Harlequin Non-Woven Wallpaper Review

Updated May 22, 2024 | Posted Feb 2, 2020 | Product Reviews, Sundries | 1 comment

Harlequin non-woven is one of the more expensive ranges of wallpapers on the market and is a popular choice amongst interior designers, but is it worth the price tag? This is my Harlequin non-woven wallpaper review; I hope you find it useful. Click here to see current prices.


Harlequin Wallpaper Designs

Harlequin produce a vast range of designer wallpaper, but they have their identity. Generally speaking, the patterns and designs aren’t what you would call modern. This isn’t really a negative, modern just isn’t what they’re about. However traditional, elegant and stylish are words you would associate with the brand, and rightly so. Don’t get me wrong, you do come across the odd bold print, but Harlequin paper keeps its identity well. Some of the prints are gorgeous!


The Quality of  Harlequin Wallpaper


No complaints at all from me and I doubt any other decorator would voice any either. You will find the paper pliable, easy to use, easy to cut and a treat to install. More times than not you can completely hide the seams, meaning the overall effect can be stunning.


My Review Summary 

Harlequin Non-Woven Wallpaper Review - Decorator's forum UK

A range of designer wallpapers that is readily available online and instore.

Product Brand: Harlequin

Editor's Rating:


  • Great designs.
  • Very easy to work with.
  • Fantastic results.


  • Very expensive.

Common Mistakes When Installing Harlequin Paper


As you can tell from my Harlequin non-woven wallpaper review, I have nothing negative to say about the product at all. This is my unbiased view as a professional decorator. That being said, there are a few things that can go wrong.

If you over handle the paper or force it into place, you may stretch it. This can cause the paper to retract as it dries, and seams can open up.

You need to get your prep right too. Non-woven wallpaper will not absorb paste, so always line your walls prior to applying the finish paper. This will absorb the excess paste and prevent it from seeping through your joints. It helps with a few other things too to be honest.

Always use the correct paste, either from Harlequin or Beeline. You need something grippy with a low water content, so avoid packet paste and go for ready mixed.


Final Thoughts


I have hung a lot of wallpaper over the years and sometimes it can be a lottery. The gulf in quality can be mind-blowing, and some of my papering jobs turn into a nightmare. However, when a client tells me they’ve chosen a Harlequin wallpaper, I’m filled with confidence. Not only is it easy to work with, but it you can see the quality in the paper once you’ve finished. No other brand comes close.

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What do Other Decorators Think about Harlequin Non-Woven Wallpaper?

Yeah, you very rarely have any problems with Harlequin wallpaper. Seams opening up shouldn’t be an issue with non-woven papers and there are some lovely designs. If you’re buying quite a lot of it, you’ll often find your decorator will probably get it a lot cheaper than you by going through one of his or her trade accounts. If it’s only an odd roll, you’re better off going online. Never let an interior designer buy your wallpaper because they like to make a mark up on everything they supply.

Dean Johnstone

Professional Decorator

Harlequin is probably one of the only “high-end” papers which I’d still consider good value for money. The quality of the wallpaper is fantastic. It’s such a dream to hang, especially the wider stuff. Just line the walls, use the correct paste and don’t over-work the paper. Another tip is to keep the heating off so your paste doesn’t dry too quickly.

All being said, it’s a fantastic product. I’ve just found out that it’s owned by the same company who manufacture Sanderson, which makes a lot of sense as that is another quality brand.

Tim Small

Professional Decorator


You can’t argue with Harlequin wallpaper. It goes up a dream and you can tell the quality just by looking at the wall. It’s thick, doesn’t rip, doesn’t mark, doesn’t crease and it’s stylish. I used it in a large hall, stairs and landing a few weeks ago and enjoyed every minute of the job.

John Markson

Professional Decorator

Updated May 22, 2024 | Posted Feb 2, 2020 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.

1 Comment

  1. Ian Mark Sykes

    Yeah, you very rarely have any problems with Harlequin wallpaper. Seams opening up shouldn’t be an issue with non-woven papers and there are some lovely designs. If you’re buying quite a lot of it. really their should be non at this price range.a 10 quid a roll from super fresco would give you less issues dammed if i was the the one who would swear to william morris and sanderson.ps glad that Luara Ashley went bust also


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