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From Habitat magazine - issue 20

Too many delicious wallpapers? Use them all.

If you’ve ever opened up a wallpaper book at Resene, fallen in love with the patterns, but just can’t decide which one to use, then here’s the solution. Use a number of wallpapers to patchwork the wall. Using a monochromatic scheme of black, white and silver as the unifying thread, there’s no need for the patterns to match – this wall has tree branches, birds, stripes, flowers and texture.

Wallpaper design
Patchwork wallpaper design

With the richness of the wall treatment you don’t need much else, so we have a simple chair painted in Resene Tweet, an acid gold/green shade inspired by the colour of the flower centre in one of the papers. The floor is then painted in Resene Eighth Lemon Grass.

Squared up

Using the width of the wallpaper roll as the patchwork template, simply cut squares to the same length. Measure the wall you are papering to see how many of these squares you will need vertically and horizontally. You can use seven papers as we have done or just two – it’s your choice. Once you have cut out the right number of squares, try out the design by laying them on the floor first.

Accessories: Wallpapers from Resene: 25677, Floral with black background; 25674, Tree Branches with grey background; 25675 Tree Branches with black background; 798975 Birds with white background; 798968 Birds with black background; BN48299 textural paper; and 25678 black and white stripe. Pony Rider Three Point cushion, knitted throw from Indie Home Collective (as above). Mok Beach Towel cushion, from Allium (as above).

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