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Wallpaper for a feature wall

From bright and bold to understated and timeless, check out our tips for creating a feature wall.

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Do I need a feature wall or full room redo?

Before wallpapering your living room, decide whether you want to focus on a feature wall or the entire room. A feature wall generally works best as a contrast to an otherwise neutral scheme. Often, wallpapers with bold patterns make great feature walls, but can be overpowering if applied to every wall in the room.

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6 feature wall designs to transform your space

Floral wallpaper

Bring a neutral scheme to life with floral wallpaper. Whether big and bold, or soft and subdued, florals give an interior a beautiful backdrop. Introduce large botanical prints to create a standout feature wall, or go wall-to-wall with vintage floral patterns for a soft feminine look.

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Damask wallpaper

Add a sense of drama to your living room with an elegant damask design. This timeless pattern lends itself to so many styles and looks great on all 4 walls or as an accent wall. Combine with luxe touches, such as velvet textures, glass surfaces and metallic accessories to create a scheme that oozes opulence.

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Geometric wallpaper

Be it bold shapes or intricate patterns, geometrics act as the perfect backdrop for modern furniture, and when used sparingly can create real impact. Use triangular patterns in pastel pinks, yellows and blues to add a chic, Scandi vibe. Or, for a retro take, opt for 70s-style graphics like zigzags and chevrons.

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Brick wallpaper

Take the rustic look up a notch with a wallpaper that imitates the appearance of bare brick or stone walls. Often, with a boldly patterned design like this, it’s best to use it around a central focal point such as a chimney breast. Pair it with metal surfaces and warmer wood tones to create a style that’s stripped back and industrial.

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Metallic wallpaper

For an on-trend look, introduce metallics to your walls. From gold and silver to copper and rose gold, metallic wallpaper can truly elevate a space. Its gleaming surface reflects light across a room, making it feel more open and spacious. Style with mirrored furniture and metallic accessories to add a glam edge.

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Textured wallpaper

If you’re the touchy-feely type, consider a textured wallpaper. This kind of wallpaper adds a tactile quality to your walls. It often has raised elements in its design or is enhanced with matte or foil sections. Hang it on all 4 walls or just one to bring an extra dimension to your living room décor.

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Wallpaper hacks

Wallpaper needn’t be just for walls. Here are some clever and creative ways you can repurpose it around your house.

Wallpapering furniture

Looking for a subtle way to work wallpaper into a room? Why not revamp an old bookcase with your favourite wallpaper print. Simply push out the back panel and apply wallpaper to the desired area – it’s an instant style upgrade.

Framing wallpaper

If you love pattern but don’t want it covering your walls, then you could frame it instead. Framing wallpaper is an easy and inexpensive way to give a wall character. Try using a mix of different wallpaper patterns to achieve a chic, eclectic look.

Wallpapering the ceiling

When decorating a room, the ceiling is often ignored, and left untouched. One way to better utilise this space is to cover it with wallpaper. Choose a design that ties in with the theme of the room, or if you want to make a statement, go for a graphic print.

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