Style Guide: How To Use Matching Designs

20th August 2021

A highly requested interior design, matching wallpapers and fabrics create show-stopping interiors that instantly impress! Whether you wish for that all-over matchy look for maximum impact, or enjoy how the subtle placement of a matching cushion and wallpaper instantly unites your scheme, we've got designs that span an abundance of tastes, home designs, and colours.

With brands meeting this demand by producing patterns, both old and new, that have specifically been created to be used together, enjoy our edit of the design houses who are doing it best...

Christopher Farr

Christopher Farr Cloth draws inspiration from both past archival work by 20th century artists and current artists and designers they work with. Their collaborations have borne bold patterns and exciting colour combinations. The use of these outstanding patterns across both furnishings and walls makes for show-stopping interiors. These looks can then be balanced by plain materials and paint in complementary colours.


Self-stylised eclectic designers, MINDTHEGAP use an array of influences to produce bold, eye-catching prints that are worth repeating. Their range also includes cushions and complementary artwork that make matching all the easier.

Their tropical designs and florals hit on the latest trends in a spectacular fashion. A feature wall can easily be created with their wallpaper. Likewise, a feature footstool or statement armchair is ideal for the fabric. Eclectic lovers can also go all-out and attain the coveted maximalist look with ease.


Quintessentially British brand, Sanderson create charming floral and woodland prints, alongside painterly pieces. They bring the outside in and celebrate nature. A mixture of patterns continues these themes throughout a room. Use secondary colours from the main pattern to repeat in other furnishings and home accessories.

Kate Forman

The subtle soft tones of Kate Forman designs are ideal for country homes and vintage-inspired interiors. The English country linens work wonderfully as curtains, home accessories, or upholstery. Meanwhile, the wallpaper allows for an all-round design that won't overwhelm a room. Pair these prints with bespoke lampshades and occasional chairs that bring a pop of colour. Then, antiques make the ideal finishing touches.


Traditional motifs are given a new lease of life by Thibaut in bold colours. Their wallpapers and fabrics have a versatility that can be used in eclectic or traditional interiors. The trick here is to pick out colours, and repeat them in different patterned and plain fabrics. This effortlessly ties the room together without losing the impact of the focal pattern.

Barneby Gates

Barneby Gates take traditional ideas and update them with a whimsical twist. Their light-hearted designs lift a room with a playful use of pattern and colour. These prints are not to be hidden with heavy furniture. Instead, opt for lighter furnishings that allow the light and pattern to shine through.

Cole & Son

Cole & Son wallpaper is long established, their fabric designs then arrived on the scene with their Icons Collection. These were explicitely created in order to match and complement their latest wallpaper line.

Colour matching makes for a strong and more masculine interior vibe. Alternatively, using a softer shade on the wallpaper and a richer shade on the furniture ties the room together without over-doing it. Contrast these luxurious materials with textured plain fabric and metallic details for an ultra-modern and welcoming space.

Anna French

Anna French began her career in the 1960s and has continued her signature designs. Ideal for mix and matching their scales, her matching designs take inspirations from far-flung regions, with clear Indienne and Chinoiserie influences. A dynamic collection that remarkably stay true to her British country style, she never fails to create timeless designs that look in keeping in modern homes.

Lewis & Wood

Driven by a passion for creating the 'unusual', Lewis & Wood produce world-class fabrics and wallpapers that are enjoyed in homes around the globe. Established in 1993, with a strong determination to celebrate homegrown talent, their carefully-crafted designs are all printed in-house at their charming Gloucestershire mill. With many designed as both fabris and wallpapers, their large scale papers look wonderful when complemented with cushions.

Design Archives

Stunning designs that mix classic patterns with contemporary colours, these modern country style designs are lovingly created by Sharon Crowson, the brainchild of Design Archives. Gathered from an archive of designs curated by her father, the fabrics and wallpapers are produced to be matched, or mismatched to create pattern-filled and characterful homes.

Nina Campbell

Nina Campbell manges to create designs that look good across the spectrum, from urban chic interiors to traditional homes, her large stylised prints are printed in a pleasing colour palette, including duck egg blue florals and more vibrant modern motifs.

Use these patterns all-round a room, and on accent furnishings that match the style of the print. Then, pair them with small designs in matching tones and block colour larger furniture. The result is a pleasing and balanced interior look that won't fall out of trend.

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