Wallcovering Trends in InteriorsKristin Crane
Maximalism is coming back, and one place getting a makeover first is the walls. Saturated colors, bold patterns, and layered textures are slowly taking over sleek, gray minimalism. In residential interiors, adding or changing wallpaper can boost a room and make it feel refreshed. It’s also an easy place to showcase your personality. In commercial interiors, wallpaper can make a statement and be used to set the mood of a space. In both scenarios, we’re seeing similar trends in wallcovering popping up.
Top 5 Wallcovering Trends
Nearly every trend round-up we’ve done recently, whether in higher education, hospitality, or restaurants, is talking about biophilic design. People want nature in their interiors; when they can’t have the real thing, designers bring it in with tropical and botanical patterns. Wallcovering is perfect to compliment this trend with realistic, natural-looking designs.
As printing technology evolves, the different types of substrates that can be printed on are growing. Wallpaper no longer has to be smooth and one-dimensional. It can have dimension and depth. Wallpapers made with wood and cork are popular, as well as wallpaper made from fabric.
Murals are a huge trend, especially in hospitality, where businesses try to create the perfect Instagram-worthy background for that selfie. Some use wall decals, some neon writing, and others bring in local artists to paint a one-of-a-kind piece. Yet, others are using wallpaper to create that striking wall. With on-demand printing, it’s so easy to get a one-off design of a photograph, bold pattern, or unique art piece.
Bold, Graphic Prints
Patterns are getting bigger and bolder, and colors are getting more saturated. There are lots of colorful, bold florals at a large scale. There is also a significant resurgence in retro prints that feel like the 70s. Bold geometrics can make a statement, especially in a large commercial space such as an open office.
Vertical, horizontal, big, small, wavy – however they’re being expressed, stripes are everywhere. A basic stripe is timeless and makes a room look classic and understated. Yet, it’s so easy to go from traditional to contemporary by just changing the scale, repeat, or color distribution. Stripes are also a versatile complement to solids and patterns.
Have you been using wallpaper in your interiors? We’d love to see how you’re using it! Tag us on Instagram so we can see.