Thanks to new technology and a focus on fresh, creative applications, wallpaper has become the Swiss Army Knife of the decor world. It can be tailored to provide a quick and easy update to any space – from a bland guest loo to outdated kitchen surfaces.

There are wallpaper manufacturers that allow you to design your own motif. Or choose from a range of applications to suit your taste (and budget).

Big deal

X-factor: Add exotic appeal to your home with oversized botanical motifs. Sculptural delicious monster and island-style hibiscus and orchid designs will transform your home into an urban jungle, while reinvented floral designs are stylish and on trend.

Get the look: Paint a picture of elegance by combining still-life-inspired botanicals with opulent velvet and chenille, to create an avant-garde, Parisian-style setting. Or opt for clean-lined, modern furniture with a vintage botanical design as a backdrop.

Expect bold flower and leaf designs in a palette of forest greens, cayenne and chartreuse, juxtaposed by a spectrum of dark, moody hues.

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Ornate, repetitive floral motifs and large-scale fresco-style designs are equally appealing as focal wall applications.

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Supersized watercolour prints of succulents and unexpected leaf designs present a more organic option.

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Turn up the heat with fun tropical-fruit-inspired designs that show you don’t take life too seriously.

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An industrial-style apartment reveals its softer side with an oversized greyscale floral mural.

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Touchy feely

X-factor: Textured applications, such as exposed brick and distressed concrete, are synonymous with the industrial-farmhouse trend. Now you can create the same look without hauling in bricks and mortar.

Get the look: Rustic and laid-back, brick Victorian-inspired tin-tile designs fill your home with welcoming warmth.

Complement a masculine interior with urban brick-effect wallpaper in a silver-grey colourway.

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Break the mould with pressed-tin-tile wallpaper in an antique-white finish.

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Set the scene with timeworn brick wallpaper in your bedroom. The distressed wall will add tactile interest and laid-back style to even the smallest space.

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