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From Habitat plus - decorating and colour trends 2020

Wallpaper features are continuing to be popular in styles ranging from faux finishes through to quirky conversational pieces that bring a sense of whimsy and creativity.

Collections like the Resene Portobello Wallpaper Collection uses fun designs in sophisticated colourways so that they can work well with a wide range of interior styles and tastes and add a little levity to otherwise serious spaces.

Create a wallpaper headboard and dress up the drawer with wallpaper
A "wallpaper headboard" and drawer front

Wallpapers aren’t just limited to walls, either. They are increasingly being used off walls to decorate furniture, do double duty as art or to highlight architectural features to bring a touch of pattern to painted spaces.

Resene Wallpaper Collection LL-05-07-4 was used to create a wallpaper ‘headboard’ and dress up the drawer on the bedside table in this child’s bedroom. The walls are painted Resene Bunting, the floor is in Resene Sea Fog, the bookshelf is in Resene Hammerhead, the box shelves are in Resene Breathless, Resene Jalapeno and Resene Hammerhead, the pendant lamp is in Resene Jalapeno and the bedside table is in Resene Breathless.

Talking points

Interesting wallpapers and paint treatments are an instant conversation starter and the perfect way to express your personality on your walls. Give your visitors a reason to break the ice with a bathroom or lounge in Resene Wallpaper Collection 289564. Or, try wallpapering your staircase with a different pattern on each step.

Resene Wallpaper Collection 289533 is a great conversation starter
Four striped designs from the Resene Smile Wallpaper Collection add interest to this stairwell
Conversation starter: Resene Wallpaper Collection 289533 is a great conversation starter.   Wallpapered staircase: Often an overlooked area, clever use of wallpaper has turned this once bland staircase into a point of conversation. Four striped designs from the Resene Smile Wallpaper Collection were used in a repeating pattern on the fronts of the stairs: SMIL69766317 (blue), SMIL69764333 (pink), SMIL69769505 (grey), SMIL69762312 (yellow). Positioning the stripes of Resene Wallpaper Collection SMIL29889014 in a different direction on the adjacent walls (at left and right) helps to visually open up the small, enclosed area. On the walls inside the staircase (seen at the back), Resene Wallpaper Collection SMIL29699203 – a plain grey design – was used, which matches the colour of the stripes in SMIL29889014 exactly.
Resene Wallpaper Collection 289595 - a great conversation starter
Resene Wallpaper Collection 289564 - get your guests talking!
Resene Wallpaper Collection 289595 or 289564 would be a great addition to a bathroom or a living room to get your guests talking

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