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Wallpaper Design Trends to Look Forward to in 2023

We love these wallpaper design trends making a splash in 2023

By

Julie Scagell

Wallpaper is having a real moment these past few years, making a comeback from the 1970s and 1980s when it adorned almost everyone’s homes. Wallpaper has a way of transforming a room from flat and dull to fabulous, and it comes in so many patterns and designs that it’s hard not to find one you love. There are a few wallpaper design trends increasing in popularity, so if you’re in the market, here are a few options to get your creative juices flowing.

Contents

  • Large-scale prints
  • Faux texture
  • Bring back the 1970s
  • Muted maximalism

Elizabeth Rees, the founder of a leading wall coverings company, Chasing Paper, shared a few gorgeous ideas that are sure to be a big hit in 2023 and beyond.

Large-scale prints

Wallpaper makes a statement, and none more so than choosing a large-scale print. “Large-scale prints that can dominate a space are a trend that has been big this past year and will continue to stay strong,” Rees said. Large-scale prints work well in bigger rooms, like a living room or bedroom, where they can scale to the rest of the space. Whether it’s a repeating pattern or a large hand-printed mural-like print, creating interest in a wall or entire room is key. We love floral prints for this type of look.

Faux texture

“A whole new trend of faux textures is taking the market by storm and will be big for 2023!” said Rees. “This trend creates the illusion of unique surfaces taking over walls.” Typically, this type of wallpaper is heavily embossed and made to look like it’s textured with wood planks, silk, grass, leather, or tile. This works well on textured walls that you want to cover, like plaster, or areas that have cracked over time.

Bring back the 1970s

We love anything that brings back the vintage and dramatic feel of the 1970s, and Rees agrees. “From classic art deco to larger scaled retro geometrics, we often see trends from fashion translate into decor trends; these have been seen on runways for the last couple of seasons and will find their way to wallpaper in 2023.” Think large geometric patterns, floral prints in antique colors, and using oranges, yellows, and greens to give a throwback feel to any room. We love this idea in a powder room or guest room to really make a statement.

Muted maximalism

Similar to a 1970s pattern and design, maximalist wallpaper is bold and beautiful. “Look for bold designs with larger motifs in soft tones,” Rees advises. “These play well into bringing back some neutral colors into a maximalist era.” This wallpaper is perfect for a kitchen or dining area where you want some design but don’t need it to overpower the space. It offers just enough personality but allows other decor to shine.

You can use wallpaper on any wall or room that needs an uplift. It gives character to any space and offers a design that you can’t get from decor alone. We love these ideas, and implementing one or all of these into your home will bring you screaming into 2023.

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Wallpaper is well and truly back in fashion and we’re currently obsessed with wanting to know what the top wallpaper trends of 2023 will be. So we’ve called upon leading experts in the industry to reveal what will be adorning our walls this year. 

Because the walls form the foundations of every good decorating scheme it’s always good to keep abreast of the latest wallpaper and interior paint color trends to update any room. 

From colorful feature walls to enliven the best living room paint colors to a pretty wall-to-wall saturation in keeping with cocooning bedroom trends 2023 there is no end to what can be achieved with a roll or two of whimsical wallpaper. 

“In 2023, we expect to see a variety of wallpaper trends correlating with the abundance of varying styles and looks coming through,” says Rebecca Drury, co-founder, MissPrint.  

“As we begin to venture into a more colorful world, bold and playful palettes will be more present in wallpaper designs and patterns – think bright reds and striking blues to transform the previous demand for neutral dynamics.”

From adding texture to bringing in big, bold, and bright patterns, these are the designs set to be big for wallpaper to inform and inspire decorating projects throughout the year ahead…

1. Textured papers

(Image credit: Graham & Brown)

Texture plays an integral role in the leading interior design trends of 2023. As we look every which way to bring nature into our homes, through paint colors, materials, and patterns, it’s no wonder the experts predict soft textures embossing the mix too. 

Grasscloth made from natural fibers such as jute, hemp seagrass or bamboo adds soft definition and creates a homely and relaxing vibe. It’s an ideal wall option for rooms we love to hunker down in. 

