How to give your walls the wow factor

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1) Create a special effect

Can’t have the exposed brick or wood-panelled walls you want? Try a special-effect wallpaper that mimics the look of a different material, from stone to the leather upholstery shown here. Faux wallpapers look all the more striking if kept to just one feature wall, with neutral furnishings and accessories. Less is more, so don’t use them in more than one or two rooms or the effect will be diminished. Use it on feature walls and chimney breasts.

Skin wallpaper, £22.99 per roll, Brewers range, Wallpaperdirect

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