Many home owners shy aware from wallpaper when decorating, either through lack of DIY skills or fear of bold prints. It’s time for a re-think.

Traditionally, wallpaper has been regarded as lurking at the fiddlier end of the home improvement spectrum. And yet paper technology and hanging techniques have come on leaps and bounds, making modern hanging more of doddle than you might imagine. The scope of prints available are as vast as your imagination – from heritage tromp l’oeil to modern photographic murals – making transforming a wall into a piece of art more attainable than ever.

Here, we present a round-up of the best places to buy wallpaper online.

Wallpaper Direct




Mind-bogglingly, there are 17,108 wallpapers featured on Wallpaper Direct, making it the largest online wallpaper retailer in the UK. Withing that vast array, you’ll find papers from fashion houses including Versace, Ralph Lauren and Roberto Cavalli for a touch of opulence right through to heritage prints from the likes of Zoffany and Cole & Sons. Its magazine covers all the latest wall-covering trends, room by room. Not content with just walls? They’ve got windows covered too, with curtains and blinds to finish your room in style. Explore the range here.


Graham & Brown




Shopping online for wallpaper can be tricky but Graham & Brown’s app has taken the guess work out of the whole affair,allowing you to snap your room and cut and paste your desired wallpaper straight in on screen. Once you’ve chosen the one, you can shop directly from the site. Choose from geometric foils, subtle plain textures and bold florals – all of which have paint to match. Job done. Explore the range here.


I Love Wallpaper




I Love Wallpaper doesn’t just sell the paper; it also stocks all the accoutrements and tools you may need. From brushes to tables, paste to tape, you can stock up on all the kit you’ll need to get hanging. Not sure where to start? The company’s blog is full of expert tips, as well as styling suggestions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with choice and need a bit of a steer, browse by colour, finish, pattern or room to help you narrow it down to the perfect paper. Explore the range here.


Little Greene




If you’re looking for something in keeping with a period property, Little Greene has a compendium of authentic heritage designs, sensitively re-coloured for 21st-century homes. The London Collection, for instance, features papers taken from period homes across the capital – from an Arts & Crafts Lansdowne Walk to a smart St James’ Park damask. In partnership with English Heritage and The National Trust, you know they’re the real deal. Explore the range here.


Farrow & Ball




If you’re lacking inspiration, Farrow & Ball has its very own dedicated ‘inspiration’ website. Like a F&B Pinterest, DIYers share their own projects featuring Farrow & Ball paints and papers, so you can see how they work in a range of homes and styles. If you need more hand-holding, you can book a colour consultant through the website to come to your own home and talk you through your requirements on site and give you tips, too (they all have design backgrounds, so know their stuff). F&B’s paper designs range from rich florals to bold stripes and ornate Japonaiserie styles – all of which feature the impeccable taste with which Farrow & Ball has become synonymous. Explore the range here.


Joyful Wallpaper Company




The independently owned Joyful Wallpaper Company has a simple philosophy: to help home-owners find happiness in their bricks and mortar and to inspire them to create something as a reflection of their personality. Browsing is simple with its clever edits – shop floral, architecturl, and even animals styles. Brands include Paperboy for fun, graphic kids’ rooms and the incredible vintage Circus Collection from Mind The Gap. Explore the range here.


Designer Wallpapers




As the name suggests, Designer Wallpapers stocks the luxe end of the wallpaper market, with collections from the likes of Nina Campbell, Matthew Williamson, Designers Guild and Osborne & Little. Its clever roll calculator will ensure you don’t over order while the impeccable ‘Themes & Styles’ section allows you to search by room, or browse edits including texture, borders and wall panels, too. Explore the range here.


John Lewis




Though not a dedicated wallpaper store, John Lewis’ vast collection of papers shouldn’t be overlooked. Its own label range has some great dupes for designers that are three times the price, plus it stocks some big brands including Sanderson, Morris & Co. and Borastapeter. Offering free samples and an at-home design service, you can manage a whole room makeover, from furniture to fabric, in one go. Explore the range here.


Select Wallpaper & Fabrics




Select Wallpaper & Fabrics is a Scottish, family-run firm offering a worldwide service. Not confident with your DIY skills? Choose from its 55,000 wallpapers and fabrics, from all the big-name designers, and then use the ‘Find a Decorator’ online service to book in an expert to hang it for you. There are luxury fabrics, cushions, rugs and accessories to add all those finishing touches, too. Explore the range here.


Hovia




Looking for a modern take on traditional wallpaper? Hovia can transform a wall of your home into a window onto a whole new world: forestscapes, original Victorian etchings, vintage maps or arty black and white photographs, all scalable to fit your space. There are great options for kids’ rooms, too – choose from personalised name murals, space scenes or cool oversized geometric prints for teen hideouts. Explore the range here.

By Lydia Mansi
August 2019

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