The Country Life colour edit, with Wallpaper Direct and Designer Paint

When decorating a country home, Wallpaper Direct and Designer Paint offer a huge selection of inspiring wallpapers and paints available at the touch of a button.

historical revival

William Morris, a giant of the Arts and Crafts Movement, has created wallpapers that are enjoying new popularity in classic and contemporary settings. Inspired by papers, fabrics and original handblocks from the Morris & Co archive, this striking wallpaper collection features rich colors such as indigo, brick red, green and gold, as well as many original patterns such as fruit (shown here). in Gold/Jade, a Wallpaper Direct exclusive colorway), Willow Bough and Arbutus. Prices start at £109 per roll. Morris & Co’s range of paints, including Weld Yellow, is £38 a litre, and will perfectly complement the look of the car.

flower symphony

The classic Sanderson Hollyhocks wallpaper was inspired by a 1937 design and has a scenic look perfect for any room where you want to create some drama. Exclusive to Wallpaper Direct, Forest/Gold offers the perfect color combination for a rustic home. It starts at £109 per roll (£109 wood/gold).

Modern twist

Exclusively available from Wallpaper Direct, Harlequin’s beautiful Kienze wallpaper in Cornflower/Pearl is a good choice for country home spaces where the intention is to create a contemporary feel. Due to the delicate shapes and colors of the pressed flowers, it costs £88 per roll. It pairs perfectly with Sanderson’s contemporary range of paints, which includes a fresh palette of colors perfect for woodwork, windows and joinery, and costs £84 for a 5 liter emulsion.

Perfect Paints

Created using time-tested recipes and techniques, Sanderson’s range of paints includes over 150 shades ideal for both classic and contemporary environments. Each is available in three finishes, offering the flexibility to create a scheme that will transform your home.


Founded in 1884, GP & J. Baker is one of the most famous wallpaper and fabric manufacturers with its roots in the Middle Eastern carpet trade. Little Magnolia is one of the classic designs that costs £159 a roll. Shown here in Jazz (top right) and Emerald (top left), it is perfectly complemented by Albany English Tweed (bottom), which costs £15.86 a litre.

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Popular Choice

Introduced in 1903, Albany has been popular with discerning decorators for generations. Albany paint offers a wide range of colors from bold, rich tones to delicate pastels and lighter hues, including the English tweed pictured here. A variety of finishes are available to realize the most ambitious contemporary and individual styles at very competitive prices.

architectural view

In the late 19th century, Linkrusta was a popular feature in Victorian homes. Deep embossed to create vibrant embossed patterns, made from a blend of linseed oil and wood flour. When stained, it creates a distinctive design that will transform any space. Shown here is the latest Lincrusta design called Trellis which costs £325 a roll, painted with Mylands Boat-house Matt Emulsion paint which costs £61 for 2.5L.

inspired by nature

What could be better when decorating a country house than wallpaper inspired by flora and fauna? Created by Sussex-based designer and illustrator Isabelle Boxall, these exclusive bird-of-paradise designs make a bold decorative statement and cost £89 a roll. Her plant-inspired collection also includes foxglove, sweet pea, strawberry and butterfly designs.

Perfect Panorama

Upper Brook Street by Little Greene is a three-drop wall mural that creates a striking panoramic effect. It is based on a hand-drawn pattern found in an 18th century design found in a house in Upper Brook Street, London. It costs £244 per roll. Presented here at Soleil, it is perfectly complemented by Aurora from Little Greene’s own line of paints.

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