A living room design that shows how if you start with the right wallpaper, everything else can fall into place

Distinctive wallpaper was the basis for this living room in a London townhouse. Arabella Youens explains how Rosanna Bossom came up with this design.

“My clients are a young couple who like to entertain, so they wanted this piece to have an impact,” says Rosanna Bossom.

‘As a starting point, they recommended Royal Pavilion Chinoiserie by Allyson McDermott (www.allysonmcdermott.com), a specialist in handmade wallpapers.’ The designer explains: “When a lot of energy comes from the walls, everything else can be quite simple and clear.

The chairs, sofa, bumper and ottoman were designed in-house with colors taken from the wallpaper: the red of the cushions corresponds to that of the flowers, the green of the sofa that of the stems.

Meanwhile, the fabric on top of the pouf is a velvet called Marly by Colony (www.colonyuk.com). “I love the colors and texture of this design and try to use a bit of it in all my projects.”

Elsewhere in the scheme, the strongest nod to the pattern is the caramel and white checkerboard printed linen on the armchair, a new design by Susie Atkinson, which gives the piece a distinctive look (www.susieatkinson.com) .

Two slipper chairs in the bay can be moved apart, creating more flexible seating options. Their having skirts was deliberate – “too many exposed legs can make a piece look ungrounded,” says Miss Bossom.

The side tables belonged to the customers, except for the can design painted in the far right corner, which is by Alfred Newall (www.alfrednewall.com). “I avoid using too much brown furniture in my projects: it can make a room feel too heavy. I like to avoid any form of symmetry to avoid looking staged and fussy.

Above is the Colombier chandelier by Vaughan (www.vaughandesigns.com) and the floors are the house’s original, covered in an Indian jute rug by Tate & Darby (www.tateanddarby.com).

See more work by Rosanna Bossom at www.rosannabossom.co.uk

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