“ Brand: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen / Type: Wallpaper „
When we bought our house a couple of years ago, we decided that my husband needed his own office space for the many computers he ends up collecting for fixing. He works in IT, and along with this comes many cables, hard drives, and various other computer parts I don't really understand.
We converted one of the spare bedrooms into an office, had it plastered, got a leather chair and desk, some bookshelves, and hey presto he had his own office. When decorating it, we wanted to keep it fairly neutral, just in case we ever converted it from an office into a guest room, and also something which was inoffensive and wouldn't interfere with his work.
So, rather than doing the entire room magnolia, we decided to have a feature wall. It's probably not a surprise to anyone who's read any other wallpaper reviews of mine....we like feature walls. This wallpaper is from the Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen range, so it doesn't come cheap, but we picked it up on offer at our local hardware store. I can't remember what we paid for it at the time, but at full price it costs around £25 - £30 per roll. It is available from B&Q, and other department stores. We were lucky to get some from our local hardware store as they were selling the range off, so we managed to do a couple of rooms from this range.
Being from a premium range, the wallpaper is of excellent quality. It feels thick and not only does this make it easier to hang without wrapping it round yourself, it looks good quality on the wall. The background colour of this wallpaper is magnolia, and the flowers are green and light brown. This means it would go well with various other colours, including cream, green, and brown. The background almost has a pearl effect to it, and is a bit shiny rather than looking dull. It looks a bit odd in the Dooyoo picture but is actually quite nice!
The pattern on the wallpaper is easy to match, but again I think this is because the flowers are large rather than being small and fiddly. I was quite surprised my husband chose this for his office, as it has flowers on it, but I guess when you look at it, it's not really gender-specific. It's neutral, yet warm in colour, and does enough to brighten a room without being too "in your face". You wouldn't even really notice they were flowers unless you looked at it closely.
This wallpaper is still in good condition, with no signs of needing replacing anytime soon. It hasn't bubbled or curled at the edges, although my husband would probably put this down to his well-practised wallpapering skills. I would recommend this if you are looking for a subtle feature wall, and something which is fairly neutral and blends in rather than making a statement.
(This review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)