Cole and Son Wallpaper Historic Royal Palaces CollectionCole and Son Wallpaper Historic Royal Palaces Collection

Behind the Collection: Cole & Son’s Historic Royal Palaces

Ever wish you lived in a grand palace with lush gardens, regal interiors, and stately architecture? Get your wish with Cole & Son’s Historic Royal Palaces, a brand new collection of wallpapers that brings a contemporary eye to patterns inspired by five royal residences. Check out the original palaces and ways to recreate the look in your home:

Hampton Court’s Garden, Great Vine & Palace Maze

Hampton Court boasts a variety of botanical beauty. Queen Mary II was known for her ample collection of exotic plants at the palace, which was the largest private collection in the world at the time. Among the many fascinating plants was the Amaryllis Belladonna, a flower native of South Africa, whose blossoms are used in the design of Cole & Son’s Exoticks wallpaper.

Hampton Court Garden

Cole & Son Exoticks Wallpaper Historic Royal Palaces Collection

Cole & Son Wallpaper - Exoticks - Green/Pink 98_6023_CS
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Exoticks – Green/Pink
Cole & Son Wallpaper - Queens Key - Green 98_5019_CS
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Queens Key – Green

Queen Mary II’s exotic treasures also included Bird Cherry Trees. Cole & Son’s Royal Garden pattern emulates these trees with a paper featuring dense leaves and colorful birds. We like it used on the top-half of a wall and mixed with a Greek key border and damask pattern.

Cole and Son Wallpaper Historic Royal Palaces CollectionCole and Son Wallpaper Historic Royal Palaces Collection

Cole & Son Wallpaper - Royal Garden - Olive/Pink CS 98/1002
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Royal Garden – Olive/Pink
Cole & Son Wallpaper - Queens Key Bird - Pink/White 98/9041
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Queens Key Bird – Pink/White
Cole & Son Wallpaper - Duke's Damask - Olive CS 98/2009
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Duke’s Damask – Olive

The Great Vine at Hampton Court, a design of intricately interwoven vine leaves, is 229 yards old and over 118 feet long, making it one of the oldest and largest vines in the world. We like how Cole & Son recreated the look in colorful greens and grey tones.

Great Vine at Hampton Court PalaceThe Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace

Cole & Son Great Vine Wallpaper Historic Royal Palaces

Cole & Son Wallpaper - Great Vine - Stone 98_10047_CS
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Great Vine – Stone

Planted between the years of 1689 and 1695 for William III, the Hampton Court Maze is a winding network of shrubbery that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is difficult to navigate. Using a geometric pattern inspired by the maze, Cole & Son has put a contemporary spin on it.

hampton Court palace maze

Hedge Maze at Hampton Court Palace

Palace Maze Cole & Son Wallpaper Historic Royal Palaces Collection

Cole & Son Wallpaper - Palace Maze - Dark Linen/Silver
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Palace Maze – Dark Linen/Silver

The Presence Chamber & Queen Charlotte’s Boudoir

Both the King’s Presence Chamber at Kensington Palace and Queen Charlotte’s boudoir in the intimate Kew Palace showcase Greek key detail. In Kensington, you see it carefully carved into wood frames, and in Queen Charlotte’s boudoir the decor element frames the room in a deep green. The Historic Royal Palaces collection has both a border and full roll wallpaper pattern of the Greek Key used at the palaces in colors like icy charcoal and spring pink.

Presence Chamber Kensington PalaceKing’s Presence Chamber, Kensington Palace

Queen Charlotte's Boudoir

Queen Charlotte’s Boudoir, Kew Palace

Cole & Son Historic Royal Palaces Collection of Wallpaper

Cole & Son Wallpaper - Queens Key - Stone 98_5017_CS
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Queens Key – Stone

Cole and Son Greek Key Border Historic Royal Palaces Collection

Cole & Son Wallpaper - Queens Key Brd - Black/White 98_9039_CS
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Queens Key Brd – Black/White

Tudor Rose Border at the Banqueting House & The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

London’s Banqueting House exterior, completed in 1622, features a floral design, which Cole & Son used as inspiration for their Tudor Rose wallpaper border in silver and gold. The border looks great with their pattern Regalia, which represents the Crown Jewels that are held at the Tower of London.

London's Banqueting House

Exterior of the Banqueting House, London

Queen Mary's Crown London Royal JewelsQueen Mary’s Crown, London Crown Jewels

Cole and Son Historic Royal Palaces Collection

Cole & Son Wallpaper Border - Tudor Rose - Gold 98_4015_CS
Cole & Son Wallpaper Border – Tudor Rose – Gold
Cole & Son Wallpaper - Regalia - Olive & Gold 98_12053_CS
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Regalia – Olive & Gold
Cole & Son Wallpaper - Clock Court - White 98_3013_CS
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Clock Court – White

Library Panel Details

In many of the palaces throughout London, rich wood paneling is seen, including the Queen’s quarters in Hampton Court Palace. We like that Cole & Son created trompe l-oeil versions in wallpaper and frieze that has been colored to compliment other patterns in the line.

Queen's State Apartments at Hampton Court Palace

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Cole & Son Wallpaper - Library Panel - Duck Egg 98/7028
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Library Panel – Duck Egg
Cole & Son Wallpaper - Libarary Frieze - Charcoal 98_8038_CS
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Libarary Frieze – Charcoal

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Photo Sources:

Palace Photos – 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

Room Shots – Cole & Son

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