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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!

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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.

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#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!   

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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

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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.

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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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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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Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas

As a planet, we’re becoming more and more conscious of the effect that our consumption and waste are having on the earth (thank you, David Attenborough – we love you). 

As a result of this new-found awareness (better late than never, ey), eco-friendly interior design is a top priority for many when redecorating their home. At I Love Wallpaper, we’re all about giving you plenty of sustainable inspiration, so read on below for some amazing eco-friendly decorating ideas. 

Decorate with Plants

The obvious option for getting in touch with nature; let more nature into your home! Plants provide an inexpensive-yet-effective means of eco-friendly interior design that both looks great and is kind on the environment too. 

What’s more, the addition of plants will actually benefit your living space and your health, filtering out potentially harmful chemicals in the air and providing a source of oxygen. So, if you’re looking to do your bit, we’d definitely recommend adding some natural beauty into your home’s interior with some lovely, leafy houseplants.

Top style tip: House plants look especially amazing when paired with floral and tropical wallpaper.

Eco-Friendly Paint

Many paints contain volatile organic compounds (or VOC) that evaporate at room temperature, in the enclosed space of your home, this can cause a number of health problems including headaches, nausea, liver damage, eye and throat irritation and they have even been linked to cancer. 

This being said, even without the environmental impact, it makes sense to avoid VOC paint for the sake of our health. We recommend plumping for a water-based alternative or low-odour paints such as our amazing selection of colours from Johnstones.  

Make the Most of Natural Light

Lighting is an important aspect of any interior space, but how often have you needlessly left a light on or added a lamp just ‘cos it looks nice? 

Allowing natural light to do its thing in a room is a great way to lessen the impact on the environment as well as your monthly bills, so pay close attention to where the sun settles at certain times of the day and free up as much window space as possible. 

Top style tip: Cleverly placed mirrors can maximise the effect of natural light in your interior and make the room look bigger! 

Choose Natural Textiles and Furniture

Though plastics and polyesters are the cheaper options, they’re most certainly not planet-friendly. It always pays to invest in solid, wooden furniture such as the likes of oak and walnut which are durable, last much longer and can be repurposed. 

If you can pick up a nice antique piece then all the better, giving an old bit of furniture a new home is an ultimate way to stay green! 

When it comes to textiles, again, you should stay away from synthetic fabrics. There’s plenty of cheap, sustainable and ethical natural textiles to choose from such as wool and cotton, while ceramics, cork and wood will look far better than any plastics or cheap imitations. 

There you have it, four simple steps to reducing your carbon footprint and benefiting from some amazing, eco-friendly decorating ideas. If you’re looking for more interior design advice and inspiration, head on over to our blog page – and don’t forget to follow I Love Wallpaper on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Feature Walls

Feature walls are a fantastic way to add an instant wow factor to any room. Your walls provide a blank canvas for a huge range of colours and textures, but choosing what to use as a feature requires careful consideration and a delicate balance of dos and don’ts. 

Though it’s a quick and easy approach to livening up your living space, getting the right mix of components is a potential minefield of interior design mistakes and mishaps. To guide you safely down the path of successful interior design, we’ve put together a handy list of feature wall tips for your home. 

Read on below for the I Love Wallpaper do’s and don’ts of feature walls. 

Feature Wall Do’s

Let’s start with the dos of making your feature wall work for your interior space: 

Find A Good Balance

Achieving the right balance is important, but it can be a delicate operation. Too little of one colour can mean it gets lost in the mix, while too much of another can be way too overpowering. That said, a 50/50 blend of colours can also look too artificial and a little “boring” for the eye. 

We recommend employing a 60/30/40 split between the components that make up your interior’s design, with 60% of space allowed for light colours, 30% for contrasting and darker colours and the remaining 10% to add in the little details and those all-important finishing touches. 

Seek Out Complementary Colours

It seems obvious, but this is an important rule that shouldn’t be overlooked. It pays to carry out some paint tests or try some wallpaper samples in your space, as well as some research to make sure that the colours (and patterns!) you use complement each other and don’t clash together. 

Accentuate Your Interior’s Space

A feature wall done well has the ability to define a specific space in your home, this technique is especially effective open plan areas or multi-use spaces where it can be a challenge separating one area of the room from another. 

Feature Wall Don’ts 

We’ve covered some of the main dos behind a successful feature wall, but what about the important points that you should avoid? Here are some of our main feature wall don’ts: 

Pick the Right Room

Feature walls don’t work for every room, especially concerning smaller rooms where it can feel a little claustrophobic, so consider the space that you have to play with before painting or papering. 

It’s important to remember the purpose of a feature wall; it’s there to highlight a space and bring the interior together – not to work against other aspects of the room and overpower it. 

Don’t Go Overboard

You can quickly get carried away while decorating, so be wary of overdoing it and rein in that enthusiasm. 

