In a Brooklyn townhouse, the powder room boasts shibori wallpaper is by Amber Interiors for Studio Four NYC and the mirror is by Rejuvenation.
An intricate paisley pattern – we think Alessandro Michele of Gucci would approve.
These pretty fern leaves and fronds have a stitched effect which resembles a printed embroidery. It comes in four gorgeous colourways.
‘Cranes’ (blue) wallpaper, £68 a 10-metre roll, from Emily Burningham.
‘Pampas’ (white/cerulean), £128 for a 10-metre roll, from House of Hackney
This ivy trail from Sanderson’s Vintage collection would enliven a kitchen – or use it in a Victorian bedroom…
Also in Christina Juarez’ apartment, the walls and vintage sofa in the home office are covered in an Elizabeth Hamilton fabric from John Rosselli. The vintage chair and pillows are in a Madeline Weinrib ikat, the elephant stool is by Pier 1 Imports, the side table is by CB2, and the rug is by Serena & Lily. An Oberto Gili photograph, anchors artworks by Oscar de la Renta (top left) and Donald Robertson (top center).
Pair this striking hand-painted wallpaper with accents in pale pink and rich green.
De Gournay wallpaper sheathes the dining room of designer Laura Santos’s Manhattan apartment, where Hervé Van der Straeten light fixtures from Ralph Pucci International hang above a BDDW table and a suite of Paul Frankl chairs.
This is a recreation of a paper dating from around 1820, found in Lauderdale House on Highgate Hill, overlooking Hampstead Heath.
This beautiful Hummingbird design would make a magnificent feature wall. Cole & Son Hummingbird Wallpaper, £89 per roll at John Lewis
In a Los Angeles house designed by Michael S. Smith, a Gracie wallpaper depicting views of the Turkish coastline animates the dining room, which is furnished with a 19th-century cupboard from Niall Smith Antiques, George I–style chairs, and a dining table by Jasper.
‘Helene’ (stone/mulberry), £44 a 10-metre roll, from Sanderson.
‘Friti’ wallpaper (slate), £95 per roll by Abigail Borg. Also available as a fabric, in ready made cushions.
A striking geometric design at first glance but look closer and you’ll see sunflower, bird and botanical details. It’s also available in nine other shades.
Woods Wallpaper by Cole & Son, £70 per 10 metre roll at John Lewis
A beach house in the Hamptons really leans into the nautical look with fish-printed wallpaper by Cole & Son. The powder room mirror is by Made Goods and the sconce is by Visual Comfort.
‘Nouvelle Me!’ (mastic) by Christian Lacroix, £65 a 10-metre roll, from Designers Guild
‘Willow Boughs’ (green), £62 a 10-metre roll, from Morris & Co.
‘Bewick Birds’ (sea holly), £80.33 a 10-metre roll, by Lewis & Wood.
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This sunny yellow 50s-inspired design would cheer up any room.
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Add instant glamour to a room with this wallpaper, based on a 1920s design by Raoul Dufy.
‘Monkeys and Birds’ (blue/deco green), by Sheila Robinson, 52cm wide £66 a 10-metre roll, from St Jude’s Fabrics & Papers.
‘Blackthorn’ (green), £67 for a 10-metre roll, from Morris & Co.
‘Jungle Life Bicolore’ (04) £150 for a 10-metre roll, from Hermès
‘Dr Caligari’, by Helen Strevens, printed onto, from left: ‘Breezin’ (BRE7826), ‘Infinity’ (INF34252) and ‘Radiator’ (RAD1249), from £45 a metre, from Textura Wallcoverings.
Off white magnolia are in full bloom against a black backdrop. A striking feature paper that’s perfect for a bedroom or bathroom, just keep the colour scheme simple and let the walls do the talking.
‘Lauderdale’ (chateau), £71 a 10-metre roll, from Little Greene.
‘Trellis’ (vanilla/plaster), £79 a 10-metre roll, from Morris & Co.
The dining room in an eclectic Oakland home is lined with the patterned wallpaper by Schumacher. The bold pendant light is by Kartell, the vintage hooked rug is American, and the photograph is by Katy Grannan.
On an estate in the Hudson River Valley, the pattern-friendly master bedroom is outfitted with hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay. The curtains and pelmet are of Lelievre damasks, and the rug is a Persian 20th-century design.
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This delicate surface-printed paper has an old fashioned charm to it. This would look pretty in a quintessentially English cottage.
A collaboration with artist Rob Ryan, this wallpaper features his distinctive paper cut designs. The name of the design, ‘Our Adventure is About to Begin’, makes this a fitting choice for a nursery or kids’ room.
This parrot printed paper is based on one of a group of papers removed from the ground floor rear closet of a very early-18th Century terrace house opposite the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
This wide-width design by decorative artist Alexander Hamilton features delicate beech saplings.
‘Aquarium’ (01), by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little, £67 for a 10-metre roll, from Osborne & Little.
