Wallpaper is no longer confined to the set of "That 70s Show!" Here, we've collected the latest trends to shop for your walls.
Much like we saw with Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, a focus on nature has been quietly blooming in the wild world of wallpaper this winter. Florals, animals, and lush tropical landscapes have become de rigueur for spaces ranging from tiny bathrooms to large accent walls in bedrooms and even entire dining rooms. Cartoonish iterations of familiar items, from classic toile reimagined with quirky main characters to gorgeous textural images of flying doves, have replaced the Laura Ashley florals of 90s past. And metallics are back with a vengeance – but this time, a little less baroque, a little more geode-chic. For real wow-factor, consider the quite timely self-reflective theme emerging from graphic designers experimenting with repetitive patterns and “Where’s Waldo?”-esque prints of faces and crowds. (They’re not creepy, we promise.) The biggest rule in wallpaper is that lately, there are no rules. Embrace your inner design rebel and get stickin’.
In a world filled with texts, tweets and DM’s, it’s hard to even get a glimpse of sky outside your office window, let alone immerse yourself in a full-on nature experience (like, you know, taking a walk outside during daylight). Remedy that (sad) situation with a dash of nature’s finest and more exotic offerings – like adorable little honey bees, lusciously blooming flowers, and technicolor fruit doves. Sometimes kitschy, always with big personality, these styles are wonderful for nurseries, dining rooms, and anywhere you’re looking for that “oomph” factor.
Nature with a Comic Twist
Much in the same vein as the theme above, these nature prints are a bit more subdued and flat in texture, almost like a comic book. Reminiscent of Japanese printmaker and painter Hokusai, these gorgeous iterations of soaring doves, perching parrots, and Burmese tigers are filled with whimsy. It’s a surefire way to add personality to a space without overpowering it… and it’ll guarantee people will “ooh” and “ahh” when they walk into your living room.
Fitting with the “anything goes” mentality of 2017’s wallpaper, today’s toile is similar to the classic blue and white print only in practice. A closer glance at the stars of these graphic stories show unseemly main characters and even a crashed car or two – a far cry from the idyllic Pilgrims you’re used to seeing on Muffy van Winkle’s pillows at the sorority house. An irreverent, devil-may-care take on an English classic takes you from the countryside to the edges of Brooklyn in seconds flat.
Once associated with the baroque, over-the-top 80s style of the Gordon Gekko era, metallics have been modernized in a gorgeous way. Pared down to glints of rose gold and warm coppers, these prints and papers are a far cry from Versailles. Hand-dyed techniques add an ‘undone’ element, swirling sparkling glints of magic into your (new) fancy walls.
It’s all about ME!
This trend is only fitting in the age of hyperawareness, hyperrealism, and hyperactivity. An almost methodical, OCD-like quality to these layered and textured pieces are not for the faint of heart – but definitely for the avant garde. We particularly fell for the Andy Warhol print. If we can’t disconnect, the least we can do is get a little ironic.
As we said before – all’s fair in love and walls. If there’s anything to be learned about wallpaper in the age of “try-anything,” it’s that rules have gone out the window (for the most part). If you want even more, check out our full collection of wallpaper on our Marketplace.