Clever use of wallpaper and fabric can really help to add depth to a room. Online supplier of designer wallpaper and curtain and upholstery fabric Fabrics & Papers
is giving Don't Cramp Our Style
readers 15% off orders over £250 during February. Find the code at the end of this feature.
Emma Vans Agnew, Design Director of Fabrics & Paper
has these space enhancing tips for us:
To push the walls out in a small room, it’s really important to use a fairly neutral colour palette for the walls with complementary colours for the curtains. It is all about creating an optical illusion; look to wallpapers with a metallic pattern that will reflect light, whilst subtle patterns add visual interest without being too overwhelming.
Stick to a delicately patterned wallpaper, such as Osborne & Little’s Mandara wallpaper
Bright colours, unless used sparingly, tend to make a room look smaller as the eye is drawn to one wall. Vibrant curtains or blinds as a feature are the ideal way to add a pop of colour to a smaller room. Another alternative might be to create a feature wall by hanging wallpaper on one wall, and painting the rest.
Sanderson Jubilee Square Fabric adds dashes of colour across this room
Always keep in mind that wallpaper gives a warmer feel to a room, but oversized patterns can overpower a tiny space. Small design wallpapers and fabrics work incredibly well, however.
And stripes are particularly useful. Vertical stripes will increase the illusion of height in a room, whilst horizontal stripes will make it look wider. If your room has a stretched, rectangular shape, it's perhaps a long wall with a window at one end, using a striped wallpaper laid on the horizontal will really stretch out the dimensions.
Cole and Son's Soho Stripe wallpaper visually widens this room
Floor-to-ceiling curtains in a small living room create a dramatic statement, they don’t have to feel overwhelming; and, can give necessary dynamism to an otherwise neutral room.
Here floor to ceiling curtains in Sanderson's Asami Embroidery Fabric help add drama and height to the room
Blinds can be functional in a small living room, and are a good alternative when curtains could feel too dominating for your design or you want a simple finish to compliment your wallpaper choice.
For the more adventurous decorate the whole room in the same fabric, and I do mean everything — walls, curtains, upholstery, even the lampshades and picture frames, whether it's a leopard print or a toile de jouy. One wild print all over the place enlarges a small space, brings it all together, and adds a big wow factor.To get 15% off all orders over £250 from Fabrics & Papers use the code DC 7764 on the order form.