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The Spring Essentials: Technology meets decor in our latest range!

It’s safe to say we’re all spending a lot more time inside the house at the moment! If you’re using this opportunity to take care of all of those DIY and decorating tasks you’ve been putting off for ages, you’re not alone! It might not feel like it at the moment but we are in the midst of spring and a new season brings a whole host of new trends. 

We’ve decided to bring forward the launch of some of our most anticipated products to date. Developed alongside our incredible design team, we’ve worked with decor experts across the globe to transform the way we decorate. 

Colour changing wallpaper

The only problem with this one is deciding when you want to change – after all, who could ever get bored with those beautiful botanical shades?! Happily, when you do decide to change it’s as simple as ‘wipe and start again’.

Ever find yourself wishing you could change your wallpaper without the hassle of paste and ladders? Using the same technology as heat changing mugs, we’ve developed our first colour changing wallpaper that uses ThermoChromic ink to bring this floral wallpaper to full bloom. The colour changes are dictated by the heat in the room, meaning it works best near windows or radiators for the full colour-changing impact. 

Tropical Trends

Tropical decor is showing no signs of going away, and in today’s climate who doesn’t want to pretend they’re relaxing on a tropical island? We’ve amped up our botanical collection to include an eco-friendly, washable wallpaper design in a stunning palm leaf. Washable wallpaper is the latest innovation to transform how to decorate. Manufactured using sustainable sugarcane paper (a by-product of sugar harvesting) it’s fully dissolvable when soaked with a warm, soapy sponge – meaning there’s zero waste.

The only problem with this one is deciding when you want to change – after all, who could ever get bored with those beautiful botanical shades?! Happily, when you do decide to change it’s as simple as ‘wipe and start again’.

Continuing our tropical theme, we’re excited to launch our very first floor paper! Yes, we’ve seen the uptake in at-home craft projects lately, from pinterest to One4, and when we saw our wallpaper being used as flooring in everything from playrooms to hallways, we decided to task our design team with creating a durable paper that would withstand the toughest of stomps and the highest of heels! If you have laminate, wooden or vinyl flooring, this paper can be placed directly on top for a smooth, level surface. 

Our floorpaper range has been manufactured using a high-density fibre base and protective vinyl top layer, which makes it suitable even for high traffic areas. 

We took our inspiration for this tropical flooring from one of our favourite interior design bloggers, Floral Poi. We let her test out the new tropical design in her Manchester home, and we love the result.

Get reflective, get crafty!

Finally, we’re expanding our paint collection to include our new favourite glamorous interior trend – mirrors. Mirrored furniture is definitely having a moment and is perfect for any contemporary space. Available exclusively at ILW, our patented mirrored paint allows you to create a full mirror wall with ease at a fraction of the cost of a real mirror. Developed using a high-opacity metallic compound, this paint can be applied with a brush or roller like normal paint and dries with a highly reflective finish.

If you’re not ready to do a full mirrored feature wall, this paint is also perfect for furniture painting! So, if you’ve been itching to upcycle that chest of drawers, now is definitely the time.

We want to see your home transformations! Don’t forget to tag us into your projects, we’ll feature the best ones on the ILW social pages so keep your eyes peeled! Happy decorating!

Inspiration Wallpaper Trends

Introducing: The Painterly Floral Collection

With the arrival of spring well on it’s way, there’s no surprise at the influx of botanical themed interiors. We nearly always associate bold floral prints with this time of the year, which is why we created the new Painterly Floral Collection.

This brand new collection has evolved from traditional floral wallpaper, and in its place a beautiful, delicate design. It’s hand painted elements welcome a light, airy, freshness to every home, bringing all association with Spring, inside.


Pretty, feminine and romantic is what springs to mind when designing the Painterly Collection. The hand-painted detail incorporated into this print inspired the collection’s name.

The Painterly Floral Collection comes in 3 complementary colour pallets: Grey, Navy & Monochrome. Each colour suited to any room.

