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Interior inspiration: Choosing wallpaper for a period property

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From quaint beamy cottages to the high ceilings and ornate mouldings of Victorian houses, we’re drawn to the unique character and distinctive features found within period properties.

And while it’s good to work with your property’s features – showcasing them, rather than glossing over them with your décor – it is entirely possible to stay true to your personal design aesthetic. 

Here’s our guide to choosing just the right wallpaper to suit your period home and interior style… 

Enduring motifs, such as organic or geometric forms – especially in elegant neutral tones – will showcase your property’s period features without jarring or feeling too dated.

Nutley – in luxurious shades of cream and metallic taupe, the interlacing Elder tree leaves and blossoms offer a contemporary take on patterns such as William Morris’s ‘Willow’.

Kemptown – a pleasing white geometric line over a textured greige grasscloth paper.

Coleton – a striking large trellis design with a strong Art Deco influence.

If you’re keen to keep your décor and wallpaper aligned with the era of your home then opt for a traditional design. Clearly this depends on when your property was built, so we recommend carrying out some online research – such as this article on the wall coverings that were typically used in particular eras. 

For example, woven damask fabric can be dated back to the Middle Ages – initially featuring fruit and flowers before extending to monograms and scroll motifs based on stylised acanthus leaves and feathers. However, the distinctive pattern was only converted into wallpaper in the 1840s, when roller printing replaced hand printed techniques, and the Victorian era saw a boom in damask wall coverings.

Hurst Damask – featuring a metallic scroll motif printed on a highly textured ground, this wallpaper has a three dimensional hand-printed quality to it.

Lindfield – another classic damask pattern. 

Vita – with a textured surface and muted colour palette, this design has the appearance of traditionally printed wallpaper. 

Alternatively, give a gentle nod to your property’s original decorative style by incorporating a traditional colour palette or vintage motif – such as illustrations of fish, birds, insects and animals – within the wallpaper design.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, our bespoke design service enables you to commission a wallcovering from scratch. This might mean taking inspiration from our substantial archive or using a remnant of an original wallpaper as a starting point, before creating a new design in your chosen colour palette.

If you prefer a more modern and minimal look, it’s still possible to indulge your personal style while being sympathetic to your home’s features.

Morganite – another semi-plain wallcovering that injects subtle texture with its mix of raised inks, metallics and soft matt finishes. We think this would look fantastic in an airy Victorian property.

Whatever the era of your home, wallpaper can enhance character and add style to your walls. We hope our article has given you some ideas about using wallpaper in your period property but please email us if you’d like some more advice a Enquiries@elizabethockford.com

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Interior inspiration: Sophisticated geometrics and texture

Geometric wallpaper

If floral patterns, conversational designs and intricate prints just aren’t your style, then why not consider a geometric or textured wallpaper for your home? 

Far from being psychedelic and retro, modern geometric wallpaper designs can be used to create many different effects, injecting pattern and adding striking visual appeal to a space. 

Dependent on scale, finish and colour, textured wallcoverings can range from sophisticated and understated to bold and statement-making – the possibilities are limitless. 

Here are our recommendations for geometric wallcoverings and textured wallpapers that will make a stylish and contemporary addition to your home…

If angular patterns feel rather stark and linear, why not look at a softer iteration of geometric design?

Our Butia wallpaper is a contemporary geometric design, inspired by exotic woven silk and rendered in soft, shimmering gradients of colour on a pearlescent ground. The gentle grading of colour, from dark to light, in a vertical column is reminiscent of the folds of a heavy silk curtain.

The Butia design is available in four deliciously muted colourways, featuring palettes of plum and coral; black, cream and taupe; teal, indigo and sage; and greige with wine and burnt sienna. 

On a smaller scale from Butia, our Garnet design consists of a textured ground with fine horizontal threads of sparkling metallic ink weaving across its surface to resemble the sheen of woven silk material. 

Printed on a pearlescent ground, our semi-plain Lucia will add a subtle textured finish to your walls and gives the overall effect of raw silk or raffia material. During the design process, we were inspired by the walls of desert island huts and the luxurious billowing drapes on an exotic beach-side cabana, but the beauty of Lucia is that it is very versatile and can easily be paired with an array of other patterns.

