What colour walls and curtains to go with this (feature wall) wallpaper?
Boonlark · 14/11/2020 09:08
I'm starting with a blank canvas and I really liked this wallpaper as a feature wall type thing for the chimney breast. I'm just not sure what colour walls to paint the rest of the room, and what colour curtains?
The room has a bay window (so need curtains that will cover the 3m width of window) but is a bit dark overall, so I'm not sure about going with dark walls.
The sofa is grey, the small dining table is light oak, the rest of the furniture is white (Kallax and Billy bookcases).
Anyone got any inspiration?
Boonlark · 14/11/2020 09:10
Just in case you can't see the picture, the link to the wallpaper is here https://www.wickes.co.uk/Arthouse-Deco-Tropical-White-Multi-Wallpaper-10-05m-x-53cm/p/232989
Autumnchill · 14/11/2020 09:25
I would colour match the white background and for the curtains pick out a colour to match the blue/green of the birds head
Boonlark · 14/11/2020 11:29
Ooh, nice idea about the curtain colour.
I'm a bit worried about having white walls in the lounge. Do you think it would get grubby?
Autumnchill · 14/11/2020 13:28
We have Valspar Blanc de Blanc in our bedroom and no issues.
SollaSollew · 14/11/2020 14:21
I was reading a really interesting article about how to make a feature wall work just yesterday Mad About the House
Basically she's saying pick up a colour for the walls that are in the print of the wallpaper, there's some good pictures too.
Boonlark · 14/11/2020 14:49
So many options to choose from!
Now I've looked at things a bit more, I'm having second thoughts about a feature wall. Especially as the chimney breast merges into a short of arch over the alcove to the right of the fireplace.
So the lounge looks like this, except I've stripped all the paper off and the fireplace has been bricked up. There's going to be a new white vertical radiator to the left of the door to the kitchen, at 90 degrees to the arch alcove.
What do you think?
Boonlark · 14/11/2020 14:52
And this one
Ellmau · 14/11/2020 14:52
Its's a gorgeous design! I'd put on all the walls. Feature walls feel a bit dated.
I'd go for lightish green curtains with it.
Boonlark · 14/11/2020 14:57
I need to be honest that I really prefer paint on walls. Having just stripped all the walls and now going to need them skimmed, I just can't cope with the idea of having to keep doing that everytime I want to redecorate. That's why I was thinking about a feature wall...much less work
This is how it all looked before
Boonlark · 14/11/2020 14:58
And I'm going to get a bay window curtain rail/pole as the dining table will go in the bay.
Autumnchill · 14/11/2020 16:23
Can I make a suggestion then if you're not a massive fan of feature walls (me neither), do the wallpaper if you love it either side of the chimney and have a big mirror on the chimney breast. Do white or oak floating shelves then in the alcoves and maybe some low level cupboards. You get the wallpaper but it doesn't take over
TheQueensCousin · 14/11/2020 17:03
I'd put the wallpaper in the two alcoves. It would still look great but more subtle iykwim.
PresentingPercy · 14/11/2020 17:13
I think using it behind shelves or as a backing to a cupboard works really well. Obviously not if you use the shelves as a bookcase but for ornaments, it’s great.
Shame about not having a decent feature fireplace. They are always attractive. Also I would rewire. The surface mounted socket with surface mounted wiring is pretty awful.
Boonlark · 14/11/2020 17:36
Yes, it's being rewired...the whole house has been stripped right back.
The plan is to have kallax in the left alcove all filled up with games, and a billy bookcase filled with books. I like the idea of just in the alcoves but probably not with what I'm planning
Autumnchill · 14/11/2020 18:09
Are you wanting it as a playroom or more of an adults room?
Boonlark · 14/11/2020 18:24
It's the only room downstairs apart from the kitchen, which is too small for a table etc.
So it needs to be for the dc and I. (One is in secondary and the other is in year 6). They share a room so there's not much space in our house.
Autumnchill · 14/11/2020 19:18
I was thinking more along the lines of the Billy bookcase rather than fitted cupboards and shelves. Could cupboards hide toys away?
PresentingPercy · 14/11/2020 21:03
I have cupboards below and shelves above in my alcoves. Cupboards hide “stuff” and shelves display my nicer things! My shelves have glass doors but you don’t need them.
TheTootingPopularFront · 14/11/2020 22:06
Could you find something similar in a fabric and have it as curtains, with walls in a toning colour?
PresentingPercy · 14/11/2020 23:14
Look at Emma Shipley for fun fabrics.
Boonlark · 15/11/2020 09:19
Boonlark · 15/11/2020 09:21
I had a thought....maybe I should put the wallpaper on the wall opposite the chimney breast, and then stick a big mirror on the chimney (as pp suggested) to reflect some of the design and bring the room together? Then have accent cushions etc picking out some of the colours in the wallpaper.
Thighdentitycrisis · 15/11/2020 09:54
I have a feature wall of bold print paper in my bedroom, I put the paper on the wall my head board is against. That way I see it when I enter the room but not I’m my face. Is that what you mean ? I painted the other walls with a the neutral background colour from the paper
PresentingPercy · 15/11/2020 10:59
I am attaching a few schemes with wallpaper used on one wall. I think if it’s on a chimney breast it is in your face. If also makes the chimney breast look bigger. In a small/medium room, this can be overpowering.
The pics attached show less dramatic wallpaper but you can hang pictures and mirrors over the pattern without deflecting from the wallpaper or the picture. So best of both worlds. All the wallpaper manufacturers will have ideas about using their products. Plus Houzz of course. In your case I would go less bold in wallpaper but have cushions and accents in brighter colours which bring the scheme together. Also consider texture.
The schemes have lighter coloured painted walls which I think gives light to a room and again is a backdrop to more interesting curtains or blinds and your sofa/cushions and rug/carpet.
PresentingPercy · 15/11/2020 11:01
A couple more.
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