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Theme of the week: Wallpaper

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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A new week means a new theme and after much thought, we've decided to touch on a topic that is interesting to homeowners and designers alike: wallpaper! Wallpaper tells a story; it lets guests know about our personalities, our style, and how adventurous we're prepared to be when it comes to colours and textures. Wallpaper is great because it can be used in a myriad of spaces in the home. From a slither of wall in a hallway, to all four walls in the lounge room, you can be sure that your decision to add wallpaper to your home will be one you will give yourself a giant pat on the back for!

As always, we have put together an ideabook showcasing some of the very best interior design and architecture projects created by our homify UK experts. Let's just say… the United Kingdom LOVES wallpaper!


Kensington & Chelsea:  Corridor & hallway by Matteo Bianchi Studio
Matteo Bianchi Studio

Kensington & Chelsea

Matteo Bianchi Studio

We think for most people, the first thought that comes to mind when they see this spectacular example of wallpaper usage is Dionysus. Dionysus, or Bacchus as he is known to the Romans, was the Greek God of wine and harvest, and is very often shown depicted with vines bursting with grapes. Given the size of the space is actually fairly small, ordinarily one would probably not choose a colour and pattern which is so busy and dark. However, the large skylight above douses the room with light in an ethereal fashion, meaning you have the freedom to choose whatever pattern you see fit on these walls.

Note: We simply love the fruit plate on the table!


Hells Kitchen Penthouse:  Study/office by Bhavin Taylor Design
Bhavin Taylor Design

Hells Kitchen Penthouse

Bhavin Taylor Design

For designers and homeowner who would like to implement wallpaper into their living space, but understand the implications it has on size, then a very lightly coloured and very subtly decorated wallpaper pattern is the perfect option for you. The spots are almost close enough together to fool you into thinking it is almost completely orange (from afar), however, upon closer inspection, you will see the amount of detail and life such a simple element adds to the space.

Green with envy

We're just waiting for the Queen from the fairy tale Snow White to appear and ask us Who is the fairest of them all?. With a modern medieval feel, this space has used the colour green with maximum impact and effect. In an almost jewel like quality, the wallpaper complements the tiles and heater perfectly. Not to mention the ornament on the mirror. You really feel when you look at this space that you have been teleported to another time. The beauty of the wallpaper here is that it would look spectacular paired against white or black tiles too; the options are limitless.

Cross hatch

Hells Kitchen Penthouse:  Bedroom by Bhavin Taylor Design
Bhavin Taylor Design

Hells Kitchen Penthouse

Bhavin Taylor Design

If you like geometry and texture, say it loud and proud! As opposed to using the wallpaper as feature, in this instance, it has become the background and canvas for the rest of space. Given it is black and white, the freedom to choose what colours accompany the room is fairly easy. The pop of yellow and grey tie in nicely together, and break the monotonous trance like state you are in after gazing at the walls for too long. A harmonising and well balanced display of interior design.


Hoxton Victorian Bathroom:  Bathroom by Inara Interiors
Inara Interiors

Hoxton Victorian Bathroom

Inara Interiors

Reminiscent of a bathing room in a country manor, the wallpaper chosen for this bathroom adds a regal and elegant ambience to the space. This is complemented and tied in ever so nicely with the old style bathtub, vintage chest of drawers and timber clad wall. The only quasi-contemporary details in the room is the industrial styled light fittings which illuminate with a rich and warm yellow light.

Little princesses

We always want our children to express themselves as much as possible. And so, it seems only fitting we would take decorating matters seriously, making our little princess (or prince!) feel as comfortable and warm in their room. Wallpaper nowadays can very easily be removed and in just as little time that it took to put it up. This means when your child outgrows the current setting, you can update the room in just a few days without a massive financial burden.

Country charm

In a similar fashion that what we saw earlier, the country charm has been carried through to this bathroom also. Styled in more of a French provincial way with the painted white floorboards, white timber wall panelling and pastel green colour palette, you really do get a sense of times gone by. These images are testament to the diverse range of styles and settings you can achieve with wallpaper; it is not only for the daring and bold, but it is also great for those who like to retain a touch of the past and the heritage of a space. 


Lastly, but definitely not least, we are looking at this exciting and subtle example of wallpaper, which has been applied to just a small area on the wall. Replacing a headboard, the occupants have the opportunity to change the wallpaper in the square when they want to undergo a design overhaul of the room; it is not a loud and permanent feature that has a long term commitment. This factor will definitely suit a lot of homeowners. As a final touch, the geometry of the wallpaper design complements the pattern in the bed spread and curtains—a wonderful example of balance and unity in bedroom design.

For more home decorating tips see ’Home design ideas and Home furnishings’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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