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Art Deco is a visual arts design style which or... Read more >>
Art Deco is a visual arts design style which originated in France in the 1920s. Influential and eclectic, it combines traditional craft motifs with machine-made materials and is most often characterised by eye-catching and bold shapes, deep, rich colours and grand, lavish styles Art Deco represents elegance, wealth, sophistication and glamour. It oozes luxury and wallpaper in Art Deco designs look best hung on feature walls in lounges and large hallways and staircases, or in studies/libraries, in larger homes. It is a style which is also better suited to older houses which have what's known as 'character' rather than new-build flats etc.
Art Nouveau (1880-1910) was the first modern st... Read more >>
Art Nouveau (1880-1910) was the first modern style of the 20th century and caused outrage when it was first showcased in London and Paris - people either loved it or loathed it! There are two distinct looks within the style itself: elongated, curvy lines and a more austere design using vertical lines and height - one of the most famous artists of the latter is Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Art Nouveau is also characterised by stylised flowers and leaves; the female form, in a pre-Raphaelite pose with long, flowing hair; and glass, silver and semi-precious stones. Wallpaper in an Art Nouveau design looks best in a modern dining room or kitchen or even a conservatory. The pattern looks better in a newer build rather than an old-style of building because of its fresh, modern appearance, despite it dating from more than 130 years ago.
The Children's Nursery section has everything y... Read more >>
The Children's Nursery section has everything you could possibly need when decorating either a baby's nursery and/or children's bedrooms. We have designs which are suitable for both boys and girls right from when the excited new parents-to-be are preparing the nursery ahead of the expectant mum's due date. And we also have lots of neutral styles for those who who want to be surprised as to whether they're bringing home a son or a daughter to sleep in the nursery. This section has patterns to suit the bedroom of every sort of child too, no matter what the kids' ages or hobbies/interests. So whether it's a new-born, toddler, young child or a slightly more grown-up kid whose bedroom you're decorating, you'll find everything here in the Children's Nursery section.
Contemporary is just another word for modern or... Read more >>
Contemporary is just another word for modern or present day so the designs found in this section are all of our freshest, most up-to-date patterns which reflect the fashions and trends of today. Contemporary wallpapers are best suited to bedrooms and living areas and current styles feature bold, dramatic and eye-catching designs. Particularly popular just now are large, floral prints; bright, vibrant colours; and chic, stylish and intricate patterns. Subtle and under-stated are not words you would use to describe the designs found in the Contemporary Collections - some are futuristic, outrageous even. But all are tasteful and sophisticated and can be used on either just a feature wall or the whole room, depending on the both the size of the room and the chosen design.
Damask is a richly patterned fabric of cotton, ... Read more >>
Damask is a richly patterned fabric of cotton, linen, silk, wool and synthetic fibres. Though originally produced in China, India and Persia, damask is named after the 12th century weavers of Damascus who were famed for their magnificent patterns, the quality of their silk yarns and the intensity of their colourful dyes. They were known to even add gold or silver thread to the fabric for extra opulence! Traditionally, damask fabric is woven with one warp (vertically placed yarn) and one weft (horizontally placed yarn drawn under and over the warp) interchanging throughout the pattern. Damask wallpapers mimic this look and are seen as very luxurious and sophisticated. Damask wallpapers have patterns which are extremely intricate and ornate and so they are often used only one a feature wall. They designs look particularly good in large hallways/entrances and staircases as well as in lounges and dining rooms, especially those with and old-fashioned, formal and elegant feel.
Flock wallpaper has a velvety, textured finish ... Read more >>
Flock wallpaper has a velvety, textured finish which provides an opulent and luxurious look and it has become very popular in the last few years. It gets its name from the process of flocking, which is when fibres, ranging from polyester to nylon, are applied to an adhesive coated surface. During the flocking process, the fibres are kept extremely short and tightly compact to deliver that velvet effect. Traditionally, only the very wealthy and aristocrats could afford such wallpaper which is why is has such an association with luxury living and elegance. Flock wallpapers look wonderful in any room of the house but tend to be used mainly on feature walls or in hallways and dining rooms.
A floral pattern is one of the most popular des... Read more >>
A floral pattern is one of the most popular designs found on wallpaper. One of the reasons is that floral prints can be used in any room and are also found in both modern and traditional patterns. The use of floral designs has been popular ever since Henry VIII first started using wallpaper as a decorative finish to bring his garden inside – he wanted to be able to enjoy a year-round display of flowers, foliage and berries in his home. So, remember that florals are no longer just for feminine rooms, like girls’ bedrooms – they look fabulous in every room, especially when teamed the right fabrics.
Geometric wallpaper is essentially paper featur... Read more >>
Geometric wallpaper is essentially paper featuring contemporary designs which are influenced by loud, intricate patterns and bright, vivid graphics. Geometry is everywhere around us, both in nature and household objects and the bold designs and striking symmetry in geometric wallpaper brings both a sense of harmony and fun to a room. The patterns give a casual and friendly vibe so are perfect in kitchens, family rooms and children’s playrooms. Motif wallpapers tend to be grand and eye-catching and are often used on feature walls. They tend to look best in lounges and dining rooms and large hallways/staircases.