Plan everything out carefully and keep it as simple as you can, limiting your use of colours, patterns and materials in one room so as not to create confusion and chaos with other rooms. One handy tip towards achieving the right balance is creating a mood board of paint, wallpaper and materials you’re considering using. 

Don’t Forget to Factor in the Sun

One element that many people forget to consider is natural light. Sunshine can have a huge effect on how your interior looks at certain times of day, so make sure that you factor in sunlight when designing your feature wall. 

Check how the sunlight hits the room at different times, be conscious of potential bleaching from sunlight, as well as any mirrored objects that might reflect the light. Natural materials and plants absorb heat well, so bear this in mind when putting together a mood board or adding the finishing touches to your room. 

If you’ve got more feature wall do’s and don’ts you’d like to share with us, don’t forget to follow I Love Wallpaper on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. For more interior design advice and inspiration, check out our blog page

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Top Design Picks: Discount Store Decor

Changing up your home’s aesthetics doesn’t have to be hard on the wallet. There’s actually a world of inexpensive decorating ideas out there to explore that can switch up the appearance of your interior while keeping those purse strings tight. 

From thrifty shopping trips to refreshing your existing furnishings, our I Love Wallpaper team have put together a list of budget decorating ideas that won’t break the bank.

  1. Feature walls
  2. Pick up some plants
  3. Rugs
  4. Refresh with wallpaper
  5. Fabrics 
  6. Charity shop treasure
  7. Reuse glassware
  8. DIY artwork (frame old magazine pages, calendars) 

1. Feature Walls

Rather than redecorating the whole room, why not add in a feature wall (or accent wall) instead? Feature walls are a fantastic means of refreshing up an interior design without committing to changing every colour in the room. 

Instead of painting all four walls and changing your furniture, a feature wall allows you to pick up on accents and textures that are already apparent by using a carefully chosen wallpaper. For more advice on this, check our guide on the dos and don’ts of feature walls! 
Pick up some plants

2. Pick up some plants

Going green is a serene means of breathing life into any colour scheme. The addition of a little plant life and greenery gives your living space a glorious colour hit, especially if your room is all-white or packed with neutral shades.

One big positive is that plants sit right at home in all kinds of interior styles, and if you’re worried about keeping the real thing alive, there’s plenty of great-looking, convincing fake foliage around to ease the guilt too!

3. Rugs

Carpeting a room can be a costly affair, so why not add some colour, texture and warmth without paying out of your pocket for it? Embracing natural wooden floors and throwing down a rug is a great way to tick all of these boxes while simultaneously saving money and complementing the different accents and features of your interior’s design. 

There are plenty of budget-friendly rugs out there in a huge range of pattern styles and colours, so you’ll have no trouble finding a piece that’s perfect for your space. 

4. Refresh the wallpaper

Many people choose to upcycle old furniture and accessories with a lick of paint, but why not freshen things up with wallpaper instead? The many prints and patterns of wallpaper available can provide much more of a visual feast than paint, and sometimes all you need is a simple offcut to achieve your desired finish! 

Wallpapering the likes of cupboards, cabinets, backsplashes and headboards is a great way of giving your furnishings a completely new and inexpensive look in a matter of minutes. 

5. Fabrics

Of course, one of the more popular and cheaper methods of changing up your decor is with the addition of fabrics. Think about it, how many times has a new cushion caught your eye, you’ve impulse purchased, thrown it on the sofa and immediately felt refreshed? 

This strategy is as economical as it is effective, and it doesn’t just stop at cushions either; you can recover furnishings with fabric and switch things up in your interior space with new bedding, pillows, slipcovers and throws. 

6. Charity shop treasure

We’re huge fans of trawling charity shops for hidden gems and unexpected treasures. There’s a simple pleasure in digging out something that’s been discarded but is perfect for your decor; as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s (or woman’s) treasure, and there’s certainly plenty of opportunities to be uncovered. 

From lava lamps and retro prints to vintage furniture and art deco pieces, you may be surprised at some of the amazing bargains you can bag at a charity shop.

7. Reuse glassware

Ever picked up some wine just because the bottle looks rather nice? Yeah, us too. Well, why not hold onto the bottle next time and repurpose it into part of your home’s decor? After a quick soak in hot soapy water – hey presto! You’ve got an attractive, ready-made vase. 

The likes of jam jars and jugs are also great for repurposing; a favourite trick of ours is to add in fairy lights to make an eye-catching and inexpensive lamp that’ll look great in the kitchen or on a mantelpiece. 

8. DIY artwork

The walls of your home can look pretty bare without the addition of some sort of art, but you don’t have to spend the big bucks to add those finishing touches to your decor. Instead, why not create some DIY artwork? 

Sticking to the colour scheme of your interior’s design, you can pick out old magazine cuts, posters, calendar pages… The options are endless! Stick to a theme and frame your findings for a quick and fund-friendly means of adding art to your walls. 

For more style tips and inspiration, follow us over on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, while you’ll find tons more ideas and advice on the I Love Wallpaper blog page.