11 A/W18 ways to dress your walls

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


We can’t resist a little bit of zesty cheer and the new Amalfi wallpaper by Graham & Brown is just the ticket. Priced at £50 a roll, it comes in three colourways. Download the company’s decorating visualisation app and see how it will look in your room.

£50 a roll, grahambrown.com


We absolutely adore this In the Tent wallpaper from Arjumand’s World. The six trompe l’oeil panels, 310x139cm each, €150m, are available in Canna di Fucile (shown) or Azzurro & Bianco, and can be used singly or to decorate a whole room.

310x139cm each, €150m, arjumandsworld.com


These Twenties-inspired wood veneer wallcoverings by Famed Khalique were born of a demand for designs with the lustrous elegance of straw marquetry.

The Geometric, Fans and Circles wall coverings measure 91.5cm wide, cost £130 per m, and are available in a wide range of colours from Forest Green to Blush Pink.

The Geometric, Fans and Circles wall coverings measure 91.5cm wide, cost £130 per m, fameedkhalique.com


Take the rolling meadows, clipped garden rows and dense woodlands of the English landscape as your design inspiration and it’s easy to slip into twee territory. Not with Cole & Son. Its Botanical Botanica collection stamps flora and fauna across 15 handcrafted wallpapers, each in colourways that reflect the seasons. While head of design Carley Bean describes it as an ‘ode to nature, depicting its innate beauty and the magical allure of its transformation through the year’, it’s a rock ’n’ roll take on wisteria, sweet pea, fern and maidenhair to us. Highlights include Topiary, a watercoloured geometric featuring ornate parterres, and the Art Nouveau-style Bluebell, below.

Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta 115/3009 in Sage, Mint and Lilac on Charcoal, £105 a roll (cole-and-son.com).


Super matt finishes and bang-on-the-mark shades make Bristol Paint a firm favourite among theatre, TV and film set designers. Its water-based colours also look picture-perfect in the home, forming an offering handily divided into palettes spanning primary colours, earth tones, glitter finishes and fluorescents. The ultimate draw? Ultramarine, a near perfect match for the iconic yet patented and hard-to-nail Majorelle Blue.

Ultramarine emulsion, £62.64 for 2.1L (bristolpaint.com).


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

See also: The A/W18 New Season Collections To Get Excited About

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