This cute and classic flower wallpaper will bring a renewed style to your home. For added effect accessorise with floral print cushions, throws or bed linen. You could even get creative and upholster an old corner chair in a matching floral fabric.

Finding the perfect paint to pair with any of these colourways is such an easy task. Choose a colour within the design that you want to stand out or love the most, and begin paint matching!

We have a wide selection of delicate neutrals, pinks and yellow paints that will harmonically tone together with a feature wall for a classy finish.

Find the paint selection here, or message us on Instagram for a paint recommendation.

Our love for botanical wallpaper is explored within this exquisite collection, bringing a sense of calm and tranquillity to your home through a soft and charming floral print.

It’s opulent finish shares a hint of faded glamour. This classic floral design will never go out of fashion, making it a timeless piece in your home.

Make your walls a work of art with the Painterly Floral Collection. Shop all of our Floral Wallpaper here.

Advice Decorating

Are wallpapers washable?

The, perhaps surprising answer, is yes many wallpapers are washable, and even as good as  waterproof. If you’ve ever noticed wavy lines on your wallpaper packaging, or indeed seen the descriptions on every one of our product descriptions, and wondered what they mean, it’s all to do with just how washable that wallpaper is. Here’s our handy guide to explain it further:

Spongeable
Washable
Extra washable
Scrubbable

SPONGEABLE WALLPAPER


Spongeable – Shimmer Tree Wallpaper Soft Grey Silver £12/roll

Spongeable wallpaper can be cleaned using a slightly damp sponge, with no chemicals, delicately applied to marks to remove them. While this will clear the majority of accidental spillages or knocks, this style of wallpaper maybe isn’t one to put in easy reach of toddlers and paint! It’s also a good idea to avoid rooms in your home that have taps, such as bathroom or kitchens, due to the high humidity levels.

WASHABLE WALLPAPER

Washable – Milan Metallic Wallpaper Charcoal Gold £20/roll

While we’d avoid full-on soakings to remove stains, a sponge is perfect to remove marks from washable vinyl wallpaper products. When it comes to cleaning washable wallpapers, you can be a little more robust than with the more delicate spongeable options. As with all wipeable wallpaper options, avoid scrubbing vigorously as rips and tears can still occur, and chemical cleaners are a no-no to avoid ruining the colours. 

EXTRA WASHABLE WALLPAPER

Extra washable – Cleo Geometric Teal £17/roll

Able to stand damp environments, these papers are a fantastic choice for most rooms and withstand cleaning capable of removing most common water-based stains or marks.  Looking for washable kitchen wallpaper or even washable bathroom wallpaper? These are great options! We wouldn’t recommend putting them directly around sinks or showers, although they can withstand direct exposure to small amounts of water with no fuss. 

SCRUBBABLE WALLPAPER


Scrubbable – Paradise Floral Wallpaper Black, Pink £16/roll

The peak of wallpaper washability! Scrubbable wallpaper is a great choice for high-traffic areas, such as waterproof wallpaper for bathroom walls, or any room in the house marks and dirt are more likely (we’re looking at you kitchen, hallways and kid’s playroom!) You can use a soft brush and mild detergent to help rid yourself of stains from these wallpapers, but it’s worth noting we’d still only employ mild pressure – damage can still occur if inappropriate force is used.

There you have it, a handy guide to just how washable wallpaper can be – to discover every style included in these different groups search for them on our website or take a look at our washable collection.

Advice Decorating

How to Avoid Decor Regrets

Renovating or redecorating your living space can be a lot of fun; it’s a chance to freshen things up in your home’s interior or put your own personal stamp on somebody else’s style. However, it’s not without its risks. 

Along the way to achieving the ideal aesthetics for your interior, you’ll find that there are plenty of decor regrets you’ll want to avoid. From the time-consuming to the costly, the learning curve when redecorating can be a steep one, so it pays to have your wits about you be aware of the mistakes you won’t want to make.

Of course, our I Love Wallpaper team are dab hands with DIY and redecorating, so to help you, we’ve put together some essential information on common mistakes and how to avoid decor regrets. 

