Decorating with Prints and Wallpaper

Prints are a brilliant way of adding personality to a space at a fraction of the cost of original artwork. Greater impact can be achieved by grouping pictures together, unless the artwork is very large or dominant, in which case you need to be careful not to clutter your other walls. Large statement canvases need room to breathe, to show off their full beauty.

However, smaller works may need company to thrive. I love the humour in these Louise Tate Dog and "Play on Words" prints. I can see a frieze of these decorating a dog-lovers study or a family room. They would also make a perfect gift.

 

I love these quirky prints from Mineheart where both the frame and the artwork are digitally printed onto canvas. I think this series of prints of animals, dressed in military uniform, really encapsulate the brands’ playfulness and sense of fun. They can be displayed as a collection, inspired by country-house style family portraits, or on their own above a mantelpiece. Alternatively, display one print as the focal point of a group, perhaps with your old family photos framed and arranged around it.

 

A simple idea is to hang panels of bold, patterned wallpaper in frames to decorate an awkward space, such as a narrow hallway. Three is usually the magic number when it comes to hanging panels.

I have included a varied selection of wallpaper, which is perfect to use in this way.

Lauren Beebe’s Fineal and Fleuri wallpapers are intricate but because it is essentially monochrome it is not overpowering. It will look just as good in a contemporary or classic interior. Hang within ornate gold moudings against a neutral stone coloured wall to give your entrance the wow-factor.

 

Melissa Braconnier wallpaper, which is a weird and wonderful combination of Victorian photography, botanical drawings and butterflies, is also ideally suited to be displayed in panels. Very “Alice through the Looking Glass”!

 Hope I've inspired you to have a go at making panels as it is a very cost effective way of making that roll of wallpaper go much further!

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