Inspired by the metallic lustre and intricately repeating angular cube forms found in the mineral, pyrite (or ‘fool’s gold’), our Pyrite design is a small coordinate that adds texture and dimension to walls. The colour range features exotic and jewel-like hues of emerald and amethyst as well as more neutral shades of sandstone and larimar. Featuring a combination of metallics and soft raised inks, Pyrite works beautifully anywhere, from living rooms to bathrooms. 

Our Morganite and Quarry wallpaper designs combine softly raised inks with shimmering metallics and contrasting areas of matt texture to add an understated and almost industrial edge to interiors. Morganite mimics the sheen and patination of aged metals, in a largely neutral palette with accents of tarnished rust and muted green. In an array of light tones, Quarry gives the delicate effect of bare plaster or raw, unpolished stone and would add interest to an airy Scandi living room or minimal bedroom.  

To achieve a smart, elegant and timeless look in your home, a crisp linear pattern could be the answer. 

Inspired by Art Deco motifs with a modern twist, Coleton is a striking trellis design which has been traced in metallic and raised inks on a large scale to add to its drama. This design would work especially well in a formal living room, hallway or dining room. 

If you’re looking for something a little less dramatic, Kemptown offers a simple and clean geometric trail design in a palette of appealing neutrals which is contrasted with a textured grasscloth paper ground.  

A subtle repeating pattern in a tonal palette can add visual interest without demanding attention. 

Our Fontwell wallpaper features an elongated harlequin diamond design, with a lustrous surface and gently varied hues for a restful effect. Fontwell is available in tones of cream and stone; plum and mauve; aqua and sage; sandstone and slate grey; and amethyst, berry and navy.

Similarly, Bosham features diamond shapes – on a smaller scale and this time mimicking a stylised depiction of the refraction found within a cut gem stone – in a variety of serenely cool mid-tones. 

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Not all geometric designs feature crisp lines and sharp angles. Add softness to your interior scheme with a curved pattern, such as the repeating scallops of our Paxhill design.

Paxhill is available in a variety of shimmering hues, featuring scales of differing texture, patination and metallic qualities, which are soft and pretty for a bedroom, bathroom or living area.

Do you feel inspired by our geometric wallpaper and textured designs? For help and advice about any of our designs or collections, please email us on enquiries@elizabethockford.com

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Expert advice: Choosing wallpaper for darker rooms

Decorating a north-facing room, or space with few or no windows?

A light-starved room needn’t pose a problem – here’s our advice on choosing the perfect wallpaper for your home and aesthetic…

Infuse your room with light

Maximising the light in your room doesn’t mean that you’re restricted to clinical white emulsion – wallpaper can be a strong choice for making a dark room appear brighter. Wall coverings in soft dusky pastels, such as Faroe in pink, pale blue or sepia, will work wonders in a children’s bedroom or nursery.

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It’s worth noting that the light in north-facing rooms can be a little cooler, so choosing warm-toned wallcoverings can rebalance this. A wallpaper like Martinique in sunny yellow, with its light warm palette and gentle pearlescent finish, will maximise how much natural and artificial light reflects around the space.

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Likewise, a light-toned wallpaper with a subtle print, like Nevis in white/grey or Montserrat in black/white would perfectly suit a living space.

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Other suggestions to maximise the light flow in your room include:

  • White or light colours on the ceiling and for the woodwork
  • Streamlined window dressings to avoid obstructing any natural daylight
  • Large mirrors to bounce the light around
  • Pale flooring – we love painted floorboards
  • Low-slung furniture

Embrace the atmosphere

Instead of fighting against the lack of light, why not go with it?

Adding darker, richer colours to low-lit rooms can accentuate the space and create something really interesting. Darker colours absorb light, which makes walls appear closer and the room feel more intimate and cocooning.

If you’re looking to create drama and sophistication in an occasionally-used room, such as a formal dining room or living room, then the rich and vivid tones and larger scale pattern of Pearl River in black or Bahama in wine would work beautifully.

