When I was gathering inspiration for my post about small cloakrooms with big style, I realised I really want to wallpaper my downstairs loo. It’ll be a tiny room so it can carry off something a bit special. The style of this room will be leaning towards traditional/classic, so I have been on the lookout for wallpapers that feel timeless and will still look the part in 15 years.
This is no mean feat! There are many beautiful and exciting designs around, but for each sample I ordered, I asked myself if I would still love the design in 5-10 years. If there was even a little niggle of doubt in my mind, it didn’t make my shortlist. Harsh, but as my husband says, I don’t like to make things easy for myself. Evidently.
Through the process of wallpaper hunting, I realised geometrics and blousy florals – as lovely as they can be – were a no-no for me personally as I can quickly tire of repeating patterns. Instead I found myself really drawn to delicate forest type designs where you don’t notice the pattern repeat too much. I love being outside surrounded by nature, so it’s not a surprise that my favourite wallpapers turned out to be designs filled with foliage. After looking at dozens, I finally have a shortlist of the following 7:
Wallpaper: Cole & Son – Florencecourt from the Archive Anthology collection. Image via Husligheter. I think this lovely leafy wallpaper can work beautifully with contemporary, classic or transitional styles.
Wallpaper: Zoffany – Richmond Park from the Darnley collection. This moody forest design is a favourite amongst many designers and it’s easy to see why. I particularly love it paired with deep blue as shown here.
Wallpaper: Little Greene – Vine from the Archive Trails collection. This pretty wallpaper also comes in green and plum colourways, but the blue is my favourite.
Wallpaper: Cole & Son – Chiavi Segrete from the Fornasetti Senza Tempo collection. Image via @mimaslandscape. I have loved this wallpaper ever since I first saw it. It is such a gorgeous classic design with mystical keys hidden in a privet hedge.
Wallpaper: Cole & Son – Chiavi Segrete from the Fornasetti collection. Yes this is the same design as the previous one, in a different colourway. I must really love this pattern! The earth olive tones in this one are gorgeous. I have been wanting to add some olive colour into my home… perhaps this is way!
Wallpaper: Cole & Son – Woodland from the Botanical Botanica collection. I can’t find adequate words to describe how enchanting I find this intricate wallpaper… just stunning!
So that’s my shortlist: my cloakroom will be papered in one of these. Which one is your favourite? Please help me decide! Leave me a comment below or find me on instagram.
P.S. – If you are new here, catch up on the story of my home renovation so far:
Choosing an architect | Open plan kitchen inspiration | 10 renovation tips that I am taking on board | Figuring out the kitchen layout | All the floor plans | One month into the building work
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