Skip to main content

No results found

Living, Homes, Interiors, Property, Knowledge, Perspectives

House Doctor

divider
Amanda Hanley
House Doctor Amanda Hanley Rolls of Wallpaper

Our resident Interior Designer, Amanda Hanley, answers your questions.

Why do you recommend ordering wallpaper samples before placing an order?

Although wallpaper samples are relatively small (usually around A4 in size), and you are not able to see the full design, it’s important to try out the colour and texture in your room, to save making expensive mistakes. Colours can appear distorted when you view them online and you can’t see texture or shine. By getting a sample, you can directly compare it to existing upholstery, fabrics and furnishings in the room, in different light throughout the day. To get a better idea of the pattern repeat on a larger scale, it’s a good idea to look at the lifestyle images available in the manufacturer’s pattern books, which I always have available for clients to browse in my Burford showroom, as well as large sample rolls.

TIP: Always try a sample in the room you plan to use it in.

Cole & Son

I keep reading about the trend for “maximalism” – what does it mean?

Maximalism is the maximum use of colour and bold pattern in a room, for a free and cheerful look. It means mixing up patterns, from pretty florals and stripes to ikats and block-prints. Look to the Kit Kemp collection from Andrew Martin, and William Yeoward’s eye-catching designs, for inspiration. To pull off the look successfully, however, you do need to apply some level of restraint; the scheme needs an anchor point, from which everything else hangs, such as a group of colours, a pattern you love, or a style – this can be as loose as a “Moroccan bazaar” for example, but they key is to have a broad theme in mind, to avoid a completely random mess. Essential to this look is a feeling of joy, so go with what you love to create a home that makes you smile!

TIP: Choose an anchor point for your scheme, then have fun with it!

William Yeoward

Amanda Hanley by Design

The Gallery, 69 High Street, Burford OX18 4QA | 01993 822385 | amanda@amandahanley.co.uk

RECOMMENDED

Moon Landing
Mon 15 Jul 2019

50 years ago at 9.17pm on 20th July 1969 science fiction came face to face with science fact, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on another celestial body and Henley-On-Thames will be marking the exact date and time of the Moon landing

BBC Countryfile Live 2019 QC Speakers Line Up
Mon 15 Jul 2019

BBC Countryfile Live

Quilter Cheviot Announces 2019 Theatre Line -Up

Quilter Cheviot has announced the full line-up of speakers at The Quilter Cheviot Theatre during BBC Countryfile Live 2019 at Blenheim Palace, sponsored by parent company Quilter...

Live a Life without Hard Water Tap
Fri 12 Jul 2019

Its damaging effects are far more serious than you might think. How limescale in your water supply is impacting on both you and your home.

Ellesmere Island Boat Front Crashing Through Waves
Wed 10 Jul 2019

Ellesmere Island

A Journey Into the Northwest Passage

Low tide had left an overhanging blue-white wall ten feet high, dripping and dangerous. As Peter tried to heave himself over it, a block of ice the size of a small car cracked off nearby and crashed into the sea, sending a huge wave hurtling towards him. He quickly clawed his way over the side, for he was here on a mission in search of long-lost ghosts and didn’t want to join the Casper fraternity. A fatal step at this spot wouldn’t have been the first. This barren shore, just off Ellesmere Island in the tortured topography of Canada’s High Arctic, was the scene of one of the worst disasters in the history of Arctic exploration...