“Wallpaper will be making a serious comeback this year,” says Juliette Thomas, founder, and director at Juliettes Interiors.  We’ll see a particular increase in textured wallpaper in a variety of colors to add instant depth and interest to spaces – especially darker palettes as homeowners are looking for richer and moodier decor for their homes in the new year.” 

2. Biophilic design

(Image credit: Hillary’s)

The Biophilic trend is going nowhere in 2023, especially when it comes to statement wallpaper designs. But, to develop the drama expect to see leafy prints set against darker hues for a more moody vibe. 

To avoid making mistakes when decorating with dark colors senior product manager at Hillarys, Yvonne Keal, explains how to get the atmospheric and shady leaf print look in large living rooms when teamed with color.

“Use darker florals and biophilic wallpaper designs to add a sense of depth and drama into calmer spaces.”

“Statement teal colors complement larger windows perfectly and along with flowers growing upwards, give your space a sense of height.”

3.

Retro pattern

(Image credit: @decor_amsterdam / Miss Print)

Walls covered in colorful and clashing geometric wallpaper were 70s staples. Perhaps due to a recent resurgence for nostalgia, retro wallpaper is back with a modern twist.

“We are expected to see a retro resurgence, favoring groovy repeat patterns and abstract colorways,” explains Rebecca. “This will definitely assist in making homes more visually interesting and inviting.”

Printed in modern metallic finishes and teamed with mid-century furniture and colorful accessories, design studio Decor Amsterdam has struck the perfect balance of ‘New Nostalgia’ with this side-board display and backdrop.

4. Imitation and faux effects

(Image credit: B&Q)

Be its tongue and groove cladding, boiserie panels, or contemporary veneer slats, architectural wall paneling is currently a huge decorating trend. Faux panel wallpaper is a budget-friendly alternative that can transform a room without any DIY disasters – not to mention a fabulous way to make a home look expensive on a budget.

“Faux interiors and false effect finishes are going to be huge in 2023. Whilst the cost of living crisis means everyone is making cutbacks, it also means people are looking for cheap ways to do things they love.

Marble and wood effect have always been popular, with paneling really taking off in the last two years. Faux effect wallpaper will be seen in homes across the UK,” says James Mellan-Matulewicz, CEO & creative director at Bobbi Beck.

“At B&Q, we’ve seen sales of wooden slat wallpaper have already increased by 82% this month compared to last,” reveals Nicky Fisher, category director of surface and decor at B&Q. “With site searches for the wallpaper style up by 66%, further demonstrating the longevity of this trend.”

5. New borders

(Image credit: LICK)

During the 80s, wallpaper borders and friezes were hugely fashionable, most of which we are glad to see the back of in the end. However, thanks to a surge in maximal looks, framing rooms when decorating is back in demand.  

Tash Bradley, director of interior design at Lick says: “Bringing in wallpaper borders is a clever way to add detailing and visual interest to a room, without overwhelming it”.

To inject a fresh perspective on the look for 2023 take inspiration from murals. A thick border printed with an illustrative narrative will add visual interest in minimalist and neutral schemes.

Or, for a more subtle approach contemporary frames with geometric patterns will make a subtle yet striking statement. 

Lick has recently collaborated with renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen CBE to launch a set of super stylish wallpaper boarders that we have fallen head over heels for. 

“Putting a contemporary twist on a traditional wallpaper trend, these minimalist designs are all about making a subtle statement, accentuating your decor through a less-is-more approach,” adds Tash. 

6. Joyful colour and design

(Image credit: ilovewallpaper)

Dopamine dressing was a buzz phrase used in both fashion and interiors worlds in 2022 and this year the uplifting look is set to continue. Joyful design focuses on brightening our spirits through decor using layout, color and pattern and is an ideal way to bring positive energy into your home.

“Maximalist bold wallpapers will become more of a trend for 2023 and will filter out into every level of the wallpaper market. They can be geometric, retro, floral or small scale but more people will be confident using braver colors and designs.” Explains Zoe Eaton, Creative Director of Ohpopsi.

