Cole & Son launches The Historic Royal Palaces collection

Royal Warrant holder Cole & Son cements its longstanding relationship with Historic Royal Palaces through the launch of this majestic new wallpaper collection available from 22nd September 2013.

The collaboration between Cole & Son and Historic Royal Palaces offers a stylish and contemporary take on five grand royal residences. Comprising fourteen new designs and taking inspiration from Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace, The Historic Royal Palaces Collection presents a stunning array of cleverly coordinated wallpapers which have been designed to encourage a more decorative approach to using wallpapers.

This assembly of wallpapers and borders takes its inspiration from the architectural, horticultural and interior details found within these five iconic palaces. From Henry VIII’s Tudor rose motif, the topiary puzzle of the famous Hampton Court Maze and the exotic royal plant collections of King William and Queen Mary, to the wood panelling of Hampton Court Palace and the intricate ironwork gates of Banqueting House, this series of designs celebrates the past, whilst embracing the present day.

Commenting on the new collection, Creative Director Shauna Dennison states: “It has been a privilege to have access to five of the most historically important buildings in Britain; We were very keen to embrace and promote the rich heritage of architecture and decoration that these palaces provide whilst remaining true to the Cole & Son philosophy of providing wallpapers suitable and relevant for homes today. I think The Historic Royal Palaces Collection blends an up to date and modern approach to design with a fresh and usable colour palette to produce a series of wallpapers which pays tremendous homage to their majestic origins.”

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The Designs

Royal Garden - Featuring the shady leaves of the charmingly named Bird Cherry Tree, Royal Garden identifies monarchs William and Mary’s love of gardens and all things exotic. Colourful purple, golden yellow and coral birds sit within dense foliage of olive, grey and green whilst a fourth colourway sets the scene for a silvery midnight effect with sapphire coloured birds.

Sold on a 52cm wide 10 metre roll with a half drop repeat.


Dukes Damask - Presented in seven appealing and accessible colourways, Dukes Damask takes its inspiration from the luxurious silk clad walls of both Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace. The colour palette represents shades which can be found on the walls and within the textiles of all of the palaces, including stone greys and neutrals, rich yellow, duck egg, soft olive, moss and rose.

Sold on a 53cm wide 10 metre roll with a half drop repeat.


Clock Court - Taken from the Baroque cloister ceiling within Clock Court, one of the inner courtyards at Hampton Court Palace, the design features decorative panels of plaster and scrollwork in stone, white and cream. Presented in a rectangular tile repeat formation this wallpaper has a subtle grandeur which imitates Sir Christopher Wren’s original design.

Sold on a 52cm wide 10 metre roll with a straight match repeat. 


Tudor Rose Border - Inspired by the imposing railings outside the Banqueting House, the Tudor Rose also features prominently within the architectural detailing of many of the historic royal palaces. Presented here in two colourways of metallic gold and gilver, this effective little border has been designed to add a touch of gilded glamour to many of the papers within this collection.

Sold on a 10 metre long roll measuring 10.6cm high.


Queens Key - A smart geometric pattern, softened by the use of a painterly brush-marked style. Inspired by the Greek key decorative pattern as seen in the Presence Chamber at Kensington Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Boudoir at Kew Palace, we have recreated it here as an all over wallpaper in two distinct styles; three soft watercolour shades of olive, stone and grey on neutral grounds contrasting with three sharper metallic golds, gilvers and pewters on grounds of moleskin, sand and dove.

Sold on a 53cm wide 10 metre roll with a 21.4cm pattern repeat.


Exoticks - Utilising the original spelling, Exoticks refers to Queen Mary II’s vast collection of tender exotic plants, housed at Hampton Court Palace, which had become one of the largest private collections in the world. Featuring Amaryllis Belladonna, a native of South Africa, this exuberant and showy wallpaper reveals striking pink red and green petals amongst verdant greens. Produced in two flamboyant colourways this design really does invite the garden inside.

Sold on a 52cm wide 10 metre roll with a half drop repeat.


