Looking for a contemporary wallpaper to transform your living room quickly (and inexpensively)? There are so many to choose from, from muted tones to the brightest bolds, from textured digital prints to the hand drawn and painterly – there’s definitely something for everyone...
Once you've made your all important choice, check out our step-by-step guide to hanging wallpaper.
1. Create a fresh look with pastel shades
Featuring blackbirds, leaves and branches in pretty soft pinks and sage greens, this delightful wallpaper was originally created by hand-printing with a lino block. It’s available in five other colourways and is a digitally printed ‘paste the wall’ wallpaper. Team with candy coloured accessories and furniture and hints of white for a fresh look.
Walk in the Woods wallpaper in putty and sage, 52cm wide, £15 per metre, Louise Body
2. Add copper tones with a metallic wallpaper
Copper is all the rage right now, so create a feature wall with hints of it like this design. It’s a good example of how wallpaper can enhance a space rather than take it over. The velvet sofa is perfectly matched and it pulls the scheme together, with a mixture of plain and decorative cushions to add interest and depth to room.
3. Go bold with monochrome wallpaper
If you’re feeling brave and want to create a statement living room wall then pick a monochromatic wallpaper in an all-over stripe. This design is 100 per cent eye-catching and will certainly create a wow from guests as they walk in. Add pops of colour to balance the look, like with this electric blue sofa and pink ceiling.
4. Add texture with photographic designs
There are some fabulous wallpapers about that have photographic designs of textures printed on them. These are great for creating a high impact and unusual focal point in your living room, and they don’t need to be bright and bold either. This subtle antique tin tile wallpaper is elegant and will work well in both modern living rooms and traditional schemes.
Antique tin tile wallpaper in white, £75 a roll, Woodchip & Magnolia
5. Get a style hit with botanical prints
Not all tropical paradises are green… we love this new take on a familiar theme: blooming orchids, green tipped ferns and luscious blue leaves make this wallpaper a delight for those wanting to bring the outside in while being bang on trend. There are high gloss highlights on the wallpaper too which add shine and texture that catch the light, making it a great option for a north facing living room. Accessorise with vases and objects in the same colours as the design.
Pindoroma wallpaper, £14.99 a roll, Studio
6. Create a calming space with indigo hues
Invoke a calming atmosphere with this Japanese-inspired Shibori design – a striking geometric pattern that has been printed on non-woven ‘paste the wall’ wallpaper. This is a good example on how to use a decorative wallpaper around a bay window, too, cleverly creating a frame around each window. Follow the lead here and use mustard, grey and navy accessories to recreate the look.
7. Opt for a bold feature wall
To create an statement you don’t need to paper the whole room; in fact, you’ll make more of a focal point if you don’t! This beautiful print looks perfect in this all-white room; the stand-alone decorative aspect makes it feel like a piece of art instead of wallpaper. Pull out key colours like the sunset orange, sky blue and citrus and look for vases, cushions and throws in those shades to add more colour to the scheme.
Loriini in Jasper wallpaper, £94.50 a roll, from the Archive Trials II collection, Little Greene
8. Choose a retro wallpaper for a Mid-century modern vibe
If you would love a Mid-Century modern living room, then consider a retro style print. Charming and stylish, this wallpaper features abstract forms with illustrative textures and patterns and is inspired by the High Plains and Grasslands of the Mountain States. There are seven colours to choose from (shown here is Dolly in a matt finish), all of which look great with retro style furniture and accessories.
Denver Dolly wallpaper, £64 a roll, Miss Print
9. Be creative with a colourful geometric print
For a colour explosion, look no further than this iconic design that features a kaleidoscope of pinks, oranges, purples, blues and greens. Printed using a four colour separation process to create the best colour results, this design is most definitely for colour lovers.
Prism wallpaper, £100 a roll, from the Geometric II Collection, Cole & Son
10. Add interest to a simple space with an abstract print
For the ultimate in a large scale graphic design this bold print depicts branch formations from oak trees. Not for the faint hearted, it comes in five colourways: mustard, pale verdigris, stone, lido and (shown here) Douglas fir. Team with sleek modern furniture and super smart accessories.
A Forest wallpaper in Douglas Fir, £55 a roll, Wallpaper Direct