Arts and Crafts Wallpaper and Paint

Arts and Crafts rooms were intended to be light and spacious. Rooms had either a rustic look with panelling or pale walls, a high dado with a frieze, or papered walls.

The dado might be left as bare brick or stone, or panelled in wood or tapestry.


Paint colours were soft, earthy reds, as well as greens, blues, blue-greens, old rose pinks, and pale golds. Wallpapers were sometimes matched with stencilled borders on a flat paint background.


The narrow colour range available from the preferred natural vegetable dyes meant that wallpaper designs had to be more finely crafted. There were mediaeval motifs, cottagey designs, and Classical details. All were two dimensional designs with little elaborate decoration and tended to be plain contrasted with a pattern.