Tradition with a Twist

It might be reaching for the familiar in a time of uncertainty, or maybe it’s the nostalgia that brings a warming feeling to a space; whatever it is, we love a heritage print here at Woodchip & Magnolia. 

It can often be a challenge to strike the right balance between traditional with a punchy modern twist and a drab, unloved feel and that’s where we come in. We’re here to help you achieve a little period charm through your decor with a few of our favourite ways to decorate with heritage prints. 


It’s an interior design trend that swept the nation when TV series Bridgerton launched, along with its extravagant costumes and opulent interiors. Heavy drapery, damask wallpaper and colour combinations of pink and blue are some of the key elements that make up Regencycore. Get a similar look to Lady Danbury’s home with our Maytime Dusky Pink wallpaper paired with 001 Cotton paint colour. 

fearless damask
Image features Fearless Eden Green

Damask style
Damask wallpaper was originally created to imitate woven patterns of fabric and was hugely popular during the Victorian era. It’s since proven to have stood the test of time and is hugely popular again with many colours and patterns to choose from. Our Fearless and Mirk designs are available in a variety of colour ways and complementing paint colours to suit most styles and spaces.

land o fmilk and honey butterflies
Image @the_house_of_lawman featuring Land of Milk and Honey Butterflies mural

Wallpaper and panelling
Wallpapering the inside of original wall panelling in your home is not only one way of introducing some pattern and colour to a space, but it also helps bring tired and old woodwork into the modern day, helping inject new life into it. It’s also a great way to add smaller amounts of pattern and colour if you didn’t want to commit to the full wall and offers a nod to tradition, with a twist.

dynasty stripe
Image features Dynasty Stripe in Noir Oyster

Decorate with stripes
Stripes are a design classic and never go out of style. They’re also having a serious moment right now and can be wallpapered or painted onto the wall for an impactful period feel. Play with pattern by mixing florals in with the stripes, whether it’s through a contrasting wall, upholstery or soft furnishings.

Photography by @annastathakiphoto featuring Cottagecore Oatmeal wallpaper designed by @fionadukeinteriors

Inspired by nature
Traditional wallpapers were inspired by nature and even block printed using natural products (though thankfully we’ve moved on from the days of using arsenic as dyes!) so floral prints were also hugely popular during the Victorian period alongside damask. These days there are all sorts of traditional floral prints to choose from; from oversized blooms inspired by the 17th-century Dutch Masters paintings such as Dutch Floral 01, to more cottagecore feminine styles like Cottagecore and Wisteria. 

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