Adding a bright and colourful feature wall or wallpapering an entire room can be a great way to transform the look of a space. But you can often be left with excess wallpaper which can feel like a waste. We’ve taken a look at the easiest ways you can take the fun element of wallpaper design and use it elsewhere in your home:
Top drawer design
Beautifully transform the interiors of drawers – or the back of shelving units – by lining them with your favourite patterned wallpaper. Of course your favourite chest of drawers won’t be rugged enough to snag your delicates, but a pop of colour or a striking pattern can add that extra little bit of interest.
In the frame
If you’ve chosen a lively, graphic pattern for your statement wall, mirror that burst of personality on an opposing wall. Cut your leftover wallpaper down to photo frame size, and display several pieces on a gallery wall to perfectly complement the bold prints at the other side of the room. An easy interior update with minimal effort.
Alternatively, show off your favourite photograph in a frame that’s backed with wallpaper to demonstrate your own personal style.
Flies by Mia Marie Overgaard
All wrapped up
Extend your vibrant style into your loved ones’ lives by crafting greetings cards to suit almost any occasion. Use intricately cut wallpaper samples, swatches of fabric and other craft items to decorate Christmas cards or wish someone a happy birthday. You could even go one step further, and wrap gifts in unused wallpaper – it’s much stronger than wrapping paper and the bold prints will make for a great talking point.
Step by step
If you adore the simplicity of wooden flooring and stairs in your hallway but want to add some wow factor, cut wallpaper to fit the stair risers. Once you’ve pasted it on, varnish it to make the paper hardwearing, and you’ve got a beautiful décor that will immediately draw the eyes up as you enter your home.
Coming to a head
Instead of creating a feature wall behind you bed, play around with the idea of an over-sized headboard by upcycling wallpaper backed on to wood to give your boudoir a unique twist. Be daring with bright patterns and hues to match the colour scheme of the room and accessorise with bold cushions and throws.
Eternal Weekend by Nothing Can Go Wrng
Chic cabinet interiors
Brighten up the inside of a dull medicine cabinet by adding pops of colour and pattern between its shelves. Alternatively, transform a china cabinet into a stunning display piece – experiment with different patterns to ensure it becomes the glamorous focal point of the room.
How will you be transforming your interiors with upcycled wallpaper?
Luxurious palm leaves and tropical flowers meet Honduras parrots in brightly coloured wallpaper designs from AL Collection. Photowall is expanding its range with a mix of the classic photo and patterns characterised by an exciting new design expression – all created by artists from around the world in our AL Collection.
The designs are available as made-to-measure wall murals costing £26 per square metre. Pictured above is Jungle Canopy 2 Spring, ideal in any living room.
The motif pictured above is Tropic Toile Spring.
It’s the time of year when thoughts naturally turn toward sunnier climes and rest and relaxation for that hard-earned annual break. But whether you’re holidaying this summer or not, there’s no reason why you can’t bring the continent to your interior – and with the Tour de France currently under way, there’s no better time to look toward French chic interiors to inspire your inner designer. The French Riviera is known for its glamour and intricate architectural detail – and we’ve taken a look at how you can channel its effortless styling secrets in your home.
Simply does it
Invest in a backdrop that’s uncomplicated in its colour palette and let vibrant-hued accessories inspired by the Mediterranean do the talking. The simpler the palette, the more ‘calm’ a room can inspire. Opt for accent features like French Provincial pottery and wrought iron décor to perfectly set off the pale colours of the walls.
Blue gradient swatches are integral for Riviera-inspired interior. For the ultimate in French chic interior design, think stunning far-reaching sea views and wall-to-wall sunshine and recreate that summer feeling. Go bold with hues reminiscent of the ocean for your feature wall and add muted, complementary tones and paired-back accessories with it. The effect of faux painting techniques like sponging and colour washing will add layers of intrigue and give the look of textured stucco.
Choose beautifully feminine patterned wallpapers and introduce a feature wall of florals or birds to really juxtapose with charming rustic furniture. French charm can border on shabby chic so introduce sprawling armchairs draped with luxurious throws – and opt for a teasing hint of gold in wallpaper and accessories for that added touch of glam.
Elegant and opulent
You might not have the beautiful, tall ceilings and oversized windows commonly found in French drawing rooms, but there’s no reason why you can’t recreate all that elegance fit for a castle and take inspiration for your inviting reception room. Add southern accents to the neutral richness the French do so well, and look to your wallpaper to add that vintage yet strikingly rustic element.
Nobody does romance quite like the French, and it’s easily reflected in the warm tones of a decadent, boudoir-style bedroom. Think rich greens and golds, draping chandeliers and beautifully feminine lace panels on curtains. Add in medium-toned wood furniture and tap into the gallery wall trend with a collection of vintage-inspired mirrors hung on a feature wall to add individuality.
