SHOPPING & INTERIORS
Our advice on choosing new wallpaper is to fall head-over-heels in love with it. After all, it’s much more expensive than paint and you are going to live with it for years (hopefully). You also don’t want something that is ‘in fashion’ as there is nothing you will tire of quicker, especially if you keep seeing it in magazines and other people’s houses. So if you’re searching for something a little extra special, we reveal our favourite made-in-the-UK designs.
Ottoline de Vries was a lawyer in Amsterdam before she moved to London and set up her own design house. Her vibrant and joyful prints are instantly recognisable. Our top pick is the Chintz Constance in pink, £162 from Ottoline (and her newest design Indian Tulip is lovely too).
At 91, Armitage is still very much active in her artisanal company hand printing fabrics and wallpaper alongside her daughter and grandson in their studio in Chiswick. One of our favourites is the Oakleaf seen here in red. The prints are available in many different colour ways and are made to order.
Flora Soames has been in demand as an interior designer since 2009 but it was ten years later that she launched her wallpaper and textile collection. Inspired by 19th Century French wallpaper fragments and with up to 15 different colours all hand blocked, our favourite of her three wallpaper designs is Enid’s Ramble seen here below. POA from Flora Soames (can be printed with bespoke colourways).
Founder Larissa Miloradovich made a bespoke version of this beautiful wallpaper, Russian Costumes, for Alexandra Tolstoy’s new house which you can see in the June issue of House & Garden (out 6th May 2021). The wallpaper is based on an artist’s drawings whom Catherine the Great had commissioned to travel around Russia and compile a reference book of all the regional costumes. All Milola wallpapers are made in the Uk and cost £168 per roll.
Also inspired by antique French wallpapers, ceramicist and artist Polly Fern has three designs in her first wallpaper collection, ‘Diamond Tulip’ , ‘Romantic vase’ and ‘Pink Toile’ which are digitally printed in Lancashire. £150 per roll or £3 for a sample from Polly Fern.
Jonathan Knowles and Yiolanda Christou founded their company in 1992 and we love their their distinctive yet understated prints. Below is the hand-printed ikebana wallpaper, £162.90 from Knowles & Christou
Set up by friends Vanessa Barneby and Alice Gates, all their hand drawn designs are designed and made in the UK. Our top pick, Botanica, is taken from their recent collaboration with florist Willow Crossley, inspired by Mary Delaney’s botanical collages and reflecting Crossley’s love of wild flowers. £108 per roll from Barneby Gates
Common Room have a small selection of wallpapers, also all made and designed in the UK. One of our favourites is Twin Flower by Fee Greening, a Dorset-based artist and illustrator but just as lovely is her Harlequin design or Lucky Leaf by founder Kate Hawkins. £140 per roll
Former Set Designer and now decorative artist, Newall is launching two wallpapers this month – her first ever wallpaper collection. Shown below is Herbarium, inspired by the home of the 18th Century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus with the feel of handprinted botanicals being decoupaged on your walls. £160 plus VAT per roll. Also Folk Flowers in Red/Blue inspired by folk block printed walls. £140 plus VAT per roll. More colour ways available on request from Tess Newall.