Amelia Thorpe selects the latest colors, textures and shades from the beautiful world of wallpapers.
Take to the floor
Color expert Annie Sloan suggests pairing a painted floor with furniture for a joyful effect. “Turning traditional squares diagonally creates a particularly playful effect,” she says of this harlequin design, made with her Honfleur and Old White Chalk Paints, £26.95 per litre.
01865 770061; www.anniesloan.com
As the name suggests, Wallpaper Direct offers an impressive selection of wallpapers on their online website, including Morris & Co’s Emery Walker’s House collection, featuring authentic and reimagined drawings by William Morris found in his friend and collaborator’s arts and crafts home. Emery Walker, from £99 for a 10m roll.
Diamonds are forever
Barneby Gates wallpaper and fabric studio’s latest collection includes the Diamond Trellis, £120 for a 10m roll, an elegant design with a diamond pattern surfaced at every intersection.
01672 560240; www.barnebygates.com
Interior designer Scott Yeatman has taken a fresh approach to stripes with a new collection for Christopher Farr Cloth, which includes Algonquian raffia wallpaper priced at £1,240 for an 8m roll.
020–7349 0888; www.christopherfarrccloth.com
Claypaint by Earthborn is a breathable clay-based matte paint, especially suitable for application over lime. Available in 72 shades, including from left to right: Mittens, Rocky Horse, Tom’s Bakery, Cat’s Cradle and Paw Print, £54 for 2.5L. .
01928 734171; www.earthbornpaints.co.uk
Drop dead gorgeous
Farrow & Ball releases the world’s most matte finish, Dead Flat, designed to deepen colors, especially in darker shades. It is also abrasion resistant, can be washed and wiped, and is suitable for walls, woodwork and metal. Red Earth No. 64 Dead Flat, £31 for 750 ml, creates a warm, inviting, color-rich look here.
01202 876141; www.farrow-ball.com
Designer Fiona Howard draws the drawings by hand, then reproduces them with paint or cuts out of linoleum, and then transfers them to wallpaper. Her latest collection includes an adorable moss-covered radish, £98 for a 10m roll.
07900 302351; www.fionahoward.com
The Baker Originals wallpaper collection includes repainted designs from the company’s extensive archive, including ferns by textile artist Joseph M. Doran, which were purchased by GP&J Baker in 1935 and are said to have been a favorite of famed interior decorator Elsie. de Wolfe. Wallpaper Ferns Emerald, £159/10m Roll, With Fabrics, Clockwise, Tilly Green, £89M, Compton Green/Blue, £98M, Poppy Sprig Green/Blue, £98M, Baker House Linen Indigo, £110 million.
01202 266700; www.gpjbaker.com
History in progress
From the National Trust Papers III Little Green, Bird and Bluebell in Pea Green was created from 19th century wallpaper fragments found at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. The mural design has been adapted and repainted to suit contemporary interiors and comes as a standard 10m roll for £244 including three 3.25m high drops each.
0845 880 5855; www.littlegreene.com
One of the joys of Plain English kitchens is the ability to choose from their own paint collections, which now include some 42 unique shades. The cabinets here are painted in nicotine, a soft yellow designed in collaboration with interior designer Rita Konig. Kitchen prices from £35,000.
020–7486 2674; www.plainenglishdesign.co.uk
inspired by the past
Rose of Jericho, based in Dorset, has been making traditional paints, mortars and plasters since 1989 for the decoration and renovation of historic and antique buildings, including tempera, lime, emulsion and eggshell, £51.49 per 2.5L permeable matte emulsion.
Delicately motifed Leaf wallpaper, priced at £68 per 10m roll, is available in five colors specially blended by Susie Watson to complement the fabrics and paints in her collection.
0344 980 8185; www.susiewatsondesigns.co.uk
This optical illusion The Knotted Sash wallpaper was designed by a Parisian manufacturer who sold their blocks to iconic wallpaper manufacturer Warner in 1938. It is now available in five new colorways; Shown here is Warner House charcoal at £95 per 10m roll.
0330 055 2995; www.warnerhouse.com
Credit: Black Walls – Designed by Susie Hoodless.
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