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Old fashioned..or functional and full of character? Anaglypta or embossed wallpaper has that decisive, divisional effect.


Personally, I love protects walls from the bumps and bangs of everyday life and offers a rich, timeless texture that’s hard to find anywhere else.


My marmite moment was what they did to it in the eighties..blinging the raised bits with lightly brushed metallic gold and copper paint..I can feel the bile rising all over again.  But in a deep, dark matt grey or black?



(last 2 pictures mine, all the others from Pinterest)

It’s time to experiment with high should the dado go? Maybe a whole wall of anaglypta..different anaglyptas….the mind is happily starting to bubble..

Laters, Kate x


  1. .virginia.romo.

    Good to now what is its name. For me this kind of paper is the spirit of british pubs. Especially on the ceiling. Never seen it but in your pubs. Lovely.

    • Maison Bentley Style

      Damn – my reply somehow never appeared here! It was used a lot by the Victorians..hence seeing it in so many old pubs..but then it got a bad reputation in the seventies..and the eighties didn’t help! But it’s definitely something that has a big bang for it’s’s only about £11 a roll… xxx

  2. abbiosbiston

    I am big fan of texturised walls… but always done subtly. My father recently moved into a new home and his partner has had several texturised walls add to some of the rooms and they look amazing. I particularly like their bedroom where she has taken the wood tile from the floor and extended it up the wall behind their bed, building the lighting and storage into the wall. I wish I had a photo.

  3. dievca

    I love the large scale pattern on the photo with the chair. It might date the room, but it would be fantastic for about 5 years!

  4. Anny

    I love these! Since the cabinets in our new/old loft are black, we attached white imitation embossed ceiling tiles to the back of the glass ones to lighten the look. They came in 4′ x 8′ sheets.

    • Maison Bentley Style

      I’m very jealous of your loft – I want to see pics of this – I’ve heard of wallpaper being used at the backs of cabinets, but you’re taking it to a whole new level! xxx