When it comes to wall decor, the possibilities are endless. Whether it's a bold wall mural, printed wallpaper or contemporary wall art, or even patterned tiles, textured wall panels and creative paint effects, a decorative wall can transform a room. It's where we can be the most expressive with colour and prints, and it can be the one element that brings a whole scheme together. If you're looking for beautiful and contemporary wall decoration ideas, get some inspiration right here.
Paint the wall behind metal-framed box shelves in complementary shades for storage that doubles as artwork.
Where to shop paint? For a good selection of paint colours head to Dulux, or try designerpaint.com (Little Green, Fired Earth, Farrow & Ball) or B&Q (Valspar) to shop a range of brands.
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Classic stripes have been given an update with this linear-pattern wallpaper. Team with lemon yellow accessories.
Where to shop wallpaper? For a good range of wallpapers, head to Wallpaper Direct, I Love Wallpaper and Graham & Brown for some inspiration.
You don't always need a colourful wall! Large areas of white act as a space-enhancing backdrop to layers of vibrant colour in this lounge.
Elevate a study wall into a standout feature with vertical bands of colour. This stunning wallpaper design comes in three panels.
The beautiful detail of a painting made into a mural creates an exquisite oversized headboard and provides a dreamy backdrop for a bedroom. Soft muted bedlinen and throws are a serene foil to its dramatic statement.
Create beauty in utility with a floral motif splashback. Different patterns in harmonious colours bring a pleasing informality. Dark walls create contrast and allow the designs to stand out.
Flower-strewn panels are a big wallpaper trend. Use these bold and bright blooms in a hallway for a scene-stealing entrance.
Pictured: Peonia Grande Zinc Wallpaper Panel, Designers Guild
Bring your dining area to life with a full blown wall mural. Choose linen tablecloth, seasonal blooms in a clear vase, and patterned tableware to complete the look.
Pictured: Julie wallpaper mural, Sandberg Wallpaper via Wallpaper Direct
Wallpaper with a textile-inspired print makes a real statement and is a clever way to bring texture to a scheme. Choosing a strong colour helps to define the space.
Pictured: Walls in Tweed wallpaper, £70/roll, Cole & Son.
Contrast an aged plaster-effect wallpaper with rustic seating, sumptuous flooring and huggable textiles.
Framed graphic prints on the wall and cushions with modern art designs provide a striking contrast to the muted pastel colour palette.
Make a patchwork of painted canvases on the wall into a stunning colour-coordinated headboard, then mix and match patterned bedlinen to complete the focal point bed.
A set of Perspex clipboards against a wall keeps clutter under control and creates an artistic display in a study area.
Introduce a sense of warmth and glamour to the dining area with copper pieces, reflective surfaces and a striking Japanese maple-print wallpaper.
Transform a study space with an oversized autumn leaf wall mural. Pared-back furniture allows the stunning design to take centre stage.
This stunning marbled wall panel is a dramatic focal point in a simply chic kitchen.
An oversized inkblot mural creates a dreamy atmosphere in a modern bedroom.
Use a balanced colour palette of calming mid-blue, off-white and pastel pink for a serene study.
Introduce burnished golden accessories to highlight walls papered in a mineral patterned wallpaper. Bring in touches of silver for luxurious contrast.
A streamlined sideboard contrasts with a densely patterned wall to great effect.
Divide your walls! Dark green contrasts with a pale neutral to create a striking backdrop to the painterly tableware.
The calm colour palette of this muted geometric wallpaper creates a restful ambience. Furniture with black accents adds definition and gives the scheme a modern edge.
Painted blocks of colour across wardrobe doors enliven a neutral scheme. Team with beautifully textured plain bedlinen to allow the paint effect to take centre stage. Brightly contrasting colours will enhance the mood of the room.
Embrace the greenery! A stylised wallpaper design creates a bold contrast to sleek, modern furniture and an oversized pendant lamp.
White bedlinen, a pale turquoise throw and cushion, and a deep-pile rug lend softness and balances the effect of the dramatic, botanical-themed wallpaper.
Abundant floral designs feel smart and contemporary when paired with luxurious velvet, gold and marble. A striking mural will create visual impact in a bedroom. Mirror the pattern on just one cushion, keeping surrounding bedlinen plain and light so the mural can take centre stage.