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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. If you love vintage style or mid-century design, opt for one of the bold retro wallpapers to add instant energy to a space.

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 and duck egg living room 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