The Latest in Wallpaper (and Wall) Design

The Latest in Wallpaper (and Wall) Design

The Latest in Wallpaper (and Wall) Design

Wallpaper is no longer confined to the set of "That 70s Show!" Here, we've collected the latest trends to shop for your walls.

2017 reached peak season for Mid-Century Modern fever: stark white walls and wood furniture as blonde as Reese Witherspoon inundated our Instagram and Pinterest feeds. Yet, a rising tide is making itself known: color—and pattern—are back. Popping up in luxe homes across the globe, walls are burgeoning with saturated shades of green, bucolic hand painted garden scenes (a more modern take on Chinoiserie), upholstered in the chintz fabric of Clarence House past (thanks, quite possibly, to the popularity of The Crown), and patterns galore: marbleized, embossed, and geometric papers are all finding themselves at home in 2018.

Here are our predictions for what your walls will be screaming soon. Go on, give your space a little character.

Photo by Samantha Goh; design by Tina Rich

It’s Easy Being Green

While Greenery may have been 2017’s Pantone Color of the Year, an affinity for blooming plants and sparkling emerald remains among the design community in 2018. (2018’s Pantone color, if you’re curious, is Ultra Violet – AKA Willy Wonka Purple). Perhaps in reaction to the dour news, it makes sense that we find ourselves craving a bit of warmth and liveliness in our homes. Schumacher’s Komodo paper in Forest Green is perfect for a statement-making dining room (or powder room), while Chasing Paper offers up some beautiful and delicate watercolor lily pads in their Spring Leaves collection – the navy background offers a bit of sophisticated drama, while the white imbues an airy, relaxed sensibility. No matter the style or modality, green is very much here to stay for 2018.

Photo by Seth Caplan; design by Ariel Okin

Hand Painted Is Back

The elegance and timelessness of hand-painted wallpaper evokes images of Estée Lauder’s dressing room in Palm Beach or the dining rooms of stately Connecticut manors. A design theme dating back to the late 1800s, the trend has seen a resurgence lately in the work of neo-Traditionalists who pair antiques and modern pieces side by side with a collected ease. There is something fresh—and arguably more modern—in its originality. As the wise Stephen King once said: “Sooner or later, everything old is new again.” We’d be remiss to linger on the subject without mentioning the gold standard in hand-painted paper: Gracie Studio and de Gournay are at the head of the class, offering gorgeous designs and striking images since the 17th Century. Looking for something slightly less fine (and finely priced)? Tempaper’s peel-and-stick chinoiserie, while not hand painted, is a pretty close alternative.


Dauphine Moire Chintz Wallpaper

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Ralph Lauren

Chalet Cashmere Dove Fabric

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Lee Jofa

Grenville Glazed Chintz

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Let’s Get Chintzy

It’s not just wallpaper. Fabric upholstered walls are showing up in a big way. Whether swathed in delicate textiles like cashmere and linen or blending in with window treatments in a neutral chintz, wall treatments are no longer are relegated to merely paint or paper. The florals of British aristocracy are also suddenly breathing a new life, as evidenced with the surge in popularity of Lee Jofa’s Grenville Glazed Chintz, evocative of Princess Margaret’s bedroom or a country sofa in the Cotswolds. For a more muted look, consider swathing a relaxing space in Ralph Lauren’s Chalet Cashmere in Dove; restrained elegance couldn’t possibly get more luxe.

Photo by Clinton Perry; design by Kristin Riccio

Pattern Play

Marbleized paper is having its moment – one glimpse at Kravet’s Marble Swirl or Chasing Paper’s Pink Marble and it’s not hard to figure out why. A subtle pop of texture without being overbearing or loud, marbleized paper offers up a chance to go bold without wanting to tear your walls down six months later. Liveable yet unique – what more could you ask for? Similarly, geometric prints in muted tones are also enjoying some time in the spotlight. Look to Chasing Paper’s Sloane as a good example of restrained maximalism. For a slightly more modern take, try Kelly Wearstler’s Graffito in Linen Onyx—a little bit Basquiat, a little bit Haring, and very much like it could be part of The Row’s flagship store; handmade in feel, but not precious. Where do we sign up?

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