10 best wallpapers: botanical prints, dainty florals and more to update your walls

From all-out opulence to cute patterns for the kids’ rooms, we’ve brought together our top 10 wallpapers to inspire your DIY this year

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While there are probably as many tips and tricks to getting your wallpaper exactly right as there are tradespeople, it’s still among the quickest, easiest and most impactful ways of updating a room.

Not sure where to start when choosing the best wallpaper options for your home? We’ve done the legwork and rounded up a few of our favourites for every room from retailers around the web. And, while you're popping rolls of wallpaper into your virtual cart wth abandon, don't miss the links to our inspirational ideas centred around wallpaper:

Buying wallpaper online can feel risky, even when it comes with rave reviews attached, but some retailers such as John Lewis (who also do a great range of wallpapering accessories, we might add) and Laura Ashley give the option of free swatches, ideal for seeing how the wallpaper you’ve got your heart set on looks in the context of your room. 

Then, once you’ve found your favourite, lay down the basics with our full guide on how to wallpaper a wall

The best wallpaper

1. Julien Macdonald Honolulu Wallpaper

Get a piece of the trend for tropical, whether you’re in Polynesia or Peckham

Specifications
Best for: Trend-led
Width: 52cm
Length: 10m
Pattern repeat: 64cm
Reasons to buy
+ Delicate sparkle for dimension 

If you're of a certain age, the idea of palm-print wallpaper might give you serious flashbacks to Only Fools and Horses, but believe it or not the tropical trend is back in a big way, and this Julien Macdonald wallpaper shows you how to execute it with the utmost elegance. While the all-over print is undeniably full-on, the neutral taupe background and soft green shade keep it in check, and there’s a subtle sparkle to it that reviewers loved, saying it gives the whole thing a dimensional realism. Lovely jubbly. 

Read more: 16 beautiful botanical wallpaper ideas for your home

Cole & Son Mariinsky Carmen Wallpaper

2. Cole & Son Mariinsky Carmen Wallpaper

Baroque brilliance is par for the course with this amazing oversized print

Specifications
Best for: Feature wall
Width: 68.5cm
Length: 10m
Pattern repeat: 64cm
Reasons to buy
+ Different textures for added interest 

This damask wallpaper certainly isn’t short on panache, so if you’re looking to add a bit of baroque luxury to the bedroom, consider this for your statement wall. The large print comes in a range of pared-back tones including on-trend soft grey and sage green, although if you want to go all-out, go for gold. To add dimension, there’s a subtle difference in texture between the pattern and base, featuring lustre-flecked ink in the foreground and a matte chalky texture at the back. 

Graham & Brown Small Brick Wallpaper

3. Graham & Brown Small Brick Wallpaper

This splash-proof, wipe-clean wallpaper is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms

Specifications
Best for: Kitchens and bathrooms
Width: 52cm
Length: 10m
Pattern repeat: 64cm
Reasons to buy
+ Practical and trendy kitchen/bathroom solution 

We’re not all lucky enough to be living in the Soho loft of our dreams, complete with exposed brick walls, but you can capture a little of that magic with brick-effect wallpaper. This grey wallpaper from Graham & Brown is patterned to look like the long, slim subway tiles that grace so many of our Pinterest feeds, but without the faff. It’s also engineered to withstand the rigours of life in the kitchen or bathroom, being antibacterial treated, splash proof, and wipe clean with a damp cloth, making it a practical alternative to paint as a splashback.

GP & J Baker Willow Fern Wallpaper

4. GP & J Baker Willow Fern Wallpaper

In a choice of two neutrals, this delicate botanical print suits smart period interiors

Specifications
Best for: Light pattern
Width: 52cm
Length: 10m
Pattern repeat: 61cm
Reasons to buy
+ Delicate floral pattern 

If you like the idea of hopping on the botanical print wallpaper trend, but fancy something a little more low-key than our first palm-print pick, this curvy, almost paisley-esque pattern may be right up your street. In a choice of yellow-gold or greyish taupe, there’s a colour option for warm and cool-toned schemes alike, and its feathery fern print is delicate enough that the large pattern isn’t overwhelming. Inspired by an early Victorian design from the brand’s archives, it’s a fine choice for period homes in need of a little facelift.

Hibou Home Teepees Design Wallpaper

5. Hibou Home Teepees Design Wallpaper

Open your little one’s eyes to a world beyond their bedroom with this sweet tipi wallpaper

Specifications
Best for: Kids’ rooms
Width: 52cm
Length: 1m
Pattern repeat: 64cm
Reasons to buy
+ Cute minimal design for kids’ rooms 

This teepee wallpaper from Hibou Home is the perfect meeting of whimsical and grown-up thanks to its single-colour print and simple line drawings. While reviewers said it looked right at home in the nursery, we think it’s low-key enough to fit in bedrooms for older kids too, whether it’s all over or as a feature wall. The indigo and white colourway is a classic, and with good reason, making this an on-trend alternative to a timeless nautical theme for a child’s room, but it’s also available in a rather dashing stormy green on grey. 

