10 Nature Wallpapers That Bring Your Hike Home
These relaxing scenes of trees and ferns and meadows of wildflowers will bring the beauty of nature into your home, even when you're stuck inside.
The latest trend in creative wall coverings puts a clever twist on the concept of "outdoor" living rooms: instead of making exterior spaces like porches and patios feel like extensions of interiors, bold botanical prints are bringing the beauty of wild, wooded spaces indoors. Inspirational scenery and all the comforts of home? This take on armchair travel sounds like paradise.
The dreamy, mist-shrouded Amazon vista depicted here makes a minimalist bedroom feel like a treehouse. “Being out in nature is wonderful for us; it helps lower blood pressure, reduces stress, increases concentration and clears our minds,” says Rebel Walls designer Johanna Jansson. “If you want to create a perfect home sanctuary bringing nature indoors through natural materials is a wonderful way to do that! With our forest murals, we want to bring the peaceful feeling of a stroll through the forest to your home.”
Realistic vines on Rebel Walls’ Climbing Ivy, in turn, are ideal for adding verticality and texture to a feature wall. The realistic surface beneath the creepers and leaves is the best kind of character: while it looks weathered and quirky, it’s much simpler to maintain than actually flaking stucco and exposed brick would be.
No window? No problem! The trompe l’oeil architecture and forest floor in this photorealistic scene can turn any space into a room with a view. Speaking of natural beauty, this design (like the two preceding it) is printed on nylon-reinforced, non-woven paper that doesn’t create volatile organic compounds (that is, nasty off-gassing materials), and it’s printed with non-toxic color compounds. Now that’s what we call green wallpaper.
If a more stylized scene suits your fancy, consider a painterly design like decorative artist Alexander Hamilton’s “Beech” — which can be printed on metallic paper if you’re feeling especially decadent. Its shapely trunks and feathery branches lend themselves beautifully to traditional spaces, and the design team at Lewis & Wood, its producer, note that it’s an effective choice for staircases and landings. “’Beech’ was originally inspired by beech saplings in spring, when the leaves start opening and everything feels spacious, soothing and peaceful,” Lewis & Wood’s creative director, Magdalen Jebb, says. “This is exactly how folk want to feel right now.”
Speaking of stairwells, consider the grand sweep of Cole & Son’s Woodland, a majestically large-scale (the vertical repeat is 48.3”, and the horizontal repeat is 27.5”), olive-toned paper with hints of coral in the form of diminutive blooms. It’s gorgeous here, obviously, but it’s also unexpectedly effective applied another way: “Bring nature into your home by covering a ceiling with lush woodland wallpapers,” suggests Barbara Karpf, president and founder of DecoratorsBest.” The fifth dimension, as ceilings are referred to, gives an all-encompassing look when wallpapered.” Case in point: This jaw-dropping library by Corey Damen Jenkins featuring Woodland overhead.
York Wallcoverings’ stately Forest Lake is a user-friendly half-step between low-commitment vinyl decals and old-school, traditional paper that can be a nightmare to remove (and damaging to walls). This paper is pre-pasted and strippable, which means that it activates with a spritz from a water bottle — and will release without a fight when it’s time to redecorate.
If you’re looking for a bit of fauna with your flora, this hand-painted sylvan idyll by Naomi McCavitt — featuring perching birds, speckled eggs, fluttering insects and more — will transform your wall into an avid naturalist’s cabinet (and doesn’t need to be dusted).
Designer Karolina Kroon created this delicate pine pattern for Sweden’s Sandberg Wallpaper to reflect both Scandinavian minimalist and traditional Japanese sensibilities. Symbols of long life, honor and youth in Japan, the pine trees here make shinrin-yoku — “forest bathing,” or the practice of connecting with nature (which researchers have found to have restorative health benefits) — possible anywhere.
Daniel Långelid drew Stateside inspiration for Raphaël, one of Sandberg Wallpaper’s most popular designs: look closely and you might be reminded of the massive American Elms landscaper and architect Frederick Law Olmsted planted throughout Central Park in New York City. Långelid also channeled the look of the sun- and shade-dappled leaves in traditional tapestries.
The elementally lovely silhouettes in Sea of Trees, a high-definition, boundary-dissolving wall mural, are well suited to a retreat: “I get so excited every time I walk into my bedroom,” one delighted DIYer reports. “It gives the room a very serene vibe, which is exactly what I was going for.”