Create a Timeless Room with Matching Wallpaper and Fabric

The designer trick is a staple for a reason.

September 13, 2023

Nothing makes a room feel as instantly pulled together as pairing a printed wallpaper with its coordinating fabric. After falling out of fashion in recent decades, this traditional technique is being revived by designers in a way that feels utterly fresh—and maybe even a bit rebellious. Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up a dozen schemes that are surefire bets.

Stylists Gabby Deeming and Ruth Sleighthome went all-out with Soane’s Fern Frond wallpaper and fabric, using it for walls, windows, upholstery, and even bedding (note the smaller scale on the pillows). A perfectly aligned repeat creates order from the visual chaos. soane.co.uk

Alicia Taylor

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  • Eastern Accent

    Dressed up or down, an all-over blockprint like Maharani by Willow Crossley for Barneby Gates never goes out of style.

    Wallpaper, £135 for 10 metres, barnebygates.com

    Fabric, £120 for 1 metre, barnebygates.com

  • Revival Act

    Based on an 18th-century document, Pomegranate Botanical by Schumacher feels bountiful and fresh in a wide range of settings.

    Wallpaper, $1,020 per roll, perigold.com

    Fabric, $234 per yard, perigold.com

  • Looking Sharp

    Graphic but not overpowering, Deconstructed Stripe by Miles Redd for Schumacher captures 1970s chic.

    Wallpaper, $324 per roll, chairish.com

    Fabric, $159 per yard, chairish.com

  • Earthen Elegance

    Luxor by Lisa Fine Textiles exudes globe-trotting glamour.

    Wallpaper, price upon request, lisafinetextiles.com

    Fabric, price upon request, lisafinetextiles.com

  • Sunny-Side Up

    The daffodil yellow hue of Pindi Stripe by Peter Fasano is the antidote for any sort of gray day.

    Wallpaper, price upon request, peterfasano.com

    Fabric, price upon request, peterfasano.com

  • Eternal Spring

    Plucked straight from the runway, Proust’s Lilacs by Johnson Hartig for Libertine in collaboration with Schumacher is granny-gone-wild.

    Wallpaper, $870 per roll, chairish.com

    Fabric, $192 per yard, chairish.com

  • In the Pink

    An unexpected shade of bubblegum adds pep to moiré-inspired Amore by Raoul Textiles.

    Wallpaper, price upon request, raoultextiles.com

    Fabric, price upon request, raoultextiles.com

  • Faraway Flair

    Leafy Toile Tropique by Jill Lasersohn for Schumacher captures the The 18th-century French obsession with distant lands.

    Wallpaper, $102 per yard, decoratorsbest.com

    Fabric, $222 per yard, decoratorsbest.com

  • French Lessons

    An of-the-moment pairing of blue and brown makes the historic, Provençal-inspired Colline by Schumacher feel utterly au courant.

    Wallpaper, $420 per roll, chairish.com

    Fabric, $124 per yard, chairish.com

  • Out of the Blue

    The meandering river design of Oxbow by Sanderson is blue and white done right.

    Wallpaper, $222 per roll, wallpaperdirect.com

    Fabric, $180 per metre, wallpaperdirect.com

  • Spot On

    Swap your usual animal print for Bespotted by Miles Redd for Schumacher, which playfully draws from Moroccan rugs and Albert Hadley’s drawings.

    Wallpaper, $324 per roll, chairish.com

    Fabric, $147 per yard, chairish.com

  • Inverse Relationship

    It’s always opposite day when the cream-and-eggplant colorway of Brio by Sister Parish pairs with its reverse.

    Wallpaper, $506 per roll, sisterparishdesign.com

    Fabric, $206 per yard, sisterparishdesign.com

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