The final of the Great Interior Design Challenge this week featured some beautiful painted bird wallpaper. This dining room makeover inspired us to look further into this specialist area of interior wall art. We were delighted to uncover this amazing, varied and extensive array of bird wallpaper designs.
There are so many exciting designs and patterns in all colours to suit all tastes. Here are a few that caught our eye along with some expert advice on how to introduce them into your room scheme.
Wallpaper has been around from as far back as the 1400’s. It may have been demoted to the very peripheries of quality interior design in the 1980’s, but in recent years it has made a welcome comeback. Using wallpaper in a room has the ability to create sensational spaces with a distinct sense of drama and personality.
Paint is all about adding colour. Wallpaper provides the opportunity to introduce texture, pattern and colour, creating impact and a statement within a room.
1. Use wallpaper to create a focal point, highlighting an area you would like to feature, such as a fireplace.
2. Integrate the wallpaper into the rest of your colour scheme, picking our colours that can be accentuated by accessories such as cushions or rugs.
3. Feature wallpaper in a transitional space. If you love the pattern, but are worried that you may get tired of looking at it in your living room, use it in a hallway or behind the sofa.
4. Break up the print or large run of wall with large mirrors, furniture, dado rail or other architectural detailing.
5. Wallpaper can be used to add interest to small or dull rooms that lack architectural features of their own. Think about guest bedrooms, dressing rooms or cloak rooms. Vibrant papers can add an interesting finish, creating exciting, fun and unexpected spaces, simply adding interest to the plainest of rooms.
6. Experiment with changing the scale of the design. Enlarging the scale of the pattern has the ability to create a real statement.
7. For a high end look using a subtle palette, bare painted walls may not be enough. It is possible to create a luxurious feel to a space with opulent and textured papers in understated and exquisite tones.