Library Panel - Inspired by the numerous examples of wooden panelling found throughout the palaces, this timeless feature of interior decoration has been skilfully translated into an elegant wallpaper and frieze. Library Panel, structured as a portrait oriented tile, is presented in seven smart hues ranging from duck egg, moleskin and stone to charcoal, ivory, sand and soft olive.

Sold on 52cm wide 10 metre roll with a straight match repeat.


Library Frieze - This wide width panel design continues the exciting trend for horizontal wallpapers. Designed and presented in seven colourways to coordinate directly with the Library Panel, it can be hung below dado height to produce a truly stunning effect. This frieze has also been coloured to complement many other papers in the collection.

Sold on 68.5 cm wide width 10 metre roll, to be hung horizontally.


Queens Key Border - Taken directly from the pattern originally found in Queen Charlotte’s Boudoir at Kew Palace, this decorative little border can be utilised in a variety of ways to enhance any interior. Presented in five striking colourways varying from graphic black and white, grey and stone and coral on ivory to a richer ebony and bronze and duck-egg and silver, these borders are not intended to coordinate directly with the Queens Key wallpaper, rather they complement several other designs found within this collection.

Sold on a 10 metre roll measuring 10.6cm high.


Great Vine - A wonderfully abundant and verdant design of interwoven vine leaves introduces us to the Great Vine of Hampton Court Palace. At 229 years old and over 36 metres long the Great Vine is possibly the oldest and largest vine in the world. This wallpaper in its shady hues of emerald, teal, olive, and ecru creates a leafy world within a world.

Sold on a 52cm wide 10 metre roll with a half drop repeat.


Georgian Border - Taken directly from the plaster cornicing added by King George II in the Georgian rooms at Hampton Court Palace, this smart horizontal border is the perfect finish for any space with grand aspirations. Offered in a single colouring of plaster white, this design can be used alongside any paper within this collection and beyond.

Sold on a 40.5cm wide 10 metre roll.


Regalia - Inspired by the Crown Jewels housed at The Tower of London, this graceful design represents a more delicate aspect of decoration within the historic royal palaces. Cleverly incorporating important motifs from the royal regalia, this elegant wallpaper has been produced in four tasteful colourings of dove grey, sandstone, duck egg and soft olive

Sold on a 52cm wide 10 metre roll with a straight match repeat.


Kings Mirror - The Kings Mirror draws from the distressed detailing and decoration of the mirrors within the Baroque quarters of King William III at Hampton Court Palace. Presented here in two shimmering and aged colourings of silver and gilver, this subtle design features shadowy leaves and flower heads set in tiles of decorated glass.

Sold on a 50cm wide 10 metre roll with a straight match repeat.


Palace Maze - Considered to be the most famous in the world, the Hampton Court Palace Maze has inspired this wonderfully intricate geometric wallpaper. Using softened brush-marks and a painterly style this design is presented in four colourways, each conveying a different mood – leafy green on white, offering a contemporary take on colour, soft stone and white echoing the architectural details within the gardens, black and white for a more striking optical effect and gilver on charcoal reflecting the ‘maze by moonlight’.

Sold on a 53cm wide 10 metre roll with a half drop repeat.


Cole & Son

 Cole & Son was founded in 1875 and today the company retains its original spirit, still producing beautiful and innovative collections inspired by its vast archive representing all the styles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Collaborations with contemporary designers and original work produced by the in-house Design Studio, combined with the company’s support for hand crafting, ensure Cole & Son continue to produce wallpapers faithful to the brand’s distinguished history.

Cole & Son London Showroom, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, London, SW10 0XE. Phone: +44 (0) 207 376 4628


Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. They help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and Historic Royal Palaces manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Raising all their own funds and depending on the support of visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

Historic Royal Palaces believe in four principles. Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world. Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having their own point of view and finding new ways to do their work. Registered charity number 1068852


For further details regarding Historic Royal Palaces please contact:

 Historic Royal Palaces Press Office. E: t: +44 (0)20 3166 6166

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