Picking the Wrong Paint and Wallpaper

With so many patterns and colours of wallpaper available as well as different shades of paint, deciding on and picking the right hue for your room is no simple task. Making the wrong decision on either of these aspects of interior design are among the most common mistakes made, and if you haven’t done so yourself, you’ll most likely know somebody that has! Of course, we covered plenty of these in our Filtered Homes feature

A wealth of choice isn’t always a good thing, and it can wind up with you feeling overwhelmed, second-guessing and picking the wrong tones or prints for the room in question. What’s more, once on your walls, wallpaper or paint can look very different from how it does in the roll or tin. These misleading changes can occur through factors such as the size and shape of the room, as well as how both artificial and natural light affects it. 

To avoid making such mistakes, it’s integral that you fully consider the space at your disposal as well as your overall objective regarding how you want the room to look. Factor in corners and recesses in the room, as well as artificial light and whether you’re using warm or cool coloured lightbulbs. Perhaps most importantly though, you should make note of the natural light and where it falls at different times of the day. Make sure to take some time to sit in the room on the morning, afternoon and evening, recording where and how the light hits certain areas and the effect this has on the hues used.

Making use of wallpaper offcuts or test pots of paint before you commit to redecorating the whole room is always recommended, so position your paper or paint samples in different locations and see how the light and space affects them.

Investing in the Wrong Sized Furniture

Another common mistake made when redecorating a room is miscalculating those all-important furnishings. All too regularly you’ll see a room that squeezes in a huge, oversized corner sofa where it’s not meant to fit or cram in a ridiculously sized dining table that will rarely (if ever) get used. 

That said, this can work both ways, and so you’ll also want to avoid investing in furniture that rattles around in a more spacious interior space and looks completely lost. 

So, how to avoid this? Measure – then measure again! It’s wise that you become well-acquainted with your tape measure when considering furniture for your home, and as painstaking and dull as this process might seem, it’s definitely worth it. 

A well-proportioned room is important, therefore getting the scale of your furniture right is a massive step towards avoiding any decor regrets. When measuring, you should account for the likes of bay windows, radiators, recesses and space which any doors need to open within, as well as any gaps left between the furniture and your walls. Using masking tape or similar to effectively ‘chalk out’ the shape of your furniture on your floor space is a great way to gain an idea of how big things are, where they will sit, how much space they’ll take up and also how much room will be left for you to manoeuvre in. 

Remember the Layout of your Room

This leads us nicely onto our last point; the layout of your room. Whether you’re into your feng shui or not, there’s no denying that the layout directly impacts both the look and feel of your living space. 

Our mood is influenced by our environment and surroundings, for instance, many people struggle to concentrate and work in a cluttered environment, and then there’s the old adage of ‘tidy house, tidy mind’

So, if you get things wrong while formatting the layout of your furniture, your space can soon begin to look either too cluttered or completely empty and soulless. This is particularly important to consider when dealing with narrow rooms or open plan living spaces, both of which require a certain style of furniture, spacing and clear zoning. 

Feeling cosy and instilling your own character and personality into a room is key, however, you also need to make sure that your layout and furnishings work together in tandem. This will ensure that your interior is not only aesthetically pleasing but a pleasant space in which to live too. 


Did you enjoy our tips and tricks on how to avoid decor regrets? For more essential info and handy interior advice, don’t miss our I Love Wallpaper blog page. For up-to-date demos and the latest products, follow our team on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!  


Advice Inspiration

#TopTips: Creating a photo wall

From inspirational quotes to abstract art and treasured family moments, artwork is one accessory guaranteed to transform any house into a home. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have taken your love of artwork to the next stage with a gallery or photo wall – a collection of prints that each have their own meaning and look equally as amazing together as they do individually.

A quick scour of Instagram shows what a popular trend this is, but trying to coordinate pictures with each other can be difficult enough; throw in a stylish wallpaper and it can be a bigger headache than anybody needs. Luckily we’re here to help, with tips and advice to create a beautifully bespoke photo wall with some of our favourite wallpaper prints.

