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Living room wallpapers for fresh new looks

Living room wallpaper can create a whole new look in your space. Use a wallpaper design to add pattern to a room, to highlight a specific wall or feature, to frame an attractive piece of furniture, such as a sofa or a console, or simply to complement or contrast with the colours in your scheme. You don't need to restrict wallpaper to walls either; consider papering the backs of shelving units to create a colourful or patterned backdrop for books, picture frames and trinkets.

Living room wallpaper can add interest to a space and alter the feel of a room, depending on what design you opt for. When you are deciding on a wallpaper for your living room, consider ticking stripes in reds and blues, which have a relaxed look that can lend a room coastal style. Wide stripes in lively colours will set the tone for a bold, unconventional feel. If you love vintage wallpapers and mid-century designs, opt for a bold retro wallpapers to add instant energy to a space. Black and white white wallpapers, wall murals and faux brick wallpaper designs are proving popular at the moment and the latter is a good option for creating a feature wall without resorting to knocking off plaster.

A floral wallpaper design needn't be traditional, there are plenty of contemporary designs that incorporate flora and fauna motifs. A woodland themed, such as a tree wallpaper, will give a room a whimsical feel - or go for a tropical palm print to give a nod to sunnier climes. Animal designs aren't just for children's rooms; you can add character to your living room with a subtle bird wallpaper or a butterfly print, or have some fun and pick a statement designer wallpaper featuring dogs, flamingos or even zebras.

Damask wallpapers offer a classic look, but shop around for more contemporary versions in modern sophisticated shades that feel fresh and exciting.

If you're new to hanging wallpaper, have a go at putting it up yourself. You might find it easy to begin with a small area, such as a chimney breast, to build up your confidence before you tackle a whole room. Watch our video on how to hang wallpaper for helpful tips.

Line an alcove with designer wallpaper

Use wallpaper to make the most of any original features in your living room. This designer floral highlights the alcove plasterwork around it and showcases the gorgeous sofa in front. The beautiful shades of green and purple filter out into soft furnishings for a simple yet sophisticated scheme.

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Have these ideas got you in the mood for decorating? Have a look at our dining room wallpaper ideas and duck egg living room ideas for more inspiration.

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