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Or, for a cosy and relaxing feel in a bedroom, snug, or study, opt for the woven linen texture of Lucia in black/gold.

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  • Consider your lifestyle and how you use the space

If you’re mainly going to be using the room in the evening, with low lighting, then darker wallpaper can add atmosphere.

  • Think about the light you’re working with

The light in north-facing rooms typically brings out the cooler tones of a colour, so be aware that anything with green, blue or grey base will appear even stronger.

No matter how much natural light you have, your home can be packed full of style and character when you opt for wallpaper.

We hope our article has given you some inspiration for wallpaper for your low-light space but if you’d like some more advice then please email us and we’ll be happy to help – Enquiries@elizabethockford.com

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Interior inspiration: How to use wallpaper in small spaces

There’s a bit of a myth that small rooms require plain, light wall coverings. However, wallpaper with a medium or large-repeat pattern adds a sense of depth that wasn’t there before, making walls appear more expansive and rooms feel more spacious.

Decorating a small room doesn’t mean that you need to restrain your decorative style and creative character. Even the smallest of spaces can be packed with personality if you opt to hang wallpaper…

It’s all in the application

Hanging wallpaper with a medium or large-repeat will create a cohesive look which will visually expand the sense of space:

  • Once you’ve committed to your chosen wallpaper, it’s best to avoid breaking up the space by painting some walls or using other patterns, as this can emphasise tight quarters and make the space feel even smaller.
  • In rooms with short wall runs – such as a cloakroom/downstairs loo – make sure you centralise the pattern. When the design is hung symmetrically, cropped equally on both sides, it makes a big difference to the way the eye ‘reads’ it.
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Create a visual journey

If you’re decorating a hallway, staircase or landing then lean into your limited space with a decisively bold print. Wallpaper with a meandering pattern, such as Kitts, will lead the eye and create a feeling of movement in a connecting space. In narrower areas, pattern adds visual interest without encroaching on precious square footage.

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Go all out: be bold and fabulous!

Dressing rooms, en suites and powder rooms provide the perfect opportunity to be fancy or playful and indulge a theme.

Initially it might feel counterintuitive to use a busy pattern, but it often makes a small space feel more luxurious, dramatic and special compared to using simple, solid colour on the walls.

Let your creativity run free by choosing a wallpaper with a large or opulent print to provide the perfect backdrop for a stylish mirror and lighting – something like Bahama lends itself well to this sort of space.

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Add subtle texture to a multifunctional space

In a box room – which might function as a home office and a guest bedroom – add character and depth to walls with a timeless and versatile stripe. The cool, restful colour palette and sophisticated lines of Nevis are ideal for work and relaxation.

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Paper a sloping ceiling

Decorating loft spaces that have been converted into rooms is notoriously tricky – often they feature asymmetrical or atypical architecture, such as the eaves, joists, chimney breasts, skylights and sloping roofs.

A delicately patterned wallpaper print can help make this space feel more fluid and cohesive. Something like our Montserrat design can be used throughout the space and all the way up onto a sloped ceiling, highlighting and framing skylights. 

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Showcase: A bespoke project

As well as designing our own collections we also accept commissions, creating bespoke wallpaper designs for our trade clients’ commercial and residential projects.

In addition, we can digitally modify designs from our newer collections – for example, tweaking a colour palette or removing certain details – to meet the specific needs of a client’s brief.

The client

We were approached by Jacqui Smith of HomeSmiths Interior Design. Trained in Applied Colour Psychology, Jacqui provides interior design services to a variety of clients including private residential clients and care home operators. Jacqui invited us to work with her on a project for a prestigious new care home in Henley-on-Thames. 

The vision

Jacqui’s vision for Henley Manor was to design a series of distinctive zones – using wallcoverings that are appropriate for residents who might be be living with sensory and/or cognitive decline – to create a homely and inviting space. 

The outcome

We created a bespoke wallpaper design – a palm stripe – especially for the care home. Elizabeth hand-painted the palm design in our studio and we then digitally repeated the motif. The subtle colour palette and vertical forms are elegant and soothing on the eye – ideal for a social area.