Milan Metallic, Emerald £20 / roll

Mind the gap

Use photo frames in complementary shades, or mounts in contrasting colours to your wallpaper to create a visual gap between paper and picture. Alternatively, selecting artwork that leaves a noticeable gap between the image and the edge of the canvas is another simple way to achieve this look. 

Top Tip: Go bold with black mounts against dark patterns, paired with dark frames, or keep it classic with solid black or white options against metallic frames in varying sizes.

Battersea Brick, Grey £12 / roll

Fake it to make it

From exposed brick to concrete, recreate the look of your favourite gallery or studio to proudly display your artwork. Creating a neutral canvas means you allow the artwork to take centre-stage, embrace this with different frame styles, colours and sizes. 

Top Tip: Lay out all the artwork on the back of any spare roll and play around with placement until you get a look you love. Mark the place then tape this to the wall and use it as a handy guide for placing your nails screws etc, then simply remove again and enjoy the perfect placement!

Tropicana Leaf, Ivory Green £12 / roll

Beyond the wall

Add artwork adjacent to your feature wall, in matching shades, to create a coherent look. This is a great solution for people who don’t want to ruin the aesthetics of their feature wall, but do want to bring their whole room together in one cohesive look. Want to get more of a tied together look? Why not try incorporating samples of your chosen wallpaper into your gallery wall to create some stylish symmetry.  

Top Tip: Go big, with frames over A3 size, or multiple images, to avoid photos feeling like an afterthought. This is particularly important when it comes to artwork on large adjacent or plain walls, where smaller photos can quickly look lost.

Follow our tips and don’t forget the most important trick is to have fun with your photo walls, make them personal to you and relish in the memories they hark back to. Don’t forget to share your final results with us on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook!   

Inspiration Wallpaper Trends

Top 10 Inspiring Interiors: #HomeInspo Style Stars

We love getting interior design inspiration from looks our customers have created…and so do you! We are delighted to get tagged in gorgeous images of living rooms, bathrooms, hallways and bedrooms every day, and thousands of you view, like and share these to inspire your own home interiors.

That’s why we’ve decided to give a rundown of 10 of our most-loved home interiors, along with a few of the comments, and our own thoughts on what’s made them such a hit!

To feature in one of our future posts, take a look at our photography tips on how to take stunning interior shots and share your creations with us using #ILWinstaworthy for your chance to win £100 in vouchers! (check out full details, along with terms and conditions here). We can’t wait to see all your entries!

Now feast your eyes on 10 of our top #InstaStyle stars!

@foreverhome18 / Zara Shimmer in Soft Grey & Silver

We said: “A superior Dressing Room look 👸🏻 The Zara Shimmer has elegance, glamour & a contemporary finish 💗”

You said: “Lovely room but the wall! ….ohh the wall is everything! Superb visual design!” @olivera_mitrovska
“This room is gorgeous 😍 xx” @the_house_on_sea_view

@athomewiththelaidlaws / London Greek Key Wallpaper in Pewter

We said:”Wow! How about that for elegant interior ✨ The London Greek Key Wallpaper in Pewter tones beautifully with marble flooring, plush furnishings and blush accessories 😍”

You said: “Such a luxe look to this wallpaper 😍” @thatcheshirehome
“This room is soooooo stunning 😍xxx” @gemstone_home

@rebecca_k_homeinteriors / Camden Trellis in Soft Grey & Silver

We said: “Who said your hallway can’t be THIS glamorous?! Wow your guests everytime they walk in with the Camden Trellis Wallpaper 😍”

You said: “This wallpaper is goals” @mystylemyhomemydecor
“Gorgeous entrance 💗💗💗” @jtstyle09

@sjbhome / Metro Apex Wallpaper in Grey & Rose Gold

We said: “What a beautiful, refreshing bedroom this is 😍…The Metro Apex wallpaper has been styled subtly with soft greys, creams & copper accessories for that extra WOW factor 💕”