In a Manhattan apartment renovated by Edward Siegel and decorator Ernest de la Torre, a wallpaper conceived by De la Torre and custom made by de Gournay decorates the three-story stairwell.
This linear design in crayon colours would perk up a small home office.
‘Kipling’ (original), 140cm wide, £156 a metre, from Pierre Frey.
‘Illalla’ (pink), by Marimekko, £49.95 for a 10-metre roll, from John Lewis.
Not just for traditional rooms, this scenic wallpaper also looks striking as part of a more contemporary scheme. Try it with mid-century, graphic or neon accessories.
This abstract design would work well hung behind modern art.
Cheery colour and graphic prints are the hallmarks of Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock, the interior design duo known collectively as Turner Pocock. For anyone wanting to recreate a similar look at home, their wallpaper collection with Catherine Cazalet is now available at charming online shop English Abode. Game, set, match.
‘Great Ormond Street’, £82.00 a 10-metre roll, from Little Greene.
A verdant dream of an arbour bearing an array of different leaves.
In Christina Juarez’ colorful home, the custom kitchen island has a Carrara marble top, the pendants and floor lamp are by Tom Dixon, and the barstools are by CB2; the bar cart is by Homenature, and the Sam Still artwork above it hangs on a wall covered in a Madeline Weinrib wallpaper; the antique birthing chair is from New Orleans.
This painterly floral in a mimosa yellows would bring joy to any room.
Renaissance BP 2808 from The Broccato Papers collection, £75 per 10m roll at Farrow & Ball
Stockholm’ (black and white matte) wallpaper (three widths shown), £114 a 10-metre roll, from Charlotte Frances London.
‘Casimir’ (red/blue), £120 a 10-metre roll from Colefax & Fowler.
Hand-block-printed wallpaper, ‘Bird in Tree’ (granite gray and charcoal), by Adrienne Neff, 68.5cm wide, £130 a metre, from Holland & Sherry.
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Inspired by the colourful embroidery of the Otomi people of Mexico this pattern would bring joy to any wall.
‘Wrappings’ (Black/Yellow), £43 a 10-metre roll from Sanderson.
Ralph Lauren Home plaid wallpaper lines a dressing room at Late Night with Seth Meyers designed by Ashe + Leandro; the sconces are by Jason Koharik from Lawson-Fenning, and the television is by Samsung.
Ecru Autograph, £39.90 per roll by Andrew Martin at Occa-Home
A more subtle design from the cheeky Scottish design duo, but it’s simply stunning all the same. Also available in cream, pale pink, red, and red and green.
‘Voysey’s Garden’, £128 for a 10-metre roll, from House of Hackney.
This design dates from 1864 and was inspired by William Morris’s courtyard garden at his home Red House – now owned by the National Trust.
Digitally printed wallpaper, ‘Himalayas’, by Jennifer Shorto, 91cm wide, £475 for a 3-metre panel, from Redloh House Fabrics.
The Brit interior designer has produced an affordable range for the high street store Littlewoods. This particular print was inspired by her travels and is sure to add a little ethnic chic to your home.
‘Don’t Fret’ (white on lacquer), by Edward Zajac for Waterhouse Wallhangings, £180 a 4.5-metre roll, from Simon Playle.
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‘Chenonceau’ (aquamarine) at Schumacher, £163.40 for a 4.1-metre roll, from Turnell & Gigon.
In an apartment revived by designer Mark Gillette, on a 300-year-old English country estate, the guest room is sheathed in a Colefax and Fowler wallpaper; the floor lamps are by Vaughan, and the carpeting is by Stark.
This folk-inspired pattern by artist Su Daybell is one of Lewis & Wood’s wide width papers.
‘Spey Stripe’ (river blue/pebble), £60 a 10-metre roll from St Jude’s.
‘Makrana’ (saffron/turquoise) by Matthew Williamson, 52cm wide, £64 a 10-metre roll, from Osborne & Little.
There are few design elements that are as engaging as colorful wallpaper. Have you ever walked into a room covered in fun patterns or unexpected motifs and not felt like it had major character? Any room in your home, regardless of how drab, can boast that same kind of personality if you refresh with some wallpaper.
‘Cockatoos’ (02), £44 a 10-metre roll, from Osborne & Little
In Victoria Hagan’s Connecticut home, Gracie wallpaper transforms the powder room into a garden; the basin and pedestal are by Urban Archaeology, and the sink fittings are by Waterworks.
This detailed lichen-esque print comes in a range of colours from bright pink to orange to this gorgeously rich teal colour, but if you’re not happy with any of these, you can also have the paper screen printed in the colour of your choice.
India (elephant print) wallpaper, £54, from Sanderson, available at John Lewis
Wallcovering based on Le Corbusier’s ‘Polychromie Architecturale’, ‘Le Corbusier Dots’ (from left: 27, 02, 21, 12, 26, 17), 70cm wide, £139 for an 8.5 metre roll, from Arte.
