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Matching Paint to Wallpaper

Matching paint with your wallpaper can give many image-conscious homeowners a massive headache. After all, you don’t want to spend countless hours deliberating over the perfect wallpaper to have your design undone by mismatching paint, do you? 

Mercifully, the wallpapering wizards and interior experts here at I Love Wallpaper have made things a whole lot easier for you! Many of our stunning wallpapers include some handy suggestions on the perfect paint to accompany your print, meaning that achieving a cohesive style is just a click away. 

However, should you wish to branch out a bit and plump for some bolder colours and different shades of paint, we’ve also compiled some helpful tips on the best paint colours for your wallpaper.  

Consider Your Space

Before you commit to splashing your walls with a new colour, you should really think about the space you have to work with. 

First things first; find some inspiration. The likes of Instagram, Pinterest and home decor magazines are great for picking up pointers, bookmark your favourite interior design ideas or even create a mood board to help you finalise how your room will look and feel.

Lighting is the second thing to take note of; study the levels of natural light, any artificial lighting and how they might affect your paint colour of choice. 

Lastly, it’s a good idea to buy testers before purchasing pots and pots of paint. Perform a colour test on an A4 sheet of paper first with your paint samples, then once you’ve narrowed the colour contenders down, apply the chosen few to your wall; make a note of how they dry and monitor them in different levels of light too. 

Matching Paint to Plain Wallpaper

Despite being more simple in its design, plain wallpaper can often be trickier to pair with paint. Pick the wrong shade and your paint runs the risk of overpowering subtle wallpaper prints, so it’s essential that you compliment and not detract from your interior’s design. 

We recommend picking up on accents in the wallpaper rather than mirroring the predominant colour in question, while you can also choose a paint that pairs well with your furniture and decor accessories too.

How to Choose Colours to Match Your Bold Wallpaper

On the other hand, there’s bold wallpaper. Arguably, there’s a lot more scope when choosing paint to match your bold wallpaper, given the wealth of eye-catching colours and strong prints available. 

There are a few techniques that will help you tackle picking paint to match bold wallpaper; if you’re looking for the wow factor, why not go for the high contrast approach? Art Deco, Animal and Tropical wallpaper prints are all in, with each offering some fantastic colour palettes to play around with. Pairing the vivid pint of our Flamingo Wallpaper (pictured left) with complimenting, contrasting bold navy blue colours and retro furnishings gives your living space an instant impact.

If you prefer a more subtle colour scheme, why not let the bold prints of your wallpaper do the talking? Mixing impactful wallpaper designs with lighter colours creates a high-end finish that isn’t too in-your-face. 

Our Bird & Butterfly, Floral and Leaf wallpaper feature an array of amazing prints that embody this stylistic approach. The eye-catching wallpaper does all the work while delicate whites and soft furnishings work harmoniously with designs such as our Meadow Floral Trail wallpaper

Matching Feature Wallpaper with Paint

Feature wall designs are intended to pull the eye in their direction, but it’s important that you pick a paint that’s going to work in tandem with your feature wallpaper. Damask, Geometric and Retro wallpaper prints are all on-trend feature wall choices that are getting a lot of love at the moment.

Use designs such as the stunning Nova Geometric Wallpaper in Navy & Gold (pictured left) to attract attention for all the right reasons. 

When paired with a subtle paint choice and corresponding furnishings, your feature wall will really be allowed to shine. Which accents from the feature you choose to focus on and repeat in your choice of paint colour and interior design are up to you, but bear in mind how the colours will tie in and work seamlessly with your furniture and accessories. 


If you’d like more help with matching paint to wallpaper or further information on any of the prints featured, please don’t hesitate to contact our I Love Wallpaper team who’d be happy to assist! For more up-to-date advice and essentials, check out our amazing blog section

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