You said: “So pretty! 😍💕” @ebe_beautyyy
“Could I request a sample of this? It’s amazing! X” @keswas

@mrs_rackley.home / Milan Metallic in Neutral & Gold

We said: “Peace and quiet in the office… 💐 How amazing is this room?! A place for all your dreams to come true 💭”

You said: “I love this room! Absolute office goals. Gorgeous wallpaper 🖤” @home_of_hearts_and_stars
“In love 🥰” @indesign_tx

@journeytoforeverhome / Liquid Marble Wallpaper in Charcoal & Gold

We said: “Dark decor is what we’re feeling today 🖤 The deep dark contrast of charcoal and gold within the Liquid Marble Wallpaper creates a stunning feature wall….Swirls of beautiful metallic add extra glamour too. ✨”

You said: “Soooo stunning 😍😍” @the_mac_home
“This is gorgeous 💖” @thephillipshome_familyof4

@ladyvictoriahome / Polka Dots in Grey & Silver

We said: “This is one for all you Grey Obsessed Mums or Mummy’s-to-be 🤱🏻🤰🏻…a simply beautiful nursery, all set for when her little one arrives 🥰🧸”

You said: “Omg I love the spots xxx” @ourmiddletonhome
“awwww I LOVE this wallpaper ❤️❤️” @staceyhall1707

@sophieshome.30 / Zara Mono Geometric in White & Black

We said: “The Monochrome Trend has even taken over our Bathroom’s 🖤…We love the contrasted striking pink with this Black and White Geometric design 😍”

You said: “Love this wallpaper 🥰…It’s absolutely gorgeous and fab quality” @homewiththemckellars
“Ohh I love this so much x” @house2home_fs

@nicolemain / Precious Silks Marrakesh in Silver & Grey

We said: “A Show Stopper Stairway 🤩The Precious Silks Marrakesh Wallpaper adds Class & Sophistication to every Wall 💫”

You said: “Absolutely love my landing.. Thank you 💗😍 I get so many compliments on my home 🏡” @_nicolemain_ (aka the owner of this stunning staircase!)
“❤❤❤love this one ❤❤❤” @misslouisaxx

@greyhousetoahome / Milan Geo Metallic in Grey & Silver

We said: “Dining Room Goals 🍴⠀A Mixture of Rustic & Contemporary with the beautiful Milan Geometric Wallpaper ❤️”

You said: “Wow looks simply stunning, love this pattern x” @myheart2myhome
“Absolutely gorgeous xx” @insidekays

Advice Decorating

#TopTips: Creating the illusion of space in your home

Ever felt like new houses are getting smaller? Well it turns out that they are! A study in 2018 by LABC Warranty found that UK homes have shrunk by over 160 sq.ft in the last 40 years, and the average two-bedroomed family home now has under 730 sq.ft of living space…roughly the size of two double garages!

With less sq.ft to play with, anything you can do to make rooms feel bigger is going to feel like a win. Fortunately there are plenty of tactics you can use to create the illusion of space, from practical tips (banishing clutter into hidden storage solutions) to insider tricks, used by interior designers the world over to create light and airy looks in the smallest of spaces.

Take a look at our handy hints to make a small space feel bigger. And don’t forget to share the final results with us!

Expert Tip 1: Emphasize the horizontal

Just like in fashion, stripes are a great way of fooling the eye – elongating everything they adorn by playing with how the eye perceives patterns. However, if you thought vertical stripes were the only way to go, we have news for you!

Take a look at the two equal-sized squares below…

If you think the right-hand one looks taller, you are not alone. A famous experiment, known as the ‘Helmholtz Stripes’ proved that, contrary to popular opinion, horizontal stripes can actually work better than vertical ones when it comes to creating height!

London Stripe Wallpaper Silver – @thefurnishingsfairy

With this in mind, when it comes to making your rooms look wider or deeper, go for a classic stripe, such as our London Stripe. If you’d rather the room looked taller, go with a horizontal stripe wallpaper such as our Chevron Geometric – Simple!

