Modern Wallpaper Trends + 11 Prints to Try

Thinking about going the wallpaper route? We've got 11 ultra-mod patterns to check out.

By: Liz Gray

It’s no surprise that the modern wallpaper trend is still going strong: Wallpaper is a (relatively) simple and inexpensive update, and today’s patterns are a far cry from the ’80s florals and farm animal borders of the past. Thinking about going the wallpaper route? Check out some of my favorite designers and patterns below.

Retro Patterns From Dupenny Designs



From pinup girls to strongmen to jazz-era flappers, Dupenny Designs mixes retro artwork with cheeky humor to create wallpapers that are both fun and impactful thanks to their black-and-white designs. This bathroom-perfect paper is outfitted with groups of bathing-capped synchronized swimmers.

Graphic Abstractions From Alyse Solomon

Acid Wash Wallpaper by Alyse Solomon

Acid Wash Wallpaper by Alyse Solomon

Artist Alyse Solomon starts her wallpaper design with photographs of everyday objects, then transforms them digitally into repeating abstractions. The results, like this pattern entitled “Acid Wash,” have a soothing kaleidoscope effect.

Bright, Large-Scale Florals From Camilla Meijer

The English Garden Wallpaper by Camilla Meijer

The English Garden Wallpaper by Camilla Meijer

Hand-drawn and hand-screenprinted in London, Camilla Meijer’s iridescent, large-scale floral prints are perfect for a focal wall or a small powder room.

Embellished Art Deco Designs From Meystyle

Meystyle’s LED Wallpaper

Meystyle’s LED Wallpaper

Meystyle’s glitzy art deco-inspired patterns look like they could have come straight from Jay Gatsby’s mansion, but that’s not the only thing that makes them eye-catching: You can add twinkling LED lights to the patterns, giving your wall an unexpected glow. Or, if glitz is more your thing, you can also add Swarovski crystals.

Yukari Sweeney’s Pastoral Imagery



Modern Floral Wallpaper by Yukari Sweeney

Modern Floral Wallpaper by Yukari Sweeney

With a mix of Japanese, American and British influences, Yukari’s designs evoke the look of nature and farm life with a modern twist. I especially love her updated, bold floral prints...

…and a new design called “Lord of the Manor.”

Lord of the Manor Wallpaper by Yukari Sweeney

Lord of the Manor Wallpaper by Yukari Sweeney

Palm Beach Chic by House of Hackney

Palm Tree Wallpaper by House of Hackney

House of Hackney’s playful, irreverent prints, like this Palmeral Luxury pattern, are available in fabrics, wallpapers, lampshades and even clothing.

Modern Hand-Printed Designs From JuJu Papers



Photo by: Photographer: Tim Acock

Photographer: Tim Acock

We featured Avery’s hand-printed, spare modern motifs in a vintage-inspired wallpaper roundup last fall, and I still love her nature-inspired patterns. This spring, the Portland-based artist is back with two new patterns: This bold, free-form “Family Reunion” design...

...and this subtly modern pattern called “The Sou’Wester."



Photo by: Photographer: Tim Acock

Photographer: Tim Acock

Texture-Inspired Patterns From NLXL

Concrete Wallpaper by Piet Boon

Concrete Wallpaper by Piet Boon

Faux wall finishes might still be out of style, but faux-textured wallpapers like this concrete-inspired pattern by Piet Boon for NLXL debuted to much acclaim last spring.

Another NLXL favorite is this new collection from Arthur Slenk inspired by the texture and patterns featured on two boxes of vintage sheet music. Over seven years, Slenk painstakingly sorted, paired and pasted the sheet music into 144 letter-sized art pieces. The pieces were then transformed into graphic wallpapers like this one.



Remixed Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk

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Remixed Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk

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Wallpaper With a History

A fresh color paired with a very traditional pattern means up-to-date, contemporary wallpaper. Design by Thibaut, the oldest continuously operating wallpaper firm in the United States.

Clever Wallpaper

This dusty green and bronze wallpaper in a simple pattern is ideal for a large space. The rolls resist fading and come in a variety of bold, graphic patterns — some more subtle than others.

Pampered Wallpaper

Use this handprinted design as either a wallpaper or, in smaller quantities, framed as wall art. Design by Karen Combs of Nama Rococo.

Eco-Friendly Wall Decor

Add some texture to your walls with one of the seven colors of this woven jute wall coverings. Design by twenty2.

Striped Wallpaper

This two-toned stripe gives a 3-D feel to the wall. Contemporary through and through, the pattern comes in seven colorways. Design by Neisha Crosland.

Home Wallpaper

Erica Wakerly's designs are inspired by her love for the '50s and art deco design.

Glass Bead Wallpaper

The sheen of this wallpaper comes from the tiny glass beads that cover the surface. The beads on flexible paper are perfect for turning walls into shiny, unexpected focal points. Design by Beadazzled Flexible Glass Bead Wallcovering.

Wallpaper That Shines

This tone-on-tone metallic tinged wallpaper is a long way from your grandmother's florals. Design by ROMO.

Paintable Wallpaper

Feature your child's artwork on this budget-friendly paintable wallpaper. Design by Graham & Brown.

Outdoor Wallpaper

Why let the interior of your home have all the fun? Susan Bradley's outdoor wallpaper comes in a variety of patterns, from damask to floral.

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