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Spring fling: wallpaper

Spring is around the corner and change in the air. If you’re not in the mood for a big home makeover, but still want to spruce things up, there’s no better way to do it than with wallpaper. For small spaces like a downstairs loo or cloakroom, think dramatic prints that make a statement. For bedrooms, go for something soothing (don’t restrict yourself to light colours, darker shades can work beautifully). Bathrooms can also be papered, just make sure you go for non-woven, vinyl paper and keep your room well ventilated.


How pretty is this wall featuring De Gournay‘s exquisite custom-designed Plum Blossom silk wallpaper? Below, is a wonderful dip-dye effect paper called Saraille from Designers Guild. It’s very fresh, rather dramatic and perfect for that luxurious beach retreat you’ll one day own in Kerala (ahem).


These beautiful papers (below) by talented design duo Barneby Gates are personal favourites. So much so, we used Fresco Birds in our bedroom (I love the slightly distressed feel contrasted with the prettiness of the birds) and Honey Bees in our downstairs loo. £78 per roll.

Barneby Gates - Fresco Birds - Set ShotBarneby Gates - Honey Bees - Gold on Charcoal - Set Shot


These papers are perfect for children’s bedrooms or downstairs loos (can you tell that I’m obsessed with wallpapering downstairs loos?). Ere be Dragons by Paper Boy, £60 per roll. Red buses & Black cabs by Lizzie Allen, £189 per roll




Whilst Feuille de Chene (£56.01, Osborne & Little at Fabrics & Papers) is arguably more autumnal than spring, it still has that lovely, fresh feel about it. The neon pink details in this Flamingos Wallpaper really make the images pop. £67, by Cole & Son


The beautiful duck egg blue background and stunning bird imagery of Birds n Bees by Timorous Beasties is simply wonderful. £300 per roll; I love the quirky patchwork style and hints of Azulejo in Dutch Glory by PiP Studio, €145 per roll. The shades of green, golden key and depth of feeling of Chiavi Segrete by Fornasetti II for Cole & Son, (£140 per roll) is incredibly soothing.

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    Tort Allison
    February 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Look out for Barnaby Gates’ new wallpaper Dogs featuring a rather special model called Doris.

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    Anna Ruddy
    March 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Doris is famous I knew someone in your family would make it on wallpaper!!! Spals going to need your help with our new room x

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