retro walls

Fantastic Frank Stralgatan 2303

when i spotted this kungsholmen apartment over on fantastic frank the first thing that grabbed me – ok, second after that delightful mint smeg fridge – was the gloriously retro wallpaper in the kitchen. i’m not usually one for pattern on the walls, having grown up in a house papered in its entirety in the most hideous of floral monstrosities, but those cute little foliage illustrations have really won me over – perfect for the least green-fingered urban jungle lover, don’t you think?

as i scrolled on through the apartment shots, my fascination with its papered walls grew and grew. in the bedroom, the tactile silver oriental blooms add such an air of luxury to what could otherwise have been a somewhat poky sleeping quarter (although i do love the little step up into the space!)

it seems a long time since i last saw a wallpapered flat that felt as cool, calm and contemporary as this. what do you think, could wallpaper be on its way back in?

Fantastic Frank Stralgatan 2301

Fantastic Frank Stralgatan 2302

Fantastic Frank Stralgatan 2304

Fantastic Frank Stralgatan 2305

Fantastic Frank Stralgatan 2306

Fantastic Frank Stralgatan 2307


  1. Anja Skrba

    25 April

    Oh yes, wall papers are definitely coming back – no doubt about that!

  2. Carole

    25 April

    What a lovely apartment! No, I’m not really one for patterned wallpapers (though I did go through the “feature wall” phase – hey, everybody did!) but the walls in the bedroom do look really good and the pattern isn’t overwhelming. Nicely done I’d say :-)

    • kate

      29 April

      Ahh, the good ol’ feature wall! I have one in my bedroom now, it came with the flat and it’s, uh, a kind of putty shade… not quite sure what they were thinking, haha! xx

  3. Loving the blog refresh- and for me wallpaper never went out!

    • kate

      29 April

      Ah, thanks so much sweetie! xx

  4. Jessica

    25 April

    I love these wallpapers too, wouldn’t normally like pattern on the wall but these both seem really calming…

    • kate

      29 April

      Yeah, there’s a really fine line between pattern being pleasing to the eye and being in your face – when it comes to wallpaper at least. These are pretty darn perfect on the eye xx

  5. Katy

    25 April

    I’m always a bit nervous about wallpaper – I just don’t think I would be able to live with it for very long. But I do love the the kitchen paper and that palette of colours. I could also do with that little terrace with that view ;) Blog is looking great, btw xx

    • kate

      29 April

      Thanks lovely! I feel the same, I think I’d want to change it too often – a nice painted neutral seems to last so much longer..

  6. Karen Anita

    25 April

    I think it’s definitely back! But for me, I change my mind too much so using it on a full wall is a big commitment. Instead, using it on shelving or in small sections is always a winner!

    • kate

      29 April

      Ah, that’s a fab idea Karen! A nice flash of pattern that can be easily changed when the mood arises.. xx

  7. Love Fantastic Frank and the apartment hon! How amazing is your blog looking?! So stunning

    • kate

      29 April

      Aww, shucks! Thanks hun xx

  8. Eeek, I just don’t know how I feel about wallpaper. I’ve not once been able to apply it properly so am very, very nervous about it. I love the kitchen, though (and that fridge).

    • kate

      29 April

      That’s such a good point – really nice wallpaper badly applied is THE WORST! xx

  9. Arianna

    29 April

    Ooooh love this apartment hun and loving your new look ;) Currently working on mine ;) xxxx

    • kate

      29 April

      Thanks lovely lady – look forward to seeing it xx

  10. Olivia Richmond

    6 December

    This is so lovely! A carefully picked wallpaper makes such a cute accent wall especially if it matches some other elements and accessories in the room. I am a big fan of muted tones and I have always wanted a fridge like that!

  11. floory

    6 March

    Retro style is now in trend But I never thought in this way….retro wallpaper is a great option if you want something trendy and classy.

  12. lily

    4 April

    Looking at the pattern and color combination .. they are just perfect matching a with major of white color in the bathroom tiles. Great!

  13. Rachel

    6 April

    Very inspiring! I love the choice for the kitchen, the glass splash back gives it a modern twist too.

  14. Charly Martin

    10 October

    Wallpapering is considered as an old-fashioned method to restore your walls, but personally, I agree that they look nice and transform the place (in a good way).

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