When she first created this pattern for Finnish brand Marimekko in 1961, designer Maija Isola said that she “danced with the paintbrush”. The result is a fresh, dynamic design that will breathe life onto formerly drab walls.
A guest room in designer Ray Booth’s Nashville home features a Groundworks wallpaper from Lee Jofa and a custom-made bed.
The 18th century trend for covering walls with quaint bucolic scenes has been updated with this cool, hot pink toile featuring the somewhat edgier streets of London.
Furnvill Wallpaper by Nicholas Herbert, £74.80 per roll at Fabrics & Papers
Opt for this striking geometric print with metallic gold detailing in the dining room for some guaranteed glamour.
Silk wallpaper with hand-laid metallic leaf spots, ‘Dalmatian Spots’ (from left: pale grey and empire blue), 91.5cm wide, from £165 a metre, from de Gournay.
‘Amime’ meaning the space between netting is the name given to this wallpaper taken from a pen and ink drawing. Smarten your dining room by adding this midnight blue version.
‘Cloud Garden’ (indigo), 52cm wide, £22 a metre, from Rapture & Wright.
‘Balleroy’ (berlingot) by Manuel Canovas, £65 a 10-metre roll, from Colefax and Fowler
‘Fleurs Etoilee’ by Raoul Dufy, 132cm wide, £65 per metre, from Christopher Farr.
In the master bedroom of a Mississippi house decorated by Richard Keith Langham, the wallpaper is from Lee Jofa; custom-embroidered curtains of a Clarence House taffeta frame the windows.
This Deco-inspired paper looks fantastic in this golden colourway.
‘Tourbillon’ (from top of pile: BP4806, BP4805 and BP4804), £95 a 10-metre roll, at Farrow & Ball.
‘Boy Kim’ (summer), by Maria Lee, 50cm wide, £119 for a 10-metre roll, from Feathr.
Mid-century design mavens Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley filled their Connecticut abode with a mix of contemporary and throw-back decor. The guest bedroom’s bed and furry rug are by Serena & Lily, the chairs are by Duane Modern, and the floor lamp is by Arredoluce. They gave all of the mid-century furniture a modern dimension with a refreshing minimalist wallpaper design.
This unapologetically voluptuous floral wallpaper is digitally printed in faded vintage colours.
‘Cow Parsley’ (black and white), £76 a 10-metre, from Cole & Son.
Want to bring a touch of the orient to your bedroom? Then this wallpaper is just the thing, and you can’t argue with the price.
The owners of an open-plan Victorian house in Oxfordhsire wallpapered the bathroom in Cole & Son’s ‘Orchid’ in the pale yellow and grey colourway, which chimes well with the mirrors and marble washstands. The wallpaper is available in a range of other colours, is 53cm wide and costs £76 for a 10-metre roll. 020-8442 8844; cole-and-son.com
A Cy Twombly “Blackboard” painting and a small geometric Franz Kline play off the hand-painted Gracie scenic wallpaper in the dining room of a Philadelphia-area house designed by Thomas Jayne.
‘Bouquet’ (summer), £61 a 10-metre roll, from Little Greene.
This simple leaf pattern by Nina Campbell could work in any room in the house but would look particularly smart in a smaller room or hallway.
Put your stamp on a room with this clever self-adhesive wallpaper . It’s also available to order in bespoke sizes.
Celebrating the architectural wonders of London in all it’s glory, this monochrome wallpaper illustrates the capital’s most iconic landmarks, and all for £25. Rule Britannia! Londinium Wallpaper, £25 per roll at Graham & Brown
A pretty West Village apartment has plenty of adorable design details in the dining room; The wallcovering is Work + Sea’s Watercolor Stripe, and the artworks include pieces by Wardell Milan, John Register, and Jeff Lewis.
Traditional toile in a modern hue is the perfect way to add pattern and colour to your space.
A paper worth investing in. Cole & Son are one of the last remaining producers of hand-flocked wallpaper and have been using the same traditional method for the last 200 years.
In the master bedroom of this family-friendly apartment, the bed and side tables are custom designs, the walls are sheathed in a custom grass cloth by Work + Sea, and the sconces are by Jason Koharik
We all loved making shadow puppets as children and this imaginative design will encourage your little ones to do the same. An investment item, but some might say you can’t put a price on keeping the kids quietly entertained.
‘A Walk in the City’ (morning), by Nigel Peake, 240x140cm, £780, from Hermès.
This wide width paper from Lewis & Wood features an enlarged woodcut of trees, St Mary’s Church in Tetbury and the River Avon.
Taken from the original 1787 plates published in the first issue of the Botanical Magazine by the botanist William Curtis this wallpaper is picture perfect!
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This geometric pattern in soft greens evokes Victorian tiled flooring.
Spot the iconic chair designs etched on to this subtle but stylish wallpaper.
