Art Effects

Doodles, splatters and brush strokes – the latest take on painterly marks has a funky, urban edge

Give impressionist style a modern update with a brush-marked wallpaper – densely patterned fabric adds a splash of colour to the mix.

WALL Papered in Vigor wallpaper in Sand, £119 per roll, Aoi Yoshizama for Feathr. FURNITURE Bench One, £485, Another Country. FLOOR Tiled in Mimica Venato porcelain tiles, £71.99 per sq m, Mandarin Stone. DETAILS Cushions made in Kela 120608 cotton-mix, £89 per m; for a similar trim, try Naples 141974 cotton, £29 per m, both Harlequin. Cricket bat, £380; and gloves, £50, B3 Cricket. Gin and Tonic chocolate, £4.95, The Conran Shop. Size 2 Hampton pendant, £479, Davey Lighting at Original BTC. Bygone by Jessica Jones framed print, £250, Lumitrix.


This kaleidoscopic print takes the stippled look to the ultimate extreme. Balance the effect with bold primary hues.

WALL Papered in Vert De Gris 3305-01 wallpaper in Jade, £220 per roll, Jean Paul Gaultier for Lelièvre. FURNITURE Modern modular chest of drawers, £2,140, Piero Lissoni for Porro at Chaplins. DETAILS Fifi vase, left, £15; and Binx vase, right, £50, Habitat. Floral bouquet, from £100, Rebel Rebel.


Inkblot images magnified to the max play with scale and form. Accessories in the same spectrum of shades ground the paint-splattered scheme.

WALLS Papered in Kaleido Splatt superwide wallpaper panels, £300 each, Timorous Beasties. FURNITURE Fly table, £2,410, Antonio Citterio for Flexform at Interdesign. Dezra footstool, £499, M&S. FLOOR Hip Hop Graffiti rug, £2,250, Bazaar Velvet. DETAILS Asteroid pendant, left; and Luna pendant, right, £1,440 each, Porta Romana. Lombardo cushion in Zinnia, £135, Black Edition by Romo. Cappuccino mug, £64 for four, Monologue London. Lucite tic-tac-toe set, £98, Jonathan Adler.


Watercolours display a new intensity thanks to modern printing techniques – this funky fabric features multiple shades of the same blueish tone.

WALL Papered in Vigor wallpaper, as before. WINDOW Curtain made in Acquerello 17251-006 linen in Forest, £102 per m, Dominique Kieffer at Rubelli. Tie-back made in Sabine 981-56042 cotton-mix cord in Scarlet and Caribe (tapes removed), £13 per linear m, Samuel & Sons. FURNITURE Palette JH9 veneered-ash and marble desk, £1,599, Jaime Hayon for &Tradition at Aram Store. Cosy armchair, £495, Pols Potten for I & JL Brown. DETAILS I Should Have Known by Mikey Womack print, from £90, Abstraction Edit at Surface View. Lillian vase, £18, Oliver Bonas. Falcon table lamp, £199, Doshi Levien for John Lewis. Lid Tube Top and Dish Set, £95, Tom Dixon. Windsor & Newton Sketching Set (including pencils in Lid Tube), £350, Linley.


Apply Rothko-like bands as a backdrop to punchy painterly prints. Dashes of red, ochre and orange keep the colour wheel spinning…

WALL Painted in dry brush two-tone stripe in St Giles Blue, above, and Pitch Blue, below, estate emulsions, £43.50 each for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. For a similar background colour, try Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse estate emulsion, as before. FURNITURE Pendel sofa, £2,560 plus 6m fabric, Pinch; upholstered in Drippy Jacquard cotton, approx £322 per yard, Martyn Thompson Studio. Muriel coffee table with Paradise Walk by Lisa Traxler artwork-printed Vlaze enamel top, £2,695, Steuart Padwick. Biblo Canaletto walnut bookcase, £5,595.60, Tarcisio Colzani for Porada. Anda footstool, £441, Pierre Paulin for Ligne Roset. FLOOR Caméléon Pebble rug, £3,555, Carpet Sign at Chaplins. DETAILS Faux plants, from a selection at Abigail Ahern and Cox & Cox. Osmosi Arrancione cushion, £125, Susi Bellamy at Liberty. Melt table light, on the floor, £420, Tom Dixon. Vivero watering can, £99, Monologue London. On the bookcase, from top: Oyster candle, £149, Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell; Holland vase, just visible, £169; and Stelton Horizon vase, £180, Heal’s; Graffito Bowl, approx £1,280, Kelly Wearstler for Harrods; and books, stylist’s own.


