Charming and timeless bird print wallpaper has always been a popular design when decorating our homes. Dating as far back as the the late 16th century, the first bird wallpaper designs arrived from China featuring an assortment of exotic birds elegantly balanced in shrubs and trees. The accuracy and sophistication of their designs made them a highly sought after interior decoration that sparked our love affair with these feather friends that has carried to this day.
As designers continue to produce innovative and beautiful designs to suit our modern homes, they have one foot placed firmly in the present as the other is set immovably in the past. Delving into archives of original drawings from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, brands are looking back to much loved designs and re-imagining them to suit the lifestyles and fashions of today...
A romantic print featuring delicate Hummingbirds as they perch on foliage and flowers, this design was originally a handmade block print wallpaper that dates back to the 18th century.
One of Cole and Son's most popular designs, Hummingbirds was selected from their extensive archive that currently consists of approximately 1,800 block prints, 350 screen print and a huge quantity of original drawings and wallpapers. Now available in multiple colourways, some faithful to the character of the original document and others suited to more contemporary interiors.
Woodland Chorus Wallpaper
A realistic depiction of our favourite British birds, this charming wallpaper features green woodpeckers, spotted wrens, red-breasted robins and a pair of nesting blue tits. Printed in bold primary colours on a sky blue ground upon which butterflies, insects, ladybirds and various woodland creatures explore.
Inspired by an 18th century painting from the Sanderson Archive which featured plants and animals painted in exquisitely fine detail. Intended to evoke the tranquillity and quiet influence found amongst our British woodlands and wildlife, this reworking of an old design takes you back to a time far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Great Ormond Street Wallpaper
Renowned for their skilful adaption of historic designs for 21st century interiors, Little Greene has delved into the English Heritage archives to breath new life into this old designs.
Closely based on papers removed from a very early-18th century terrace house situated opposite Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, this colourful parrot wallpaper has been beautifully rescaled and recoloured to suit modern day contemporary tones.
Strawberry Thief Wallpaper
A charming floral wallpaper featuring colourful thrushes as they flit in between stylised strawberry plants. Arguable one of Morris and Co's most successful designs, its subject is in fact a record of when William Morris discovered some thrushes stealing fruits from the kitchen of his countryside home in Oxfordshire.
Originally intended as a cotton fabric to be used for curtains or draped around walls, Strawberry Thief was first printed at Merton Abbey on May 1883. Its instant popularity pleased Morris which resulted in him registering the design with the Patents Office. It continues to be one of his most popular designs and has now been made available as a wallpaper in a wide range of colourways to perfectly suit english cottage decor.
A humble bird perches high on a branch in the Garden of Eden surrounded by flowers and leaves as they weave up the wall. Designed by decorative artist Adam Calkin, it was originally discovered many years ago by Stephen Lewis of Lewis & Wood, painted on a wall at Calkins' home. So struck by the motif he resolved to have it printed as a wide width wallpaper to do the design justice. It's distinctive style and bright and airy colourways make it the perfect wallpaper to bring a slice of this paradisal garden into your home.
This contemporary mural featuring a pair of peacocks perched amongst delicate blossom trees takes its inspiration from the early sixteenth century period of Japanese art. A classic chinoiserie design, this bird and butterfly wallpaper transports us to a time where Japan’s self-imposed isolation resulted in warfare and a struggle for control.
Characterised by two distinctive styles, the Momoyama period saw gold being lavishly applied to the furnishings of those in power to flaunt their newly acquired status, whereas on the other hand the military elite supported a counter-aesthetic of simple, unpretentious styling.
The two contrasting colourways of Coordonne's Edo wall mural; one opulently lavish and the other calm and contained, both perfectly encapsulate the opposing tensions of the time and forces the buyer to choose a side.