Wallpaper Wednesday: Orla Kiely New Collection

It’s been a while and I’ve missed it terribly, so welcome back to Wallpaper Wednesday. Due to a rather busy blog and a rather jaded blogger, this regular feature took a little break over the last fortnight but I’ve found a fantastic paper for you to drool over this week.

Orla Kiely’s New Collection has landed, and there’s so much to choose from I didn’t know where to start! So for a change, I’ve actually chosen two papers for us to look at and first up is ‘Giant Abacus Flower’:

As you know I love dramatic, bold wallpapers that really make a statement and I think Orla Kiely’s Abacus Flower really does tick all of those boxes and then some. I’m not always a fan of Orla Kiely prints, but I’m loving the retro feel of this one, and if you’re a child of the ’70s like me, you may even remember your parents having something similar on their walls back then. I think you could even use this in a child’s room; it’s so fun and cool!

As with all great collections these days, it comes in lots of different colourways, but I chose this lovely green and grey to showcase on the blog today. Giant Abacus Flower retails at Ā£49 per roll at WallpaperDirect.

Secondly, I’ve gone with a slightly more subtle wallpaper for the next piece from the collection. Acorn Spot features stylised acorn cups in a retro geometric look. A smaller print in various colour combinations that demonstrate the ’70’s beautifully. This one is in teal with red spots.

And I’m also loving it in orange, yellow and green, with grey spots.

Again, Acorn Spots sells for Ā£49 per roll at WallpaperDirect.

What do you think of this retro selection? Could you see yourelf using any of these wallpapers?

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

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  1. Amanda
    October 10, 2012 / 9:46 am

    Love the first one, if I really had to choose one that what I’d go for. Love Orla’s designs. I actually really like the table and chairs too!

  2. Steph Love All Blogs / imcountingufoz
    October 10, 2012 / 1:19 pm

    I really like the first one, it would make a very striking feature wall.

  3. Jen
    October 10, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    The first one, Giant Abacus Flowers is getting a lot of love on FB and Twitter too. I agree, it’s my favourite as well, would love to see this on one of my walls!

  4. Sonia
    October 10, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    See my fav is the middle one, not so keen on the huge flower look šŸ˜‰

    • Jen
      October 10, 2012 / 7:18 pm

      That’s great, it wouldn’t do for us all to like the same thing. I just love the retro vibe of the patterns and colouring.

  5. Make do mum
    October 10, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    I like the top one for a kids room. Not wallpaper related, but I noticed that Orla Kiely has done a range for Uniqlo that is nice (& affordable!)

    • Jen
      October 10, 2012 / 7:17 pm

      Ooh that’s interesting. I do like it when designers do affordable high street ranges šŸ™‚

  6. Heals
    October 16, 2012 / 1:49 pm

    it’s great to see her prints on different scales. The abacus print looks striking at this size. The stem print (originally always quite small) also looks great scaled up on this new wallpaper collection

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