs.

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If you are looking to create a feature on part of a wall or looking for a means to break up a long wall such as a long corridor, these wall panels by Scandinavian Surface are perfect. These particular ones are like the paint cards and really bring colour blocking into your interior design scheme.

These wallpaper panels are also perfect for delineating a space, such as the eating area in a kitchen cum dining room.  They would also work well in an open plan space if you wish to delineate a study or work area or the dining area for example.

Each of the colours has a striking or romantic sounding name too – lots of interest and drama with these panels. Perfect for using on their own or co-ordinating with the other colours.

Each individual wallpaper panel is €80/£70 each online here.

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There is something very pretty about damask wallpapers – they remind me of Victorian sitting rooms, dark red wallpapers with a darker pattern, teamed with mahogany sideboards and dining tables.  One of my particular favourites though is the Manor House Damask by Yukari Sweeney Design.  It is traditional in its design and as the name suggests, it is quite grand with its depictions of candleabras and chandeliers.

My favourite is the ‘Spring’ colourway where the ever so dainty and select use of various colours really highlights little details every so subtly, from the lighting wicks on the candles to the teardrop detailing.  This is a very special wallpaper and would look divine in a girl’s or a lady’s bedroom or a dining room.

Fit for a manor but will look equally well in semi-d’s 🙂

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I spotted this over on pinterest (source was google.com which was a bit strange!) but isn’t it a brilliant feature wall for a girl’s bedroom and so easy to do too. This doll’s house feature wall is very retro in style but you could use any wallpaper. You could even use different wallpapers for the door and windows than the rest of the house – all you would need is 3 different wallpapers – one for the body of the house, one for the roof and one for the chimney, front door and windows if you want to make it a bit snazzier than this one.  I love the flowers popping out of the ‘chimneypot’.

What do you think? Isn’t this so simple and so gorgeously effective?

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Black and white don’t have to be masculine, in fact, they can be very feminine depending on the textures and patterns that are incorporated into the design. Here’s some black bedrooms with some striking wallpapers.

Black wallpaper can be very dramatic and dignified, whichever room it is used in.  Softened with a floral pattern (as in the Sanderson wallpaper above), other colours from the pattern can be selected and used in other furnishings or accessories. Do you think the room above ‘works’?  I’m not sure – I don’t think the pale walls and curtains lend enough drama to the room, instead they look rather insipid in my opinion – I feel a curtain that lightened the look but added drama would work better and the white walls pose too much of a contrast to the black feature wall. So what colours would I opt for?  I would prefer light grey carpet and warm grey paint on the walls – they would be in a similar tone to the black and would still lighten the look but would be warm.  I would have plain bedlinen with the exception of some cushions and instead, have pattern in the curtains which would bring the red and creams into the scheme.

The Nina Campbell wallpaper is certainly dramatic and I love the way the grey carpet is of similar tones but lightens it. The vivid green accessories work well too and an off white pink/cream tones would also work well in this bedroom/dressing room.   You can see in the bedroom below that greys/blacks/offwhites look great with hints of vivid pinks and greens.

Images: House to Home

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