Norfolk by design

PUBLISHED: 09:32 10 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 October 2013

Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors in Bresssingham. Photograph Simon Parker

Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors in Bresssingham. Photograph Simon Parker


When I was recently invited by Wallpaper Company (and Royal Warrant holder) Cole and Son to the preview of their new collection at Kensington Palace it was an opportunity not to be missed! The venue was perfectly chosen to unveil The Historic Royal Palaces Wallpaper Collection.

Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors in Bresssingham. Photograph Simon ParkerLanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors in Bresssingham. Photograph Simon Parker

This is no ordinary wallpaper collection; it is at the forefront of the latest trend that introduces friezes alongside coordinating wallpapers allowing for a more creative approach to using wallpaper. A selection of patterns and colours can be mixed and matched within a room or one frieze may be used to decorate an otherwise painted space. The friezes can be applied as a border between two papers, around the top of a room, vertically in the corner of a room or used to frame a window- the

possibilities are endless!

The designs are inspired by five grand royal residences including Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London but you don’t need to live in a palace to use them. Shauna Dennison, creative director of Cole and Son has very cleverly combined the rich heritage of the historic buildings with a

contemporary usable colour palette; the scale has also been considered to ensure the patterns will fit into present day homes.

Swank Interiors and other stockists will be able to offer the collection to customers from 22 September.

Indeed September is a really important and extremely busy month in the interior design calendar. We have the London design festival and Decorex in London, and Maison and Objet in Paris. These are a series of events that allow suppliers to launch their new furniture ranges, and fabric and wallpaper houses unveil their new designs to the trade. This is a time when new trends become apparent - just as catwalk shows determine clothing fashions - setting the scene for the next season.

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If I had to pick a favourite it would have to be this faux panelling combination. The charcoal colour way is so on trend and as you can see from the picture it creates a dramatic backdrop for vibrant colours. The Tudor Rose Border neatly separates the wider Library frieze on the bottom from the Library Panel wallpaper at the top. This combination would look fabulous in a dining room with full length interlined fuchsia silk curtains and soft lighting.

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This photograph was taken by Lanassir at the Cole and Son preview in the Orangery, the wallpapers were displayed to demonstrate just how usable they are alongside an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories.

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