Pineapple Frond was inspired by an intricate, richly coloured chintz. Lulu Lytle of Soane removed all of the fine detail and ten of the eleven colours of the original print.
If you can’t have your very own palace complete with a maze in the garden, own the next best thing: this marvellously monikered wallpaper from Cole & Son.
An Iksel Decorative Arts wallpaper wraps the primary family room in a Houston mansion designed by Miles Redd; the infanta painting is by Agustin Hurtado, and the chairs are slipcovered in a Schumacher ikat.
‘Bowood’ (grey/green), £60 a 10-metre roll, from Colefax & Fowler.
Carolyn Ray wallpaper lines the master bedroom in a Shelter Island, New York, home designed by Philip Galanes.
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon! Painterly hot air balloons to float up your wall.
Manhattan-based decorator Frank de Biasi and his partner, textile and clothing designer Gene Meyer, spared no detail in their colorful living room. The wallpaper by Doug & Gene Meyer features a fun mini-pattern. The circular rug is by Niba Collections, the carpet is by Holland & Sherry, and the tiger painting is an Indian piece.
An Elizabeth Dow striped wallpaper adds a tailored look to a Los Angeles master bath designed by Michael S. Smith; the mirror is by Jasper, the tub is by Waterworks, the tub fittings are by Michael S. Smith for Kallista, and the teak trolley is from Lee Stanton Antiques.
‘Zoebel’ (delft), $67.50 a metre, by Wayne Pate for Studio Four, from Studio Four NYC.
This elegant floral design was inspired by an Art Deco paper found in the Pierre Frey archive.
‘Petite Zoebel’ (berry), $174 a metre, by Wayne Pate for Studio Four, from Studio Four NYC.
In the guest bath of a Los Angeles home, a chair is upholstered in the California state flag, the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, the custom wallcovering is by Nathalie Lété, and the door is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green.
Always longed for an 18th century tapestry but thought you couldn’t possibly make one work in a modern interior? Sandberg has created just the paper for you! Green up your walls with this forest in wallpaper form.
In a Brooklyn brownstone designed by Nick Olsen, children share a room lined with a Sandberg wallpaper from Stark; the Fine Arts Furniture trundle beds are dressed with RH bedding.
‘Tennis’ wallpaper (green) by Turner Pocock Cazalet, £72 per 10-metre roll at English Abode
Textile student Sophie Minal, who wanted to recreate the atmosphere of the 1950s for her coronation tribute, created a wallpaper with just the right amount of retro chic without being cloying. It’s a real bargain, too at just £25. Jubilee Wallpaper, £25 per roll at Graham & Brown
Designed in 1887, this paper is utterly timeless! It looks equally wonderful in any room of the house.
The motifs for this paper are taken from the ‘History of British Birds’ by 17th Century naturalist and wood engraver. Perfect for twitchers everywhere!
Inside the family room of a historic Long Island farmhouse, the curtains are made from a Home Couture fabric and the textured sandy wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries.
Wallpaper, ‘My Terrazza’ (blue), 53cm wide, €79 for a 10-metre roll, from Eno Studio
‘Cherry Blossom’ (putty), £25 for a 10-metre roll, from John Lewis.
‘Beech’ (green), 136cm wide, £65.52 per metre, from Lewis & Wood.
‘Tessella’ (BP 3607), £86 for a 10-metre roll, from Farrow & Ball.
Renaissance Leaves BP 2910 from The Broccato Papers collection, £70 per 10m roll at Farrow & Ball
Ziron Ivy by Bernard Thorp, £59.90 per metre at Fabrics & Papers
Dutch gold-leaf wallpaper panels, ‘Golden Oriole’, 300 x 90cm each, £1,080 per panel, at Timorous Beasties
‘Badminton’, from £638 for a 152 x 91.5cm panel at de Gournay
An absolute classic, this design was based on a historical document John Fowler found at Bowood House. Make your room quintessentially English in one fell swoop.
This mountaintop Montana retreat designed by Ken Fulk pairs a steel bed by Room & Board with a 1920s leather sofa. The bed linens and side tables are by Ralph Lauren Home, the ceiling light is by Maarten Baas, and the wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries.
This very Parisian apartment is all about elegance; Inside the entry hall, the hand-painted wallpaper is a design by Studio Peregalli and the wainscoting was painted to resemble marble.
A tumble of flowers and vines, based on an archival pattern.
Nanjing (porcelain), by Schumacher, £97.60 for a 4.1 metre roll, from Turnell & Gigon.
Proof that inspiration comes from the unlikeliest of places is this ‘Peggy’ wallpaper by Mini Moderns (available in five colourways), originating from the humble peg board. Hopefully it will inspire similar grand ideas…
Decorative painter Adam Calkin worked on this loose soft damask inspired by the work of Pugin.
A mellow stripe punctuated with dots and flowers designed by Angie Lewin of St Jude’s.
