Decorating Trend: Distressed Glamour

Marry aged metallics, patinated finishes and shots of black for a bewitching take on rough luxe...

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

WALLS Papered in Cobra CA33 wallpaper, £65 per m, Brian Yates. FURNITURE Mica console table, £499, Content by Terence Conran. DETAILS Great Expectations book clutch, £52.50, Bookarelli at Etsy. Enea faux flower, £9.95, Rockett St George. Candleholder; and tea-light holder, £70 each, Out There Interiors. For a similar gilt picture frame, try Etsy, from £45. Great Expectations quote print, £14.97, NoodleBookArt at Etsy. For a similar magnifying glass, try India Jane, £29.50. Silenzio scented candle, £115, Fornasetti at Amara. Chester wall light, £298.80, Original BTC.


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

WALLS Papered in Antique Mirror 92/2009 wallpaper, £85 per roll, Cole & Son. FURNITURE Birdy side table, £80, Urban Outfitters. DETAILS Vase, £35, Conran for M&S. Ilaria faux flower, £9.95, Rockett St George. For a similar vintage jacket, try Annie’s, £150; and for similar boots, try Boden, £90. Clear Eyes umbrella, £36.50, Kate Spade New York at Amara.


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

Wall Painted in Purbeck Stone estate emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5l, Farrow & BalI. WINDOWS Curtains made in Victoria Lace voile panels, £10 each, John Aird at Amazon. Furniture Isaac sofa, from £1,290, sofa.com; upholstered in Antica 9001/03 cotton-mix in Gun Metal, £130 per m, Black Edition at Romo. Mad King armchair, £4,134, Marcel Wanders for Poliform. Nim coffee table, £7,950, Pinch. Side table, £149.99 (for two), Zara Home. FLOOR Artwork 22 rug, £1,980 per sq m, Jan Kath for Front. Details Martinez S chandelier, £1,095, Eichholtz at Sweetpea & Willow. Burlesque scented candle, £115, Fornasetti at Amara. Jacket, £50, M&S. Brass hands nutcracker, £198, Jonathan Adler. For similar cloches, try John Lewis, from £20 each.


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

WALLS Lined with Victoria Lace voile panels, as before; and colour washed with Pitch Black estate emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. FURNITURE Vintage re-upholstered armchair, £900, The French House; back and arms covered in Temptation 37850327 cotton, £101.90 per m, Casamance at Colony. FLOOR Artwork 22 rug, as before. DETAILS Iron torchère, £150 Retrouvius. Picture frame, £25, Daggett Gallery.


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

Walls Painted in Purbeck Stone and Pitch Black estate emulsions, as before. Chimney breast tiled with oak planks in Dalston (light), Hoxton (medium) and Bronx (dark), all £120 per sq m, Urbanist collection at Ted Todd. FURNITURE Vintage armchair, Nim coffee table and side table, all as before. Alseda stool, £20, Ikea. FLOOR Artwork 22 rug, as before. DETAILS Line Two floor lamp, £529, Norr11 at Heal’s. Vase and cloche, as before. Malachite Pyramid stacking box, £398 Jonathan Adler. Swan Head vase, £16, Graham and Green. Throw, £192, Larusi. Potted faux-staghorn plant, £80, Abigail Ahern.


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

WINDOW Curtain made in Moda polyester-mix in Silver, £72 per m, Kai. Furniture Stefan dining chair, £14, Ikea. Gatsby Gold shelving unit, £375, Rockett St George. Details Crockery, from £46 for a cereal bowl, Mud Australia.


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

WINDOW Curtain, as before. FURNITURE Clay table, £3,876, Marc Krusin for Desalto at Chaplins. Stefan dining chairs, as before. DETAILS Chair cover made in Serpentine 332664 cotton-mix in Blue Malachite, £82 per m, Zoffany. Plaster busts, from £650 each, Kathy Dalwood. Teapot, £40; milk jug, £20; and teacup and saucer, £14, all Etsy. Canvas painted in Pitch Black estate emulsion, as before. Ida tray, leaning against the wall, £120, Graham and Green. Copper frame window, from £42, Retrouvius.


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

DETAILS Brass-framed antiqued mirrors, from £780 per sq m, Rupert Bevan. Arthur pendant, £59, Made.com. For a similar apothecary jar, try Brissi, £18. Linen hand towels, £12 for two, Greige.


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

FURNITURE Circlet nesting side tables, £125 for two, Next Home. DETAILS Shower curtain made in Forsyth FDG2546/01 Jacquard velvet in Celadon, £198 per m, Designers Guild; trimmed with Ebony Cut 33119/9880 polyester fringe, £50 per m, Houlès. Hand jewellery stand, £29; and Treasure box, £49, Rockett St George. For a similar bath brush, try Twentytwentyone, £23. Marijuana Girl by Gerald Jenkins framed print, from £500, Platinum collection at 55 MAX.


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

WALLS Papered in Makrana W6956-03 wallpaper, £64 per roll, Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little. WINDOW Curtains made in Victoria Lace voile panels, as before. FURNITURE City Perch bed, £1,700, Anthropologie. Hexagonal side table, £195, Graham and Green. FLOOR Charcoal Grey rugs, from £30 each, Next Home. DETAILS Bolle Tavolo 3 table lamp, £990, Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice. Teacup and saucer, as before. Bed linen in Rust and Chalk, from £48 for a pillowcase, Larusi. Frances pillowcases, £39.50 for the bedding set, M&S. Charcoal faux-fur throw, £284, Helen Moore at Amara. Vintage wedding dress, £175, Venelle at Etsy.

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey
Styling ⁄ Sophie Brown

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