From fashion, to celebrity and food and all that history, there’s plenty of inspiration to be drawn from beautiful France. How will you be updating your home with French chic interiors this summer?
The change in season often provokes a change in décor, and preparing your home for summer is one of the most enjoyable times for an interior update. Create a space that shares this season’s energy and replicates the beauty of nature that surrounds it. Here we explore how to take the fun from the sun and shine it around your home.
There’s nothing quite like the coldness of a marble floor when escaping the heat on holiday, and marble accents in your home can recreate that summer feeling. The material offers complete versatility in interior design, which coordinates with just about any colour scheme and interior style.
Punchy shades radiate happiness in your home, and adding in prints that channel the romance and flamboyancy of the summer season will give your space a vibrant update. Oversized monstera leaves combined with statement shades will catapult your interior style into warmer climes.
Gap Year by design and print studio, Nothing Can Go Wrng
Bed linens with pizazz create a punchy, unique feel to your bedroom space. Add in a bold floral print, or channel geometric designs to emulate the Scandi look. The introduction of printed bedding is a great option if you’re looking for an interior update with minimal effort.
Print vs pastel
Summer is all about going full force with pattern and colour. Be daring and channel boho chic, a mixture of graphic ethnic patterns and pastel hues. Add in wall murals with graphic prints and accessorise with pastel soft furnishings.
Reflect the brightness of tropical fruit by introducing sunny yellows, lime greens and tangy orange shades. Whether you choose to reflect these tones in cushions, throws and curtains, or be slightly daring and create a living room feature wall filled with fruit – illustrator, Rina Donnersmarck collaborated with Photowall to create a collection inspired by mother nature, her Pineapple wallpaper is perfect to recreate the citrus look in your own home.
Faded prints are reminiscent of beautiful summer sunsets and help to create a glamourous feel inside. The creation of ombre dates back to a weaving process created in Europe which features in a great deal of 19th century textiles, it has since had a resurgence and features in everything from wall art to wallpaper.
How will you be updating your home for summer?
Summer is finally here, and Midsummer weekend is just around the corner. If you like to celebrate Midsummer with your nearest and dearest, don’t forget the most important thing – the Midsummer Wreath. Here at the wallpaper factory we’re decorating with wallpaper wreaths made from summery new designs by Rina Donnersmarck.
Just in time for traditional Midsummer celebrations, Rina has created three new designs in beautiful colours and delightful patterns. In the picture above we’ve used the Jungle Multi and Jungle Pink designs, which are available as made-to-measure wall murals and canvas prints. The wall murals cost £35 per square metre and the canvas prints start at £24.
Have a wonderful summer!
As a key decorating trend this year, creating a gallery wall can bring a bolder look into your interior. Splashes of timeless design perfectly combined with the interior trends of the moment, and making space for art can give your home a dash of excitement. Showcase your personal style and channel a design style that complements your current décor themes.
Here we explore how to create a gallery wall based on your home style and current interior trends.
1) Find your style
Before committing to a gallery wall, it’s important to determine what kind of layout and design style you like. Do you prefer a structured grid style where all the frames follow a particular layout? Or do you prefer a scattered style? It’s also worth considering what kind of interior design trends you find most appealing – if you’re a fan of the Nordic movement, then a grid style monochrome gallery wall might be for you.
2) Earthy eclectic
This style is perfect for the adventurous outdoor types and is loosely related to the 70s interior design resurgence. This interior style features botanical greens and dark wood elements with organic artwork. Wooden frames in a grid style work well to create a structured look that echoes the geometric patterns from 70s interior design.
Monstera No 6 by Linnea Nilsson Lundell
3) Bold and beautiful
If you’re a person who likes to take risks and have a contemporary interior, then this gallery wall style could be for you. The trend is all about indulging in graphic patterns and bright colours to make a statement in your home. Bold letters combined with subtle colour pops and graphic imagery work best – channel the current pineapple trend with illustrations or wallpaper.
4) Romantic retreat
Watercolour details add a contrasting softness into your interior. When selecting aquatic patterns for your gallery wall, you can create an area of your home perfect for relaxation. Often watercolour patterns feature subtle colour pops which are easily reflected in other parts of your interior.
5) Experimental schemes
Creating the perfect wall for your home is all about testing the water and seeing what works for you. We recommend you plan your layout before drilling holes through your walls – you can do this with paper and sticky tape just to get the base right before you work out your frame sizes and arrangement.
What does your gallery wall style look like?
