“ Brand: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen / Type: Wallpaper „
We have this wallpaper in our bedroom on one of the walls as a "feature" wall. It is part of the Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen range, and I remember we bought ours from a local hardware store which was having a bit of a sale so we got it at a reduced price. At full price, it isn't cheap, costing around £19.95 for a roll, but it is excellent quality and seems to be very hardwearing. You can probably find it cheaper if you shop round, especially when the new range of products arrives. A roll is 52cm x 10m.
The wallpaper is beige with a lovely swirly pattern on it which is very "boudoir" in style. The official description of it online is: "Traditionally oriental design celebrating the curvaceous elegance of the chrysanthemum" (www.fashionwallpaper.co.uk). In layman's terms, this translates to a slightly swirly flowery pattern. Most people will recognise it as it's one you see a lot these days in bars and hotels.
This colour is not too dark but our house is old with very high ceilings, so I think this is why it doesn't overpower the room. I'm not sure I would be keen on this kind of bold pattern to cover an entire room (this would also be very expensive!), but as a feature wall it works perfectly. We have the wall behind our bed in this wallpaper, and the other walls are a beige/brown colour. It works well with cream accessories.
Anyway, back to the wallpaper. My partner and I had to put this on the wall together, due to the high ceilings it's impossible to wallpaper by yourself in our house. The first thing I noticed about this wallpaper was the thickness of it. It's beautifully thick and feels really good quality, it gives me confidence that it will be longlasting. It looks and feels very luxurious, and although I've never had a problem with cheaper wallpaper, I did notice the difference in quality.
The wallpaper wasn't the easiest to put up, I think this was a combination of the pattern being quite tricky to match, and also the thickness of the paper making it less easy to move around and jiggle into place. The pattern is quite big and bold, so it's easy to see where the join is, but at the same time it's very obvious if you get it even slightly out of place, so it's a bit of a high pressure situation given that we knew what the full price per roll was if we had to buy any more through error!
It's been a year or so since we decorated our bedroom, and the wallpaper is still in excellent condition with no peeling at the corners, or signs of wear and tear. Of course, part of this is down to our excellent and well practised wallpapering skills (slight hint of sarcasm there, my other half would chuckle if he read this review!).
I'm still very happy with this wallpaper, it suits our bedroom perfectly, although it would also be suited to other rooms such as living or dining rooms, if you were looking for a cream/beige colour scheme. Personally, I'd steer clear from covering all the walls in one room in this wallpaper, because it works so well as a feature wallpaper it might be a bit overbearing if the entire room was papered in this pattern.