Jacqui asked us to adapt one of our existing designs – Baxter, a dainty botanical style in a fresh colour palette –  in order to make it more appropriate for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s. We removed the copy and shadowing from the original design (shown on the left), giving the botanical illustrations a plain light background which instantly make it simpler to look at. 

We also designed this light and airy wallpaper especially for the project. Inspired by New England clapboard houses, the simple and timeless design adds subtle texture and character to the walls and works really well with the neutral décor in this area of the property.

A glowing testimonial...

"We commissioned Elizabeth and her team for the design and supply of wall coverings at Hallmark Care Homes’ luxury home in Henley-on-Thames. From initial ideas to seeing the paper on the wall, the process was incredibly easy. Elizabeth grasped the brief straight away, providing beautiful large format samples and options, perfectly meeting the client’s timescale expectations. Whilst Elizabeth produced a new design for us for this project, we also asked her to recolour and adapt some of her existing designs. This enabled us to produce a truly bespoke scheme for our client, one which has received many positive comments. We fully intend to work with Elizabeth again."
Jacqui Smith
HomeSmiths Interior Design
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Going green: Sustainable wallpaper is the way forward!

With environmental issues – from water pollution to global deforestation – at the forefront of our minds, we’ve taken a number of steps to minimise our impact on the planet.

Although the current coronavirus outbreak is grim and deeply concerning, one silver lining is that we’re all doing less to pollute the environment. In a matter of months, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen across continents as a side effect of less travel and industrial manufacturing. Life will inevitably return to some sort of normality, in time, but we have made a long-term commitment to reduce our impact on the environment in a number of ways.  

We’ve adjusted our day-to-day actions in the studio – we always switch off unnecessary lights and computer monitors and recycle our rubbish.

But it’s in the production of our wallpaper that we’ve made the biggest changes… We’ve examined each aspect of the process – from print to packaging – in order to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment:

  • we only use paper from FSC-certified sources
  • we only use eco-friendly water-based inks
  • all of our packaging is either biodegradable and/or recyclable

In addition, to minimise wastage, we use a high quality in-house digital printer so that we only print as much product is required by our clients.

Reforestation with One Tree Planted

We’re also proud to have joined with an inspiring global reforestation initiative, One Tree Planted.

As part of the One For One model, we’ve pledged that for every roll of wallpaper sold from The Islands collection (and all future collections), we’ll contribute to a tree being planted.

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Embracing green

We’re not alone in our dedication to sustainable practices, here are some of our favourite green British homeware companies:

1. Weaver Green

The team behind Weaver Green have perfected a process to turn plastic bottles into fibres that are soft and wool-textured yet also machine-washable and stain resistant.

With fair trade and ethical manufacture as another core value, Weaver Green employs artisans throughout Europe and Asia to produce beautiful products, including rugs, blankets, dog beds, table linens, footstools, cushions and bags, using their hand-woven 100% recycled plastic textile.

2. Tala

Tala is an award-winning lighting brand that specialises in low-energy LED lighting that recreates the warm glow of incandescent bulbs. Sustainability, technology and design are the key features at the heart of their collections.

Like us, Tala support reforestation programmes by donating a portion of their revenue to tree-planting programmes – The Heart of England Forest and the National Forest Foundation in the USA – to offset the carbon emissions generated by their products.

The Tala team is also exploring upcycled materials, with a range made from a new product created from repurposed broken solar panels.

3. MAiK

With a strong sense of responsibility to the environment and people at its core, MAiK offers a range of sustainably sourced and ethically produced homeware products.

Kitchenware and bags are made from responsibly sourced wood and cork, unbleached organic cotton, and water-based inks and are wrapped in 100% biodegradable and recyclable packaging.

4. Wearth London

Wearth London is an online platform that is dedicated to selling products by independent eco-friendly brands. Categories on the site enable consumers to search for products which satisfy values including plastic-free, refillable, recycled and social contribution.

As well as stylish homeware and furniture, you’ll also find lifestyle and beauty products, zero-waste essentials and jewellery.

We hope our article has inspired you to think about making greener choices when it comes to your home and business.

