7 ways to work a vintage-style wallpaper into your scheme

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  • Be inspired by times gone by and create a striking look in any room

    Had your fill of white walls and mimalist styling? Craving something with a bit more character? Well, there aren’t many better ways to liven up a scheme than with a bold wallpaper.

    Whether you prefer a traditional floral or something a bit more retro, look back to times past for inspiration and you’re sure to achieve the cool-looking, standout space you desire.

    We’ve picked some great examples to help you on your way..

    1. Keep everything else neutral
    Paint woodwork white, and
    choose pale furniture and soft furnishings so that the look doesn’t feel cluttered. Ornate, French-style furniture is ideal for this space.

    2. Try the best of both worlds
    This bird design is so pretty
    and looks fab against the painted white alcove. Combining wallpaper and a
    neutral paint works particularly well when using a dense design that
    may be too much all around your room.

    3. Choose bedding to match
    For the ultimate in traditional styling, paper above a dado rail, then choose bedding in a similar pattern and colour.

    4. Use wallpaper in the bathroom
    A white paper with large
    blooms helps to lighten the feel of a mostly wooden space. It also suits
    the bathroom’s traditional fittings and accessories perfectly.

    5. Create a clash
    colours on this retro wallpaper shouldn’t work, but they somehow really
    do. Be brave with furniture that will add to the clash.

    6. Go back in time
    Channel the Victorian era with a William
    Morris print and choose sumptuous textures, such as velvet, to
    complement it. We absolutely love this plush pink sofa.

    7. Opt for a retro style
    A dark colour is sure to make a statement and is best contrasted with light-wooden furniture in a modern style.

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