A subtle patina funked up with flecks of gold gives this contemporarywallpaper a beautifully weathered look.

A wallpaper with an aged metallic effect brings sophisticated drama to a modern hallway.

Throw expectations off balance by combining a luxurious velvet with a decayed-effect pattern.

Add a new level of interest to well-worn furniture with a faux-faded fabric.

Break with tradition by dressing a chimney breast in mismatched parquet tiles.

Filter the light with a mock-distressed window dressing to create an atmospheric mood.

For a subtle take on dishevelled style, keep a chic chair cover frayed at the edges.

Update the trend for foxed glass with an off-beat arrangement of brass-edged mirrors.

Louche draping gives this faded Jacquard velvet a sense of easy glamour.

Classic marbled wallpaper is given a modern twist with an edgy metallic sheen.

Photography ⁄ Paul MasseyStyling ⁄ Sophie Brown

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