Car­ley Bean, head of de­sign at Cole & Son, shares the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the new Botan­i­cal col­lec­tion

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What in­flu­enced the Botan­i­cal range?

One of the things I’ve al­ways loved about the English land­scape is its dis­tinc­tive sea­sons, each of­fer­ing its own unique ar­ray of colour and va­ri­ety. We didn’t have to look hard for in­spi­ra­tion; from lo­cal forests to an­nual flower shows such as RHS Hamp­ton Court, where we were as much in awe of the mag­nif­i­cent blooms as we were of the struc­ture of their ar­range­ments. We also delved into our vast de­sign archive, as flora and fauna plays a ma­jor part of Cole & Son’s de­sign his­tory.

How did you trans­late this re­search into wall­pa­per?

First we start sketching - play­ing around with scale, com­po­si­tion and form. We fi­nally de­cided on 15 de­signs that paid homage to our British roots. Once we have the de­signs we then we start de­vel­op­ing our colour sto­ries. The Botan­i­cal colour pal­ettes are in­spired by the ever-chang­ing land­scape and in­clude ev­ery­thing from the pas­tel prom­ise of early spring and the daz­zling vi­brancy of sum­mer hues, through to the au­tum­nal tones of turn­ing leaves and crisp, cool colours of frosted win­ter.

Any ad­vice for choos­ing wall­pa­per for a pe­riod home?

Make the most of beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails. Wall­pa­per looks as great on four walls as it does framed in pan­els. Dado rails and pan­elling also give the op­por­tu­nity to play with dif­fer­ent scales and pat­terns. Try us­ing wall­pa­per to add in­trigue and in­ter­est to for­got­ten spa­ces such as the ceil­ing, too. A mir­rored or tex­tured pat­tern will draw the eye up­ward, and for a more con­tem­po­rary feel don’t be afraid to mix pe­riod fea­tures with mod­ern de­sign.

Right: Botan­i­cal Lilac Gran­di­flora Syringa Vul­garis wall­pa­per in Ma­genta and Blush on Char­coal, £600 for a two-roll set, Cole & Son

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