A chic variation on a classic stripe, perfect for period properties.
This wallpaper would work well in a living room and looks lovely against golden yellow furniture such as armchairs or sofas. Accent with similar black and inky colours or add a touch of brass.
A jungle blooming with hibiscus and alive with inquisitive parrots!
The powder room of a house in Monte Carlo designed by Timothy Whealon features Phillip Jeffries wallpaper and Dornbracht fittings.
‘Moncorvo’ (le mirage), by Schumacher, £122.60 for a 4.1 metre roll, from Turnell & Gigon.
House of Hackney have remastered ‘Apothecary’s Garden’, a wallpaper design by C.F.A. Voysey, splicing it between neat stripes. Perfect for nurseries!
‘Mrs Howell’, by Mary McDonald, 108cm wide, £567 a metre, from Schumacher.
‘L’Envol’ by Manuel Canovas, £127 a 10-metre roll, from Colefax & Fowler.
This enlarged willow pattern has become something of a classic. A sure hit with collectors of blue and white pottery, this looks rather wonderful in a kitchen.
This paper may be from their ‘Little Home’ children’s collection, but we think it would be equally lovely in the adult rooms of the house.
It’s no surprise that wallpaper and textile maven Kate Reynolds’s Brooklyn home is filled with extraordinary wallcoverings. The dining room features a fun geometric design by Brian Paquette, which is beautifully complemented by an authentic Moroccan rug.
In the daughter’s room of an Adirondacks, New York, home designed by Thom Filicia, a Cavern wallpaper adds a woodsy note; the vintage beds are painted in a Benjamin Moore green, the sconces are by the Urban Electric Co., and the carpet is a Matthew Williamson design for the Rug Company.
‘Jacaranda’ (chartreuse), £59 for a 10-metre roll, from Designers Guild.
Even if you don’t know the original 19th century woodprint Great Wave of Kanagawa, the bold image of crashing waves is now iconic. This interpretation by Cole & Son is a real statement paper.
‘Monkeys and Birds’ by Sheila Robinson, £60 per 10m roll at St Jude’s
In typical California fashion, this Mill Valley home is nature-inspired from the color palette to the decor. The kitchen features a gorgeous leafy wallpaper design by Pierre Frey, accented by some real greenery on the dining table.
Another striking paper from the Glasgow based design house. Choose from five colourways, each featuring the same stand out, intricately painted butterflies and insects.
This design was taken from classic illustrations created for ‘The Ladybird book of Wildflowers’ first published in 1957. A nostalgic meadow for your wall! ‘Charlotte’ (Catherine Cream), £115 a 10-metre roll, from Liberty
Don Draper would surely approve of this graphic mid-century print from Sanderson. Use it to back your bar and mix yourself an Old Fashioned.
Inspired by a 19th century Japanese print, this chic bamboo design comes in two pattern sizes and thirty colourways.
Schweitzer linens dress the bed in the master suite of a Connecticut home designed by Miles Redd. The floral theme of the de Gournay wallpaper is matched by the Bennison fabric on the Louis XVI side chair.
We love the depth of the rich indigo and black in this pretty, geometric design, but if you like the print and are after a lighter hue, it also comes in nine more neutral shades.
A Quadrille toile fabric and wallpaper envelop one of the children’s rooms in this Southampton, New York, beach house decorated by David Netto. The furnishings include a Room & Board bunk bed, vintage Poul Kjærholm armchairs from Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery, and a Stark carpet; the portrait is of one of the homeowners’ grandfathers.
In the entry hall of a Chicago apartment designed by Jean-Louis Deniot, the wallpaper is by Zoffany, the sunburst mirror is by Van der Straeten from Ralph Pucci International, and the mirrored marble-top console is a Serge Roche–inspired design by Deniot.
This pattern dates from 1892, when it was designed by J.H. Dearle for Morris & Co. It has since become an absolute classic. Perfect for den-like living rooms.
House of Hackney, started by the super-lovely couple Frieda and Javvy. And hark! They have their first flagship shop now open at 131 Shoreditch High Street, E1. Pop in, say hello and browse the two gorgeous floors. We’ll take this new Palmeral wallpaper, please.
‘Samphire’ (BP4002), £86 a 10-metre roll, from Farrow & Ball.
In fashion insider Amanda Brooks’s English country home, the master bedroom wallpaper is 1980s Laura Ashley, and the velvet curtains came from her husband Christopher’s grandparents’ house. The bed is dressed in linens from Ilinka Collection.
These darting and diving tropical birds would make a great feature wall in a monochrome scheme, or a lively backdrop to brighter accents of pink and red.
‘Pineapple Frond’ (ochre), £360 for a 10-metre roll, from Soane
The laundry room of a Brooklyn home makes a playful statement with cheetah wallpaper by Caitlin McGauley. The crab print is vintage and the abstract artwork is by Way Way Allen.
