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