Celia Rufey answers your wallpaper questions
Our hall has low ceilings on the ground and first floors with a high wall in common. Are there any pattern rules?
No set rules I’m afraid. Small designs in large areas can recede and work as
background texture, and large designs can be exhilarating in smaller rooms. It depends on the character of the space and the balance between the pattern and everything else. Brocade, £85 a roll from Farrow & Ball, isn’t a large design, but the Gothic influence in its layout would enhance the Arts and Crafts aura that often lingers in a galleried hall. Large damask patterns can also suit areas like this, such as Chrysanthemum 212548 (pictured), £58 a roll from Morris & Co. Zoffany has designs such as Tours CDW03012, £81 a roll, and Versailles CDW04014, £74 a roll. You will find others at Cole & Son and at Watts.