Wallpaper can warm up any space. This soft and feminine paper complements—not competes—with the conservative living room set-up.
Make an unforgettable first impression by choosing a striking color for the front foyer. Complete the look with a paper that accentuates the steel hue and highlights the hint of texture in the houndstooth print.
A modern print can feel right at home in a space with a natural and laid-back style. Complement a neutral sofa and wooden furniture by choosing a graphic pattern in a subtle shade of graphite, pale blue, or jade.
It’s no surprise that wallpaper and textile maven Kate Reynolds’s Brooklyn home is filled with extraordinary wallcoverings. The dining room features a fun geometric design by Brian Paquette, which is beautifully complemented by an authentic Moroccan rug.
A beach house in the Hamptons really leans into the nautical look with fish-printed wallpaper by Cole & Son. The powder room mirror is by Made Goods and the sconce is by Visual Comfort.
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Inside a Palm Springs home, the guest room’s eye-catching wallpaper is a Kelly Wearstler design, punctuated by Frank Gehry drawings and a sleek black chair by Donghia.
This very Parisian apartment is all about elegance; Inside the entry hall, the hand-painted wallpaper is a design by Studio Peregalli and the wainscoting was painted to resemble marble.
An attention-grabbing print can reinvent a featureless space. A modern navy paper delivers a powerful statement on one wall or all four.
Also in Christina Juarez’ apartment, the walls and vintage sofa in the home office are covered in an Elizabeth Hamilton fabric from John Rosselli. The vintage chair and pillows are in a Madeline Weinrib ikat, the elephant stool is by Pier 1 Imports, the side table is by CB2, and the rug is by Serena & Lily. An Oberto Gili photograph, anchors artworks by Oscar de la Renta (top left) and Donald Robertson (top center).
Hand-painted lines meet a structured grid in Kelly Wearstler’s Coquette Wallpaper.
In the guest bath of a Los Angeles home, a chair is upholstered in the California state flag, the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, the custom wallcovering is by Nathalie Lété, and the door is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green.
This wallpaper has an artful feel with a potato-stamp half moon shape design, but with rich and refined colors of navy and gold.
There are few design elements that are as engaging as colorful wallpaper. Have you ever walked into a room covered in fun patterns or unexpected motifs and not felt like it had major character? Any room in your home, regardless of how drab, can boast that same kind of personality if you refresh with some wallpaper.
Large, painterly indigo brush strokes will give any room where this paper is installed presence and weight.
Charm a space with a cheery and unique design, which will create a casual vibe in a kitchen or family room.
In the entry hall of a grand New York apartment, the settee is covered in a Rose Cumming fabric, the late-18th-century Philadelphia table is a family heirloom, and the hand-painted yellow floral wallpaper is by San Patrignano.
Manhattan-based decorator Frank de Biasi and his partner, textile and clothing designer Gene Meyer, spared no detail in their colorful living room. The wallpaper by Doug & Gene Meyer features a fun mini-pattern. The circular rug is by Niba Collections, the carpet is by Holland & Sherry, and the tiger painting is an Indian piece.
If you’re wild for a paper but on a tight budget, pick a room’s focal point to highlight with an eye-catching print. Keep this from feeling out of place by painting the walls in the background color of the paper.
A pretty West Village apartment has plenty of adorable design details in the dining room; The wallcovering is Work + Sea’s Watercolor Stripe, and the artworks include pieces by Wardell Milan, John Register, and Jeff Lewis.
Styles, trends and tastes change in the course of a few years, or even decades. We see cycles of homes with beige and bold colors to homes with white or light grey walls, and then more color and interest again. It’s why trends that die out eventually come back around. They offer something that the status-quo can’t quench. Wallpaper is a trend that I’ve been so happy to see make its way back to the home goods market. Removing 1950s wallpaper is a huge headache, and it can be a pain to even put up, but wallpaper can be the perfect addition of color, texture and pattern that will bring a room to life.
Rather than painting a child’s room in a pastel, take the wallpaper route with a print that can grow with your child. Choose a neutral background that has a playful pattern and a shot of cheery colors.
Not all drama needs to be rooted in a bright color. A retro ’60s-style egg chair gets an instant transfomation from a mustard paper accentuated by a cool graphic design.
For the most impact, choose a wall with no windows and no doors, and paint the rest of the room the same color as the background of the paper. This bathroom gets a sophisticated spin with an elegant grey print.