“There will be more of a desire to decorate three or four walls to create rich warm spaces and people will embrace the positive benefits of living with colorful, comfortable spaces.”

Senior Product Manager at Hillarys, Yvonne Keal agrees. “Illustrated through free-flowing lines and shapes, introducing abstract patterns into your wallpaper is the perfect way to add a touch of personality and playfulness.

 With a focus on enhanced energy, uniqueness and modern design set to be a big trend in 2023, choosing abstract patterns tick all of those boxes. ” 

7. Oversized blooms

(Image credit: Wallshoppe)

Alongside jungle leaves and palm prints, botanical florals will continue to bloom in 2023. 

“Botanical prints have been on the rise and have become more apparent as we begin to appreciate more of the natural world,” explains Rebecca. “People are starting to incorporate more floral interiors as they help to breathe life and freshness throughout the home.”

The Sex and City sequel show ‘And Just Like That’, proved oversized floral prints are soon to be sought after by showcasing Sarah Jessica Parker’s wallpaper collaboration with Wallshoppe, in the Upper East Side apartment. 

“We are seeing a huge shift from the beige-on-beige neutral palettes to soft maximalism. A lot of print-on-print pairing with vibrant colors is a huge trend,” says Mert Beraze from Wallshoppe. 

“The SJP collection speaks to this trend with bold florals. Plus ever since the paper was featured in Carrie’s apartment in And Just Like That, the print became wildly popular. ” 

8. Maximalist design

(Image credit: Bobo1325)

Big, bold, and bright wallpapers embracing the maximalist trend are becoming hugely popular as interiors become more expressive. When layered with plenty of pattern and texture, opting for large prints and strong colorful wallpaper is an immediate way to inject character into any space.

“We’re going to see bright, bold prints as people are growing more comfortable with using color to not only reflect their personalities but to influence the ‘moods’ of the interior space they’re creating,” says Beth Travers, founder of Bobo1325.

“People are learning to embrace the power of color and harness the different tones and shades as we’re becoming more aware of the mental health and mindful aspect and the benefits it can bring.”

If you’re feeling brave with color consider also how to use Pantone’s Color of the year 2023 in your home to complement your chosen wallpaper design. 

9. Immersive walls

(Image credit: Little Greene)

Wallpapers that immerse a whole wall with one huge image can instantly transform a space into a new dimension. Hung in panels and put together like a jigsaw, a full-scale mural adds character to walls beyond compare.

“Large-scale prints, repeating patterns, and eye-catching murals are expected to be seen everywhere in 2023, adding another dimension to otherwise lackluster walls,” explains Chelsea Clark, head of brand at I Love Wallpaper. 

“Found in homes since the 18th century, murals are a quick and easy way to transform a room and transport you to another place entirely and they are becoming increasingly popular in the modern-day home.”

Also known as background walls, elements of nature showcased as works of art will continue to be popular. Think mountain tops, steamy forests, and trailing botanical gardens.

“For a calming and cohesive look, pair your design with a complementary hue, on skirting and woodwork to deliver a contemporary and cocooning finish,” suggest Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene. ” This ‘cocooning effect’ is also a great way to make a room look bigger with paint.

10. Heritage classics

(Image credit: Morris & Co.)

The heritage trend has recently been re-generated from our love of country life and traditional charm teamed with modern accents – the perfect balance of old and new. 

Many reputable wallpaper brands have historical archives that they return to recreate timeless classics in new and innovative ways. 

“Although many of the designs in the collection are over 100 years old, designed by William Morris for his dear friend Emery Walker, the colorways, the designs and the pattern repeats are exactly how Morris used to produce himself,” explains Jessica Clayworth, lead designer, Morris & Co of their Emery Walker’s House collection.

Charming repeats and motifs in muted tones are guaranteed to transform any room into a gorgeous countryside escape.

“The Emery Walker’s house is the perfect embodiment of how Morris & Co. designs truly do stand the test of time and are more relevant now than ever,” adds Jessica.

