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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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Looking for something different for a feature wall in your living room? What about these wallpaper panels by Scandinavian Surface laid horizontally across one wall with a striking paint as a backdrop?  At 280 cm long, that would work on any room that is up to 9.3 feet wide.

Wallpaper Panels for feature walls

It would also work really well as a headboard for a feature wall in a bedroom. What do you think?

You can purchase these wallpaper panels online here to add some drama to your home.

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I’m loving this picture of Cole and Son’s Cow Parsley wallpaper in yellow – it looks so vibrant and yet not overwhelming here, quite restful too as it is within a panel and teamed with white.  I have to admit that yellow is not a colour that I have used much in my home despite it being quite sunny.

Isn’t it really restful?  Other yellow wallpapers I like include these by Miss Print : Cotton Tree and Saplings.

Do you have yellow wallpaper in your home?  I love it teamed with white – I think it would put one in a permanently good and positive mood!

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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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Do you struggle to find a paint colour to co-ordinate with your wallpaper on the feature wall?  Here’s one suggestion for how to do it.

Tow or three strips of wallpaper are used to centralise the console table and create a focal point (all done with one roll of wallpaper). To select a co-ordinating colour, you can see that they have chosen the silvery grey in the wallpaper as the paint colour for the rest of the walls. Most paint shops now provide a matching service so would be able to mix a paint colour for you.

The yellow chaise then becomes quite striking against the grey paint as does the cushion on the opposite side. Symmetry is created with the matching lamps and candleholders and the pictures framing the wallpaper pieces. As the furniture doesn’t match, it makes the whole arrangement more informal but yet quite orderly.

Image: House to Home

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If you love the look of books and don’t have many, there is an alternative – below is the bookshelf wallpaper by Y&B which can be purchased online here. Personally, I think the pattern is too regular – it doesn’t work well enough as a trompe l’oeil.

Images (above and below)  by  Living Etc. Above is the Deborah Bowness bookshelf Wallpaper

And the Deborah Bowness Book shelf wallpaper was also featured recently in the  House and Home blog :

I do like the Deborah Bowness bookshelf paper, it looks so much more effective as a trompe l’oeil, being suitably untidy and being more irregular. I have to admit that I’m a book hoarder and have way too much of the real thing to require a wallpaper like these but I do like them. These work great either side of a fireplace.

Library Wallpaper, Andrew Martin

I do like this vivid Library wallpaper by Andrew Martin which comes in a number of colourways. Perfect for a home office or study.  If you are looking for an Irish stockist, do contact here.

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I spotted this photo over on the House to Home website and thought it encapsulates one of the interior design trends for this winter so well – harking back to Victorian grandeur and what I like about this (and dislike about so many other ‘Stag’s head’ room sets) is that they have left out the extreme Scottish Highland meets Canadian Rockies references with lots of faux fur and tartan. Here we have a beautifully rich flock wallpaper with those ever so fashionable stags heads on the wall, together with a comfy leather sofa. They describe this look as ‘New Victorian’.

(I’m not so sure about the wallpaper over the picture rail – looks a bit strange but I do love the flock damask paper)

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