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Wallcovering Trends in Interiors

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.

Thread Pattern, P1530



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.

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Kristin Crane

Kristin Crane has designed jacquard designs for the home furnishing and residential jobber market for many years, with mills in the US and in China. Today, she writes about pattern and design trends for Design Pool from her home in Providence, Rhode Island. When not writing about fabric, she can be found weaving in her home studio or hiking along the Rhode Island coast.


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