Post House Inn bedroom with printed wallpaper

Ten joyful interiors with decorative printed wallpaper

Our latest lookbook takes a look at interiors that have been filled with printed wallpaper to create playful, colourful spaces and bring a sense of joy to the rooms they're in.

Patterned, printed wallpapers are an easy way to revive tired rooms and create interesting designs for everything from guest bathrooms to main bedrooms.

Here, we have gathered inspiration from ten projects, including an architect-designed hotel interior and a Milanese apartment where the patterned wallpaper creates a decorative clash with printed curtains.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series providing visual inspiration for the home. Previous articles in the series feature plant-filled interiorslush rooftop gardens and spaces for outdoor dining.


Interiors of Hotel Les Deux Gares in Paris

Hotel Les Deux Gares, France, by Luke Edward Hall

British designer Luke Edward Hall went all in when it came to the interior design of this French hotel, mixing pea-green walls, leopard-print furnishings and candy-striped beds for a vibrant, colour-clashing design.

While it has an intricate pattern of branches, flowers and people, the colours of the printed wallpaper are more subdued, with its pale blue tone creating a calm counterpoint to the bright green panelling.

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Teorema Milanese apartment, designed by Marcante Testa

Teorema Milanese, Italy, by Marcante-Testa

There's a retro feel to the bedroom of this renovated Milanese apartment where design studio Marcante-Testa juxtaposed a variety of materials and colours. In the bedroom, a wallpaper with a geometric pattern sits next to sheer, polka dot curtains.

An orange night table from Meridiani adds a splash of colour, as does a blue border on the floor around the decorative herring-bone patterned floorboards.

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Patterned green wallpaper in Austin hotel

Austin Proper Hotel and Residences, US, by Kelly Wearstler

A hotel in Downtown Austin, Texas, was given an interior design that revolves around local art and textiles. Designer Kelly Wearstler covered the walls throughout the hotel in eye-catching printed wallpapers, including a botanical wallpaper that was used in one of the restaurants.

Mid-century modern-style chairs and a delicate geometric lighting fixture complement the abundant floral patterns on the wall.

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Cats' Pink House by KC Design Studio

Cats' Pink House, Taiwan, by KC Design Studio

A terrazzo-patterned wallpaper makes this guest bathroom in a Taiwanese holiday home feel both luxurious and playful at the same time.

The recessed sink has been painted in a pale pink hue that matches the terrazzo flecks of the wallpaper and picks up the pink colours of the rest of the flat.

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The bar inside The Chloe hotel in New Orleans

Chloe Hotel, US, by Sara Ruffin Costello

The Chloe Hotel in New Orleans' picturesque Uptown neighbourhood has moody, dark colours in many of its rooms.

In the hotel's restaurant, designer Sara Ruffin Costello eschewed the plain paint used elsewhere in favour of a dramatic blue wall with a pattern of Egret birds amongst tree branches.

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Mrs and Mr Bateman pop-up shop

Mrs and Mr Bateman, UK, by Selena Beaudry, Clemmie Myers and Natalie Tredgett

Printed wallpaper was used for both the walls and display plinths in this West London pop-up shop, informed by an eccentric fictional family.

The pattern has a vintage feel that is enhanced by the swirly psychedelic sculptures on the plinth and by London-based artist Margit Wittig's Bateman 21st Century chandelier, which features colourful resin pieces.

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Bedroom of Post House inn in Charleston, South Carolina

Post House Inn, US, by Basic Projects

Floral-print wallpaper decorates the living area of this hotel room at boutique hotel Post House Inn in South Carolina. A rhomboid-patterned carpet and pillows decorated with a floral print create a playful mish-mash of patterns.

A comfortable lounge chair in a warm red velvet lends colour to the room and matches the red bedframe, while a wooden coffee table adds to the laidback vibe.

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Apartment Filippo by Studio Alexander Fehre

Apartment Filippo, UK, by Alexander Fehre

There's an op art feel to the dining area in this small London flat, which Alexander Fehre renovated to make it feel more spacious. The black-and-white printed wallpaper contrasts against the tomato red sofas and table to create an intimate seating area in the white kitchen.

A copper kitchen lamp and oversized cabinet handles add to the almost childlike charm of this kitchen nook.

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Lamorna by Charlie Luxton Design in the Cotswolds

Lamorna, UK, by Charlie Luxton Design

When designer Charlie Luxton refurbished this bungalow in the Cotswalds, he decorated the children's bedrooms with a jungle theme.

A tiger wallpaper extends out into the corridor and was chosen to "bring some life and fun and sunshine into that area of the house". It matches an art print featuring a tiger in one of the rooms and creates a bright, fun hallway.

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Arcade by Workstead and Calico

Arcade by Calico Wallpaper and Workstead

Brooklyn studios Workstead and Calico Wallpaper teamed up to create this installation inside New York's Arcade Bakery, which was also designed by Workstead. The abstract Relic wallpaper was used to decorate the bakery's cosy alcoves and features a mixture of sheer tissue paper and metallic and matte elements.

Contrasted against the bakery's marble floors and wooden panelling, the wallpaper adds a sunny splash of colour that is still in keeping with the historic 1929 building.

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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing peaceful bedroomscalm living rooms and colourful kitchens.