Wallpaper is such a nice way to transform a room. It applies colour, texture and dimension to the room. Prices can vary hugely, take into consideration how much of the wall you need to cover, for example if it is just either side of the chimney breast then I would prefer to use a higher priced wallpaper, for a whole room I would then go mid-range.
My view is to treat your walls with the same respect as flooring. I have had clients that are willing to spend around £3000 on flooring and then not even consider spending any more than £40 on the walls. Then sending the builders to the local hardware store to colour match a Farrow & Ball paint (one of my many pet hates), it never looks as good. With a introduction of wallpaper with high quality paint is such a impressive and professional finish. I mean, seriously, I don’t expect the exact same costs as flooring but cheap walls look cheap.
With that in mind I have been on the hunt for some new wallpapers that I think can revamp any room. From luxurious to fun and funky these ten float my boat.
1 – Hackney Empire Wallpaper by HOUSE OF HACKNEY
Price – £148 per roll. Coverage 5.4 sq m2
When I saw this paper for the first time I wanted to lick it. I got excited. The description from the House of Hackney’s site says it best…
“Luxury maximalist wallpaper featuring a carnival of animals amidst animalistic debauchery in a riot of colour against a midnight blue background.”
Quite pricey but am I bothered? No. The coverage is good, you can easily do 4 drops with 1 roll. The design looks as good as artwork itself so all in all, it’s a must!
2 – Genuine Fake Wallpaper by Deborah Bowness
Price from – £175 per roll.
I’ve used this wallpaper once before in a seating area for a well known Bathroom showroom in Manchester. It made the whole area transform into a cosy contemporary oasis. I can not say anything bad about this wallpaper it IS utterly beautiful and if you’ve not seen it up anywhere, please go and check it out!!!
Abigail Ahern’s store on Upper Street in Islington has it….. go….go……go have a look!!!!
Available from all Cole & Son retailers including Wallpaper Direct
£60 per roll, 10 meters in length
How can I not include Viv! She has not failed us here. Beautiful shades of grey with mauve, silhouettes of roses. It should be screaming girly but it doesn’t, the almost graphic inspired print has a hint of masculinity and edge.
Available at Anthropologie
£88 per roll, coverage 5.6 sq m2.
This is so girly! It’s fun and quirky design shows wild flowers draped in jewels, fishes and birds kissing. It just makes me smile.
5 – Grey Fan wallpaper designed by Erica Wakerly
Email Erica for price information, (they are well priced, trust me I’ve bought loads).
I have previously used the black and white Fan wallpaper and it works really well, the graphic lines play with the eye and make you entranced with the wall. I am super excited to see it now available in grey!!!!!! Nice one Erica!!
6 -Rhododendron Wallpaper by Orla Kiely
Price £62 per roll, 10 meter length
Looking for retro inspired wallpaper? Well Orla Kiely never fails to deliver, this mustard wallpaper will brighten up any dull day.
7 – Whitby Wallpaper – Stone by Mini Moderns
£54 per roll – printed in the UK with water based inks on paper from sustained forests.
This wallpaper design has also won ELLE DECORATIONS HOT PICK at Tent London 2011. This design in the stone colour is my favourite.
I think it speaks for itself, amazingly priced, bang on trend and completely captivating.
8 – Scrapwood Wallpaper designed by Piet Hein Eek
Available from Bodie and Fou
Price £199 per roll, 10 meters in length
On the higher end of the price range this striking scrapwood wallpaper brings a unique warmth into the home.
Winner of WINNER OF THE NEW-YORK ICFF 2011 EDITORS AWARD
Available at Wallpaper Direct
Price – £47.94 per roll
Simple and pretty, this linear drawing of overlapping leaves is calm and subtle.
10 – Wild Flowers, Bronze designed by Ferm LIVING
Available at 95% Danish
Price – £59.95 per roll
Last but not least, for a touch of luxury without the ‘bling’, try this wild flower wallaper with bronze design.