Chevron Geometric Wallpaper Grey Silver @rebecca_k_homeinteriors

Expert Tip 2: Add a reflective print

Anything you can do to create light is instantly going to make a space feel brighter and more spacious! Open plan designs can be a huge help, allowing natural light to flood-in through windows into every space. 

A well-placed mirror can also be a huge help when it comes to lighting up darker spaces, reflecting the natural brightness of the rest of the room and giving the illusion of more space too! 

If natural light is not easy to come by in your home’s layout, why not use wallpapers to add a little extra sparkle and shine, helping any room to feel bigger and brighter.

Go for designs that have a metallic glint, such as our Milan Metallic Wallpaper in a light blush pink colour, or our Prosecco Glitter White Silver Wallpaper.

Milan Metallic Wallpaper Blush Pink Gold @homeatthesmiths

Expert Tip 3: Be colour clever

Using bright whites and deep colours creates contrast, adding depth and giving the illusion of a larger space. Use dark colours in alcoves or small jutting walls to easily create this effect. As a general rule, the lighter a colour or print the more it reflects the light, and gives an overall feeling of space. With a shiny reflection and contrasting colours, Zara Mono is a great wallpaper to achieve this effect.

Zara Mono Geometric Wallpaper White Black @robsons_at_number_10

It can also provide the perfect backdrop for clever accessories and furnishings to help your room look bigger – for instance, putting accessories up on the top ¼ of a wall helps to draw the eye upwards, and leaves walls at sitting eye-level clutter-free, creating a feeling of more space., Having a repeating patterns such as the Milan Geo that draws eyes up and outwards is also a definite space-enhancing win!

Milan Geo Metallic Wallpaper Grey Silver @greyhousetoahome

There you have it, some handy hints to easily create the illusion of space in your home. If you try these out, we’d love to see your results! Send us your pictures through our social media channels.

For more handy hints, be sure to take a look at our other blog posts and we look forward to sharing more #toptips soon! 

Advice Inspiration Wallpaper Trends

Tropical Style Guide: How to use jungle wallpaper designs in your home

Jungle and tropical prints are dominating interior trends already this year – and it’s only February! As predicted interior designers are turning to the wild side, and we have no issues adapting to it with our large range of Tropical Print Wallpaper.

Botanical, bright and bold, these wallpapers can thrive no matter the size of your room, or the style of your home. That’s why we’ve put together our top styling tips to help you introduce a little bit of the outdoors, indoors.

Combine Bold & Simple

Wonderfully bold prints are inspiring, and Tropical Print takes that category too. These designs definitely aren’t boring, they will bring any space to life by combining exterior with interior.

Just take a look at this stunning bedroom transformation with the Lucie Annabel Palma Tropical Wallpaper. The wallpaper here has been styled sophisticatedly to match the colours within the design.

By choosing the prominent green and matt grey accents, this room is left looking contemporary and elegant without too much fuss.

Colour blocking with paint

If you want to give your room a punch of colour and character, then colour blocking is the way forward. It is also so much easier if you use wallpaper.

By keeping your colour scheme similar, and adding a surprise splash of contrast, it will create vibrancy throughout.

Our tropical print wallpaper is often bright and brings a lot of colour to your walls, which is why it is an easy design to try this with.

Jungle themed rooms

The leafy outdoors is something that is guaranteed to make you feel calm and relaxed. Which is exactly why incorporating a botanical theme into your Nursery is a great idea!

Keep your little one at ease in a jungle themed bedroom. Pair wicker baskets, white wood furniture and indoor plants with the Palma Tropical Wallpaper for this jungle look.

Subtle Scandi

Scandinavian Interior has also risen amongst home trends. This very effortless style has been adapted to fit all homes.

Take a look at this beautiful botanical themed bathroom taken from a Victorian house. It has combined simple neutral tiles with organic wood furnishings for the complete scandi essence. 

The Palma Tropical Wallpaper lifts the mood in this space. It just goes to show you don’t need a lot of wallpaper to make an impact when it comes to the botanical look.