There are two more softer colour options of this Vivienne Westwood design for Cole & Son, but we think the black backdrop is most reminiscent of the grande dame.
This pretty-in-pink floral has a Scandinavian sparsity to it which prevents it from being twee.
This now iconic wallpaper was designed by Michael Clark in 1959, yet looks terrifically modern. This classic colourway is often found in many an enviable home, but it also comes in several other hues, or can even be custom coloured by Cole & Son.
Probably the most recognisable print produced by the Irish designer, but by no means are we tired of it. Perfect for adding a cheery colour burst to a feature wall.
In the master bedroom of a Houston home, the bed is upholstered in a Schumacher fabric that are also used for the curtains. The subtle peachy wallpaper is by Farrow & Ball and the carpet is by Stark.
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‘Dianthus Chintz’ (imari), 54cm wide, £770 a 10-metre roll, from Soane.
This vibrant wallpaper pairs perfectly with pristine white accents. It’s also environmentally friendly, printed with non-toxic ink on paper made from sustainable forests. Selina Rose Cotton Bud Wallpaper, £105 per roll at Bodie & Fou
A de Gournay wallpaper lines daughter Dagny’s room in the Texas home of designer Sara Story; the vintage chair is covered in a Josef Frank linen from Svenskt Tenn.
Make a statement by opting for this classic vine bedecked with British birds – swans, jays, blackbirds, grouse, wrens and chaffinches.
This pattern was taken from a scarf designed by Fornasetti in the 1940s. You couldn’t get any chicer!
A bold choice, but this witty mix mix of woodland animals and musical instruments is guaranteed to make you smile.
The powder room in Andy Cohen’s apartment is wrapped in Flavor Paper’s Cherry Forever mylar wallpaper, the vanity is by Waterworks, and the vintage Milo Baughman mirror is from Chairish. The purple-resin bowling ball is from Mantiques Modern and the portrait of Diane von Furstenburg on a framed silk scarf is by Andy Warhol
‘Delancey’ (silver), £60 a 10-metre roll, from Colefax & Fowler.
This defiantly chintzy design was inspired by the splendour of an English horse chestnut tree. Castanea by House of Hackney
‘Love Letter’ wallpaper, £57.90 a 10-metre roll, from Andrew Martin
An inexpensive paper with a touch of the oriental – pretty for bedrooms.
This paper was designed by Christian Lacroix to recreate a ribboned pinboard, complete with brass pins.
‘Bengali’ (bone), £177.60 a 10-metre roll, from Pierre Frey.
This contemporary woodland design sketched in shades of grey and green would look fantastic as a feature wall in a home office or bathroom.
‘Flights of Fancy’ (grey stripe), £148 a 10-metre roll, from House Of Hackney
‘Scrolling Fern Frond’ (emerald green), 54cm wide, £430 for a 10-metre roll, from Soane.
Mini Moderns is a treasure trove for fans of fun prints with a touch of ’60s Scandi design. This Hold Tight wallpaper is inspired by a day trip to the London Transport Museum. Mustard Hold Tight Wallpaper, £45 per roll at Mini Moderns
In the entry hall of a grand New York apartment, the settee is covered in a Rose Cumming fabric, the late-18th-century Philadelphia table is a family heirloom, and the hand-painted yellow floral wallpaper is by San Patrignano.
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Designer Rain Philips chose vintage Rose Cumming wallpaper for the upper walls and ceiling of a kitchen in Manhattan; the stove is by AGA.
This delicate hand-printed wallpaper features Indian birds and flowers.
‘Octavia’ (linen), £254 for a 10-metre roll, from Designers Guild.
A fresh pattern reminiscent of a garden trellis. Perfect for an orangerie!
‘Curtis Botanical’, £80.33 a 10-metre roll, from Lewis & Wood.
‘Coyle House’ (from left: coral/green on ivory, blue on white, red/black on red, orange/green on celadon), by Waterhouse Wallhangings, 67cm wide, £162 a 4.5-metre roll, from Simon Playle.
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Palmeral Wallpaper in Midnight Green, £148 per roll at House of Hackney
Reminiscent of the textile designs of Vanessa Bell, we can’t help but love the slight retro feel of this punchy paper.
British fashion’s grand dame has teamed up with heritage wallpaper company Cole & Son to create designs inspired by her most famous collections. Make a statement with this Squiggle motif, available in four colours. Vivienne Westwood Squiggle Wallpaper, £64 per roll at Cole & Son
Go against the grain with this wallpaper that embraces the latest trend for wood inspired interiors, also available in blue.
Dubbed the Bali Isle Room, the guest quarters of a cottage in the Bahamas by Andrew Raquet Interior Design combine a primitive-style China Seas wallpaper with citrus hues.
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Gillette chose a wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils to grace the master bath.
This hand printed design has become a modern classic – we think it’s ever so chic in this charcoal grey.