11. Removable wallpaper

(Image credit: Wallshoppe)

Say goodbye to icky paste and awkward wallpaper tables because self-adhesive wallpaper has landed. Otherwise known as removable wallpaper this peel-and-stick wallpaper is going to revolutionize DIY-addicted renters’ homes.

Unlike investing in bold new kitchen trends 2023, this design option is far less of a commitment or cost.

“Commitment-free and ideal for DIYers, renters, and set producers. This style of paper can be easily peeled off and doesn’t damage the walls when removed,” explains Mert.

“If you are tempted to shake up your decor but aren’t certain you want to commit, then applying peel-and-stick or self-adhesive wallpapers is the perfect solution to experiment without the permanent commitment,” adds James.

With new technological developments, wallpaper is no longer just a homeowners’ privilege. Removable, self-adhesive wallpaper allows renters to inject color and pattern into homes without risking the deposit and consumers are realizing the benefits. It’s a simple way of adding a splash of color in awkward spaces that are temporary. 

“Interest in peel-and-stick or removable wallpaper has increased by 73% over the past month at B&Q. This is likely due to people looking for easy and more affordable ways to switch up the decor in their homes, particularly when renting,” explains Nicky.

12. Wallpapered ceilings

(Image credit: Magnolia Network)

Last year many residential ceilings went from being characterless, colorless afterthoughts to tunefully toned topside coverings, painted in harmonizing hues. 

As trends focusing on visual experimentation are on the up, wallpaper is the latest design element adorning ceilings in 2023.

“As people look for inventive ways to decorate, we’ve seen attention turn toward the fifth wall of our rooms: the ceiling,” explains Paula Taylor, head stylist at luxury wallpaper and paint brand, Graham and Brown.

“Patterned wallpaper is the natural choice when looking to make the most of this blank space; being free from the interruption of shelves, furniture, or hangings, the ceiling allows the pattern of the wallpaper to be more striking than ever before. ” 

Famous home renovators, Joanna and Chip Gaines showcased this delightful wallpapered bedroom ceiling (pictured) in a mid-century cottage in Waco, on the hit decorating TV show, Fixer Upper. 

65 photos of very modern wallpapers – INMYROOM

Modern decor trends are so varied and diverse,
that when it comes to choosing wallpaper, we rarely manage to make a decision right away.
Our small selection of new products is unlikely to help you finally decide
but it will definitely expand your ideas about the most accessible way
wall decoration – wallpaper.

Bare concrete is hard and cold, but not for fans of minimalism and industrial. The new ConcreteWall collection by Tom Hugh will help transform even the most modest typical apartment into an industrial loft space, where the main mood is set by wallpaper that repeats the pattern of concrete floors with various effects of cracks, drips and mold.

In the Glamora collection, even the traditional plant and animal theme is revealed with
great imagination and stylistic diversity. The originals will certainly appreciate the copies.
with prints of logs, barrels, cards and engravings in the style of shabby chic.

Creative people are very fond of change, even more they love to bring
them themselves. ZNAK studios work
very creative people and they seem to have created a new collection of wallpapers for themselves. Tear line
Off wallpaper, thanks to a special tear-off structure and a whole range of color design elements, creates a sea of ​​​​opportunities for decorating absolutely any
space. Idea from a nursery studio: let the child as much as possible
paint the wall brighter, cover it with Tear wallpaper
Off (maybe not completely), and then let the owner of the room tear off everything superfluous.

And the idea of ​​this decorative surrealism
belongs to the collective mind of the German company Surrealien. If you are a fan
optical illusions and love to surprise guests, urgently arm yourself with a tape measure and
drawing paper. Before ordering the wallpaper of your dreams, you will have to draw
the most accurate plan of the walls of your home and indicate on it the location and size
all objects, including doors, sockets, switches and even pieces of furniture and
decor. After processing the information provided, Surrealien will print customized wallpaper rolls for you,
sticking which, you will definitely be able to impress even on
the most sophisticated connoisseur.

Designing a children’s wallpaper collection, Allison Krongard
was inspired by the mobile psyche of her little son and therefore tried to
create wallpapers that would become worthy and stimulating for future achievements
background. Her new bright line will suit both boys and girls, but still really
it will be appreciated by active children who love to paint walls.

