Gorgeous Wallpaper to Suit Every Decorating Style
Take your decor up the wall with fresh and beautiful wallpapers that work with all different spaces and styles.
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"I'm seeing more and more florals inspired by historic botanical books, especially in cotton prints and wallpapers," says designer Lori Dennis. "It's like chintz in a new way." The large-scale pattern on a bold background updates this look with a modern freshness that's both stylish and welcoming.
"Wallpaper has really made a comeback these past couple years, with brands and manufacturers creating patterns and murals that can fit with any style of interior," says designer Noz Nozawa. "When it's bold in scale or color, wallpaper can be a major focal point in a space that really influences the rest of the furniture and decor elements." This splashy, hand-painted wallpaper highlights contemporary or eclectic style in a most artistic way.
A stunning, feather-patterned paper brings a welcome freshness to this revamped rustic-inspired bathroom. The pattern adds a stylish element of nature and the appearance of texture while remaining in a neutral palette that brings out the wooden vanity, simple mirror and white vessel sink.
"Wallpaper can add a great deal of personality to a space with its texture, pattern and color. With endless combinations of each, wallpaper can easily evoke a feeling, mood and style," says designer Elizabeth Krueger.
Worried about the commitment of wallpaper? "Though wallpaper is more labor intensive than paint, it is not permanent," says Elizabeth. "Have fun with selecting a paper, and don't be afraid to go bold or saturated with color. It can always be changed!"
The accent wall behind this midcentury modern bed has a definitive retro feel, thanks to the uniquely hued and patterned wallpaper. The gold-and-gray design, based on styles from another era, cements the popular, throwback style while providing a stunning focal point in this space. Pale wood furniture with simple details keeps the look up to date.
"Wallpaper pattern and texture instantly set the tone for a room. In one glance, it should give you a taste of the concept for the room. In this case, the indigo wallpaper — based on a West African textile — immediately conveys a global, eclectic vibe," says designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy.
This global vibe is carried through the room in the various accents and accessories collected from world travel. Says Kari, "Wallpaper is such a fashion statement. It should reflect what you love!"
The right paper can lighten up both a space and your mood. Here, a bevy of brightly hued pineapples on a white background keep this kitchen area light, appealing and whimsical. It's sure to add a fun twist to entertaining and make even the dullest days seem a bit brighter.
With bright brass accents and an oil-finished hardwood floor, the floral wallpaper in this kitchen feels fresh. Pairing the paper with a touch of coordinating chevron-patterned fabric on the windows and stunning Calacatta marble on the island and attached table keeps the traditional, flowered design from feeling dated.
"Wallpaper can define a space or complement it. It depends on the mood you want to create," says Heather Olson of 2 Doors Down Design. In this soft, coastal theme, lacy golden leaves — redolent of undersea plants — line up beautifully on the walls.
"Once you’ve chosen your wallpaper, it actually can make designing a space easier because you have a jumping-off point to set the tone for the rest of the design elements," Heather says. A coral-inspired chandelier perfectly finishes this look.
A Preppy Place
With a nod to traditionally masculine design, the plaid wallpaper in this living room brings a crisp, tailored look. The blue ground of this pattern is welcoming without feeling overpowering. Warm accents, including the wood-veneer lampshade and cowhide rug, keep the room from feeling too formal. A coordinating floral throw pillow works to soften the style.
Take a trip to the tropics without leaving home! With a palm-tree print on a dramatic black ground, this wallpaper is as unique as it is inviting. In a guest bedroom, it really makes a statement, and the woven wicker bed continues the breezy theme. Pops of orange in the throw pillows are also a nice, tropical touch.
"We all know that paint can be one of the least expensive ways to transform a space," says designer Breeze Giannasio. "Wallpaper takes that up a notch, and we've never had more beautiful options on the market than today."
"I particularly love how much depth the paper lends to what was a rather mundane and small guest bathroom," Breeze says. "With the addition of the moody florals that seem redolent of paintings by the Dutch masters, the space is amplified, and a moody romantic tone is set."
In this entryway, a shapely graphic pattern in silver and gold makes a major statement. The console table ties in beautifully in the same glimmering finishes. The pair of white lamps echo the curvy design of the wallpaper and simple wall art works to keep the pattern from overtaking the small space.
A Nautical Air
A lineup of lobsters pops on a cherry red background, adding a lively look to this nautical-inspired space. As unexpected as it is charming, the pattern sets the stage for a lighthearted, seafaring style that's enhanced by a rope-framed mirror.
More so than paint, the right wallpaper can convey a specific style. Here, softly hued wallpaper with a subtle snakeskin pattern brings an unexpected, exotic element to the space. A silvery headboard and luxe accessories play off the paper and help add a sense of glamour to this elegant bedroom.
"This wallpaper pattern was the perfect fit for this client, a young country music artist," says designer Kendall Simmons. "I wanted her wallpaper to feel classic like an overall trellis or damask pattern, but with a young, Southern flair. This [deer-head damask] paper fit that feeling to a T!"
"Dig deep when you're selecting a wallpaper. It's an important and fairly permanent statement in your home, so it's critical that it reflects your personal style. You want to love it long-term," Kendall says.
A more traditional trellis pattern in sunny yellow is a breath of fresh air in this inviting entryway. An antiqued mirrored console table provides a nice counterbalance with its finish and subtle sheen. The bright and shapely contemporary lamp perfectly pulls together this transitional look.
Gingham wallpaper gives this pretty powder room its definitive country flair. The art, vanity and mini topiaries all work to give this small space a downhome feel, while the granite countertop and neutral palette elevate the look with an air of elegance.
Let your location be your guide! This space in Austin, Texas boasts patterns that celebrate its Southwestern locale. The black-and-white wallpaper is at once modern, minimal and bold. Says designer Christen Ales, "The decor mixes fun bohemian patterns and textures with modern and more traditional Mexican-style furniture silhouettes for a clean, but eclectic look."
A Little Luxe
"Wallpaper is one of my favorite ways to incorporate a client's favorite color, pattern or style," says Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. "Our client instantly fell for this feminine metallic floral. The metallic sheen perfectly reflects the natural light in the room and adds a subtle pattern that visually fills the room. The mood is luxurious and serene," Abbe says.
"Once you have finalized the location for [your] wallpaper, it will be much easier to decide on going bold with a pattern or keeping it simple with a tonal design," says Abbe. "I love bold florals on ceilings and subtle graphics when wallpapering a full room. Accent walls are great places to go for it with a funky pattern and bold color if you're a risk taker."