Harlequin Lotus Wallpaper

6. Harlequin Lotus Wallpaper

This fashion-forward floral is elegance personified

Specifications
Best for: Eastern-inspired
Width: 68.6cm
Length: 10m
Pattern repeat: 68.6cm
Reasons to buy
+ Delicate watercolour-style floral 

So we’ve already touched on botanicals, but this wallpaper handles two other big interior trends for 2018 in one fell swoop: modern oriental and statement florals. Its painterly lotus blooms are delicate, not overdone, and whether you go for a ceramics-inspired colour combo of indigo and white, or a barely there taupe-on-taupe, you’re assured of an elegant finish. That’s not a codeword for 'dull' though, far from it, because even in all-neutral tones the delicate pattern and subtle sparkle in the background add real interest. 

Read more: 12 white wallpaper ideas for any room

Superfresco Prism Geometric Wallpaper

7. Superfresco Prism Geometric Wallpaper

A suits-all, subtly sparkling wallpaper in on-trend geo

Specifications
Best for: Every room
Width: 52cm
Length: 10m
Pattern repeat: 10.66cm
Reasons to buy
+ Very versatile 

With a little imagination, our wallpaper picks so far could fit in any room of the home, so long as you get the scheme right. However, this geometric wallpaper by Superfresco is easily our most versatile so far, thanks to its clean lines and neutral tones. Look closer, however, and you’ll see exactly what those who own it love so much about it: the thick, quality feel, the variable textures, and the statement (but not overly blingy) metallic bronze detailing. With its modern feel, it’s capable of settling in anywhere from teenagers’ bedrooms to the sitting room, so let your imagination run wild. 

Laura Ashley Lisette Steel Floral Leaf Wallpaper

8. Laura Ashley Lisette Steel Floral Leaf Wallpaper

Steely yet soft, this great grey wallpaper has a print that’s at once vintage and vogue

Specifications
Best for: Vintage floral
Width: 53cm
Length: 10m
Pattern repeat: 46cm
Reasons to buy
+ Small floral pattern ideal for period schemes 

If small prints are more your scene than all-out maximalism, you may want to consider this delicate floral wallpaper from Laura Ashley as a refreshing alternative. The on-trend soft grey background is the perfect foil for the fresh white pattern of pen-and-ink style floral sprigs, ensuring that the print doesn’t look too busy even when applied to all four walls. Reviewers loved the way it looked on the walls, and commended the quality, saying it didn’t bubble or crease and was thick enough to cover minor surface imperfections. 

Eggnogg Ltd Personalised Colour In Wallpaper

9. Eggnogg Ltd Personalised Colour In Wallpaper

Let them strut their artistic stuff with this whimsical colouring wallpaper

Specifications
Best for: Playrooms and art rooms
Width: 52cm
Length: 10m
Pattern repeat: None
Reasons to buy
+ Creative activity for kids that doesn’t damage walls 

This colour-in wallpaper from Eggnogg Ltd is surely every child’s dream: a valid excuse to draw on the walls without getting told off. That needn’t mean, on balance, that it’s a parent’s nightmare though. Aside from being made of strong stuff that can be either pinned to the wall or hung permanently, and coloured in with pencils, pastels, crayons, chalks or felt tips without getting through to the wall behind, it could be a great stress buster for adults as well as a creative pursuit for kids. Order it as-is for a feature wall or full room bursting with exotic animals to colour in, or personalise it with the recipient’s name for a wall they can truly take ownership of. 

Read more: 12 great wallpaper ideas for children's rooms

Croft Collection Bala Wallpaper

10. Croft Collection Bala Wallpaper

Tweedy, trendy, but totally low-key, this wallpaper suits all spaces

Specifications
Best for: Subtle design
Width: 52cm
Length: 10m
Pattern repeat: None
Reasons to buy
+ Really high-quality paper 

If you want a little more textural interest than paint alone can achieve, a little more depth than all-out block colour, but still want to keep things minimal, this Bala wallpaper from John Lewis’ Croft Collection might just be the perfect middle ground. It comes in a choice of four warm and cool neutrals, with two trendy marine shades thrown in for good measure, all in a subtle tone-on-tone pattern that’s almost tweed-like. According to reviews, DIYers and traders alike have all commented on the high quality, saying it’s beautiful to work with, which is a real treat in itself! 

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Inspired by our plant-patterned picks? Check out the full array our roundup of 16 beautiful botanical wallpaper designs for your home