Interiors experts from around the world will be celebrating the versatility of wallcoverings as part of International Wallpaper Week this autumn.

And award-winning decorator, Stuart Yates is urging householders to bring the joy of wallpaper into their homes.

A resurgence in popularity over the last decade has seen an explosion of creativity in wallpaper design, with a huge, dynamic range of styles, patterns, textures and colours.

As well as running his business, Stuart Yates Decor – based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire – Stuart is a member of the Painting and Decorating Association, Britain’s largest trade body dedicated to the painting and decorating trade.

Now he is encouraging people across the UK to take a fresh look at wallpaper and introduce a new look to their homes.

He says: “Don’t be afraid of wallpaper – you can find a paper for every room, every style and every budget.

“Whether it’s a budget paper for £5 or a £200-a-roll design, wallpaper can make a huge impact in your home.

“It all comes down to your own preferences and what you can afford.

“One of my favourite places for hanging wallpaper is in the hallway, as this is where visitors get a first impression of your home.”

Stuart was the winner of the Dulux Academy Design and Decorate Challenge last year, beating stiff competition from colleagues across the UK who were all challenged to design their own wallpaper and demonstrate their wallpaper hanging skills.

His winning wallcovering has been used as a bespoke design print by manufacturers Graham and Brown.

Stuart gave his top five tips for wallpapering:

  1. Make a plan - before you do anything else, take a good look at the room, the furniture and flooring. Work out whether you want a feature wall or paper on all walls. Where does the sunlight fall? Where are the doors and windows? What overall effect are you aiming to achieve?
  2. Choose with care - Think about your budget – what can you afford? Think about the patterns or textures and how they might help disguise imperfections or highlight any faults in the wall surfaces - ask your decorator for advice on any problem areas. Stuart says: “Wallpaper generally features flowers, a stripe or a damask style pattern, but there is so much more variety now. A big trend this year is bees, but we’ve also seen papers with flamingos, crystals, glitter and 3D effects, so there is more choice than ever. You can even have your favourite photograph turned into bespoke wallpaper these days.”
  3. Pick a professional - when inviting a trader into your home, make sure you have done your research. It’s vital to make sure any painter and decorator is properly insured and knows what they are doing. Stuart is a member of the Painting and Decorating Association, which guarantees its members are insured, qualified and have at least five years’ experience in the industry.
  4. Preparation is key - A good decorator will always prepare the surface before applying any paper - it’s important to discuss any works to the walls before the covering is applied. Stuart says: “I always use lining paper. Whatever else I do, I do put lining paper up as this gives a standard surface throughout for the finishing paper to adhere to. Preparation is key to a nice finish on your walls.”
  5. Just go for it - “Don’t be afraid to introduce wallpaper into your home,” says Stuart. “It can have a huge impact in any room. There’s been a definite resurgence in our love for wallpaper over the last 10 years and I think it’s a trend that will continue into the future.”

Whether it’s adding pattern and texture to a neutral scheme, or creating a striking look with a unique design, wallpaper is one of the most versatile wallcoverings for any room.

For a trusted route to finding reputable, qualified and insured tradespeople look out for the red, white and blue logo of the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA).

To find a painter and decorator in your area, go to https://paintingdecoratingassociation.co.uk/find/