Warmer weather and longer days give you the opportunity to spend more time in the great outdoors. Long strolls in the evening sunshine accompanied by the occasional weekend coastal visits are beautiful, but there are more ways to get the summer feeling outdoors. You can recreate the feeling of your favourite summer pastimes from the comfort of your own home – as part of National Picnic Week, we’ve put together the best ideas to transform your garden into a space perfect for a spot of al fresco dining.
Amp up the palettes
The art of repurposing and reclaiming palettes has become a huge garden trend over the last year, and as an extremely versatile material, palettes can be as multifunctional as they are decorative. Whether you want to create a base to house your herbs, or some plant boxes for displaying your beautiful flora and fauna, there’s a whole host of inspirational ideas to give new meaning to your palettes. For your next summery get-together, why not create a makeshift bar out of stacked palettes and stone slates. Pinterest is the best way to get tonnes of palette ideas for your garden.
Use the hues
Add a splash of colour to your outdoor space to instantly brighten up your garden, and mix up the tones to create a scheme that works for you. Reflect your chosen indoor hues outside to keep a consistent flow throughout your home, or make a statement by adding contrasting colour pops to your plant pots and shed. Get creative with your paint, and add in some hand painted designs to breathe new life into your plant pots – you could even consider labelling your herb palettes to give a cute country chic feel to that area of your garden.
Take it to the next level
Making the most of your garden space is key to creating a functional area to relax. If your garden is a little on the small side, using props to display your plant pots and garden accessories can create additional floor space, perfect for when you’re entertaining. Repurposing and upcycling existing furniture can add a unique style to your garden and can also provide an alternative space to store your plant pots. Creating raised levels in your garden adds character to your outdoor space, as well as a greater feeling of greener space.
Top of the pots
If your garden lacks greenery, consider switching up the natural hues by introducing a selection of plant pots into your garden. Mismatched plant pots play into the cuteness of the country trend, while geometric metallic pots work really well if you’re aiming to create a Nordic outdoor space. Whatever your home style, adding in plant pots is a cost-effective and low maintenance way to create a garden that’s perfect for a spot of al fresco dining.
How do you plan on transforming your outdoor space?
Dark and moody palettes have long been associated with the gloominess of areas neglected by lighting, but one of this year’s top interior trends successfully dispels that myth. Dramatic dark tones were prevalent in interior trends last year, and now we’re seeing a shift towards moody hues and inky blues. Whether these murkier shades are used as part of a feature wall, or to cover an entire room, we’ve taken a look at how best to incorporate these swatches in your home for maximum interior impact.
Blend the old and new
Originating from pantones prevalent in period properties, this trend allows you to introduce a touch of stately home into your interior. The inky trend gives you the perfect opportunity to blend the old and the new without redefining your home based around a particular period in time. Mix patterns such as stripes, which are a current trend in the fashion world, with inky blues and brass accents like photo frames, trinkets and lampshades to create a pleasant feeling of old and new, which blend together to create a modern, slick look inspired by olde-worlde home décor trends.
Petrol hues & mysterious blues
Shades of paint that evoke a sense of mystery, such as deep petrol hues, can create a dramatic effect in your space. The darker the hue, the more you have to try and consider how it will impact your room. Create a super-stylish living space by pairing dark, dramatic colours and beautiful bold feature accessories that will simultaneously lift the lightness of your room. Try channelling an alternative feature wall by using shelving to create a space for your photographs and artwork. Introducing a key blue piece can also add to the personality of a room – luxurious dark velvet sofas in your living room create a statement centrepiece for you to work around with different interior design styles.
Light hues lighten your mood
Lighten the mood by pairing dark tones with cool neutral accessories. Use key Scandi design methodologies by mixing dark and light harmoniously – chalky whites and dove greys, as well as natural wood and stone, pair up perfectly to create a well put-together contrast. Be strategic about how you use your colour palettes – juxtaposing colours can give a luxe feel to your home but getting the balance right is key. The starkness of an inky blue kitchen mixed with the purity of an all-white tiled wall adds a sense of sleekness to your interior. Pattern and print can also be a fabulous way of creating contrast if you’re in fear of darkening your space a little too much. Reverse the flow and accessories using dark elements – photo frames and painted furniture mixed with dark fabrics can all be part of the beautiful ambience you create in this room.
Before you give your interior space an overhaul, try and make a mood board to help you visualise the end result. If you’re not completely sold on this bold colour blocking trend, try your hand with beautiful illustrative patterns and accessories with dark colour swatches.
How will you be introducing the Inky Interiors trend into your home?
For most people, the idea of visiting a beach house conjures up imagery of long coastal walks and rediscovering natural beauty. The summer season is the perfect time to bring outdoor elements inside to create a space that shines brighter than the summer sun.
