10 ways to transform your room with wallpaper

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  • The wealth of beautiful patterns in a huge array of colours and finishes makes wallpaper a brilliant addition to any room. Make it a key part of your room's redesign and be inspired by some of the ways these wallpapers add wow-factor.

    Have a sense of fun

    Add whimsy and happiness to you r home with playful prints and bright, cheerful colours that will make people smile. These work brilliantly in more practical spaces, such as the kitchen, that are the heart of home life.

    Tree Tops wallpaper, Sanderson

    Choose opulent metallics

    Hang a metallic-finish wallpaper to give your room a glamorous feel. It’s great for gloomy rooms, the sheen of a metallic of pearlised-finish wallpaper reflects the available light to help brighten up the space.

    Salcey W5792-01 wallpaper, Osborne & Little

    Play with trompe l’oeil designs

    Shake up surfaces from bare bricks to natural wood, concrete to marble; trompe l’oeil wallpapers are available in a myriad of designs and are a simple way to add interest to a plain space or architectural details in a room that doesn’t have any.

    For similar: Forest Feel mural, £248 for 405cm wide and 265cm high, My Perswall range, Wallpaper Direct.

    Choose prints with punch

    The black an d white dog tooth panel transforms one alcove in this living room into a striking decorative feature – the bold pattern stands out to invigorate the space

    For similar: Gaby wallpaper, Boussac range,
    Tangle Tree Interiors

    Explore the new classics

    The best way to give a traditional wallpaper design a modern feel is by combining with contemporary shades such as zesty yellow or acid green. A neutral shade for the wallpaper keeps the room feeling lighter and brighter and works as an interesting contrast to modern furniture shapes and graphic pattern on soft furnishing.

    Silvergate BP 804 Wallpaper, Farrow &

    Fall for the dark side

    The black background of this oriental style wallpaper creates an intimate mood in this glamorous bedroom and a sense of opulence and indulgence. The burst of pink on the lily pads offers a great accent shade to use within the room.

    Swan Lake NCW 4020-04, Nina Campbell distributed by Osborne & Little

    Combine designs

    Use a bold, larger scale print on a feature wall and then frame it with a subtler print on the adjacent walls. Balance this with solid colours for upholstery. If you stay within a collection, it’s a safe bet that the wallpaper designs and tones will work together.

    For similar wallpaper: Floribunda W0041/04, Clarke & Clarke, and Beach Club in Jais,
    Designers Guild

    Make a wallpaper panel

    Add impact without the commitment of papering a whole wall. It can be a budget-friendly way of creating a feature as it will only take one roll of wallpaper. By wallpapering behind a bed it creates an amazing, over-sized headboard.

    Crayon in Blackboard wallpaper, Designers Guild

    Take a leaf from nature’s book

    Freshen up the room with spring greens.
    This elegant fern design sets the tone for the whole room- a palette of light colours is brought to life with vivid accents of spring green, giving an airy take on modern country living.

    For similar wallpaper: Woodland Ferns DAPGWO10, Sanderson

    Roll with the retro

    Look back to the fifties, sixties and seventies to bring a retro vibe to your home. Classic shades include avacado green, mustard yellow, bright orange with hot pink, purple and teal other favourites.
    For a toned down version of this bold look, smaller geometric patterns in two colours is a subtler nod to this style.

    Loopy lines, Hemingway range, Graham &

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