This week and next, I’ll be talking about one of our favorite design topics: wallpaper. And considering my history with wallpaper having had everything from thick, gold wallpaper with pirate maps and vintage 70’s “John Denver album cover look alike” wall murals, to cute, cartoon people shopping the streets of Paris (which I picked out for my bathroom…no judgement, ok?) I had no choice but to bring in some of the best in the interior design and wall covering industries to help me write this article.
Wallpaper seems to go through phases and while I’ve always loved it for the versatility and uniqueness it can lend to any room, I can’t manage to keep up with the trends. Are we still in vinyl inspirational decals or are we into retro-silver and brocade now? Textured grass cloth or hearty florals? Do we use pre-pasted or did I just say a bad word?
In the first part of this series, I’ll be exploring current trends and visiting with a couple amazing and talented designers. One is here in the USA, Given Campbell of Given Campbell Designs who actually designs the wallpaper. And then, we’ll hear from Natasha Gupta of Blue Feather Designs, based in the UK who will talk about what’s new in the UK and Europe.
Given Campbell had this to say about what’s currently trending. “A lot of the trends happening now are ones that have been trending for a while so there should be a shift soon. What I’m still seeing on trend for now, are botanicals and florals, especially oversized ones. Alice in Wonderland meets Palm Springs. 50s/vintage-inspired botanicals like Banana leaves, palm fronds etc.
Metallics are big, although they will probably never go out of style. Metallics are like the little black dress that goes from work to evening simply by changing the accessories. Geometrics and simple designs are also still big as well as faux brick, stone and rough industrial-look wallpaper like rusted metal with rivets, cement slab, etc.
Something else I’m seeing are murals in Trompe L’oeil style like a street or forest scene that gives the illusion of bringing the outside in and in turn, enlarges the space.
Llamas are gaining ground. Although they aren’t really declared trending yet in wallpaper, they are showing up everywhere. They have a sweet sort of boho feel to them so I would not be surprised to see them showing up more and more.
Color is coming back, starting over the last year or so. This makes wallpaper so much more fun in shades of plum, fuchsia, lime green, egg yolk yellow, turquoise, juicy orange, grapefruit pink.”
Don’t forget the ceiling, too! Given is putting a lot of her patterns on client’s ceilings for a dramatic effect!
As we jump over the pond to London, England, Natasha Gupta of Blue Feather Designs seems to have a real passion for wallpaper.
“Dark and maximalist is definitely the way to go and it just makes my heart sing! Bold colours, prints and patterns on the walls teamed with jewel colours in furniture are really on trend now.
If you love patterns and prints but are anxious about dark colours, tropical palm prints with more contemporary or Scandinavian schemes work really well.
For those that love their minimal interiors, creating a feature wall with fun, geometric prints in neutral colours are a fantastic way to add interest and depth to a scheme.”
Another designer I spoke with was Liz Goldberg of Carolyn Leona Design. “As far as pattern goes, we love whimsical, organic prints that keep your eye moving around the space. Bold colors are great for small spaces, whereas we tend to stick to softer color patterns in larger rooms.”
I want to thank all the amazingly talented women for their input today. For our next post in the series, we’ll be going deeper into tips and tricks to bring your walls to life!