6 A/W18 ways to dress your walls

From detailed, illustrated wallpapers to rich, vibrant paint colours and punchy tiles, here are six new collections your walls can get excited about.


Livingetc’s verdict on the third instalment of Cole & Son’s collaboration with Fornasetti? Every bit as must-redecorate-the-downstairs-cloakroom-immediately as the first two.

Teatro 114/4008, £180 a roll from cole-and-son.com.

Take your pick of classic papers reimagined in new palettes, including the flora and fauna of Frutto Proibito, revamped in Deep Ink and Magenta, and Teatro – Piero Fornasetti’s ode to Italian commedia dell’arte theatre – recoloured in soft Ballet Slipper pink or Racing Car Green. Worth a standing ovation? For sure.

Frutto Proibito 114/1001, £150 a roll from cole-and-son.com.


Nordic-cool gets a nod on Morris & Co’s latest collection. Based on William Morris’ journal entries from his 1871 Icelandic expedition, Pure North includes embroideries, fabrics, and archive wallpaper designs, all recoloured to reflect the neutral hues of Nordic landscapes.

Marigold print Black Ink 226484 linen-mix, £69m, Morris & Co at stylelibrary.com

Scandinavian scenery from the comfort of your sofa – what’s not to like?


The 19th-century explorer Isabella Bird was the muse for the autumn/winter 2018 collection from Designers Guild, so expect fabrics and wallpapers with a distinctly exotic feel inspired by the writings and photographs from her travels to China, Japan, Persia and beyond.

Curtains made in Calozzo Stretto polyester in Cobalt, £35m; and Sumi cotton in Cobalt, £69m; and chair upholstered in Varese cotton velvet in Pale Jade, £72m, all Jaipur Rose fabric collection from designersguild.com.

We’re talking hand-painted botanicals, inky watercolours and intricate fretwork stamps. But that’s not to say it’s OTT – small scale-hexagons and a palette of shimmery cobalts are a go-to for easy-to-use updates.


‘If these walls could talk’ is the old adage that’s been taken quite literally by Little Greene. Its partnership with the National Trust explores the tales of famous writers who first lived in its historic houses, inspiring a colour card of 31 green shades. Dip in and discover hues ranging from zingy lime to calming blue-green.

Units and wall below shelf in Harley Green; and upper wall in Tea with Florence, both £43.50 for 2.5L , from littlegreene.com


The colours in Neisha Crosland’s new encaustic tile collection really are good enough to eat – see Shrimp Blue, Pistachio, Cinnamon and Pomato Pink, all in unusual shapes, from diamonds and scallops to oblong hexagons. We’re smitten by Fern in Smoke Sage, which looks great on a bathroom walls.

Jigsaw tile collection by Neisha Crosland, £7.80 per tile from artisansofdevizes.com


No one does California cool better than Kelly Wearstler. The stateside designer’s latest ceramic tiles for Ann Sacks feature graphic single-colour designs created courtesy of the cuerda seca technique.

Maven collection, £1,386sq m, Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks, westonebathrooms.com

Gaze into the dappled surface of  Sunset, above, and you’ll feel like you’re diving into an LA swimming pool.

Maven collection, £1,386sq m, Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks, westonebathrooms.com

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