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New collection: Return to The Islands

We’re so proud of our newest collection – here’s a little insight into a few more of our designs and what inspired them…

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As we mentioned in our previous blog, The Islands was inspired by the excitement and promise of discovering a secluded beachy haven or an exotic hideaway.

We explored the organic forms of underwater flora and fauna – playing with scale, colour and line. We also ventured into the kinds of motif that might be found on fabrics or ceramics in far-flung places, pulling these through into textures, illustrations and abstract patterns.

As with most of our designs, we wanted to capture a mood – whether that was the relaxation and contentment one experiences in a peaceful little idyll, the serenity of diving into an underwater world, or the intrigue of exploring an exotic destination.

With a bold but accessible colour palette throughout, our designs work equally well in homes as they do in hotels, restaurants, boutiques and bars.

Conversational designs

We’ve previously introduced the outsized shells of Martinique, the botanical-style illustrations of Bahama, and the Eastern influences of Pearl River, but here are four more of our conversational wallpaper designs:

Kitts

Like Bahama, Kitts was inspired by an archive of detailed linear prints of fish, shells and jellyfish which we brought alive with a vivid palette of turquoise, magenta, coral and jade. The fish weave in and out of stylised strands of bubbles and we added subtle zig-zag lines to suggest the gentle mesmeric motion of being underwater.

Kitts is available with four different background shades which change the way the eye reads the overall design:

• Moody dark blue, petrol tones make the colours pop – we see this adding drama and sophistication to a space
• Neutral cream and taupe grounds make the overall design a little softer and lighter
• The aqua background is at once calm and fresh, and is tonally harmonious with the fish

We can picture this statement-making design working equally well in residential and commercial spaces.

Faroe

Having found a version of this endearing grey and white Sei whale in a portfolio of antique prints, we were inspired to create a wallcovering where he was the main feature. We added him into a contrasting background of stylised foam-crested waves so that the overall effect resembled the retro art of decoupage.

Available on a pale blue, dark blue, pink, or sepia background, Faroe would work wonderfully in a child’s bedroom or family room but equally well in a living room, bathroom, or hallway – we could also see it being a superb addition to a quirky tea shop or children’s boutique.

Aruba

In part inspired by Dali’s ‘Lobster Telephone’, Aruba’s whimsical crustaceans are fun and cheerful and lend a playful mood to a room. The repeat lobster motif mimics a screenprint, with details and accents picked out in contrasting colours.

Aruba is available in three colourways – the first two options were inspired by the bright array of colours found on traditional beach huts with near-neon highlights – either on a black or cream linen-textured background. Alternatively, we offer a more subdued palette of softer neutrals with pastel accents which creates a bright and breezy effect on the wall.

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Montserrat

Delicate swaying seaweed fronds and corals reveal dainty seahorses and sea urchins in our Montserrat wallpaper design. Conjuring up serene feelings, this is a really charming little print that adds visual interest but without dominating a scheme.

We offer this linear design in four colourways:

• Black and white – neutral taupes and khakis
• Multi – mustard, teal and aubergine on taupe
• Blue – jade, turquoise, teal and inky navy
• Coral red – deep orange-red and magenta

Subtle texture and geometrics

We’ve also created some designs that were inspired by woven textiles and rustic materials from exotic shores:

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Lucia

We created this semi-plain design on a pearlescent ground with thoughts of the sun illuminating the raw silk drapes on a cabana, or beating against the raffia walls of an island hut.

Lucia is very versatile and pairs beautifully with the ornate lines of Bahama – or it can be used alone to add subtle texture to walls – it is available in cream and black/gold, as well as neutral and ocean-inspired hues.

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Nevis

Inspired by the abstract beauty and simplicity of horizontal brushmarks, we created the striking Nevis wallpaper design.

When printed in white and soft grey tones, Nevis echoes the cool hues found in airy and elegant Cape Cod beach houses. Translated into steely tones and the design is more intensely masculine with an industrial quality. The addition of spicier ginger tones would add a rustic yet exotic feel to an interior.

This wallpaper is very versatile and we can see it being used in a variety of locations to inject a sophisticated and contemporary look to a residential or commercial space.