Suggested as an alternative to the grisaille wall paintings by Jessica Fletcher of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, which offer a magnificent backdrop in Wendy Nicholls’ London drawing room.
Gracie wallpaper lines a powder room in a Federalist-style Houston home created by Allan Greenberg and Elissa Cullman.
Rhododendron Wallpaper by Orla Kiely, £49 per roll at Harlequin
The pattern of this paper was taken from an ikat toile produced in France in the late 18th century. The rose colourway is a great way of adding pink to a room without a trace of mimsy.
‘Nuvole’, £285 per 270cm wide x 265cm high panel, by Cole & Son.
The paper that launched a thousand tropical papers. Now available in eight colourways and in a layered version.
‘Zelda’ (citrine), £59.90 for a 10-metre roll, from Linwood.
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A repeat acorn design creates this cool geometric pattern in a pretty shade of duck egg blue with ecru and coral.
In a Hamptons house designed by Matthew Patrick Smyth, Tyler Hall wallpaper brightens a guest room, where bookshelves contain a complete set of the Penguin Classics Library; the vintage mirrors are English, and the wicker sofa’s cushions are covered in a Great Plains fabric.
In this guest bath, a chair is upholstered in the California state flag (the house is located in LA, after all!), the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, the custom wallcovering is by Nathalie Lété.
‘Elcho’ (04), by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little, £59.00 for a 10-metre roll, from Osborne & Little
‘Pyne Hollyhock’ (charcoal), by Schumacher, £311.00 for a 4.1 metre roll, from Turnell & Gigon.
A wallpaper to delight Quentin Blake fans young and old. Paper a kid’s bedroom and each morning open the door and exclaim, “Good morning, my fine feathered friends!” as Professor Dupont did to greet his cockatoos.
A neutral wallcovering with a twist; spot the famous signatures scrawled across it. From TS Eliot to Jacqueline Kennedy you’ll be plastering your wall with the greats.
Multi Stem Wallpaper by Orla Kiely, £59 per roll at Harlequin
Beastly Chronicles Cornfield Yellow Wallpaper, £75 per roll at Bodie & Fou
“This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death,” Oscar Wilde once said a few weeks before he passed away in a cheap hotel in Paris. “One or the other of us has to go.” It’s hard to imagine that anything—let alone a wall covering—could inspire such passion in a dying man. But the truth is wallpaper can make or break a room, rendering it timelessly chic or permanently tragic. We sifted through the AD archives to find rooms in which wallpaper plays a starring role. In these thoughtful spaces, the element acts as both scene-stealer and stage set, drawing the eye and adding dimension while allowing the drama of life to unfold against a beautiful backdrop. From unexpected stairways and powder rooms to decadent master suites and living rooms, each design conjures a different vibe: subtle romance, vibrant energy, urbane glam. Whichever resonates with you, rest assured: This trend isn’t going anywhere.
de Gournay’s hand-painted ‘English Landscape’ wallpaper; from £1,101.60 for a 213 x 91.5cm panel.
A sand wallpaper with a damask print that’s perfect for design lovers. Add this punchy colour to a hallway – although it also comes in a more-muted terracotta or cream.
A collaboration between Cole & Son and Vivienne Westwood – spot the VW orbs nestled amongst the insects and spiderwebs.
Bring a breath of fresh air to your home with this moody woodland scene.
‘Fuchsia’, by Twigs, 67.5cm wide, £288 a 4.5-metre roll, from Simon Playle.
‘Jardin d’Osier’ (emeraude), 70cm wide, £125.50 a metre at Hermès
Here at House & Garden we eat, sleep and dream wallpaper – we’re not joking, we actually do. Our senior stylist Florence Rolfe put us on to this little number by Abigail Borg, after having a dream about using it in her house. ‘I think it was triggered by going to a family friend’s that was papered in the most beautiful William Morris. I saw this not long after and was really struck that it is a modern take on that kind of pattern.’
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In accessories designer Fiona Kotur’s Hong Kong residence, an Eero Aarnio Bubble chair hangs in son Rex’s room; the David Hicks hexagon wallpaper is by Cole & Son.
A children’s room in a Manhattan apartment by Robert A.M. Stern springs to life with a vivid Osborne & Little wallpaper.
A stylised flower print on a bold red background, this paper has a distinct 50s feel. Perfect for those with a love of mid-century design.
Marimekko Silkkikuikka Wallpaper, Blue, £72.95 at John Lewis
‘Peonie’ by Fornasetti, £85 a 10-metre roll from Cole & Son.
Bring the outside in with this graphic print of silhouetted stems of cow parsley against an etched background.
‘Feuillage’ (vert) by Madeleine Castaing at Edmond Petit, 120cm wide, £144.60 a metre, at Turnell & Gigon.
This striking design from the new Broccato Papers collection is made up of ornate floral, thistle and leaf motifs, and with 10 colourways to choose from you’ll be tempted to cover every room in the house.