Tropical trend and wall panelling

Going tropical with your decor doesn’t always mean you have to paint every wall in vivid colours. Nor do you need to trade in sleek furniture for wicker pieces. In fact when it comes to adding a relaxed, vacation vibe to your home – less is more.

Use wall panelling to your advantage to keep a classic look. It also means you don’t have to decorate the full wall. Used sparingly it elevates the space, introducing character and stand out style.

Lucie Annabel Wallpaper in Navy @sophieshomeofgreyandchrome

Walk on the wild side

The bolder the better! Instead of styling your Tropical Print Wallpaper simplistically, match contrasting bright and bold accessories to highlight your favourite elements.

Embrace all types of colour for the perfect contrast. Look at how this bedroom looks with emerald green and blush pink accessories. This room is definitely a mood booster!

 For those looking to indulge a love of colour and pattern, these palm leaf wallpaper designs are perfect. The beautiful mixture of pink, blue and fresh green serve an exuberant focal point that are guaranteed to brighten any pad.


Decorating Inspiration

How to take the best home interior photo for Instagram

Capturing a beautiful, well composed interior photo for Instagram isn’t easy.

We’ve gathered expert tips from photographers and room stylists to bring you 5 essential tips to perfecting an interior image for your Instagram feed. You don’t have to be an expert photographer to showcase the thought and love that’s gone into creating the home you love.

Read to the end to enter our #ILWinstaworthy competition and win £100 Voucher!

1. Lighting

Perfecting your lighting is definitely most important when taking a photograph. If you’re not a professional photographer and you don’t have expensive, fancy lighting, then you need to use daytime light to the best of your advantage. 

Avoid clicking your flash on and make sure you have the light behind you to create the illusion of a bigger and open space.

Although it may be your first instinct to turn all the lights on in a room before taking a photo, don’t do it. Lights will give your photo an orange tint, and can make the shot look dated and dingey. Natural light looks so much better, and softer. 

With plenty of practise you will master the best times of the day to shoot in each of your rooms. 

2. Placing 

It is really important to think about what accessories you want in the shot. This photo does not need to be over-crowded, it does not need to show every single item in your room, it needs to highlight the most important feature. Instagram is all about imagery, if you try and squeeze every item in your home in one photo, your feed will get pretty repetitive – very quickly.

Experiment and get fancy with your placing. Think of it as your own home photo shoot. You want it to portray your home in the best light, showing only the best bits. Relevant items need to be clearly displayed within shot, and perfectly positioned to compliment the main focus, which in this case – is the wallpaper.

3. Focus

This brings us to point number three. An important factor to remember is that every picture tells a story. You need to think about what your focus is for that image. Highlighting this first will make it easier to create unique content for your page. Once you’ve decided what the main feature of the image is, you can then create the scene.

If for example, you wanted to do a close up shot in your dining room, but wanted the focus to be on your new wallpaper, you would make sure the clearest thing in the photo is the wall. Set everything else up in the room to divert everyone’s focus to that wall. 

4. Composition

The rule of thirds is a compositional “rule” that suggests dividing the image into thirds and placing the subject on one of those sides, instead of in the center. 

Depending on what the focus of the photo is and how big the space is, capturing your image from waist height can portray more of a natural perspective. However, if the focus was a high wall then you may need to think about positioning it a bit higher.

Any movement in a photo can cause your image to be blurry. You may want to consider getting a tripod for the device you’re using, whether that’s your smartphone or camera. This will create a more professional and clear image to share on your feed.

5. Editing

Instagram feeds can vary. Sometimes you can click on your favourite influencers page to find they use the same filter on every image. This creates a theme and can be aesthetically pleasing. However, this can become old very quickly. 

We suggest being open to new styles and colours. Explore brightness in one shot if it’s a sunny day, and dress your image with a moody undertone if it’s a rainy day. You need your posts to be relatable, but also welcoming. 

