Pick an archive wallpaper

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    WHY WE LOVE THEM From an antiques-shop find to a treasured heirloom, homeware with a history has a unique layer of sentiment. Rather than hunting down a decades-old design, you can get the same impact from one of the many gorgeous archive prints out there. From intricate floral to beautiful bird prints, the story and provenance that they bring will give your scheme depth.

    WAR TIME WONDER

    Designed by Kathleen Kersey from the Morris Design studio on the eve of the First World War

    Arbutus 214718, £62 per roll, Archive III wallpapers range, Morris & Co

    ICONIC DESIGN

    A classic archive pattern coloured in traditional Wedgwood blue and white

    Tonquin 005, £70 per roll, Wedgwood Home range,
    Blendworth

    WHERE TO USE THEM Archive prints often have a botanical theme, making them pretty versatile. Most wallpaper designs are near-faithful reproductions of the real thing – play on their painterly quality and give them pride of place on a feature wall, just as you would an artwork. Let the pattern be the focus and decorate the rest of the room in tonal plains.

    CLIMBING THE WALLS

    Featuring trails of horse chestnut blossom, this classic design has been given a modern update

    Chestnut Tree 215708, £66 per roll, Woodland Walk range, Sanderson

    HISTORIC PATTERN

    A faithful interpretation of wallpaper found in a house in Aix-en-Provence in the 1760s, courtesy of the Whitworth Art Gallery

    Darwin in Serein, £131 per roll, Archive Trails range, Little Greene

    HOW TO USE THEM Apply intricate, smaller prints freely, from alcoves to upholstery.
    Prints with bigger pattern or bolder colour need more space to breathe, so save these for large walls or furniture.

    HOW TO ACCESSORISE THEM The beauty of archive patterns is their timeless appeal, so they’ll sit happily in both contemporary and classic schemes. Rustic, painted furniture or upholstered pieces in traditional shapes are fail-safe designs that will complement the prints perfectly.

    FRENCH CLASSIC

    A traditional toile wallpaper, inspired by a book of 19th-century French patterns

    Toile De Jouy 1668, £44 per roll, A Vintage Book range, Boråstapeter

    ORIENTAL INSPIRATION

    This print originally had birds beside the branches

    Pussy Willow in Natural, £40 per roll, Laura Ashley

    SIXTIES REVIVAL

    Celebrating its 52nd birthday this year

    Unikko, £56.95 per roll, Marimekko range, John Lewis

    ART-DECO DELIGHT

    First designed in 1901, this print now comes in five colourways

    Morris Seaweed, £62 per roll, Archive III Wallpapers collection, Morris & Co

    NATURE REVISITED

    An 18th-century botanical painting inspired this beauty

    Woodland Chorus, £58 per roll, Woodland Walk collection, Sanderson

    TOP TABLE

    It was a 19th-century Wedgwood tea set that evoked this elegant print

    Fabled Crane 005, £80 per roll, Wedgwood Home collection, Blendworth

    PRETTY BOY

    An elegant design inspired by a wallpaper in a gentleman’s club

    Patricia in Turquoise, £84 per roll, Tradition collection, Sandberg

    FLIGHT OF FANCY

    A 19th-century print from a house near the hospital inpired this motif

    Great Ormond St, £82 per roll, Little Greene

    GORGEOUS GRAPHIC

    Originally designed as a stylish scarf

    Simon, £80 per roll, Chesham Cabinet collection, Liberty

    MODERN CLASSIC

    First launched in 2000, this sweet motif is now available in new colourways

    Bumble Bee, £86 per roll, Farrow & Ball

    TIMELESS BEAUTY

    Inspired by the archives of the now-defunct company Jeffrey & Co

    Strawberry Tree, £90 per roll, Archive Anthology collection, Cole & Son

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