Why Wallpaper?

July 1, 2018

I could have chosen anything interior-related for my blog post but I immediately dived in with wallpaper. And then I asked myself “why?"  I think the reason is that almost every room in my childhood home was a myriad of different colours, patterns and textures and this has clearly had a deep-rooted effect on my psyche - in a good way, of course!


Many old friends have said to me they loved coming to my house because it was so vibrant and cheerful. I’m sure that, because of the bold interiors of the house I grew up in, it's made me more confident at making strong and creative choices when it comes to colour and pattern with my own designs.

Here’s a little photo montage I put together of some of the crazy 70’s wallpaper images I found from that very house!



So why wallpaper? Well, as William Morris once said:


"Whatever you have in your rooms, think first of the walls for they are that which makes your house and home, and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging-house look about them…"

And so in short, wallpaper is an easy, relatively inexpensive and effective way of adding personality, colour and depth to your home.

You may be aware of the current trends that have been around, and here I’ve highlighted a few of my favourites from some of my fellow IDC members.


Jungle fever


I love the idea of transforming a space into a tropical paradise! Emilie Fournet has done just that in this project with this fabulous palm print wallpaper.

I decided to mix this Paradisa wallpaper by House of Hackney with the clashing Mey Meh print below. The combining and layering of patterns adds drama to a tiny cloakroom.

Bloomin Marvelous


Because who doesn't love a beautiful bunch of flowers? But we’re not talking small, pretty repeats here, we are talking large scale, sumptuous imagery. IDC Co-Founder, Fiona Duke shows how to perfect a feature wall to create a cosy, inviting sofa area with this gorgeous Eunoia wallpaper by IDC Trade Partner, Woodchip and Magnolia.

Serena Pitchers of Your Interiors Friend has taken scale to another dimension with this wall mural. A blown up National Gallery image by trade partner, Surface View. The wall creates a focal point, drawing the eye away from the TV whilst tying together the upholstery colours in the room, giving a cohesive, atmospheric ambience.

Geo-orgeous Geometrics



Geometrics are here to stay! And I think the reason being is that whether we’re talking triangles, hexagons or squares, geometric shapes have a timeless elegance, illustrated perfectly here in this living room by IDC co-founder Karen Knox of Making Spaces. The deep blue background is highlighted with metallic gold lines adding a sense of glamour and luxury.

JOAN have used this digitally printed wallpaper by trade partner, Smink Things, which has a realistic geometric tiled effect. The distressed look and pastel colours give a soft, calm feel to the room.



After spending years scraping it away from our walls, i’m pleased to say textured wallpaper is back! But instead of the limited swirls and stipples, there are now numerous patterns and textures to choose from which can look fantastic when painted in your favourite shade. Take a look at Anaglypta’s new collection for some instant inspiration.



And then there’s the “how should I hang it?” and “where should I put it?” questions. The good news is, there are no right or wrong answers here.

You could go bold and cover all the walls in the room. Or if you would prefer a more subtle approach, you could try splitting the wallpapered areas as Karen Knox has done here, giving a modern twist to a traditional, heritage wallpaper by William Morris....


.... or as Vickie Nickolls of Interior Therapy has done by wallpapering up to the picture rail and adding extra colour and pattern to the wall by layering a collection of art prints.


Wallpaper could also be used on stair treads, as a kitchen splashback covered with a sheet of plexiglass, you could wallpaper the ceiling, aka. the fifth wall, like Kate Lovejoy...


....or you cold wallpaper your wardrobes as Emilie Fournet has cleverly done with this gorgeous terrazzo wallpaper by Ferm Living from trade partner, Cloudberry Living.


And finally if you get your hands on some wallpaper offcuts. You could always frame them or paste on to large boards and use them as pieces of art to brighten up your wall as I did here for this living room project.


The moral of the story is be brave, be bold and get pasting!

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