After years of duck wallpaper borders and teal-and-rose cabbage roses, wallpaper was persona non grata in the design world. But as we started looking back to the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s for design inspiration, it began popping up on the design fringe. Now it’s come full circle, setting trends in colors and patterns that suit any taste and style. Check out these 10 beautiful rooms for wallpaper ideas to find one that’s perfect for your space.
#1 Black and White
This small kitchen in a Lake Austin vacation condo stands out from the other units with its punchy, blue cabinets and black-and-white wallpaper. Designer Erin Williamson wallpapered the tiny kitchen with a pattern that’s a fresh, modern take on the traditional cabin vibe. The paper’s arrow prints blend in with the unit’s white walls, balancing the black appliances and giving the small space an unexpected pop of pattern.
#2 Modern Paisley
Inspired by ornate vintage barware, this wallpaper’s exquisite design is both intricate and modern. Rich indigo looks almost lace-like in its delicacy, showing the softer side of a potentially stark color combo.
In Japan, when pottery breaks, rather than being thrown away, it’s glued back together with metallic lacquer. Known as kintsugi, or “golden repair,” this restoration art treats the break as part of the object’s history. This wallpaper pays homage to kintsugi, reminding us that scars are something display, not something to hide. In rich green, it gives this modern dining room almost Boho flair.
#4 Watercolor Silk
Like watercolor silk, this wallpaper is both colorful and painterly. The bright jewel tones make a beautiful backdrop for rooms from traditional to modern.
This midcentury modern-style botanical sure does look happy in dark aqua, doesn’t it? Perfect for bathrooms, sunrooms or kitchens, where a leafy print adds a fun, airy vibe.
Design trend alert: Marble wallpaper is everything. Of course, real marble’s been around forever. But this trend is definitely bringing back the Stone Age, in the best possible way. Try a delicately grained version in black and chalk, like this one. Or go for a fantastical swirl in metallic or a bold hue. This wallpaper adds a luxe look to any room.
Beachy, coastal, nautical — whatever buzzword you pick, a tropical pattern makes any space feel as relaxed as a day by the sea. This Matisse-like floral pattern in warm gray and white turns a tiny bathroom into a bijou space. (Tip: Using a big pattern in a small space makes the room look bigger.)
#8 Arts and Crafts
Inspired by the Arts & Crafts designs of William Morris, this wallpaper was recreated from a fragment of a 1930s paper. As with any of Morris’ nature-inspired patterns, the longer you look, the more you see in the pattern. We love how the dark brown shelf brings out the branches in this blue-and-beige colorway.
Emily Henderson designed a blush-and-green nursery for her daughter that most grownups would envy. As she said, it’s “…airy and cozy, welcoming and minimal, grown-up and yet so playful.” The mural wallpaper was the inspiration for the whole space, and its whimsical trees give the room depth and texture.
This gorgeous pink-and-teal wallpaper puts a hot, new spin on the pink-and-teal of days gone by. Called Tori, which means bird in Japanese, this print celebrates birds in Eastern art, which symbolize longevity, luck, and love. This Chinoiserie paper captures everything we love about the deceptive simplicity of Japanese design.
If you’re following color trends, why not follow them along with us, on our Inspiration Board? There, you can see our latest painting projects, order color swatches or schedule a design consultation. Sometimes, all it takes to change your world is a simple coat of paint or some wallpaper installed!