BBC4’s Fabric of Britain

I’ve really enjoyed the resurgence of home crafts programmes on TV of late. It started with Kirstie Allsopp’s fantastic series of Homemade Home programmes (have to confess I didn’t really like the latest recycling one – sorry Kirstie), The Great British Sewing Bee was must watch TV and of course, The Great British Bake Off.

The newest comes from BBC4 and is called Fabric Of Britain. A three part documentary series about Britain’s relationship with fabric, focussing on knitting, wallpaper and embroidery. I’ve been catching up with the series on Sky Plus and have recently watched the second episode all about wallpaper. Absolutely fascinating.

I loved watching the recreation of flocked wallpaper and the history of wallpaper in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Remember that Chuck Out Your Chintz TV ad from Ikea?

We’ve gone a little wallpaper crazy in our new house and I’m more than a little excited to see it all up on the walls, looking fabulous. Pattern and colour are key to our wallpaper choices and we’ve got a range of both in our selection.

For the kitchen and dining room, we’re sticking with the red and white theme from the last house and have chosen this paper from classic interior decor company Sanderson. We’ve got one long wall in the dining part of the room which this will go on;


For bedroom, we’ve always had blue and white so fancied a change this time. With a little persuasion from my husband, we’ve gone for this bright Orla Kiely paper in her classic leaf print. I think I’m going to stick with white bedlinen and pick out the colours of the wallpaper using curtains and cushions. The paper will go on the wall at the behind the bed;

Flat Shots


Finally, in the lounge we’ve gone for a more muted wallpaper to tone in with my red slubby silk curtains, and a mish mash of red, stone and floral patterned cushions. I wanted something which was quite classic but still pretty and patterned. I’m not sure yet whether we’ll stick to one wall here or do the whole room;



Do you love wallpaper?



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