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Living room wallpaper can create a whole new look in your space. Use a wallpaper design to add pattern to a room, to highlight a specific wall or feature, to frame an attractive piece of furniture, such as a sofa or a console, or simply to complement or contrast with the colours in your scheme. You don’t need to restrict wallpaper to walls either; consider papering the backs of shelving units to create a colourful or patterned backdrop for books, picture frames and trinkets.

Living room wallpaper can add interest to a space and alter the feel of a room, depending on what design you opt for. When you are deciding on a wallpaper for your living room, consider ticking stripes in reds and blues, which have a relaxed look that can lend a room coastal style. Wide stripes in lively colours will set the tone for a bold, unconventional feel. If you love vintage wallpapers and mid-century designs, opt for a bold retro wallpapers to add instant energy to a space. Black and white white wallpapers, wall murals and faux brick wallpaper designs are proving popular at the moment and the latter is a good option for creating a feature wall without resorting to knocking off plaster.

A floral wallpaper design needn’t be traditional, there are plenty of contemporary designs that incorporate flora and fauna motifs. A woodland themed, such as a tree wallpaper, will give a room a whimsical feel – or go for a tropical palm print to give a nod to sunnier climes. Animal designs aren’t just for children’s rooms; you can add character to your living room with a subtle bird wallpaper or a butterfly print, or have some fun and pick a statement designer wallpaper featuring dogs, flamingos or even zebras.

Damask wallpapers offer a classic look, but shop around for more contemporary versions in modern sophisticated shades that feel fresh and exciting.

If you’re new to hanging wallpaper, have a go at putting it up yourself. You might find it easy to begin with a small area, such as a chimney breast, to build up your confidence before you tackle a whole room. Watch our video on how to hang wallpaper for helpful tips.

Have these ideas got you in the mood for decorating? Have a look at our dining room wallpaper ideas and duck egg living room ideas for more inspiration.

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