Couture walls

In the spirit of looking for loveliness for your home, and to cheer us up in such gloomy weather, here are some of the most wonderful coverings for walls that you’ll ever come across…

Scale wallpaper from Catherine Hammerton

Textile designer Catherine Hammerton has made wallpaper look and feel like fabric. Tactile, pretty and like pieces of art for a wall…

Bramble wallpaper
Catherine Hammerton's wallpapers are inspired by her work such as the Bottle Garden textiles

For more from Catherine Hammerton, click here

Taking wallpapers on to another level is Claire Coles. Her couture embroidered wallpapers transform individual walls into works of art. Using fragments of hand-sourced vintage wallpapers which are layered, she then intricately embroiders them with silks and leather to create a range of patterns and scenes. Each is made bespoke to order. Definitely on my wish list!

Tropical Garden
Tropical Garden, made as a private commission
The dramatic Midnight Garden
Midnight Garden detail
Paris collection
Hand-sewn, from Paris collection
Paris Collection: giving a new dimension to your wall
Claire's digital wallpaper
Brooch by Claire, made from vintage wallpaper, leather and felt

One of my absolute favourites, though, are the gorgeous and innovative papers from Elli Popp. Designer Katja Behre has created collections of wallpapers which can be used by themselves or merged to create a combined pattern. To die for…

Ellie Popp's dressing for walls. A mix of 'Vistoria's Medley'
Ellie Popp's Foxy Flowers (left) and Esmeralda's Reverie
Ellie Popp's Magdalena + Petal Pond (left) and Wings and Pistols (right)

Rockett St George is one of my favourite online shops. It has really interesting, beautiful pieces for the home and lots to lust after. Its wallpaper selection is one of the best around.

Beware the Moon ostrich wallpaper by Barneby Gates
English Robin wallpaper by Barneby Gates

I also love Erica Wakerly’s lovely metallic papers – ideal for a bold statement wall.

Erica Wakerley's Hot House wallpaper

Perfect for a small room, like a downstairs cloakroom, is this Mini Moderns Sitting Comfortably wallpaper. This is actually a really innovative children’s wallpaper brand, but works equally well for adults, too.

Sitting comfortably

Of course, Cole and Son do some of the loveliest papers to be had:

Catwalk by Cole and Son
Flamingo Wallpaper by Cole and Son
Woods by Cole & Son

High on my wish list, though, is the Love Bird wallpaper by Tactile Wonderland:

Gorgeous... Love Birds

Am also considering a move away from the ‘feature’ wall to using a few wallpaper panels instead…

Woodland Panel by Scandinavian Surface

Or these gorgeous wall stickers from French company Harmonie Interieure

Or these velvet trees from Wall Sensation...

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