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Unique Patterned Wallpaper Ideas to Transform Any Home

Is your home in need of a refresh? Whether you want to revamp the whole house or just one room, patterned wallpapers can add a new lease of life to your space.

Patterned wallpapers can improve the look of a room in an instant, and there are plenty of wallpaper designs to choose from. There’s a patterned wallpaper in our collection to suit all tastes, with everything from modern, abstract designs to classic, floral designs available.  From bold brick wallpapers to neutral grey patterned wallpapers, this style works well in any space – no matter the size.



Read on as we help you transform your own home or your clients’ homes with patterned wallpaper.


When Do Patterned Wallpapers Work?


Whether you’re decorating a spacious living room or a compact ensuite bathroom, patterned wallpapers are suitable for every room. This style of wallpaper is great for making a statement. It can be used on all the walls or as a single standout feature wall.


The benefits of using patterned wallpaper include:


It’s great for bringing colour and life into a room – with patterned wallpaper, you can choose to bring subtle colour or bright and bold patterns into your space.

It’s very durable – wallpaper in general is incredibly durable and can endure wear and tear from high traffic areas. You can purchase scrubbable patterned wallpaper to keep it nice and clean.

It’s inexpensive – there are plenty of inexpensive patterned wallpapers available, so you won’t have to splash the cash to give your home a new look.

There are lots of options to choose from – when it comes to patterned wallpaper, the options are endless. Some of the most popular designs include floral print wallpaper and metallic effect wallpaper.


Different Patterned Wallpapers for Every Space


Are you bored of plain painted walls? Or is your home lacking colour? From cosy bedrooms to chic kitchens, patterned wallpaper can make an impact in any room. The best thing about decorating with patterned wallpaper is that you can choose exactly how much pizazz you want to add to a space.

For example, if you’re decorating the living room, you may want to create a relaxed atmosphere by using patterned wallpaper in rich, earthy hues. Or, if you’re decorating the dining room, you might want to opt for eye-catching botanical patterned wallpaper in shades of green.


The three main categories of patterned wallpaper are:


  • Bold patterned wallpaper

  • Playful patterned wallpaper

  • Luxurious patterned wallpaper


Read on to find out how these different types of patterned wallpaper work well in different rooms.


Bold


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Bold patterned wallpaper works really well in spacious rooms, particularly behind open shelving. This Marimekko Rasymatto Wallpaper would complement a kitchen or living room perfectly, and would sit nicely behind a cabinet or a bookshelf. With a colourful, eye-catching design, it’s sure to make a big room really pop.

The key to decorating with patterned wallpaper is choosing colours that will complement the rest of the space. Consider the surroundings before selecting a bold wallpaper.


Playful


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Add playful pops of colour to your home with a style like this Matthew Williamson Cactus Garden Wallpaper. Playful wallpaper includes anything striking that you think will add character to a room.

Playful wallpaper would work well in a guest bedroom where you want to experiment with colour. You might also want to decorate a bathroom with playful patterned wallpaper. Because the bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, it’s often overlooked when it’s time to decorate. A good idea is to create a single accent wall using patterned wallpaper for a bold look.


Luxurious


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To create a feeling of luxury in your home, opt for classic patterned wallpaper designs such as striped wallpaper. This Galerie Simply Silks 4 - Wide Moire Stripe is the ideal choice for dining rooms where you want to create a subtle-yet-chic look.

The neutral hues will instantly add a sense of calm to a social space in the house. Pair with dark wooden furniture to effortlessly complete the look.  


Patterned Wallpaper Ideas for Every Room


If you’re planning to decorate with patterned wallpaper, you may be wondering how to make it work in particular rooms. The trick is to let the wallpaper do the talking and choose neutral accessories and furnishings to complement the look.

Whether you want to incorporate nautical wallpaper into the hallway or marble effect wallpaper into the living room, it’s important to choose a design that will fit in with the rest of the room.

Here are some of our essential tips for decorating the home with patterned wallpaper.


Living Room


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Patterned wallpaper is a lovely way to add interest to a plain living room. Choose a lively design like this Galerie Italian Classics Damask style 6 Wallpaper for ultimate effect.

When decorating a living room, remember to consider its size. Opt for darker colours if you want to make the space feel intimate or lighter colours if you want it to feel spacious and airy.


Top tip


Are you planning to add pictures or accessories to the walls? In that case, try to form some sort of structure so that the items align with the patterns on the wallpaper.


Bedroom


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If you’re decorating an entire bedroom from scratch, choose your ideal patterned wallpaper first and design the rest of the room around it.

If the bedroom already contains bright furniture, choose patterned wallpaper in a monochrome colour scheme to balance out the look. If the bedroom furniture is pretty neutral, choose a patterned wallpaper filled with colour to make the room look and feel bright.


There are a several ways to incorporate patterned wallpaper into the bedroom. These include:


  • Create an accent wall behind the headboard

  • Decorate the most visible wall


You can, of course, choose to cover all four walls with patterned wallpaper. It all comes down to personal preference and how much colour you want to add.


Bathroom


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Are you wondering whether it’s a good idea to decorate the bathroom with wallpaper? The answer is yes! In a small room like the bathroom, there’s all the more reason to let your imagination go wild and decorate with bright, impactful designs.

For large bathrooms, we recommend using wallpaper with small prints. And for smaller bathrooms, choose wallpapers with large prints to make the room feel bigger. Match smaller details in the bathroom – such as a towel rail or a bathmat – to the wallpaper for a unified look.  


Top tip


Treated wallpaper and vinyl wallpaper are the most suitable options to use in bathrooms.


Hallway


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The hallway is the first room you’re greeted with when you walk into a home, so it’s only right that it’s decorated well. Floral and striped wallpaper are classic design choices and always work well hallways.   

In this room, less is more. Complement the patterned wallpaper look with minimal furniture and accessories.


Ready to decorate your home with patterned wallpaper? At Dulux Decorator Centre, we have all the wallpaper designs you need to refresh your house. Explore our complete range of patterned wallpaper today and browse by pattern to find exactly what you’re looking for.


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