CHALET-CHIC WALLCOVERINGS

With the ski season in full swing, we’re taking a look at ‘chalet-chic’ style in this blog post. We can’t bring you mountain views (not real ones, anyway), but there are elements of this look – the warm, cosy feel and the focus on natural materials, for example – that can be replicated in any home. So hunker down in front of the fire and get ready to be inspired!

Chalet style has, thankfully, moved on from orange pine-clad rooms – that look was more 1970s sauna than mountain retreat – but wood, of course, remains a key feature in any contemporary winter home. We featured lots of fabulous wood-on-walls ideas here so we will return only briefly to the theme – we came across these fun designs recently and thought them worthy of sharing.

This would be a witty choice for a cosy cabin look, especially if installed either side of an open fire or wood-burning stove: 

 Lumberjack, Engineer collection,  Andrew Martin  – £77.90 per roll

Lumberjack, Engineer collection, Andrew Martin – £77.90 per roll

And this rough-luxe design would work beautifully with a variety of styles, from the rustic to the industrial. 

 Scrapwood, Piet Hein Eek collection,  Rockett St George  – £199 per roll

Scrapwood, Piet Hein Eek collection, Rockett St George – £199 per roll

If your chalet-inspired scheme already features wooden floors, furniture and perhaps even exposed beams, you can afford to use a different finish on the walls without losing that cosy, rustic feel. Traditional ski-lodge interiors often feature such decorative accessories as deer antlers and animal-skin rugs, but if hunting trophies are not your thing, we suggest taking a more tongue-in-cheek approach. Instead of a single stag’s head over the fireplace, why not go for a whole deer-dedicated wall?

 Rudolf, Wonderland collection,  Elitis  – £159.80 per pack of 9 adhesive panels

Rudolf, Wonderland collection, Elitis – £159.80 per pack of 9 adhesive panels

 Deer Damask,  Barneby Gates  – £81 per roll

Deer Damask, Barneby Gates – £81 per roll

While cowhides and animal-skin rugs are commonly seen in combination with snowy backdrops and roaring fires, it’s surprising to see them make their way onto the walls. These designs will certainly add exotic flair to your scheme! 

 Tanzania (left) and Veracruz, both Natives collection, Elitis – both £139.80 per roll

Tanzania (left) and Veracruz, both Natives collection, Elitis – both £139.80 per roll

 Senzo Spot, Ardmore collection,  Cole & Son  – £75 per roll

Senzo Spot, Ardmore collection, Cole & Son – £75 per roll

It’s even possible to combine two themes in one – these driftwood-inspired stripes are decorated with a zebra pattern.

 Zebrawood, Curio collection, Cole & Son – £80 per roll

Zebrawood, Curio collection, Cole & Son – £80 per roll

If this is all a little kitsch for your taste, concentrate on the cosiness angle instead. Upholstery and soft furnishings in warm, tactile, textured materials such as velvet, leather, suede, wool and sisal are de rigueur in a winter scheme, but the good news is that many of these fabrics can be installed on the walls, too.

Altfield has several leather- and suede-look designs that would look sleek and elegant in a wintery setting. This faux-suede wallcovering may look delicate but it’s actually surprisingly robust. It does, however, require a skilled installer to ensure that it looks its best – and that’s where Wells Interiors comes in!   

 Madison Stripe, Weitzner collection, Altfield – £378 per linear

Madison Stripe, Weitzner collection, Altfield – £378 per linear

The brand-new wool Cozy collection by Maya Romanoff was created in collaboration with architect and designer David Rockwell. We love its tailored, masculine feel. We also love the undeniably cosy styling in this image!

 Bundle Up, Maya Romanoff Cozy collection, Altfield – price available on request

Bundle Up, Maya Romanoff Cozy collection, Altfield – price available on request

And this checked design has the look and feel of a tweed or plaid – perfect for a traditional winter retreat.

 Derby, Equateur collection, Elitis – £136.80 per m

Derby, Equateur collection, Elitis – £136.80 per m

Add in some rich, spicy colours (think midnight blues, burgundy reds, deep purples and mossy greens) and you’ll feel as snug as can be. This exquisite silk can’t fail to warm the cockles of your heart, even on the coldest of winter evenings!

 Forever, Elitis - £171.80 per m

Forever, Elitis - £171.80 per m

On-trend velvet is such a warm, comforting textile. To get a velvety effect on walls, flock is the answer. This sumptuous paper comes in a choice of five jewel-like colourways. 

 Petrouchka, Mariinsky Damask collection, Cole & Son – £140 per roll

Petrouchka, Mariinsky Damask collection, Cole & Son – £140 per roll

If you love the idea of introducing rich texture on the walls but prefer a more neutral colour palette, consider natural fibres such as sisal, grasscloth, hessian, or even something a little more unusual. This open-fretwork design is made from South American tree bark: 

 Aura, Weitzner collection, Altfield – £2,302 per panel

Aura, Weitzner collection, Altfield – £2,302 per panel

This design pairs hemp with lurex, creating an attractive, earthy texture:

 Tapies, Weitzner collection, Altfield – £232 per linear m

Tapies, Weitzner collection, Altfield – £232 per linear m

And this hand-knotted abaca has a fine-grained, layered finish with a subtle iridescent glaze. 

 Silt, Innovations collection, Altfield – £138 per linear m

Silt, Innovations collection, Altfield – £138 per linear m

Whether you’ve had an exhausting day on the slopes or have battled the elements on your daily commute, there’s nothing better than coming back to a snug, welcoming home. Natural materials, richly textured fibres and deep, spicy colour will all help to create that sense of comfort and warmth.

InspirationAbi Fawcus