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Technology isn’t just changing how we work and communicate, it is also inspiring new ways to create the products we use in our homes. Consequently, wallpaper has not only become easier to put up and remove, but the design choices have also become limitless. Here, we take a look at some of our favorite designs and applications that show off the wonders of wallpaper.
Yes, a painted feature wall adds impact, color, and character to a room, but wallpaper can take your look to a whole new level. Pattern and texture have been used in wallpaper for just this purpose for many years, but now there’s a new breed of photo-realistic wallpapers representing the latest interior trends.
If you like the industrial look instead, choose from one of the very convincing and stylish brick wallpapers. Or if a clad timber wall in deep charcoal is more your style, you can easily install some wallpaper, providing the perfect backdrop for your pieces of furniture.
Natural textures and finishes such as sisal, jute, paper yarns, and seagrass provide elegant, textural additions to your home — and also have the environmental tick of approval.
Large-scale graphics and geometrics
Geometric designs have been popular in wallpaper for many years, with the humble vertical stripe proving to be the most enduring. Although colors and geometric designs may change and adapt over time, the interest and vibrancy they bring to a room is one of their ongoing appeals.
Current trends lean towards larger-scaled versions of geometric designs, allowing them to make clean and strong impacts in a room. The large format of the pattern is not as busy looking when compared to smaller-scale designs (which can be too overwhelming for many homeowners). Gloss and matt finishes add another level of interest to the geometric look.
In the past, one of the biggest issues with wallpaper was the mess caused by goopy glue and the difficulty in applying the design to your wall. Today, non-woven wallpaper is revolutionizing the industry. It’s easy to install and remove, making it perfect for when we change our minds — for when the kids grow out of Peppa Pig and when we rent but want to add character to our home.
The main difference now is the quality of paper, which is tear resistant, making it far easier to install. Another important advance is that it doesn’t expand or contract. This means you can apply paste to the wall — not the paper — slide the paper on, and ensure it’s straight and the patterns and images line up perfectly. Plus, with many wallpapers now made from a mix of natural and synthetic fibers, they are washable and breathable, so they can be used in wet areas or places with steam, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Upgrade on glamour.
Wallpaper with a metallic detail or finish is the perfect way to bring wow-factor to any room. Metallics provide a great play on light and create a mood, so they work particularly well in a master bedroom that needs rescuing from the decor doldrums. There’s plenty of choice, ranging from strong “look at me” designs to those with a more subtle personality.
Make a statement with murals
Whether strong and bold, geometric, or floral, wall murals are a very modern way of incorporating large, high-quality images in your home. With one application, a wall mural can completely change the look and feel of a space.
The huge range of images now available will truly blow your mind. How about a photo of the European World Cup match for your soccer-mad son, or a stunning whale’s tale to really pack a punch down the hallway? The impact and power of these images taking up the whole wall, versus a small space as a framed photo or print, elevates the experience to something amazing.
And if you’re searching for a conversation piece for the dining room, look no further. Murals are also a great way to bring the outside in with stunning landscape shots of nature and major cities around the world. Then again, oversized blossoms will transform any room, turning it into a modern art installation.
Let's get creative!
Cover a canvas in wallpaper for impressive DIY artwork. Large prints are fantastic for filling blank walls, such as open living and dining areas.
Keep the walls plain and use wallpaper on the ceiling. Add flair to furniture with various wallpapers in a similar theme and color.
How to hang wallpaper yourself.
It’s a lot easier with paste-the-wall wallpaper, and it can take half the time of hanging traditional wallpaper. Always read the instructions. Start from one corner and draw a plumb line down the wall to ensure you lay it straight. If in doubt, find a DIY video online.
This post was written by the editors of Home to Love. For more, check out our sister site Home to Love.