Whimsical wallpaper with a magnetic twist

Colourful illustrated elements can be added to Sian Zeng’s intricate magnetic murals

Sian Zeng white Clematis wallpaper, £185 a roll
Sian Zeng white Clematis wallpaper, £185 a roll

Spring has most certainly sprung in the world of wallpaper designer Sian Zeng since she launched her new Clematis range. The result of eight months of meticulous hand-painting, the mural wallpaper (£185 a roll to cover 320cm x 210cm) comes on a pale-blue, pink or white background and “presents the simple beauty of the clematis flower, spilling over the side of a garden wall and shimmering in the sun”, says the London-based Chinese designer. “At the same time, it encapsulates the magic of a fairytale, like a scene from Sleeping Beauty; you can escape for a while into a made-up realm.”

Hand-drawn butterflies can be added to the magnetic version of Clematis, £440 a roll
Hand-drawn butterflies can be added to the magnetic version of Clematis, £440 a roll
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This kind of whimsical narrative is typical of Zeng’s creations, which, she says, “walk the line between the imaginative and the everyday”. Take her most popular Hua Trees design (£175 a roll), an intricate and enchanting monochrome forest landscape, in grey or pink, while the bold and bright, lushly floral Summer Tropical Bloom wallpaper (£195 a roll) features insects hidden among the the leaves and flowers. Each pattern is faithfully reproduced on a luxurious fibrous non-woven material so that “the tonal qualities look almost indistinguishable from hand-painted wallpaper”, and can be bought on Zeng’s website in both traditional rolls and individual panels. 

Sian Zeng grey Hua Trees wallpaper, £175 a roll
Sian Zeng grey Hua Trees wallpaper, £175 a roll
Sian Zeng Summer Tropical Bloom wallpaper, £195 a roll
Sian Zeng Summer Tropical Bloom wallpaper, £195 a roll

Adding to the playful, storytelling aspect, her designs are also available to buy with a magnetic backing so that homeowners – and their children – can populate their walls with Zeng’s colourful, characterful magnets (£3.95). A host of hand-drawn butterflies, for example, can be added to the magnetic version of the Clematis (£443.50 a roll), or even the odd flying pig or two.

Sian Zeng khaki Woodlands wallpaper with flying-pig magnet, £264.50 a roll
Sian Zeng khaki Woodlands wallpaper with flying-pig magnet, £264.50 a roll
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