See: Wallpaper ideas – gorgeous decor for every room Here, the daring designer gives H&G a wallpaper masterclass – including which print to use in a small room and whether we should hold back on a gallery wall.  ‘Wallpaper is such an easy route to an instant effect – every room has more wall than anything else. I often think that people don’t pay nearly enough attention to their wall, spending months researching fabric but only minutes choosing paint,’ says Martin who has been at the forefront of interior design since Andrew Martin (opens in new tab) opened in 1978. ‘With digital printing, there is so much opportunity to do incredible things with wallpaper – we have a licence with the National Gallery (opens in new tab) which means we can fit a wall with a Titian, a Monet or a Michelangelo perfectly tailored to fit,’ he adds.  Here, he shares his five top tips for bringing wallpaper into our homes in an impactful way.

1. Choose a striking wallpaper in a small room 

See: Living room ideas – clever ways to decorate living spaces  It’s the question on everybody’s lips – which wallpaper will look best in a small room? According to Martin, we should opt for ‘dramatic papers.’ ‘Many people think a small space should be painted in a pale, plain finish, but I think a small space needs more, not less emphasis,’ he explains.

‘Just because a wall is papered doesn’t mean you can’t hang art all over it. Kit Kemp, who we collaborated with for her eponymous collection, demonstrates this exuberantly in her schemes. Wallpaper and art combine to add such interesting layers to a room,’ Martin shares. 

3. Don’t rush the design process 

While we’ve all found a little more time to renovate over the previous year, Martin encourages us not to rush into choosing the paper, especially when in isolation.  ‘I’m a great believer in getting the whole scheme in your hand before you shop. Consider it all simultaneously,’ he adds. 

4. Dare to experiment with textures

‘I love texture on walls – it truly does add a whole other dimension to any room,’ the designer says. This bold aesthetic is not for the faint-hearted, but it certainly is for Martin: ‘In my London home I have a raffia wallpaper in my sitting room; in my hall, I have used fabric on the walls,’ he says.

5. When it comes to furniture, follow the lead of Renaissance painters… 

See more: Living room wallpaper ideas – ways to decorate your walls ‘Don’t worry about furniture obstructing parts of a large design – it doesn’t matter if you can’t see it all. The Renaissance painters discovered that they didn’t have to show figures in their entirety; they understood that the brain intuitively fills in the gaps,’ Martin suggests.  Armed with Martin’s advice, we’re ready to get playful with our walls – slowly and steadily, of course.