Styling By Ed Gallagher

Published on April 18, 2019

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Farrow & Ball’s inspired offerings are no secret, and its latest release is pure eye candy. Playing into the need for wallpaper to make a statement in a room, existing floral, graphic, and geometric patterns have been revamped with a delicate finish of metallic paint before printing. The classic and approachable designs now feature silver, brass, and gold hues, adding an unexpected brazen shine that makes the patterns in the collection absolute standouts. With their dazzling appeal, each of the papers offers the perfect answer to our current need for more vintage glamour in our lives (let’s face it: Metallics are key to a glam look). And what better to pair them with than vintage or vintage-inspired decor? If you’re ready to take the plunge with statement patterns that wow, here’s how to master the mix of old and new.

Bring Back a Bit of Bygone Glamour

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Some of our favorite patterns from Farrow & Ball’s new metallic wallpaper offerings boast vintage inspiration behind their designs: Enigma features interlocking rectangles named after Alan Turing’s WWII encoding machine (you saw The Imitation Game, right?), Bamboo is a wallpaper intended to capture the spirit of Japanese woodblock prints, and Lotus is an elegant 19th century–style design made with actual paint. If you want a room to feel collected and curated, go for prints like these that all have a story to tell.

Go Bold With Gold

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Up the decadence by using one-of-a-kind pieces in your wallpapered space. Vintage art and sculptures often showcase unique shapes, and textures loudly declaring your commitment to uniqueness and cool. Take a cue from maximalists, like Tony Duquette and Kelly Wearstler and follow the gold theme through to your collectibles. Here, small vessels work to hold desktop detritus and their varied patinas emphasize the “collected over time” feel.

Layer on the Drama

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If your wallpaper is bold, you need anchoring pieces that can stand up to their backdrop. To soften the sharp angles of Enigma, we layered on a mid-century globe lamp, which has all the vintage vibes to match the scene but also has a shapely design that commands equal attention. Velvets drapes add luxurious texture to amp up the drama, while their solid color balances all the pattern.

Ready to re-create this look for yourself? Save a little time at the flea market and consider these vintage-inspired pieces from Anthropologie—each as unique as the other.

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