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Steven Mofatt and Mark Gatiss's British TV series Sherlock

Steven Mofatt and Mark Gatiss's British TV series Sherlock

In honor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday (and Sherlock Holmes Day) on May 22, 'Sherlock' production designer Arwel Jones tells how to get the look of the show's signature wallpapers.

Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes.
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Production designer Arwel Wyn Jones has a reputation for transforming a room in one fell swoop. Since 2010, Steven Mofatt and Mark Gatiss's British TV series Sherlock has popularized Jones’s signature standout wallpaper selections, an obsession for many interior-minded Sherlockians.

Those seeking to mimic the look of the  sets on the hit show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman can reach for a 1959 Le Corbusier armchair or skull-print art similar to John Pinkerton's iconic painting, but a key detail that is harder to synch up from a screenshot is the eye-catching wallpaper.

 "I've used everything from DIY (from home improvement stores) to antique and handmade papers," Jones tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's more to do with the pattern and color than exclusivity."

So in the spirit of Sherlock Holmes Day (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday) on May 22, Jones helped round up a meticulous match for five key Sherlock wallpaper patterns to solve this lingering decor mystery.

 

  • Fleur-de-Lys Flock

    Good taste is always in style and flock (the gold-standard for wallpaper) is having a resurgence--most recently in Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock living room. Jones considers the "iconic" status of this pattern "a personal triumph," adding, "Everyone was in love with this wallpaper!" It suits the low-lit interiors of a bachelor pad with "the show's mix of modern meets old" aesthetic.

    Zoffany's Navarre pattern is a large-scale flock of a dark chocolate fleur-de-lys motif ($155 per roll) within a trellis pattern as intricate as the workings of Sherlock's mind. For similar flocks try Designer Wallcoverings