Pollock-style wall coverings add an abstract element to decorating. Designer glassware follows in similar drip-painted fashion.

WALL Papered in Leo FP446002 wallpaper in Indigo, £148.80 per roll, Pierre Frey. FURNITURE Biblo bookcase, as before. DETAILS On the bookcase, from top: Troncocono vase, £720; Sphere vase, £475; and Singleflower vase, £155, all Carlo Moretti at William & Son; Multicoloured decanter, £160, Massimo Lunardon at The Conran Shop. Ellise vase, £720; and Singleflower (spots) vase, £155, Carlo Moretti at William & Son; and Festival Square vase, £75, Jerpoint Glass at Liberty.


This multicoloured rug has the look of a latter-day Bridget Riley painting. Pick out the inky tone of the wallpaper in the table’s deep-blue base.

WALLS Papered in Leo wallpaper, as before. FURNITURE Pinner dining table, £1,199; and Holland Park chairs, £555 each, Russell Pinch for Ercol, all Heal’s. Elegant Twist stool, £125, Cox & Cox. FLOOR Paint Stripe rug, £1,055 per sq m, Paul Smith for The Rug Company. DETAILS Zeppelin ceiling lamp, £329, Cattelan Italia. Artist paint drip glasses, £10 each, Tate Shop. Black Ink postcards, £14.50 for ten, Twentytwentyone. Multi-Colour Splatter platter, £99, The Conran Shop. Indigo Rain dinner plate, £16, 1882 Ltd at Heal’s. Kirkwell candlestick, £40, Habitat.


Splatter-paint prints come in all sizes – go large with a distressed-style wallpaper, while an intricate miniature pattern is used for upholstering the bed.

WALLS Papered in Corneille PDG718/01 wallpaper in Fuchsia, £260 per roll, Designers Guild. FURNITURE King Delilah bed, £997 (plus 6m of fabric), Love Your Home; upholstered in Splatterwear 2417/01 cotton-mix in Ink Blot, £158 per m, Pollack at Altfield. Sphere Leg side table, £245, Rockett St George. FLOOR Revive rug, £110, Rockett St George. DETAILS Tom Swing wall light, £618, Hector Finch. Workwear bed linen, from £30 for a pillowcase; and cushion covers, £45 each, all The Conran Shop. Two Tone throw, £110, Larusi. Make-up bag, £23, MAC. Beaker, £25, Heal’s.


Furniture and fabrics daubed with vibrant colours   have a primitive, Gauguin-like exoticism. Shakily painted ceramics get in on the act too.

WALLS Papered in Corneille wallpaper, as before. WINDOW Curtain made in Projection Privée 38390327 cotton, £101.20 per m, Casamance. FURNITURE Brushstroke-printed Losange chair, £998, Anthropologie. DETAILS On the mantel, from left: Diminishing Pink framed print, £195, 55 MAX; Tryst vase, £800, Amy J Hughes for 1882 Ltd x V&A; brushes, from £3.55 each; canvases, £11 for three; and palette, on the floor, £24.80, all Green & Stone; and Tate Modern Edition, 2016 by Wolfgang Tillmans framed photograph, £1,500, Tate Shop. For acrylic paints, try Cass Art.


Every review of contemporary art now pays respect to urban style – zhush up a bath with graffiti streaks to give the space street cred…

WALLS Papered in Corneille wallpaper, as before. FURNITURE Wye bateau bath painted in Little Greene’s Shirting and bespoke Squiggle finish in Jack Black eggshells, from £5,100, Drummonds. Apparel room divider, £975, Vera & Kyte for Opinion Ciatti at Aram Store. FLOOR Tiled in Mimica Venato tiles, as before. DETAILS Classic bath taps in Antique Brass with H stand, £2,940, Drummonds. Waffle towels in Blue, from £13 each, Hay at Amara. Hay He She It towel in Black, £16; and L’Occitane Lavender soap, £7.20, John Lewis. Mimira platter, £24, Anthropologie. Marbled tumbler, £14, Future and Found. Tann toothbrushes, £4 each, Hay at Twentytwentyone. Shampoo, £21, Boots. Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea Body Cream, £43, Acqua di Parma at Harvey Nichols. Knot sandals, £162, Nº21 for Kartell.

Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside

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