THE COUN­TRY DEC­O­RA­TOR

Trans­form walls into na­ture-in­spired art­works for a mod­ern Twist TO a coun­try-house clas­sic

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Na­ture-in­spired wall mu­rals

1 BE Bold with Botan­i­cals

Make a state­ment in a liv­ing space with a botan­i­cal-in­spired wall­pa­per that evokes an el­e­gant feel. ‘Artis­tic ten­dency abounds in this spir­ited de­sign, a stun­ning com­po­si­tion fea­tur­ing a se­cret gar­den scene with awe-in­spir­ing de­tail, set against dra­matic skies,’ says Tri­cia Guild, founder and creative di­rec­tor of De­sign­ers

Guild. ‘It has a trans­porta­tive qual­ity and comes in two parts that can be joined in any or­der, so you can cre­ate your own plant-based theme.’

2 Year-long in­dian SUM­MER

When you want to make a last­ing im­pres­sion, pick a wall­cov­er­ing that trans­ports you to the nat­u­ral beauty of a for­eign land. Per­fect for hall­ways, this evoca­tive de­sign makes a su­perb back­drop to an el­e­gant con­sole ta­ble. ‘This wall­pa­per brings a nar­ra­tive to life, cap­tur­ing the essence of a botan­i­cal land­scape – in this case a lush In­dian gar­den,’ says Peter Gomez, head of de­sign at Zof­fany.

3 Fol­low a Flo­ral trail

Im­merse your­self in the trend for green­ery, adding a con­tem­po­rary twist with a mix of mid­cen­tury mod­ern and vin­tage pieces. ‘This de­sign is a rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of an il­lus­tra­tive paint­ing from the mid-20th cen­tury,’ says David Mot­ter­shead, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Lit­tle Greene. ‘The fine de­tail and a three-panel de­sign pro­vides a re­peat­ing flo­ral trail that cre­ates a vi­tal­ity and fresh­ness.’

4 Pick a Painterly DE­SIGN

Set the tone for a stylish bed­room with a clas­sic wall­pa­per of dra­matic, over­sized flo­rals in a soft­hued colour­way. Bring it up to date by teas­ing out colours and ac­ces­soris­ing with bo­hemian cush­ions and throws in mis­matched pat­terns. Weath­ered-wood fur­ni­ture grounds the look – a rat­tan head­board con­tin­ues the theme while adding el­e­gance, and a retro bed­side chest in­jects mod­ern-coun­try style.

5 Love Large-scale flo­rals

Pre­pare to be ex­u­ber­ant in a space de­signed for en­ter­tain­ing. Make the fo­cal point a wall­pa­per that fea­tures beau­ti­ful, blowsy, over­sized blooms – this scheme works best in large rooms with high ceil­ings so it’s not too over­pow­er­ing. Cre­ate a seam­less look with a quirky fea­ture, pa­per­ing and paint­ing a cab­i­net in a shade picked out from the wall­pa­per, and opt for pared-back floor­ing.

6 Head for the woods

Ac­cen­tu­ate high-ceilinged rooms with a scenic wall­pa­per that cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion. ‘This en­chanted, wooded land­scape fits the four-me­tre high walls of this room in the Loft Suite at Lon­don’s Char­lotte Street Ho­tel,’ says mu­ral artist Melissa White. ‘The be­spoke de­sign in­cor­po­rates Myth­i­cal Crea­tures adapted from Kit Kemp’s de­signs for Wedg­wood and Chelsea Tex­tiles.’

7 team with a tree­top scene

A fea­ture wall with tree-canopy views evokes a rest­ful am­bi­ence in a bed­room. ‘Botan­i­cal-in­spired mu­rals are ideal for state­ment-wor­thy wall art,’ says Alissa Se­queira, mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive at Sur­face

View. ‘Choose from leafy scenes, flo­ral stud­ies and botan­i­cal drawings. Re­pro­duced in 1200mm-wide pan­els to be­spoke sizes, the linen-fin­ish wall­cov­er­ing gives the im­pres­sion of a hand-painted mu­ral.

8 opt for ori­en­tal

Choose a wow-fac­tor back­drop for the bath­room. Take in­spi­ra­tion from this Ja­panese gar­den de­sign, with its pearles­cent an­tique fin­ish. ‘Bath­rooms lend them­selves to cre­at­ing drama,’ says James Len­taigne, creative di­rec­tor at Drum­monds. ‘Dec­o­rate with hand-painted de­signs to set the scene for key pieces such as a cast-iron bath. Be bold – it’s one of the few places where you can get away with dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments that might be over the top in other rooms.’

Giardino Se­greto Scene 1 and Scene 2 wall­pa­per, £195 a roll, De­sign­ers Guild. Use the Own­able app to shop now

Sim­i­lar wall­pa­per,Gar­den Pe­ony, col An­tique/ Sand, £85 a roll, Mul­berry Home, Wall­pa­per Di­rect. Use the Own­able app to shop now

Pea­cock Gar­den wall­pa­per, col Green/ Co­ral, £90m, Zof­fany Jaipur Col­lec­tion.Use the Own­able app to shop now

As­terid Lantern wall­pa­per, £196 a roll, Lit­tle Greene. Use the Own­able app to shop now

Mu­rals, from £280sq m; off-the-peg scenic wall­pa­per, from £130 per lin­ear me­tre; be­spoke wall­pa­per, price on re­quest, all Melissa White. Use the Own­able app to shop now

Sim­i­lar wall­pa­per, Eme­line, col Jade, £45.50 a roll, Clarke & Clarke, Wall­pa­per Di­rect.Use the Own­able app to shop now

Mu­rals, from £65sq m; Sur­face View.Use the Own­able app to shop now

Hand-painted Ja­panese Gar­den wall­pa­per on ster­ling sil­ver gilded pa­per, W915mm, from £1,264 a panel, Ja­panese and Korean col­lec­tion at de Gour­nay. Tweed bath, from £3,420, Drum­monds.Use the Own­able app to shop now

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