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

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

living area with sofa and cushions set and wallpaper wall
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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.

bedroom with wallpaper wall and paint woodwork white

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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.

bedroom with wallpapper wall and white drawer unit

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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.

bedroom with floral wallpaper wall and bed

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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.

bathroom with bathtub and wallpaper wall and wooden floor

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

dining area with dining table and chair andd floral wallpaper wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Trevor Richards)

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.

living area with sofa with cushions set and coffee table

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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.

living area with sideboard and wallpaper wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)