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Essential Natural Lighting / Wallpaper Ideas to Brighten Up Your Space This Summer

Research conducted by wallpaper design brand I Want Wallpaper finds searches for wallpaper that pairs well with natural lighting is up by 107%, in June, making it one of the most popular trends this summer.

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The summer is finally here, and as we say goodbye to the cold and dark winter months, people are looking forward to the halcyon days of spring and summer. With days getting longer and brighter, interior design fans are after new and dynamic ways to make natural lighting a key part of their summer look.

Indeed, after experiencing their own surge in demand, research conducted by interior design brand I Want Wallpaper has found that searches for wallpaper that pairs well with natural lighting have jumped 107% since the beginning of June and the trend is continuing to grow. 

We spoke to Alex Whitecroft, Head of Design at I Want Wallpaper to weigh in on the results and to provide some key tips for people who want to bring some more light into their lives. 

Wallpaper is often one of the most underrated elements when it comes to natural lighting. For many, white walls and neutral walls are the go to, but this can often make space feel bland and washed out - there’s so much lost potential. Wallpaper brings subtle yet powerful elements like texture, patterns, reflection and contrast into the mix, adding a whole new dynamic to consider and play with.

                                                 Alex Whitecroft

We asked Alex to put together some essential tips, tricks and advice on how wallpaper can revolutionise spring/summer interiors for 2021. 

6 Brilliant Ways to Combine Wallpaper With Natural Light This Summer Season

Pair Dynamic Patterns & Natural Light to Make a Statement 

Wallpaper offers a huge array of pattern options, adding a whole new dynamic to the feel of the space. Geometric designs are a perfect way to draw attention across the room, and with its engaging symmetry and angular lines, it can make a room feel significantly bigger and help create a dynamic sense of drama. 



































If you want to incorporate a theme into your interior design, patterned or motif-led designs are a great way to get your vibe across, either as a subtle touch or with a punchy edge. 

Natural Lighting LOVES Nature-Inspired Design 

“With their stunning natural palettes and dynamic designs, nature-inspired wallpaper themes can interact beautifully with natural lighting. Whether it’s breathing life into vibrant colours or bringing out distinct details in your theme, there's something for every room and every taste. 

Indeed, natural lighting has always been at the heart of nature-inspired design, so it should be at the heart of your own interior plans as well. Always look at where natural light enters the room, and take notice of how the time of day plays out in your room - it can really help make an impact on your style choice.”

Use Foil Shimmer and Textured Glitter Paper to Reflect Light

When it comes to natural lighting, reflective wallpaper is always an excellent choice. Not only is it a fantastic way to create a wonderfully dynamic feeling in any room through patterning and texture, but it can reflect up to twice as much light! 

And there are so many options at hand. Embossed foil wallpaper combines texture and light to great effect, adding a sense of warmth without sacrificing the light feeling of the room. Light metallic wallpaper is brilliant for adding a layer of sophistication, while shimmer effects are great for catching the summer sunlight, which can make any space feel light and airy. 

Use Your Layout to Your Advantage

When it comes to choosing your wallpaper there’s always a lot to consider, including pattern and themes, as well as the overall mood and aesthetic you want to create. 

It’s so easy to get carried away, but when it comes to figuring out how to get the most out of pairing natural light and your wallpaper choice, the first thing you should look at is your layout.


Where is natural light coming in? How does it interact with the sun, Where does it hit the most? These are all excellent questions, and definitely things that can have an impact on what wallpaper you’ll want to go for. Think about how the light will interact with your design, and use that to help guide your choice. 

Used Right, White & Off-White Paper Can be a Game-Changer

White walls always look clean and classic, especially when there’s a lot of natural light coming into the room. But without the right styling, it can get boring, fast, which can leave a room feeling cold and washed out.

Don’t worry though, pairing white with bright pops of colour is a great way to completely change a space in a way that makes the most of natural light. Combine white backdrops with bright tones like punchy pinks or vibrant greens to make a statement.  

The same can be said for off white shades. Tones like beige, cream and oatmeal can go a long way to help make a space feel bright and airy, but add a touch of colour and the possibilities are endless.

And don’t just stop at your walls; why not use your fifth wall too? Paint your ceiling a few shades lighter than your wallpaper -  It’s a great way to make the most of natural light and can make a space feel bigger, lighter and airier than ever. 

Pair with Other Wall Elements 

“Remember, when it comes to walls, wallpaper isn’t the only thing that you have in your interior design toolbox. Combining it with other design elements can be a wonderful way to create a whole new layered look. 

Pair lightly painted wood panelling with a beautiful reflective wallpaper to bring light and depth to your walls. Add mirrors either as a central piece or as an accompaniment to your other wall hangings to maximise the way that light is reflected around the room. And last but not least, team your papering choice up with bold, vibrant artwork to add a bit of colour to your interior styling.”  

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For more information visit  https://www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk/

I Want Wallpaper is a family-run interior design supplier specialising in wallpaper, murals, and wall decorations. 


The site carries today’s most popular interior wall styles, from brick and stone effects to geometric and art deco designs. Additionally, Alex Whitecroft is an expert on all things wallpaper, and is able to draw on years of experience in interior design to offer insights and tips backed by a wealth of industry knowledge. 

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