Table decorations

Wallpaper of the month? That’ll be this beauty from Fine Decor. There’s a wonderful Victoriana vibe to this paper. It has a deliciously classic feel, brought bang up to date by a striking use of colour and texture.

The candelabra motif is created in metallic gel which gives the wallpaper real boldness. The colours have been chosen for maximum feature wall effect- the teal, red and silver practically begging for matching cushions and curtains.

But what we really love about this wallpaper, especially at this time of year, is what it signifies. Family gathered round the table. Warm nights in front of the fire. Candlelight, sparkle and glamour. It is that rarest of things – a wallpaper that looks as if it could have been designed with Christmas in mind, but which doesn’t actually feature anything overtly Christmassy.

That means it will complement the Christmas decorations when they’re up, and will still look striking (and appropriate) once they’re down again.


A vintage state of mind

Call us sentimental, but we’re suckers for a good vintage wallpaper, especially when the nights start to draw in and you want something on your wall that’s cosily familiar.

Yet that’s not all we love about these Arabella vintage wallpapers from Holden Decor. Because although these gorgeous papers carry more than a flavour of retro chic about them, they’re also brilliantly current.

First there’s the subtle use of metallic glitter effects. They create the sort of glints and sparkle you only notice out of the corner of your eye, bringing the hand painted floral designs to life without ever outstaying their welcome.

And then there are those colours. The neutral backgrounds and vibrant bouquets mean accessorising is easy. The backgrounds ensure that whether it’s an oak floor or an oatmeal carpet these papers will work – while the pinks, greens, blues and silvers mean you’d be hard pressed to find soft furnishings against which these papers wouldn’t sit comfortably.

This autumn, give a room of any vintage the perfect vintage wallpaper.


Meet Madison…

And Chloe. And Felicity and Juliet. No, they’re not new members of the team – well not human ones at any rate – they’re wallpapers. And they’re our very favourite wallpapers this month.

Now we could leap into reams of explanation about why we think these wallpapers are so special. We could comment on the fact that despite looking (and sounding) as if they’re from the same range, each of these papers comes from a different designer (Whitewell, Fine Decor, Direct and Graham & Brown respectively).

We could wax lyrical about the delicate colours of Chloe, the striking boldness of Madison, or the busy exuberance of Felicity.

And we could suggest that the soft, warm plum tones of these wallpapers are the perfect way to get your room ready for longer, colder nights.

But we don’t need to do any of that really do we? I mean, just look at them…

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Step Safely

Reach up. That’s it, as far as you can. If you can touch your ceiling whilst stood on the floor then feel free to ignore this post. But since most of us don’t live in Hobbit holes, or play part time for the Harlem Globetrotters, the ceiling is likely to be a foot or two away. To reach it, you’ll need stepladders.

But beware. Stepladders (and ladders) are involved in more workplace injuries and fatalities than any other piece of equipment. According to the HSE, there were 35 fatalities in the UK in 2008/9 as a result of falling from steps and ladders. A further (and startling) 4654 major injuries were recorded, in addition to 7065 more minor accidents. It all adds up to a lot of people taking a needless tumble.

If you’re wallpapering or painting this weekend, follow these tips to make sure you complete the job in one piece.

Before you climb the steps

  • Check they’re in good working order
  • Ensure the floor isn’t slippery
  • Clear the area around the stepladders. You don’t Read the rest of this entry »
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The No1 pasting tip

Last month we were prompted by DIY SOS to discuss the No1 wallpapering tip (it’s ‘read the instructions’, by the way – and you can read more here).

But that got us thinking. Wallpaper isn’t the only decorating material that comes with instructions. So this month, we’re looking at wallpaper paste. Yes, wallpaper paste has instructions. You’ll find them on the back of the box. And on the back of the individual packs inside the box. If that’s come as a bit of a shock to you it may explain why your wallpaper keeps sliding off the wall, or has a lumpy, bumpy finish that suggests you’ve used porridge, not paste.

Before we dive into the pasting, though, take a moment to check you wallpaper instructions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Boys’ toys

It’s a tough thing keeping up with the changing tastes of childhood. Just when you think you’ve grasped who’s who in the worlds of Action Man or Star Wars, tastes change and you have to learn a whole new language.

So to help you stay ahead of the game this year, here are some wallpaper ideas sure to be a hit with younger boys, that stand half a chance of still being cool this time next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brush up

When it’s time to redecorate, there’s always that temptation to cut costs and take short cuts. Trouble is, what starts out as a way to save money, eventually ends up costing you. Take wallpapering tools and equipment for example.

Yes, the kitchen scissors are immediately to hand and the dining room table looks like it will do the job, but decorator’s shears and a proper pasting table make the job an awful lot easier. The fact is most decorating tools have been around for decades because they’ve been proven to make the job easier and deliver a better finish. Skimping on them and opting for something that does the job less well really is a false economy.

The same is true of brushes. You could paste your wallpaper Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring has sprung

Well, ok – at time of writing spring may not actually have sprung quite yet, but it is getting there – albeit in a chilly, frost covered way.

As the daffodils and tulips start to add great daubs of colour to our parks and gardens, it’s time to do the same indoors.

If you’re planning on redecorating why not break free from the mochas and chocolates of winter and go green – literally?

Green is a colour that has an uncanny ability to do exactly what you need of it simply and unfussily. Green wallpapers can lift and energise darker rooms, yet they can also cool and soothe bright, airy rooms and make them feel more natural.

1. Arthouse Mia Wallpaper - Ref: 599703

2. Fine Decor Geisha Wallpaper – Ref: 14806

3. Fine Decor Bromley Wallpaper – Ref: 13993

And it’s that naturalness that makes green such an easy colour to Read the rest of this entry »

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Arthouse Riva Motif Wallpaper

Wallpaper Central have in stock a selection of the gorgeous Arthouse Riva Motif wallpaper, as shown in Style Home magazine in their April edition. The Riva range from Arthouse gives a modern twist to a simple floral pattern.   Have a look at the following colour ways available from Wallpaper Central:

* Arthouse Riva Chocolate & Lime
* Arthouse Riva Turquoise & Beige
* Arthouse Riva Black & White
* Arthouse Riva Stone & Cream
* Arthouse Riva Cream & Beige

This inspiring range from Arthouse also includes a plain beige Riva design, which is great option to use on a wall with a dado rail or alternatively to simply contrast and compliment a feature wall using one of the Riva floral papers.

Arthouse Riva Wallpaper Collection


Arthouse – Portia New arrival

Another new range to be launched by Arthouse this month is the very vibrant Portia range -

Full range of colours in the range -


Red Floral

Grey Floral

Plum Floral