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Wallpaper ideas & inspiration

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Wallpaper—once upon a time it was the bane of home renovators. The sixties and seventies gave birth to some of the most atrocious patterns and textures ever seen by man. Who remembers the fluffy, almost carpet-like, brown floral patterns that donned the living room of their Grandmothers house? We most certainly do. Etched into our memory, while a little endearing, is a tactile experience we're sure to never forget. On top of this, the chemicals used to bind the wallpaper to the wall those forty odd years ago, was ridiculously difficult to remove. The saying put in 'a little elbow grease' became a gross understatement. It entailed days of attacking the walls with an industrial grade steamer until every remnant of glue and paper was finally peeled off.

Nowadays, wallpaper has made a huge resurgence, not only in terms of ease of application and removal technology, but also thanks to the design of more forgiving and updated prints and patterns. Given that it is no longer a commitment of sorts, you can update the wallpaper in your home as often as trends and personal preferences change. The best aspect is that it is a great way to inject personality and colour into a space! You can show off your creative flair without the need for expensive art and wall hangings. Here on homify, we have some incredibly talented wallpaper designers and manufacturers that we simply cannot wait to show off- take a look…

Fly away

Menora Residence:  Bedroom by Moda Interiors
Moda Interiors

Menora Residence

Moda Interiors

Contrary to popular belief, you can have feminine patterns such as this delicate butterfly print on the walls of a modern room as evidenced by Moda Interiors. Complementing the throw rug and cushions on the bed, the wallpaper and textiles have an unmistakable dialogue, resulting in a balance and harmony that wouldn't be otherwise be there. When you fall asleep, the notion of drifting away is commonly referred to in this situation. So, on the same vein, the butterflies denote a similar experience- they are fluttering away into the light above.

Green with envy

If a country styled room is on your radar, take cues from Mister Smith Interiors and note how they have put together this rustic-come-shabby chic style living room. The subtle mint green pattern is not overwhelming; rather, it blends in nicely with the existing fireplace and antique furniture in the foreground. This is a great example to shows how wallpaper can be a quiet achiever in a space, adding to the ambience instead of taking centre stage. 


Lucca  Hand Made Plaster Wallcovering:  Walls & flooring by Architectural Textiles Ltd
Architectural Textiles Ltd

Lucca Hand Made Plaster Wallcovering

Architectural Textiles Ltd

Country and rustic themes aren't the only styles to benefit from wallpaper. In this example by Architectural Textiles, we see a more exotic aura taking shape. Not only is the print reminiscent of African ferns or wicker mats, but from a distance, it appears to have a ridged 3D appearance. This particular range comes in seven different colours, and if you're worried about your impact on the environment, is handmade from all natural clays, pigments and dyes.

Loud & proud

Hanbury wallpaper by Kate Farley:  Walls & flooring by Kate Farley
Kate Farley

Hanbury wallpaper by Kate Farley

Kate Farley

This stunning teal wallpaper with circular motif is the work of visual artist Kate Farley. If you are looking to make a statement on your walls, you can very easily do so with a statement print such as this. Kate Farley combines a large range of skills into her outstanding portfolio of work. These include; pattern design, visual communication, drawing and printmaking, hand-rendering and digital manipulation. The pictured wallpaper pattern titled 'Hanbury', drew inspiration from a National Trust property in Worcestershire, England called Hanbury Hall. In this case, it is possible to have a little slice of English history in your own home!

Subtle contrasts

Zhivago wallpaper 'fog':  Walls & flooring by NAT MAKS

Zhivago wallpaper 'fog'


In this image, we have yet another wallpaper design with a unique design process. NAT MAKS has titled this project Zhivago, named after the cult movie from 1965 'Dr. Zhivago'. The pattern was inspired by the view from Dr. Zhivago's country home, and has been masterfully adapted onto a backdrop of stormy grey. Despite the somewhat contemporary feel of the design, you can see how it can so easily complement a wide variety of different design themes and situations, as evidenced by the ornate vintage armchair. Perhaps you were sceptical about clashing different eras? Don't be- the proof is in the pudding!


Amazonia Light Wallpaper:  Walls & flooring by Witch and Watchman
Witch and Watchman

Amazonia Light Wallpaper

Witch and Watchman

Lastly, we see a wonderful tropical and forest-like pattern from Witch and Watchman. Titled Amazonia, this particular print is available with a pale (pictured) or dark background. Whilst the foreground images remain largely the same, the change in colour gives off two totally different moods. Great for a quirky living room or bedroom, this design will make for an absolutely stunning feature wall. It is also great if you have kids—they can spot the peacock, raccoon, possums and hummingbirds that are hiding between the foliage.

If you are still thirsty for more wall decorating ideas, check out the following ideabooks:

Kids bedroom wallpaper ideas

Creative wall art

What do you think of wallpaper? Are you a fan or think it should remain in the past? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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