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Butia

We created this contemporary geometric design with a starting point of opulent woven silk textiles and this was enhanced by the use of a pearlescent ground for a soft shimmer on the wall.

Colour is always a prominent part of our design process and Butia was no exception. Available in four subtle but distinctive tonal colourways, we wanted the palette to be really mellow and muted – look up close and you’ll see that the thread-like gradations of (sometimes unexpected) colours act to subdue the overall appearance of the design.

Because we’re passionate about our planet…

The beauty to be found in nature underpins much of this collection, and is a constant source of inspiration for us. With an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, we have partnered with the One Tree Planted initiative. This means that, for every roll of wallpaper sold from The Islands collection (and all future collections), we contribute to one tree being planted.

 

Discover The Islands for yourself…

We’ve created The Islands style box – a sleek pack that includes A4 samples of all references from the collection. To order a style box please contact us by emailing enquiries@elizabethockford.com

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Interior inspiration: 5 ways to use wallpaper in your home

Decorative wallpaper has been used for centuries but now – more than ever before – there’s a design to suit your interior project and personal style.

Put down that paintbrush! Here’s five ways to add wallpaper to your home, along with our advice on selecting the best style for you:

1 Create a talking point

Conversational wallpaper can be used to make a statement throughout the home. Bold designs or colours that catch the eye will create a focal point, injecting a sense of personality and interest into your room.

Here’s just a few examples of conversational designs from our newest collection – The Islands – which illustrate this:

2 Show off your unique style

With so many styles of wallpaper available, it’s never been easier to express your personality through your choice of wallcovering.

Wallpaper is a highly effective way of personalising the design of your interior, as there are so many different options. Whether you’re looking for something subtly neutral, highly patterned, textured, geometric or floral – wallpaper provides myriads of ways to make your space as individual as you are.

3 Consider your space and your taste

When it comes to rooms that lack natural light or are smaller in size, you might hear traditional design ‘rules’ about the depth of hue or size of pattern. But we think rules are made to be broken!

Fresh, light colour schemes can be great in a darker room, but if that’s just not your taste then deep, dramatic tones can create really inviting interiors, too.

And smaller spaces – such as a powder room, shower room or under-the-stairs nook – can really benefit from the impact of wallpaper with a large bold print if that’s your style.

4 Enhance a feature

Feature walls have long been a popular way to introduce an accent of bold colour or pattern to a room.

And there are no boundaries when it comes to using wallpaper – although ‘wall’ is in the name, it can be used creatively in other places. Old cupboards in need of an update or does your ceiling need to be refreshed? What’s to stop you from using wallpaper?

5 Create a mood

Exploring a mood is often a key starting point for our creative process and it might also help you to think about what you’re trying to achieve in your home.

Colour and pattern can evoke a range of feelings – from calm and relaxed, to fun and quirky, or intense and dramatic.

And finally…

Wallpaper can pull together a look by injecting a blend of colour, texture and pattern into your room.

To narrow down which style of wallpaper might work for you and your home, we recommend taking a look on Pinterest or Instagram, or checking out interiors magazines or websites for inspiration.

Your choice of wallpaper is an expression of your creativity and personal aesthetic –and it provides a layer of style that is unrivalled.

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New collection: The Islands

Introducing our newest collection…

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We drew inspiration for The Islands Collection from the fantasy of escaping to beautiful faraway destinations. We wanted our designs to breathe fresh air into interiors, from homes to hotels, restaurants, boutiques and bars.

From that starting point, we then explored a few different angles – playing with bold organic forms as well as fragments of illustration and then adding in some more geometric motifs.

Some of our designs are quite minimal – which makes them feel modern and sophisticated – whereas others are more intricate – they’re more conversational or whimsical, even. However, as with all our designs, our passion for colour is an ever-present characteristic that runs through the entire collection. We also harnessed texture to add emphasis to our designs, with subtle raffia finishes and pearlescent accents that mimic shells.

Here’s a little insight into three of the more conversational designs from The Islands collection…

Martinique

This design features outsized seashells, delicately drawn in monochrome tones, on a textured ground that’s reminiscent of grass paper. We opted for a softly pearlescent ground that echoes the shimmer of the interior of a shell.

