Many people are afraid of using colour or pattern in their home. We have seen many years of plain neutral, often grey, interiors. Whilst these interiors can be very calming it is also nice to include unexpected design elements in your home. The cloakroom is the place to do this – that unexpected splash of colour or pattern will be a surprise every time you, or your guests, use the room.
When we are designing our interiors the cloakroom is often the room where we can convince clients to go brave on their decorating choices. Today we take a look at some wallpaper suggestions to add pattern and colour to your home.
We recently used this gorgeous Divine Savages wallpaper for a project in Whitstable. The client was very unsure when we showed her the sample, the rest of her home is colourful but lacks pattern. But we convinced her to step outside her comfort zone and go for colour and pattern!
Crane Fonda in Coral was used on all the walls in the cloakroom – this isn’t the room to do a feature wall. Go for a complete pattern immersion. This design was one of the original Divine Savages wallpapers and is now available in a number of colourways. We’ve got our eye on the new Soft Copper version.
You can take a look at the finished room on our Instagram feed.
Cole & Son
If quirky is your style maybe this wallpaper from Cole & Son is the one for you? Sure to be a talking point in any home!
Part of their Fornasetti collection it details the fish that live in the depths of an aquarium.
Fish appear as motifs in some of Piero Fornasetti’s earliest work as he was fascinated by marine life. Shown here in Charcoal it is also available in Print Room Blue and Taupe – though we think this is the most dramatic choice. The colours and design are so Fornasetti!
Another choice that would certainly be a talking point is London Toile by Timorous Beasties.
This was the second toile that Timorous Beasties designed, the first features scenes of Glasgow. On this version we see scenes of modern day urban London – it’s a playful update on the French toile designs of the 1700’s while keeping the principles of the toile design.
The full range of toiles now include Glasgow, London, Edinburgh and New York – many of the designs are also available as fabric.
If you want to go more dramatic this wallcovering from Arte would be a good choice for you.
Called Shimmer it is available in six colourways. It resembles a glimmering mosaic, and with clever lighting it would make a stunning cloakroom – and delivery a completely unexpected room.
This pattern is made up of woven mica, which are coloured or transparent mineral silicates that are very thin. The mica flakes are glued to strips that are then woven with a conventional loom. This product is definitely a showstopper.
If you have a slightly larger cloakroom you could consider using a mural wallpaper for your cloakroom. With these papers the pattern runs up from the bottom and you are provided with a number of drops – usually 3 – on a standard roll to create the design. If your ceiling height is limited you just trim the top.
Upper Brook Street from Little Greene was one of the first mural type wallpapers to appear a couple of years ago and is still a favourite.
The design recreates a wallcovering from a late-18th century Upper Brook Street house. It features red hot pokers and a multitude of colours to work with for accessories. It is also available in two other colourways.
A few options here for redecorating your smallest room. This would make a good project over the winter months, and it’s easy to make a difference – you might only need two rolls of the wallpaper too.