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Iceroadtruckingextremefishing Tue 19-Jan-21 21:43:58

My lounge is about to be re-decorated (COVID permitting). I have my wallpaper and blind fabric sorted, but can’t decide on how best to achieve a nice, polished but not too fussy look.

The room is south facing with a huge bay window, where new roman blinds will hopefully stop the sun from glaring in all day. I think I would prefer to have the whole room papered, but I’m worried it will look too much. Could I ask for opinions please? flowers

If I’m going for paint to match, then I’m thinking The little greene company’s Aquamarine Mid, although hopefully in a cheaper brand - if anyone knows of a good colour match I’d appreciate it!

I’ve saved up for years in order to decorate properly, but I think I’m now paralysed by indecision/fear of spending money on the wrong items sad

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BlackDogBlues Wed 20-Jan-21 11:50:07

I'd do the whole room. I think that looks more modern and classy.

BlackDogBlues Wed 20-Jan-21 11:51:08

Also its not such an in your face paper that it would be overpowering. It's a lovey pattern and colour.

Iceroadtruckingextremefishing Wed 20-Jan-21 18:46:35

Thanks @BlackDogBlues that’s what I’m leaning towards smile

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gettingshitstraight Wed 20-Jan-21 18:51:29

Feature walls are very dated now, I'd do whole wall.
It's hard to tell without seeing them together but does the blind go with the wallpaper?

isseys4xmastinselcats Wed 20-Jan-21 19:08:34

we have gone for an understated pattern similar to yours and we are dong the whole room

Iceroadtruckingextremefishing Wed 20-Jan-21 21:11:06


Feature walls are very dated now, I'd do whole wall.
It's hard to tell without seeing them together but does the blind go with the wallpaper?

Hi, yes it does. The blind has more colours in, but both the blind and wallpaper reflect the colour scheme in a gorgeous print that I’m getting. I can’t wait to get it all done!

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IdblowJonSnow Wed 20-Jan-21 21:30:06

I'd do all the walls in paper but have plain blinds, especially as you're also having a print.

rockinaftermidnite Wed 20-Jan-21 21:39:13

Feature wall. Otherwise it's too busy.

DustyMaiden Wed 20-Jan-21 21:42:18

I don’t think that’s a feature wall paper it more muted, so I would do the whole room.

SoundWithoutAName Wed 20-Jan-21 22:32:02

I would do the whole room in that paper but have a plain blind.

DrMadelineMaxwell Wed 20-Jan-21 22:39:05

I had the same issue recently when choosing what to do with a similarly muted colour. On the face of it the paper looks very busy (and looks busier than in real life in every photo I can find) but because the green is very soft and the pattern is in paler tones on top, the pattern almost disappears when viewed not from very close up, so you just get an impression of the pattern but an overall colour tone on the walls.
I debated feature wall as usually prefer them, but it's very difficult to now find good colour matches in plan or textured papers and I didn't want to paint the walls (not good enough without getting them skimmed) or line and paint.
I'm really happy with it and everyone compliments it. I'd go all over OP as your pattern looks very subtle too.

But I'm not sold on patterned paper and patterned blinds.

DrMadelineMaxwell Wed 20-Jan-21 22:39:33

Forgot photo

Gogglebox20 Wed 20-Jan-21 22:44:05

I would also do the whole room in that paper but plain blinds. However if your walls are good and can stand being painted then just do the feature wall in that and paint the other three and then if the window blinds are on the opposite wall(s) stick to the patterned ones. If you get a lot of heat in that room as I do in mine then wallpaper all over can cause heat issues such as gaps between joints and peeling. Just a thought.

Iceroadtruckingextremefishing Wed 20-Jan-21 22:50:13

Oh no, after weeks of indecision I thought I’d finally managed to get a room plan together, but I hear what you say about keeping blinds plain. Can I ask what colour plain?

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Iceroadtruckingextremefishing Wed 20-Jan-21 22:52:14

@DrMadelineMaxwell that paper is lovely smile My walls would probably need skimming and/or lining if painted so I think paper all round will be the best option smile

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gettingshitstraight Wed 20-Jan-21 23:44:14

I'd probably go for a white wooden Venetian blind with that paper. The paper is lovely btw, such a nice colour.

Feelingpoorlysick Wed 20-Jan-21 23:46:48

I would do the whole room in that paper but I wouldn't put it with that blind.

SkeletorAttack Thu 21-Jan-21 00:09:32

Yes to wallpapering the whole room. Feature walls are very '90s/early '00s Changing Rooms...

Agree with PP that a plain blind would look more polished.

Baxdream Thu 21-Jan-21 10:00:53

We papered our whole snug. It looked amazing (we've since moved). Definitely keep everything else plain. Ours was quite bold.
I agree about feature walls, very dated now.

Iceroadtruckingextremefishing Thu 21-Jan-21 11:47:26

Thanks all, I have decided to paper the whole room, with plain white 50mm wood venetian blinds.

Here is the print that I love smile

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HopingForABetterYear Thu 21-Jan-21 12:08:21


I'd do all the walls in paper but have plain blinds, especially as you're also having a print.

This too

JaninaDuszejko Thu 21-Jan-21 20:44:51

I agree with PPs, paper all the walls. But for future reference if you want paint to match wallpaper just take a wallpaper sample to get a colourmatch, we did that in our bathroom. What colour is your woodwork and roof going to be?

If you want a plain blind to reference the print then I'd be tempted to go with a pink or the green blind that tones with the pink or green in the print. Alternatively the pattern in the blind you've chosen will 'argue' with the wallpaper print but an abstract pattern wouldn't, e.g. stripes is probably the safest choice but I'd stick to that bluey green in the paper in that case.

Iceroadtruckingextremefishing Thu 21-Jan-21 21:24:46

Thanks @JaninaDuszejko this is the other wallpaper I was considering. It’s actually more expensive but to me looks cheaper as it reminds me of those this plain white papers you put up to cover a multitude of sins, which you then paint grin

Woodwork will be white, boring I know blush

Hmm, pink or green blinds you say... <orders a few more samples from blinds2go> grin

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Iceroadtruckingextremefishing Thu 21-Jan-21 21:25:26

Forgot to attach a pic!

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