Martinique is available in a classic nautical blue and white, as well as gold, coral, sea green, and contemporary charcoal tones.

Bahama

Inspired by botanical illustrations from our archive, Bahama features intricate shells, flowers, corals, butterflies and exotic birds. Background colours range from rich deep wine and petrol blue to subtle natural cream and stone.

Full of detail and vibrant colour, Bahama has the opulent quality of a 1980s Versace print and it makes a real style statement.

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Pearl River

Another of our statement designs, Pearl River features large circles that each hold a fragment of an Eastern scene or a motif inspired by oriental drawings or ceramics. We added in a strong linen-effect ground in either cream, black or emerald to change up the mood.

Our pledge to the environment

We’re committed to environmental sustainability and improving our company’s green credentials. As part of our ongoing responsibility to the environment, all products from The Islands collection are part of collaboration with the One Tree Planted initiative.
 We’ve pledged that, for every roll of wallpaper purchased from The Islands collection (and all future collections), Elizabeth Ockford Ltd will contribute to one tree being planted.



The Islands style box

We thought about how we could create an innovative, cost-effective and compact tool that would give professional interior designers access to the entire new collection, so we created The Islands style box.

The pack includes an A4 sample of all references in the new collection – you can order a style box by emailing enquiries@elizabethockford.com

The moment of truth...

Debuting a new collection is an exciting time but it can also be a little daunting. So far, we’ve been delighted with how well The Islands has been received.

In the midst of February’s stormy weather, we made the long journey from Sussex to Polmont, taking our new collection to the Scottish Interiors Showcase.

The feedback we had from fellow designers, interior designers and retailers was extremely positive and we’ve had many requests for our style box and other enquiries since we returned from Scotland.

Stay tuned… we’ll be discussing more of The Islands collection in a future blog article, coming very soon.

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Interior inspiration: 5 ways to use THAT colour blue that will be in interiors everywhere in 2020

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Back in December 2019, Pantone announced that its colour of the year for 2020 would be 19-4052 Classic Blue. But what does that mean for the average person, who wants to decorate their home in the latest trend?
I have always loved having a blue bedroom- and have painted at least three bedrooms in different houses in a Sanderson Boy Blue – to me it is the perfect shade of English Sky blue. Each of those bedrooms always felt full of celestial light; calm and relaxing.

But this shade as advocated by Pantone is much stronger and bolder- so how can it be used?

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1 Don’t be afraid of the Dark

Strong colour does not necessarily mean a dark and unwelcoming interior. Using rich jewel tones adds depth to a room, and saturated colour tones change with the time of day and the daylight - making a room feel mysterious and entrancing. It gives an Interior Designer an opportunity to add depth of character to a space.

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2 You don’t have to use only one colour in an Interior scheme.

So, yes, this strong blue is the ‘fashion’. But what if you just can’t face having an entire room or even a whole wall, in it? Then choose a wallpaper design where the strong blue is well balanced with a neutral ground. You are then free to add perhaps a gorgeous dark blue velvet sofa, to bring out the colour, but your room still can breathe.

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3 Re-interpret the classic Blue and White colour scheme

Use a design that is effectively navy and white- always a smart colour combo. This nautical design, Martinique, has over-sized shells in clear blue on an off-white ground- and will reflect light around a room, whatever the weather.

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4 Go for glamour and interest

Choose a design that has the strong blue as its main colour but also contains many other jewel tones. Also, a pearlescent ground on a wallpaper will help darker colours to reflect light and will lift the wallcovering’s appearance.
You could pick out many different colours from this design, for instance, to accessorise your room.

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5 A smile goes a long way

I love designs that make me smile, and also seem to have a story to them. Just because dark blue has a serious mood to it, you can still find characterful designs that use it. I bet you will find this design is a talking point in any interior.

I am hopeful that at the start of the new 20’s, we will see a much greater use of characterful design and rich, jewel like colours. Embrace them- as a healthy, happy antidote to the grey years of the noughties.
The trend for sophisticated neutrals has gone on too long- Long Live Colour!!!

Visit my Instagram @elizabethockford to follow my designs and colour inspiration.

 

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