13 ideas for decorating with Arts & Crafts prints

Bring pattern, charm and a touch of nostalgia into your home by decorating with Arts & Crafts prints

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Looking to add some vintage charm to your home? Adding Arts & Crafts prints, whether in the form of wallpaper, upholstery or accessories, can be a really quick and easy way to add plenty of character to a space. 

Taking inspiration from nature and a medieval aesthetic, the Arts & Crafts movement and it's leading figures created stylised flora and fauna patterns for wallpapers and fabrics.  With enduring appeal, these beautiful prints, whether archive originals or recoloured designs, look just as effective today. Check out these top tips for introducing this iconic style into your home... 

1.Choose a wall to wall print

With a penchant for ornament, the Victorians used every surface as a vehicle for decoration and often pasted richly decorative papers floor to ceiling. Featuring one of Morris & Co’s most iconic Arts & Crafts designs dating to 1883, this Strawberry Thief wallpaper is a perfect backdrop for the curvaceous silhouette of a classic Chesterfield and deep-buttoned armchair.

Strawberry Thief wallpaper, £58 per roll at John Lewis

2. Use co-ordinating colours

Using a feature archive wallpaper as inspiration, updated in a fresh palette, choose cushions and upholstery in bold complimentary hues to give the Arts & Crafts look a contemporary edge.

Morris and co Seaweed wallpaper living room

Seaweed wallpaper in Cobalt/Thyme, £65 per roll, Morris & Co

3. Add a statement wall in hallway

Give guests a stylish welcome by pasting up feature wallpaper in the hallway. With delicate flowers and sinuous, stylised leaves, this Larkspur design created by Morris in 1872 is one of the most feminine in the Morris & Co portfolio.

Larkspur wallpaper Morris and Co

Larkspur in Green/Coral, £72 per roll, Morris & Co

4. Give a bedroom a country charm

Bringing the Morris legacy into the 21st-century bedroom, archive prints are also available across bedlinen, including this Seaweed pattern, designed by J. H. Dearle in 1901, which brings colour and pattern to this muted scheme.

Morris and co seaweed wallpaper in bedroom

Morris & Co Seaweed double duvet cover in black, £95 and Oxford pillowcase in black, £20 each, both Bedeck Home

5. Combine prints with woodwork 

For an authentic feel combine stylised prints with wood panelling as often seen in Arts & Crafts interiors of the time. This Pimpernel wallpaper was designed in 1876 by Morris and adorns his dining room at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, London.

Pimpernel wallpaper morris and co

Pimpernel wallpaper in Aubergine/Olive, £72 per roll, Morris & Co

6. Pick pastels for a twist on tradition 

For a modern twist on the traditional look trade in the dark and moody palettes for natural prints in sorbet shades. Inspired by Arts and Crafts prints, this new Botanical fabric from Sofa.com features on-trend coral and grey for a calming contemporary scheme.

Sofa.com arts and crafts botanical fabric on snowdrop sofa

Snowdrop three-seater sofa in Botanical fabric, £1,680, Sofa.com

7. Mix and match different prints

Using colour for continuity, layer exuberant natural prints with simple ditsy and contrasting designs such as tartan to create a rich, textured look. This Bramble wallpaper from Morris & Co was designed by Kate Faulkner in 1879 and depicts a creeping briar, resplendent with berries and flowers.

William morris Bramble wallpaper and Rosehip fabric

Bramble wallpaper in Indigo, £72 per roll, Morris & Co

8. Dress windows with ornate fabrics 

Make a feature of your windows in true period style with heavy curtains in richly ornate fabric. Based on artwork by Morris & Co’s head designer Alison Gee, this Forest velvet captures the whimsy of an enchanted woodland through beautifully illustrated flora and fauna.

Morris and co forest velvet curtains

Forest velvet in Azure, £133 per m, Morris & Co

9. Make the floor a feature

As well as across wallpapers, fabrics and bedding, the decorative motifs of Morris & Co. are now available in a range of home furnishings. Check out this gorgeous living room rug, paired with matching cushions and touches wicker. Love it!

Morris and co seaweed rug arts and crafts

Seaweed rug, from £460 at Morris & Co

10. Get a natural touch with a leafy backdrop 

Archive wallpapers depicting a rich tapestry of natural motifs, work perfectly in this traditional kitchen, combined with vintage cabinets, natural fibres and artisan ceramics. Taken from the archive at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester this  Vine wallpaper, dating to 1932, gives an unmistakeable nod to the Arts & Crafts movement.

Little Greene arts and crafts style wallpaper n kitchen

Vine wallpaper, £76 per roll, Little Greene

11. Opt for a statement sofa

A deep-cushioned seat covered in the blousy blooms and stylised, fruit-laden branches of Arts & Crafts prints makes for a sumptuous statement piece. Produced in 1911 by an anonymous artist, this Meadow Fruits design is thought to be inspired by the Mille-Fleurs tapestries of the medieval period.

Shown in Indigo/Multi, the fabric costs £59 per m from the Originals V Print collection at GP & J Baker

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