The past ten years or so have been relatively quiet on the wallpaper front. Scarred by the gaudy neon and fussy florals of the 80s and 90s, the world of interior design has been hesitant to dive back into the realm of wall to wall prints, opting instead for simple washes of block color paint. But what happens when paint alone just won’t cut it? Sure, you could maybe jazz it up with some artwork, or perhaps enlist the help of wood paneling for texture. Or how about just taking the plunge with a wallpaper revival?
Though the concept of wallpaper may be old school, the modern crop of wallpaper designs are anything but. Keep reading to see some of my favorites.
Raindrops Wall Mural
If raindrops on roses are one of your favorite things, then you’re going to love the Raindrops Wall Mural.
Designed in collaboration with FEATHR and renowned Finnish painter, Tamara Piilola, the Raindrops Wall Mural features a whimsical forest scene, dashed through by raindrops catching the light. It’s based on Piilola’s striking narrative landscapes which aim to transport viewers on a journey into mysterious natural environments.
What I love about the Raindrops Wall Mural is its dreamlike use of color. A mix of muted pastels make for a lush yet subtle backdrop. It’s understated but still eye-catching – perfect for those looking to give their beloved Scandi-minimalist aesthetic a tropical twist.
For Avery Thatcher, the mastermind behind artisan wallpaper studio Juju Papers, ‘wallpaper is a great opportunity to bring some risk into a space – a counterbalance to architectural structure and the clean lines of most furniture’.
It’s not surprising then to find that the Le Freak collection is big, bold and beautiful. A calligraphic maze of oversized curves and swiggles, Le Freak is reminiscent of the abstract work of Robert Motherwell and Jean Arp.
It’s available in two colorways: champagne on cream for a delicately elegant look and gunmetal for those looking to make a statement. Even better, Le Freak is environmentally friendly too!
An abstract take on the graphic geometric print, Movement 05 is simply mesmerizing.
It’s part of Wallpepper’s ‘African Dream’ collection and draws inspiration from traditional tribal prints. The striking monochrome palette however keeps Movement 05 in line with modern design, making it ideal for incorporating into a sleek contemporary space.
Because this print is so busy, you’re going to want to keep everything else in your space quite simple. Neutral wood and gray tones are great for balancing the overall look.
If conventional wallpaper doesn’t float your boat, you might want to look into Deborah Bowness’ quirky Lined Paper design.
With this interactive wallpaper option, you can literally turn your walls into a notebook. Bowness shares that the collection was inspired by her desire ‘to create functional art, wallpapers that serve utilitarian purpose as well as being beautifully simple and meaningful’.
This idea reminds me of the later work of Henri Matisse and his famous wall drawings. Overall, it’s perfect for creative types who want to leave a truly personal stamp on their abode.
For a shot of vibrant color, look no further than Flock’s Storm design in this beautiful Saffron yellow.
The print is part of Flock’s archive collection and is based on a gouache pattern design for men’s waistcoats from the 1840’s. The meandering lines are reminiscent of Le Freak above, but with a bit of an edge.
The ochre yellow of this design is the true hero here. It’s so vivid and warm, yet surprisingly versatile. If you’re stuck with what to pair it with I suggest playing off the featured white and yellow tones. Think grounding wood accents and touches of white.