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Wallpaper Overdose

You guys gotta help me. I’ve been in a serious wallpaper haze for the past week. I’m totally binged out on pattern, design, graphics, colour, texture…. My OH is about two more times away of being asked “What do you think of this one?” from punching me in the eye.

Just to catch you up, in my last post, I gave you a lil’ tour of Making Spaces, HQ. The feedback was pretty awesome. And unexpected. Made me super smiley, so thank you very much indeed.


This wall needs paper. Wallpaper.

This is the offending wall. It needs help. And i’ll tell you for why….

Our Heal’s Club sofa is quite possibly the most comfortable sofa ever. And huge. It can fit two people lying down with ease. But it’s also a big soft, velvety chocolate blob that does not photograph well.


Photo by Olly Gordon for HomeStyle Mag

This is how the room looked last summer, in a shoot for HomeStyle Magazine. This is the equivalent of my sofa’s school photo. Standing straight, on its best behaviour, with nicely combed hair.

Lots has changed in the room since then. The art has been moved around, new lamps, plants etc. My previous post shows you the score as of Jan, 2016. But that wall behind the sofa is screaming out for something a bit mad to break up all that cream and brown-ness. I’ve never chosen a wallpaper before mainly because i’m just too faddy and have a constant desire to change everything. All the time. Paint is easy to update. Wallpaper not so much. So i’ve been searching for something that’s going to give me a real “wow” but also some design longevity.

And so, after a week of some seriously hardcore wallpaper porn, here are my top picks.



Vestige – Graduate Collection

A warm, mustard backdrop covered in a plethora of mounted animal heads. Kinda cool, no? I really like how the monochrome sketches completely juxtapose the rather vintage-esque tradition of taxidermy.

“From ancient deer to a rather dashing wild boar all are here on this Vestige wallpaper design from Lisa Bliss that features native British animals on a rich mustard colour backround. Intricately hand drawn British beasts that would have commonly dressed the walls of our past aristocracy can now adorn the walls of your lodge or city pad with our modern take of a bygone era.” 

I reckon the brown, velvety sofa would look pretty gorgeous with this as the backdrop. Thoughts peeps?



Cole & Son – Riviera

Part of Cole & Son’s Geometric II range, of which I adore pretty much every design. This is just too cool for school.

“Offering a softer and more graceful take on the geometry and linear styles of the Art Deco period. Riviera features gently curved interlocking ovals printed in a softly raised textured finish.”

Such an elegant but very contemporary design, nailing the current trend for bold coppery metallics and dark tones.



House of Hackney – Blackthorn – Black

I’m not gona lie, Blackthorn from House of Hackney is my current favourite. And you will see why in photo number two….


House of Hackney – Blackthorn – Teal

Do you see them?

**whispers** The skulls! (Sssshhh. Don’t tell my OH. He’ll never notice.)

“As part of the House of Hackney x William Morris collection, BLACKTHORN is reimagined and remastered for this special collaboration. Originally designed in 1892, the Art Nouveau design features hawthorn, daisies, tulips and foliage.” 

Oh my word. I want to wallpaper my entire body with this. I can’t quite decide which colour way I prefer so samples of both must be ordered, STAT.



Barneby Gates – Honeybee

My 3 y/o would love this one. He loves saying honey bee. Awww.

“A geometric honeycomb interspersed with bees, created using the traditional surface print technique for a hand-stamped finish.”

This lovely little Regency-esque number combines four of my design loves; geometric, bees, black and gold. It’s cute eh? But is it enough to bring that big brown pudding of a sofa to life?


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Barneby Gate – Pineapple – Charcoal

I really love the statement versus simplicity of this repeat pattern.

“Often considered a symbol of hospitality in the home, Pineapple is available in a vibrant pink / red for a fresh contemporary vibe, or a deep charcoal with golden fruits for a moody raj-style room.”

I’d like to get at least three or four years out of this wallpaper choice. Are pineapples going to be still rocking our interiors in 2020? This might just be a little too “on trend” to be a safe bet. Thoughts?



Cole & Son – Miami

I would just like to state for the record, before you all tell me to pick this one… I cannot afford it. I know, it’s a travesty. This beautiful most insane masterpiece by Cole & Son is £295 a roll. But, bloody hell fire, isn’t it wonderful? Another winning design from the Geometric II range.

“Inspired by the colourful and exuberant architecture of South Beach, Miami and the lush and tropical vegetation of the region, the Miami wallpaper depicts giddy layers of elegant tiled terraces, colonnades and pillars, interspersed with verdant palms and exotic flora.”

If I had my choice this would be the one. And you know what? This is the one my OH likes out of them all. Who’d have thunk it?



So the heavenly seven (at the moment) are:


So now you HAVE to help me. It’s the law. Which is your favourite? And which one can you see in Making Spaces HQ, snuggled up against soft black walls? I’ve got to the point where I can’t even see them any more. You know like when you say the word “with” over and over again and it stops sounding like a real word?? No? Just me then.




  1. Ha! I have a post scheduled for next week all about my top OTT wallpapers and it seriously (spookily) echoes your sentiments. I dunno (yep, SO helpful), I think Riviera would be my pick for your room. After Miami that is… 😉

    • We are so the same aren’t we? 🙂 I shall keep an eye out for your post for next week. So, one for Riviera. Miami just isn’t an option at all, but it had to be included in the list. How could it not?!

  2. Susan says

    Not much help I’m sorry, but I like the colour of the mustard one, but the pattern of the riviera one. I think I’d personally get tired of the bees / pineapples too quickly.

