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Living room with grey sofa, yellow blind, purple lamp and floral living room wallpaper

Ways to use wallpaper

Give your living room a fresh look by experimenting with wallpaper. You can use living room wallpaper 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 it 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 is a fantastic way to add interest to a space and can alter the feel of a room, depending on what design you opt for. Ticking stripe papers in reds and blues have a relaxed look that can lend a room coastal style, whereas wide stripes in lively colours set the tone for a bold, unconventional feel.

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

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.

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

Grey and yellow wallpaper
The use of neutral and grey tones in this room gives it a calm mood, but vibrant pops of yellow and grape liven it up, adding a more modern feel. The contemporary floral wallpaper picks out the grey and yellows in the room, and introduces a little green, too. Find something similar at Graham & Brown. A pair of cushion covers in a co-ordinating fabric help to tie the scheme together. Try Wolf & Badger for these cushions to complement the look.

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Photograph by Lucinda Symons