Amelia Thorpe picks out the latest colours, textures and shades from the wonderful world of wallpaper.
Take to the floor
Colour expert Annie Sloan suggests matching a painted floor to furniture for joyful effect. ‘Turning traditional squares on a diagonal creates a particularly playful effect,’ she says of this harlequin design, created in her Honfleur and Old White Chalk Paint, £26.95 for 1L.
01865 770061; www.anniesloan.com
As its name suggests, Wallpaper Direct offers an impressive choice of wallpapers from its online site, including the Emery Walker’s House collection from Morris & Co, featuring authentic and reimagined William Morris designs found in the Arts-and-Crafts home of his friend and collaborator Emery Walker, from £99 per 10m roll.
Diamonds are forever
Wallpaper and fabric studio Barneby Gates’s latest collection includes Diamond Trellis, £120 per 10m roll, an elegant design featuring a surface-printed diamond at each intersection.
01672 560240; www.barnebygates.com
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Interior designer Scott Yetman has brought a fresh approach to stripes in a new collection for Christopher Farr Cloth that includes Algonquin Raffia wallpaper, £1,240 per 8m roll.
020–7349 0888; www.christopherfarrcloth.com
Earthborn’s Claypaint is a clay-based breathable flat matt paint, especially suitable for use over lime, and available in 72 shades, including from left to right, Mittens, Rocky Horse, Tom’s Bakery, Cat’s Cradle and Paw Print, £54 per 2.5L.
01928 734171; www.earthbornpaints.co.uk
Drop dead gorgeous
Farrow & Ball is launching its most matt finish ever, Dead Flat, designed to make colours look richer, particularly in darker shades. It is also scuff-resistant, washable and wipeable, and suitable for walls, woodwork and metal. Red Earth No 64 Dead Flat, £31 for 750ml, creates a warmly inviting, colour-drenched look here.
01202 876141; www.farrow-ball.com
Designer Fiona Howard draws designs by hand, before reproducing them in paint or lino cut and then translating them into wallpaper. Her latest collection includes the charming Radish in Moss, £98 per 10m roll.
07900 302351; www.fionahoward.com
A new leaf
The Baker Originals wallpaper collection includes re-coloured designs from the company’s extensive archive, including Ferns, created by textile artist Joseph M. Doran,which was purchased by GP & J Baker in 1935 and said to have been a favourite of illustrious interior decorator Elsie de Wolfe. Ferns Emerald wallpaper, £159 per 10m roll, with fabrics, clockwise, Tilly Green, £89m, Compton Green/Blue, £98m, Poppy Sprig Green/Blue, £98m, Baker House Linen Indigo, £110m.
01202 266700; www.gpjbaker.com
History in the making
From the National Trust Papers III collection by Little Greene, Bird and Bluebell in Pea Green has been created from fragments of 19th-century wallpaper found at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. The mural design has been adapted and recoloured to suit today’s interiors and is supplied as a standard 10m roll, £244, including three drops, each 3.25m in height.
0845 880 5855; www.littlegreene.com
One of the joys of a kitchen by Plain English is the opportunity to select from its own paint-colour collections—now totalling some 42 unique shades. The cupboards here are painted in Nicotine, a mellow yellow developed in collaboration with interior designer Rita Konig. Kitchen prices from £35,000.
020–7486 2674; www.plainenglishdesign.co.uk
Inspired by the past
Based in Dorset, Rose of Jericho has been handmaking traditional paints, lime mortars and plasters for the decoration and repair of historic and period buildings since 1989, including distemper, limewash, emulsion and eggshell, £51.49 for 2.5L of Permeable Matt Emulsion.
01305 237499; www.roseofjericho.co.uk
Featuring a delicate motif, Leaf wallpaper, £68 per 10m roll, is available in five colourways especially mixed by Susie Watson to complement the fabrics and paints in her collection.
0344 980 8185; www.susiewatsondesigns.co.uk
This trompe-l’oeil Knotted Sash wallpaper design came from a Parisian manufacturer who sold his blocks to the iconic wallpaper manufacturer Warner in 1938. It is now available in five new colourways; Charcoal, £95 per 10m roll, is shown here, from Warner House.
0330 055 2995; www.warner-house.com
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