  3. I think you’ve got to go for Hawthorn by House of Hackney cos of the skulls. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t. Second colourway. My favourite is the Cole & Son Riviera, and I think it would look just gorgeous in your room, but it is the safe option and I don’t think you are a playing it safe kinda gal 😉

    • You’ve kind of picked my two favourites there Molly. Oh how you know me so well after such a short time! Thank you for your feedback, so helpful to hear everyone’s thoughts!x

  4. CAT london says

    I really love the blackthorn one! Def got my vote. either colour would work. They are a less obvious choice,have more longevity and would add more texture and dimension to your room. Look forward to seeing how it turns out 🙂

    • Yes, I agree about the longevity of Blackthorn. My rug has a similar vibe, although different a colour-way and i’ve had that for about 7 years now and I still love it. Thank you v much for adding your thoughts!!x

  5. For me it’s riviera, then honeybee, then blackthorn. Step away from the pineapples. Cannot wait to see what you end up choosing! X

    • Thank you Jill. I knew you’d help me with this one. Another one for Riviera then. God, it’s just so hard to choose and now i’m starting to chicken out on the whole thing. Aaargh!x

  6. Riviera is my to pick. It creates a statement without distracting from the other cool stuff in the room. Good luck, can’t wait to see what you choose!

  7. Becky says

    Blackthorn all the way! I ‘convinced’ (threatened!) my husband that we needed to buy our new sofa with the blue Morris ‘Strawberry Thief’ cover. I’m not sure why, our house is anything but chintz-y but I was just drawn to the colours and heritage I think. I ummed and ahhhhed for a bit though, I love colour but I also like flexibility and didn’t want to be stuck with an expensive sofa that I hated for another 10 years. I’m really glad (and so is the husband!) we went for it though, its bold but the modern/scandi design of the sofa balances out the retro-tastic pattern really nicely. IMO the Blackthorn is just more interesting than the Riveria

    • Becky – thank you! Those House of Hackney designs are just immense aren’t they? I bet I would adore your sofa. My next sofa will most definitely have pattern. We bought this current one whilst I was preggers and went for comfort and practicality. The ability to wipe it clean was priceless. I agree Blackthorn is more interesting than Riviera…. Jees this is hard.

  8. I don’t think I’m going to be much help, as I like four of them – Vestige, Riveria, Blackthorn and the Honeybees. Have you got any other rooms needing wallpaper?!

    • Haha. Well Rachel, that’s no bloody help at all is it? 🙂 Thank you for picking four though, that does whittle them down a little x

  9. Oooh this is fun. Ok, going to give my honest opinions here because you asked for it and I’m not one to shy away from being an opinionated cow 😉 Oh god, I love Miami but let’s just leave that outta here because no one want you to blow your entire budget on wallpaper although I would *kinda* urge you to save up for what you really love – I have never once regretted a splurge when I REALLY wanted it and for me, one really expensive purchase will elevate absolutely everything else in the room. But that’s all I’ll say about that. Ahem.

    Right here’s my thoughts on each:

    Vestige: Taxidermy/Animal Heads are already starting to wane in interiors and I don’t think it has enough staying power. You’ll get a couple years out of it before it starts feeling a bit dated.

    Riviera: I know copper is huge right now but first off, this feels too safe for you and secondly, I think copper doesn’t have more than a couple years before it too starts feeling dated. Brass/Gold is taking over and in my opinion, is more classic than copper and therefore this doesn’t have enough staying power.

    Blackthorn: This is my favourite. It’s based upon a very traditional design (therefore won’t date quickly) but taken totally up to date with the skulls. I think this is so YOU as well (hello Skulls) but it’s timeless and not many people will have the guts to go for it so you can be assured that it will continue to feel really fresh and different for a long time. GO FOR THIS ONE.

    Honeybee: I’ve always liked this pattern, I have to admit. It’s not a terribly trendy design so I think as a second choice, this would be it. I love the soft gold in it too – it’s not in your face or anything but still has gravatas.

    Pineapple: Now you know I freaking ADORE pineapples but I would stay away from this as well because at the moment, it’s way too trendy.

    Okay you can tell me to shove it now if you want. Can not freaking WAIT to see what you choose because after all that spouting of my opinion, I do know that whatever you decide, you will rock the shit outta it.


    • Do you like, live in my head? Get out! It’s not safe in there 🙂 Seriously though, could you have summed up my thoughts any better?

      Riviera and Blackthorn seem to be the winners so far, which seem to be the two i’m leaning towards. I LOVE Miami, but I received a sample today and it’s not as vibrant as I expected. Dunno.

      Thank you so much for your input Kimberly, we really are going to have hours of convo about wallpapers next month aren’t we?xx

  10. This is a tough choice, I’d go with the House of Hackney one, but that could look a bit busy with the cushions, rug etc, so my other choice would be Honeybee, it’s striking and modern x

    • Thanks Cate, you make an excellent point about the rug as I don’t want to update that. I think the cushions will need to be changed if I go with Blackthorn. Hmmm…..x

  11. ma and pa says

    Mum likes Riviera, so that’s definitely not the one for you. I like the skulls one and could live with Riviera but what do I know. I know what I know you’ll pick one of them and It will be Knock-out !

  12. Aw I had to come back and see how the votes were going! Might have to bring my wallpaper post forward to tomorrow. Just for you. X

  13. carolepoirot says

    Love the honey bees one, it’s classic (so won’t date too quickly) but quirky at the same time and the colours are gorgeous. Oh, and I love bumble bees, so maybe I’m a little biased here 😉

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