The New Wallpaper Trends
When it comes to wallpaper you can pretty much find a design in every color, style and pattern to suit your interior, but what are designers predicting as the biggest trends for 2017?
“The fantastic thing about now is that there isn’t one over-riding trend people are embracing their own tastes and individuality,” says Fi Douglas, Creative Director and founder at Bluebellgray. “They’re decorating more fearlessly and including items they truly love in their schemes — things that make their heart and home happy.”
“I’m a fan of large-scale mural-style designs — I think of them as art for my walls and they can change the atmosphere of a room dramatically. I’ve used one in my little boy’s room and it’s really helped create a cool fun space for him.”
Read on below for some key wallpaper style insights from the experts:
The big new trend: I love the fact that we’re becoming bolder with pattern and color. This year’s softer pastel palette works beautifully on the new geometrics, conveying a more feminine edge to a masculine style — particularly if you add a little metallic highlight. Pattern clash and patchwork tiles are great options for bringing interest to any room — a recent trip to Portugal gave me lots of ideas for this look.
Personal favorite: I’ve always been fascinated by the magic and illusion involved in making a flat surface appear three dimensional. Trompe l’oeil effects are mesmerising — my favorite of all design styles.
The big new trend: Wallpapers have always had a universal appeal and tend to create a feeling of nostalgia for people through their colors and patterns. Though they’re very much an enduring trend, it’s one that goes through phases; some years patterns are popular but at other times it’s stripes. At the moment we’re seeing a move away from the clean, minimal interiors that were so popular a decade ago — today people would like their homes to be much more personal, reflecting individual tastes and interests rather than a’one style suits all’ approach. Geometric wallpapers in particular are resonating with people wanting to create a bold, fresh feel.
Personal favorite: I really like large-scale patterns that contain texture and tone-on-tone colorways — they provide a dynamic, modern, graphic look.
The big new trend: Wallpaper designs can speak volumes about the tastes and personalities of their owners and the heritage of the houses they occupy. They also can tell the story of the home owner, infusing the home with character, like a piece of art. Wallpaper is big news because so many people are renovating their homes rather than moving. There’s a trend for pretty patterns, trails and birds, textures and decadent shimmering finishes. Scale is generally large and wallpapers are no longer reserved to single feature walls. Contrasting skirting boards and painted woodwork in brighter, punchy hues has become more popular and is a fantastic way to bring together heritage patterns in a contemporary way.
Personal favorite: I adore dark, moody wallpapers that give you a sense of being wrapped up in their opulence and depth. They look incredibly sophisticated teamed with wood and door frames painted in deep colors. It’s always a joy to see wallpaper in bathrooms and kitchens.
The big new trend: Today, wallpaper comes in every look you can think of, from classic, neutral or minimalistic to bohemian, bold and arty. Digital printing has enabled revolutionary changes, bringing wallpaper up to date with exciting designs. Unlimited color palettes are available and there are no restrictions when it comes to pattern size, resulting in designs that are big and brilliantly vibrant.
Personal favorite: In general I really like colorful wallpaper that tells some kind of story. Also I’m an art lover so if a wallpaper combines some of these elements, then I’m sold!