Our International section features designs such... Read more >>
Our International section features designs such as Chinoiserie, a French term meaning ‘Chinese-esque’ and referring to a recurring theme in European artistic styles that reflects Chinese artistic influences. It first emerged in the 17th century when merchants returned from the East with porcelain and other ojects d’art and depicts stylised and fanciful imagery from the ‘Orient’. By the early 19th century, no self-respecting European palace was complete without a Chinoiserie room! Chinoiserie wallpaper is often hand-painted and the most common images are of birds, flowers and landscapes. It looks stunning in large bedrooms and dining rooms.
Metallic wallpaper has an appearance resembling... Read more >>
Metallic wallpaper has an appearance resembling metal, as the name suggests, and is usually shiny and reflective, making it ideal for darker areas (it actually reflects the light). Foil wallpapers have a shiny metallic surface attached to adhesive paper backing and they are very hardwearing. In fact, they’re often chosen for their durability and washability. Both wallpapers are extremely bold, bright and eye-catching and add an extra element of interest and dimension to any room. They tend to look best in bathrooms and kitchens and in some bedrooms.
Retro means any culturally outdated or aged sty... Read more >>
Retro means any culturally outdated or aged style, trend or fashion or timeless and classic. Sometimes it can suggest an entire outlook on life. Retro wallpapers tend to feature designs from the 50s, 60s and 70s and the style is currently undergoing a revival. The patterns from the wild 70s tend to be colourful and crazy, while the 60s were all about statement styling with geometric patterns. Back in the 50s, designs were more subtle, featuring flocks and damasks as well as many floral wallpapers
Striped wallpaper not only looks good but it ha... Read more >>
Striped wallpaper not only looks good but it has the added bonus of being able to disguise a room’s short-comings. A low ceiling can be made to appear higher by a vertical stripe design while a pattern featuring horizontal stripes can trick the eye into thinking that a small room is larger than it actually is. The effect of stripey wallpaper can vary considerably depending on how the stripe itself is presented however. The width and the colour of the stripe can very much impact on the effect of the design on the wall. Narrow stripes appear to blend into one another from a distance whereas broad patterns have a very strong, bold visual effect. Wallpapers with a striped design are pretty timeless and fit easily into both contemporary and classic schemes. More formal, subtle patterns look best in dining room and lounges whilst the more daring and outrageous designs work well in bathrooms and kitchens.
Textured wallpaper basically gives a three di... Read more >>
Textured wallpaper basically gives a three dimensional effect to the walls of a room. Some types are flat but still add that 3D effect while others come in embossed prints to give the best look. The effect makes the room visually interesting but it can also be used to hide minor flaws on the wall surfaces. Embossed wallpaper is the most popular choice and is available in various designs, often in dual colours. Usually the raised part will have a darker shade than the flat surface and, because it is embossed, it is more effective in adding that three dimensional effect. Metallic wallpaper is also a good choice for adding rich textures to walls, its shiny surface giving a plush finish and glass cloth wallpaper, which is made of woven fibres, will add a natural finish to a room. Textured wallpapers, because of the variety of the designs available, are perfect in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms and as well as bedrooms.
Toile de Jouy is a term which refers to fabric ... Read more >>
Toile de Jouy is a term which refers to fabric which was first manufactured at a factory in Joey-en-Josas, a village near Versailles outside Paris – Toile means ‘cloth’ in French and so Toile de Jouy literally means 'cloth from Jouy'. Founded in 1760, the factory site was chosen for its proximity to the clear running water of the Bievre River - water is a crucial element in the dyeing process - and only the highest quality goods were used in the production of the factory's printed cotton fabrics. Toile de Jouy is most commonly seen on cream or off white fabric with the design in a shade of blue or red and a Toile de Jouy pattern typically features two-toned vignettes of idealised country life in fantastical landscapes which are very traditional and oldy-worldy. Toile designs makes a big statement wherever they are used. They look wonderful in small rooms like bathrooms and in smaller sized bedrooms eg those with just a single bed. Toile wallpaper also makes a great feature wall in larger living rooms and dining rooms.
William Morris was considered by many to be the... Read more >>
William Morris was considered by many to be the most influential designer of the 19th century and The Trellis is widely regarded as his first wallpaper design. It is thought that the pattern was inspired by the gardens at Red House which were organised on a medieval plan with square flowerbeds enclosed by trellises for the roses. Trellis designs are great for giving a room a country look – a trellis pattern brings the outdoors in, makes the ceiling look higher and adds a sense of architecture. These designs look best in dining rooms, offices/studies, large entrance halls and staircases.
Vinyl wallpaper is made with paper that is trea... Read more >>
Vinyl wallpaper is made with paper that is treated with acrylic vinyl, a chemical made from ethylene (which is derived from natural gas) or polyvinyl chloride. It is easy to clean and unaffected by long-term exposure to humidity or grease. It is also very hard-wearing and has a long-life and the wallpaper can even be used on ceilings. It is often chosen because of its fire safety – the material is absolutely non-flammable. Because it is moisture-resistant, it's a popular choice for kitchens, bathrooms and basements.
Wall murals are a great way of decorating – t... Read more >>
Wall murals are a great way of decorating – they provide a unique twist on traditional wallpaper. This section features a mural from Vivienne Westwood, plus a famous painting of Baroque Rome by the iconic Italian designer Piero Fornasetti as well as another that Fornasetti painted for the entrance hall of his own home in Milan. Wall murals make an area feel larger and can bring new life into a room. They look great anywhere in the home, but are especially popular in a baby or children’s bedroom.