Inside a Palm Springs home, the guest room’s eye-catching wallpaper is a Kelly Wearstler design, punctuated by Frank Gehry drawings and a sleek black chair by Donghia.
In Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos’s Manhattan apartment, which was designed by Michael S. Smith, hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper by Gracie forms a backdrop to the master suite’s Italian neoclassical bed, which is dressed in Nancy Koltes linens.
‘Crespieres’ (bleu), £127.70 a 10-metre roll, from Pierre Frey.
A Katie Ridder wallpaper from Holland & Sherry lines a powder room in an Atlanta home decorated by Suzanne Kasler.
This floral beauty is a recreation of a zinc stencil pattern
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Acorn Spot Wallpaper by Orla Kiely, £49 per roll at Harlequin
Give your walls a 60s vibe with this retro floral design in nostalgic shades of brown and pink. Very groovy.
This organic sprigged design is based on samphire, a delicate native seaweed.
Vermicelli is based on an 18th century textile design and translates literally as ‘little worm,’ an unusual name for something so aesthetically pleasing. It comes in a vast range of 61 different colours.
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In a stylish West Village apartment, the powder room emphasizes drama with jungle-inspired wallpaper and sleek black fittings by Samuel Heath.
In a Montana guesthouse designed by Ken Fulk in the mountains, the charming yellow wallcovering is from Sloan Miyasato, the carpet by Mark Nelson Designs is topped with a buffalo-hide rug, and the artworks are from the 19th century.
‘Palm Leaves’ (2010), £78 for a 10-metre roll, from Cole & Son.
This design would be fantastic for a kid’s bedroom. The design is based on a linocut by Sheila Robinson from 1968.
The dining room of a classic Connecticut home features chairs designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, a custom-made table, and an 18th-century pine commode from Vermont. The landscape-inspired, hand-painted wall covering is by Gracie, and the rug is by Holland & Sherry.
‘Empire’, by David Oliver, 69cm wide, £122.60 a 4-metre roll, from Schumacher.
This design by Grand Dame of decorating Madeleine Castaing would bring a moody glamour to any room.
A plethora of patterns enlivens a guest room in a Greenwich, Connecticut, home designed by Miles Redd, from a Farrow & Ball wallpaper to a vintage fabric on the Louis XVI settee and chair; the swing-arm sconces and ceiling fixture are from Circa Lighting, and the table lamp is from Treillage.
‘Larissa’ (navy), £60 a 10-metre roll, from Colefax & Fowler.
Described as “Colefax and Fowler on acid”, east London design duo and all-around cool couple Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle have captured the interiors world’s imagination with witty prints paired with traditional craftsmanship. Dalston Rose Wallpaper, £72 per roll at House of Hackney
This bold paper with its contemporary folk aesthetic comes in six colourways, we love the pink and red combination to liven up walls in a neutral room scheme.
In a luxury Gramercy Park apartment, the dining room’s golden wallcovering is by de Gournay, the chandelier is a custom design, and the 1950s mirror is by Lobmeyr.
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We love products that tell a story and this quirky paper does exactly that – seven stories in fact, all by Edwardian novelist Saki (also known as H.H. Munro) and translated into pictorial form by designer Emma Molony.
‘Simon’ (Monticello Green), £80 a 10-metre roll, from Liberty.
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A satisfyingly symmetrical print based on a 17th-century Persian damask.
Peek inside this minimalist, Moroccan-inspired pool house in New York. In the raised sitting area, the patterned wallpaper and cushion fabrics are by Nancy Kintisch and the sconces are by Atelier de Troupe.
‘La Folie du Jour’ (marina), £146.40 per metre, from Pierre Frey.
‘Bellflower’ (sapphire), by Galbraith & Paul, 89cm wide, £128 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène.
If you’re a fan of neutrals, keep things pale and interesting with this textured wallpaper. Great for living rooms, kitchens, corridors or home office areas. Andrew Martin Crackle Wallpaper, £69.90 per roll at Occa Home
Chinoiserie wallpaper by de Gournay lines the wife’s office in a New York City home by David Kleinberg Design Associates; the Jean-Charles Moreux gueridon by the window is from Craig Van Den Brulle, and the carpet is by Tai Ping.
The office in a Southampton, New York, home by Carrier and Company is clad in an Eskayel wallpaper; the brass floor lamp is from Neo-Studio, and the rug is by Sam Kasten Handweaver.
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French scenic wallpapers introduce exotic panoramas to the entrance hall and staircase of a 1754 Georgian residence in Washington, D.C., which was redecorated by Gomez Associates.
‘Mille-Feuille’ by Raoul Dufy, 132cm wide, £90 a metre, from Christopher Farr Cloth.
The motto for children’s wallpaper company Hibou Home is “Beautiful children’s wallpaper for beautiful homes.” We couldn’t agree more.
This is a Cole & Son classic, a 19th century design pulled from their archive.