The bedroom is the one place that lends itself particularly well to fantasy decoration. Here, a rich wallpaper depicting leafy trees gives the scheme a soothing, sylvan feel which is reinforced by a fairytale four-poster bed hung with delicate drapes. Forest greens and woody browns are tempered with clean whites, while wool throws and textured flooring add a cosy element.
Create a feeling of height
Use one or two striking patterns in two-tone shades to achieve a bold and stylish look. Here, wide vertical bands of yellow and silver emphasize the height of the room and the vibrant citrus is balanced well with a good proportion of grey. Leather bedside tables and a satin eiderdown add a sense of luxury.
Mix florals with stripes
Decorative wallpaper used for the whole room creates a cocooning effect, while the tranquil scheme of grey and white ensures that a bold pattern sits well with simple stripes. Bold accents of aqua give a lively, colourful lift to the overall scheme.
Choose a large-scale pattern
For today’s take on the country cottage look, use large-scale florals. Carry the design from the walls and on to some of the soft furnishings, like the bed valance seen here, to create an intimate feel. Pick out colours from the paper design and use throughout the room, in the cushions, quilt and headboard, for instance, to create a cohesive look.
Create zones in an open-plan space
Use a romantic floral wallpaper to paper one wall of the bedroom, a classic design device to draw the eye to a specific area and help you visually divide an open-plan space into distinct zones for sleeping and living. Colours from the wallpaper are picked up throughout the room in accessories and soft furnishings, including the cushions on the chaise longue, creating a visual link between the two areas.
Vibrant yellow wallpaper depicting a large-scale pattern makes a dramatic statement and is perfectly balanced by the dark colour and simple structure of a contemporary four-poster bed, along with neutral curtains and bed linen.
Balance pattern with neutrals
The key to successfully decorating with an elaborate pattern is to balance it with another colour. Bold green botanical wallpaper combined with pale cream and white bed linen, upholstery and accessories, creates a striking yet restful feel in this classic bedroom.
Decorate with a single colour
Create a vibrant and harmonious scheme by using varying shades of just one colour against a pure white background and add interest with extravagantly patterned wallpaper and fabrics. This oversized poppy motif makes a bold style statement and brings the pretty toile de Jouy bed hanging and antique check pillow cases right up to date.
Add interest to a plain wall
Hanging horizontal panels of wallpaper above a bed will create an illusion of width within the room, while also adding an attractive focal point. When designing wallpaper panels, make sure to take measurements of the wall first and before you cut up your chosen wallpaper, first draw up your plan on a piece of paper first. Once you have finalised your layout, make dummy panels cut to the required shape and size from lining paper and use masking tape to hold them in position so you can be sure you are happy with your design.
Create a delicate scheme
This subtle floral wallpaper provides an elegant backdrop for a muted palette of grey and white to create a supremely restful feel. An oversized headboard creates a striking focal point, and along with silk cushions and an antique chaise longue, adds to the sense of glamour and luxury.