Ferm
Living has created a modern, effective and very
black wallpaper collection. Anthracite is an elegant color, and of course it fits in clothes
to everything, but in interior decor it is quite difficult to work with it. By choosing
wrong ornament, you can turn a small and poorly lit room into
a semblance of a bomb shelter, or even worse – a pantry. Oddly enough, the easiest
wallpaper to combine with black and white Scandinavian interior. If you paste only one
wall, then in combination with simple minimalist furniture and painted white
The floor of the room will give you new, powerful and very deep sensations, the direction of which depends only on the correctness of the chosen pattern.

6 simple wall trends

Highlight an accent wall with a rich shade of paint or wallpaper with an expressive pattern, hang a picture, a poster or a gallery of family photos – these are simple and working ways to decorate walls. In this article, we will not reinvent the wheel, but we will try to rethink the usual techniques so that your walls are in trend.

Abstract color blocking

Color blocking was actively talked about last year, although this technique was practiced by interior designers back in 2017, but then it took completely different forms. Literally. The color blocks at that time were sharp, acute-angled shapes. You probably remember bright contrasting triangles, rhombuses and conditional images of mountains.

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Sharp-angled color blocks stayed in trends for a while. Perhaps the fact is that such dynamic forms divided the space too sharply and had a tiring effect on the psyche. Wall color blocking is back in fashion in the form of geometric abstractions, gravitating towards rounded shapes and right angles.

Modern color blocking is more reminiscent of the work of Mondrian, only the colors are chosen not so straightforward. Complex saturated natural tones are in trend.

Paint brands today make it very easy to choose an interior palette, offering many interesting colors that work well in color blocking in combination with shades from the same collection. Colors can be related or contrasting, and the coloring plane can be scaled.

The main rule is that the shades that are used in color blocks should resonate with other elements in the interior: with textiles, furniture upholstery, pattern on the carpet.

Color spot

Instead of bold contrasting combinations of geometric shapes, you can limit yourself to one color spot on a neutral light background. Such a solution will take root even in the most minimalist interiors.

According to the latest trends, everything in modern interiors tends to be rounded, so the circle will become the most fashionable color spot shape.

Maximalism

The arsenal of expressive means of interior design is no longer limited to what each style direction has to offer. On the contrary: interiors in a rigid stylistic framework are of little interest to anyone. So are the visual clichés on the walls: posters of Marilyn Monroe, cans of Campbell’s soup, and Van Gogh reproductions. The trend is a mixture of elements of different styles and interesting alternatives to images from the mass market.

You can always limit yourself to a solo picture or choose strict symmetry in the arrangement of several images. But if you like detail and want to achieve a wow effect, choose “picture galleries” in the style of maximalism with a lot of motley exhibits.

You can mix everything: frames of different shapes and sizes, oil paintings and watercolor drawings of your children, lithographs and advertising posters, herbariums and photographs, posters and mirrors. Don’t be afraid to mix genres and add elements to your compositions that don’t need frames at all: cymbals, macrame, masks, and so on.

Tip: if you want to assemble a complex composition on the entire wall, before hanging the exhibits, you should first pick them up and find the most advantageous combination by spreading the composition on the floor.

Wrong place

Sometimes it’s not about how you hang a picture, but where. The fashion includes the use of traditional decor in non-traditional areas for it: in the kitchen and in the bathroom.

Pictures on the walls of the bathroom, a poster that masks the sanitary hatch over the toilet, photographs and mirrors on the kitchen shelves – all this looks bold and relevant.

Rails + paint

The most expressive effect can be achieved with a minimum of expressive means: paint and slats. The slats are used to make simple geometric patterns that look expensive and spectacular – it is easy to confuse such a finish with decorative panels.

Reiki can be glued directly on top of the wallpaper and painted in the same tone with them.

Architectural wallpaper

They promise to become the most noticeable microtrend of this year. Think of the photo wallpapers from the 2000s: with windows overlooking the Eiffel Tower, the resorts of Greece or the narrow streets of Tuscany. Remember and forget.