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Pick the Perfect Print

Choosing the right wallpaper

House of Hackney wallpaper is designed for each and every room in the home: we see it as an opportunity to completely transform any space; imbuing it with beauty and your personality. When it’s time to pick your print, we encourage you to start with heart. Select the design that sparks an emotional response - if you are playing with a blank canvas you have the creative freedom to choose anything that appeals to you. So whether you opt for a blossoming English garden or a serene forest of bamboo, here’s everything to consider when following your wallpaper fantasy…

MEET YOUR MUSE

Be inspired by the ultimate House of Hackney muse - Mother Nature. The idea of ‘bringing the outdoors in’ to create your own personal sanctuary from the outside world is the perfect place to start when dreaming up your scheme. 

IDENTIFY YOUR SPACE

Which room would you like to wallpaper? Consider the size and function of the space, as well as the desired mood you are looking to conjure. For example, while bold, psychedelic designs work well in the living room, prints that are a little more serene - think nature-inspired motifs in tranquil colour palettes - are best for the bedroom and bathroom

BE INSPIRED

Gravitating towards a particular print style? Now immerse yourself in inspiration. See how others have interpreted your chosen design in their own homes. Simply visit our inspiration gallery to see our prints in action. From bedrooms filled with flourishing florals, to fantasy-filled hallways, each and every image is sure to ignite your imagination.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

It’s important to consider the light levels and orientation of your chosen room, as this will help determine your captivating colour palette. Top tip: Avoid introducing too many cooler hues into a north-facing room, opt for warmer tones to soften the light and elevate the ambience. 

TURN BACK TIME

When coating a traditional home’s walls with wonder we encourage you to be inspired by its unique attributes. Immerse yourself in the rich past of your own personal sanctuary by referencing it in your chosen print. For example, our iconic William Morris inspired ‘ARTEMIS’ would bloom to new heights in an Arts & Crafts home.

HARMONIZE COLOUR HUES

If layering a number of prints throughout your scheme, remember it’s all about balance. Stick to a cohesive colour palette, introducing shades of paint that complement your chosen wallpaper design to ensure perfect harmony.

PULL IT TOGETHER

If your scheme is feeling a little fragmented, choose a print that will help pull it all together. Go wild and use an animal print as a neutral. Top tip: Integrate ‘WILDCARD’ into your print palette; the ‘Butterscotch’ shade will work with almost any colour. The organic repeat in the print’s pattern will also complement everything from geometric stripes to painterly florals.

LAYER FANTASTICAL FLAIR

Though you’re at the start of your wallpaper journey, it’s important to consider those finishing touches. Master the art of layering. Style your wallpaper with paintings and photographs that project your personality, don’t be afraid to hang those statement pieces that really anchor the room.

FOLLOW YOUR FANTASY

Be bold and brave. Get creative, especially in those smaller, more hidden spaces where you can really experiment. Think inside the box, literally. Coat your cupboards, cover your closet, or even line your drawers to create charming accents of the unexpected. 

BUT BE WARNED

Playing with our artful prints is a slippery slope. You may end up living in a print wonderland that you’ll never want to leave.

INTERIOR: BR DESIGN INTERIEUR. PHOTOGRAPHY: HERVE GOLUZA
INTERIOR: FIONA DUKE INTERIORS. PHOTOGRAPHY: ANNA STATHAKI

So, while we’re not trying to convert you away from pale colours and pared-back neutrals if that’s your thing, we will tell you that dark wallpaper works like a dream in the bedroom, naturally evoking nightfall and cocooning you in its inky depths. But regardless of whether you go into the light or over to the dark side, “A tonal scheme is what makes a truly relaxing bedroom,” says our Decorating Consultant, Steve Corcoran. “Choose colours that coordinate with your chosen wallpaper or fabric when decorating the rest of the room. Even the ceiling should be a muted version of what you have in the space, rather than a stark white, so that everything combines to create a cohesive palette.”

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The stuff of dreams 

If you’re someone who finds peace and tranquillity in nature, surrounding yourself with a verdant motif like BAMBUSA or PALMERAL will feel just as serene. Alternatively, prints that are rich with intricate detail – think the psychedelic wonderland unfurling across FLORIKA or the prehistoric playground of DINOSAURIA – will delight a distracted mind, making for a mesmerising alternative to counting sheep into the small hours. Then by covering all four walls in your chosen design – complete with a plump of matching cushions on the bed – you will be completely enveloped in a world of your own making. As Steve says, “It will make the space feel more harmonious and avoid a single feature wall on its own feeling heavy – having them all papered actually pushes the walls back out.”

Top Tip

NIGHT LIGHTS

The perfect bedfellows? A luxurious lampshade paired with a statement-making stand.

Shop lighting 

INTERIOR: LOUISE BROWN INTERIORS. PHOTOGRAPHY: RYAN WICKS

 

No bedroom is complete without blackout curtains and blinds to shut the world out, nor should any bedside table be without a striking lamp to illuminate a screeching alarm clock in the dark. Then it’s all about adding warmth and texture with crisp white bedsheets (the perfect foil to a deep palette, if you do go that way), a cosy blanket and a few luxurious cushions to cuddle up to. Sweet dreams…