We don’t advise overdoing it when it comes to editing. Maybe up the exposure and add a little contrast. Adding tints or going all out on your saturation can create a very false image. Instagram followers want to endeavour into a space that is inspiring, not Photoshopped.

There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when shooting the perfect interior photo. Overall, be sure you have plenty of natural light behind you, don’t cramp the space you’re shooting, and focus on one thing. Then once your image is complete – don’t over edit it! 

Create an Instagram feed that is bright, shows your home at it’s best, and most importantly, will inspire your followers.

We want to see your home interior photos! Do you have our wallpaper up in your home and would like to participate in our #ILWinstaworthy competition to win £100 voucher?

Simply follow the steps in this blog post, publish your best interior picture and hashtag #ILWinstaworthy for the chance to win! 

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Inspiration Wallpaper Trends

2020 Wallpaper Trends

When it comes to redecorating, it pays to stay ahead of the curve and approach your interior design with confidence. One way of doing this is to familiarise yourself with up and coming trends for 2020, figuring out exactly how and where you can incorporate new prints and colours into your home. 

Whether you’re working in wallpaper around an existing colour scheme or looking to completely change up the hues in your house, there’s a fantastic variety of fresh-looking prints that are sure to turn heads and transform your living space. 

Of course, the informed I Love Wallpaper team have had their eyes towards 2020 wallpaper trends for some time now. So, with the new year in full swing and the Christmas cobwebs well and truly brushed off, it’s time to take a look at our top four wallpaper trends for 2020. 

#1 Floral & Tropical Prints

We started to see floral wallpaper and tropical prints growing in popularity towards the back end of 2019, and these patterns show no signs of slowing down as we wade into the new decade. 

Being eco-conscious, planet-friendly and living much more sustainably are all key, global points at present, so letting nature into your home with foliage-based prints is most definitely in fashion. 

How bold and colourful you choose to be with your wallpaper is entirely up to you, but thankfully, there’s a huge range of options available for however daring or subdued you decide to go. 

Among our favourites is the Lucie Annabel Palma Tropical Wallpaper Navy, pictured above. Not only is this an ideal means of introducing more plant life into your living space, but you can effortlessly mix and match with ‘Classic Blue’, the Pantone colour of the year for 2020.

#2 Geometric & 3D Shapes

If you’re not afraid to go bold, then why not consider the inclusion of some geometric or three-dimensional wallpaper? Both styles lend themselves brilliantly to contemporary spaces, offering an often much-needed pop of texture against the smoothness of concrete, glass and steel and pale colour schemes. 

Intertwining patterns such as our Hexa Geometric Wallpaper (pictured) play on the eyes, drawing attention to your wall for all the right reasons and adding a different dimension to your living space. What’s more, they work amazingly well alongside modern materials such as copper, rose gold and bold, mix-match prints. 

#3 Metallic Effect

Contrary to popular belief, metallic wallpaper doesn’t have to be cold and clinical, in fact, it can be quite the opposite. Golds and coppers give off a natural warm glow, and you’ll find that both materials are in-trend and feature regularly in both contemporary and traditional furniture and accessories. 

Prints such as our Geneva Metallic Pink and Gold Wallpaper work wonderfully alongside warm colours, eye-catching accessories and bold, mixed prints. They’ll give your space an inviting, warm and textured aesthetic that you can’t help but sit back and relax in.

#4 Art Deco Inspiration

Retro inspiration is going to be rife among 2020 wallpaper trends, so get ready to see the appearance of art deco prints this year. The art deco style is incredibly adaptable, and though it’s synonymous with contemporary glass and steel, it also lends itself well to more rustic and traditional aesthetics too. 

Versatile wallpapers such as the Arthouse Deco Peacock pictured here sit comfortably with warm wools, woods and rich, earthy textures, while at the same time it’ll look just as great alongside sleek, modern furnishings. 


If you’re incorporating any of our 2020 wallpaper trends into your interior, we’d love to see them! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to keep us posted and check out our feed for exclusive how to’s and products. On the hunt for more handy information and decorating advice? Head on over to our I Love Wallpaper blog page.

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