You Need to See These Popular Wallpaper Trends From San Francisco

There are certain cities around the world that are crucibles for design and color trends: Paris, Milan, New York and, of course, San Francisco. If you know what’s going on in San Francisco, you can almost predict what Houston and Charlotte will be doing three to five years later. So, learn what’s hot in San Francisco wallpaper trends now — and you’ll be ahead of the curve.

Surf’s Up

A surfer's apartment with pink and blue graphic wallpaper on a focal wall
Photo: OceanHome

You might not think of San Francisco as a surfing town, but there’s a whole contingent of boarders willing to brave that cold water. This San Francisco homeowner’s surfboards were the inspiration for his loft’s design. (A great takeaway if you’re looking for design inspiration? Pick something you love and build from there.) The designer chose wallpaper over art to make a big statement on the living room’s main wall since a piece of art would have gotten lost against that large space.

Bay Area Toile

Restaurant with Bay Area Toile wallpaper
Photo: Flavor Paper

Several years ago, designer Sheila Bridges turned the wallpaper world on its head by designing Harlem Toile, which as Bridges said, lampoons some of the stereotypes deeply woven into the African American experience. Wallpaper company Flavor Paper created an equally Instagram-worthy paper, Bay Area Toile, which is a who’s who of the Bay Area. It includes drawings of Joe Montana, Dennis Richmond, Angela Davis, Alice Waters and many more. When Fiorella, a Richmond-district restaurant, used it as part of their design scheme, they had no idea the wallpaper would become as much of an attraction as the food.

Spider Monkey

Living room with charcoal gray wallpaper with a tropical design that includes spider monkeys
Photo: Half Full

San Francisco designers, Half Full, turned their love of wild and endangered species into sophisticated wallpapers and fabric. This elegant, nature-inspired wallpaper features a troop of charming spider monkeys. Though the nature-inspired design has been hot for a while, in San Francisco, designers are dialing in wallpapers so niche it keeps the trend super-fresh.

Silk Grasscloth

Gray silk grasscloth wallpaper

If your taste veers toward timeless and classic, try this silk grasscloth. The silk gives the wallpaper a striking depth of color and texture. San Francisco designer Warren Sheets recommends using this delicate paper in dining rooms and bedrooms — but probably not a high-traffic space like the kitchen.

1950’s Hawaiiana

Bright tropical wallpaper in Leo's Oyster Bar, San Francisco
Photo: Domino

If you wind up in the Financial District while you’re in San Francisco, stop in at Leo’s Oyster Bar for a shot of Mad Men style. Inspired by vintage 1950’s Hawaiiana, the restaurant’s signature wallpaper is a bold take on the classic palm print. The exotic space’s Moroccan tiles and colorful floral patterns will make you feel like you’ve escaped real life and woken up in a delicious, midcentury dream.

Coastal Flowers

White gray graphic wallpaper
Photo: Elworthy Studio

Henry Magazine, the San Francisco Design Center’s annual publication, featured the Elworthy Studio’s Alhambra wallpaper. Its subtle, floral pattern was inspired by the areas coastal flowers, and is enduringly elegant, as one reviewer said.

Elegant Chinoiserie

Traditional bedroom with blue chinoiserie wallpaper
Photo: Fromental

Fromental, the United Kingdom renowned for its handmade papers, is now making equally beautiful products at more affordable price points. San Francisco’s design culture, strongly influenced by its centuries-long ties to Japan and China, takes many cues from these ancient cultures. Embrace the city’s oriental style with Fromental’s newly affordable chinoiserie wallpaper.

Soft Strie

Modern bathroom with gray and white wallpaper
Photo: Tineke Triggs Design

This subtly modern Sausalito home uses design to bring the outdoors in. The soft, striped wallpaper is reminiscent of the coastal fog, or the serpentine rocks at Baker Beach.

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