Top 10 wallpapers

I often get asked the same questions over and over again in relation to interior design: Where are the best antique shops?  Can you recommend paint colours? Where can I buy an original lampshade? What floor shall I lay? Can you help me choose tiles?

One of the most frequents questions is about wallpaper. There are millions of wallpapers out there and it can be quite a bold design statement so I think people feel nervous about making the choice. Wallpaper can also be expensive, as well as a job to hang, so you don’t want to get it wrong.

Personally, I have never, ever used wallpaper and I can not wait to experiment with it when we no longer live in a new build flat, where neutral is always best for re-sale purposes (boring!). However, that has not stopped me from making a mental list of my favourite papers that I would like to share with you today (in no particular order)…

Top 10 wallpapers Mini Moderns Whitby wallpaper washed denim

I am in LOVE with everything Mini Moderns and this Whitby wallpaper is definitely near the top of my list. This is also available in a Lido blue.

Top 10 wallpapers Lorna Syson Flock Sunrise

I featured this Lorna Syson print in a previous post when I used the fabric to re-upholster a seat pad. I really like the retro edge of this Flock Sunrise print, especially in wallpaper form.

Josef Frank wallpaper

Oh yes. This 1940 Josef Frank design, Varklockor, is just beautiful.

Top 10 wallpapers Abigail Borg Polka Polka

This has been a firm favourite of mine for quite some time. I’ve got the cushions, and now I would like a whole room in this Polka Polka wallpaper by Abigail Borg. The rich, deep colours and bold print is timeless.

Top 10 wallpapers farrow and Ball Orangerie

Something a bit more classical from Farrow and Ball. The complementary paint sets this off perfectly.

Top 10 wallpapers Graham and Brown Hemingway Do the Stretch

What about this Do the Stretch print from Graham and Brown Hemingway? Combined with mid-century teak furniture – perfect surely?

Top 10 wallpaper Cath Kidston Woodstock Rose

Apparently, this Cath Kidston Woodstock Rose wallpaper was inspired by the fact that it was used to paper a lot of the stores and the customers always asked if they could buy it. I can’t say I am a massive fan of the average Cath Kidston print, but I adore colours and genuine vintage feel of this paper.

Sometimes the classics are the best: William Morris Limestone/Artichoke.

Top 10 wallpapers Rachel Powell Woodstock

I really like the overall effect of this small print and how it changes according to how close you are standing to it. Rachel Powell has many great designs, not only this Woodstock paper.

Top 10 wallpapers Sanderson Wrappings wallpaper

If I could recreate this whole look in my own home I would be ecstatic. I think this has got to be my number one favourite! Sanderson’s collection of 1950’s inspired prints are inspired and this Wrappings paper is the best!

So, there you go, my round up of my current favourite wallpapers – have you discovered any great designs that you’d like to share? Please leave a link in the comments section.

Perhaps I’ll tackle the best vintage/antique shops in London question next! I hope you all have a great weekend x





  1. hpretty
    5th September 2013 / 4:17 pm

    as you know – i love these wallpapers and often drool over fabric, but i couldn’t live with them. i think the eye gets tired when you’re constantly surrounded by fussiness. Well mine do anyway! As is often the case, less is definitely more!


    • katy
      6th September 2013 / 6:42 am

      Seriously, let’s do that house swap – you come and live in my new build white box, and I’ll come and live in your William Morris papered, exposed wood work country house. I’m ready!

  2. 23rd October 2013 / 2:03 pm

    I found your blog via the pinterest blogtacular chat last week – so happy to have found it, lots of lovely inspiration and ideas! I had the Varklockor wallpaper in my tiny loo! Just blogged about it the other day – but we have the black colourway.

    • katy
      23rd October 2013 / 3:04 pm

      Hi Alexis. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and glad you like the blog. I’ve always said the first place I’ll put wallpaper is in a loo! Going to pop over and take a peek at your blog now! X

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