Can you remember a while ago I mentioned that I was thinking of pasting up a paper patchwork design in Monkeychild's bedroom? Well, here's the fruits of my labour so to speak:
I had the idea from seeing the below photo in Selina Lake's recent book Homespun Style and thought that it would translate well onto the chimney breast in Monkeychild's room.
When it came to choosing the paper I decided to use sheets of wrapping paper as I thought that this would be cheaper and more economical than buying co-ordinating rolls of wallpaper, and I could achieve a really good mix of patterns and colours from the ranges available.
I found some lovely patterned wrapping paper in a local shop and choose the designs that I thought would complement each other and suit the existing walls, as well as appealing to a five year old's taste in decoration (thankfully she hasn't hit the dreaded Justin Beiber phase, so posters aren't an issue...yet!). If you're interested, I used designs by Petra Boase and Roger la Borde.
This was my first attempt at wallpapering and as I was using small sheets instead of manipulating a long roll, I found it easy to do. I choose to repeat the patterns in a traditional patchwork block design and overlapped them in places to hide the bar codes etc. One thing I will say though, is choose a quality weight of wrapping paper as this will tear less than using a paper sheet that's very thin.
So, for less than the price of a roll a designer wallpaper I've managed to give Monkeychild a bright and colourful feature wall, which has cheaply jazzed up her bedroom and appeals to my design sensibilities too.
Now that can't be bad!