Here we explore how to introduce an easy breezy coastal interior theme to your home.
Cool coastal hues
Enhancing colours associated with the coast will help you get a sea-themed feel without going overboard. Introduce crisp white and worn blue hues with a few splashes of occasional colour to really give your home that summer feeling. Any shades associated with marine life will work well here, and introducing beach-inspired canvas prints is a good option for getting a peaceful flow throughout your home.
Sail away with me
Seasonal home accessories allow you to shake up your surroundings without redecorating your entire home. Feel like you’re lost in the beauty of the ocean with cute lanterns and bird-inspired decorations, and fill your lanterns with fairy lights to replicate the look of the moonlight reflected in the midnight sea. Introducing some driftwood décor pieces further adds to the delight of this summer interior trend, giving a shipwrecked look to your home.
Create a beach house feel with a material-based feature wall – the Photowall white painted wood wallpaper will create a look that’s perfect to inspire the summer feeling inside your home. If your interior has a more rustic feel, a stone wall backdrop will help recreate the rugged, rocky openness of the shoreline; pair this with distressed furniture and bright floral patterned cushions to create a haven with quirky features.
Set the tone
Understated soft furnishings can tone down the crispness of a sea-based colour palette. Channel nautical cushions and throws, and introduce wicker baskets for storage. Faded, textured palettes pair really nicely with this interior style, so keep an eye out for these kinds of material when switching up your soft furnishings.
Whether you choose summer seaside snapshots, or abstract artworks that evoke sure feelings of the shores, canvas art can be a fantastic way to realise the sea theme in your home. Channel the natural movements of the ocean with the Photowall Sea Glass canvas – the beautiful blue hues in this design mirror the different shades seen in the ocean. This canvas would look beautiful paired with crisp whites and brassy metallic elements.
Make the most of your space and introduce different interior trends by introducing shelving into your alcoves – you can display all your beach-themed essentials on each shelf to add a sense of playfulness and continuity to your interior. If you’re feeling daring why not try painting your shelving a blue colour to mirror the sea? A little flash of colour in the cosy nooks of your home can add an element of surprise into your furnishings.
Are you inspired by the outdoors? Check out our recent collaboration with photographer Jonna Jinton called the Soul of Nature.
The wedding season is in full swing. Here at the wallpaper factory, we decorate a wedding reception and talk wedding tips with Swedish blogger and bride-to-be Anja Forsnor.
Wallpaper pennants in delightful designs, pastel wallpaper backgrounds and loving heart frills are some of our best decoration tips for the big day. Blogger Anja and her fiancé Marcus remind us not to neglect the small details, and to surprise the guests with something unexpected. Check out our wedding photos and read Anja’s and Marcus’s thoughts in the run-up to their big day for more wedding inspiration.
So first off, how did Marcus propose?
We had an absolutely magical holiday in Thailand last winter. On one of our last nights, Marcus got down on one knee on the beach and surprised me with a proposal. I was in tears. And there was a ring, of course, the loveliest ring in the world! Then we made a toast with coconut cocktails and kissed barefoot in the sand under a pristine starlit sky. Perfectly over the top, and so perfectly us.
I was so nervous I can barely remember what I said. What Anja didn’t know at the time was that I’d already planned a proposal two years earlier. We were on holiday then too, and I’d booked a whole day at sea with Anja. But being a stubborn one, she’d decided to stay on the beach that day and nothing I could say was going to change that, so things didn’t turn out quite as I’d planned. At the time I was quite disappointed, but now it’s a fun anecdote we often laugh about.
How has the planning been for your wedding?
We want to plan in peace and quiet without making any hasty decisions, so we spend a lot of nights poring over the dinner table. Having young children, we have to find little gaps as and when we can.
Can you tell us anything about the day itself?
We’re thinking playful, vibrant, personal, and of course it’s all about love! We’re thinking a bit outside the box and want to do things our own way. We’ve taken a bit of inspiration from a previous wedding we were at, but we’re keeping the details to ourselves for a while yet.
Do you have any tips or advice for other couples planning a wedding?
It’s YOUR day. Make sure the wedding is for you, and plan exactly the way you want it to be. Don’t think too much about what everyone else is doing, and have the courage to break with tradition if it doesn’t feel right for you.
The furnishing and seating plan are often crucial in ensuring the right atmosphere. Round or slightly smaller tables are more social, and make it easy to get people talking. You want everyone to feel involved and to find their place in the party.
What do you feel have been the key things to think about when planning a wedding?
Laughing and having fun! So simple, but extremely important. Eat a good dinner, share a bottle of wine and talk to each other. Replace long lists with mood boards, or put together a lively playlist to set the right atmosphere.