Add visual interest to a modern all-white dining area with the right print. A paper in a sharp palette and geometric design can be the finishing touch to any room.
This copper wallpaper was created with a stippling technique to create beautiful detailed designs inside of the larger bird pattern.
Soft designs that bring quiet transformations are perfect for the risk-averse. In a bedroom, where you don’t want to overstimulate the eyes, a black and white floral can feel just right.
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This mountaintop Montana retreat designed by Ken Fulk pairs a steel bed by Room & Board with a 1920s leather sofa. The bed linens and side tables are by Ralph Lauren Home, the ceiling light is by Maarten Baas, and the wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries.
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The dining room in an eclectic Oakland home is lined with the patterned wallpaper by Schumacher. The bold pendant light is by Kartell, the vintage hooked rug is American, and the photograph is by Katy Grannan.
In the master bedroom of a Houston home, the bed is upholstered in a Schumacher fabric that are also used for the curtains. The subtle peachy wallpaper is by Farrow & Ball and the carpet is by Stark.
Wallpaper products are more sophisticated this time around with easier applications, removable options and a broader range of designs to choose from. Surface and textile designers are including wallpaper in their shops, graphic and pattern designers are releasing sponsored collections, wall treatment companies are updating their stock and trendy start-ups are offering large-scale murals and removable wallpaper in every pattern imaginable. We’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite wallpaper products that feel fresh, sophisticated and full of personality. Wallpaper will be sticking around for a while (literally and figuratively) and if you can find a pattern and colorway you love for your space, it might be worth the trouble of putting it up. –Lauren
For a space like the bedroom, make a sophisticated statement with a metallic print in a soft lavender and silver palette.
Transform a bedroom corner by pairing a sleek vanity with an invigorating paper like this sunny floral print.
This drawing-inspired wallpaper by Shanan Campanaro is intricate, organic, interesting and subtle all at once.
In this guest bath, a chair is upholstered in the California state flag (the house is located in LA, after all!), the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, the custom wallcovering is by Nathalie Lété.
The powder room in Andy Cohen’s apartment is wrapped in Flavor Paper’s Cherry Forever mylar wallpaper, the vanity is by Waterworks, and the vintage Milo Baughman mirror is from Chairish. The purple-resin bowling ball is from Mantiques Modern and the portrait of Diane von Furstenburg on a framed silk scarf is by Andy Warhol
Shocking in color and daring in design, the right combination can turn a featureless room into a breathtaking space.
In a Montana guesthouse designed by Ken Fulk in the mountains, the charming yellow wallcovering is from Sloan Miyasato, the carpet by Mark Nelson Designs is topped with a buffalo-hide rug, and the artworks are from the 19th century.
Watercolor, fine details and a playful design mix to create Kelly Ventura’s Delicate Thoughts design.
In a stylish West Village apartment, the powder room emphasizes drama with jungle-inspired wallpaper and sleek black fittings by Samuel Heath.
In a luxury Gramercy Park apartment, the dining room’s golden wallcovering is by de Gournay, the chandelier is a custom design, and the 1950s mirror is by Lobmeyr.
CB2’s contemporary take on botanical-based wallpaper is graphic and stunning.
These artful shapes and strokes in repeating patterns bring movement and gradient color to otherwise plain walls.
A cool shade of blue is a cheery and unexpected choice in a dining area. It establishes a casual, friendly vibe, so it’s especially nice in a room where the family gathers together.
A new spin on vintage florals is exactly what this gorgeous wallpaper provides.
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Instead of wallpapering an entire room, wallpaper one wall in a white room with this large-scale floral garland mural.
These golden barn owls and moths give a nod to vintage wallpaper designs while looking modern and cool.
In a Brooklyn townhouse, the powder room boasts shibori wallpaper is by Amber Interiors for Studio Four NYC and the mirror is by Rejuvenation.
Often taken for granted, the hallway can help define and guide the overall decorating style of a home. Take a cue from the room ahead and cover a narrow hall with a punchy pattern.
Peek inside this minimalist, Moroccan-inspired pool house in New York. In the raised sitting area, the patterned wallpaper and cushion fabrics are by Nancy Kintisch and the sconces are by Atelier de Troupe.
Think beyond the expected—an open bookshelf turns into an instant focal point when positioned against a wall with a captivating print.
See how to liven up your living space with 27 of our favorite wallpaper design ideas, from fully-papered powder rooms to dining areas with a statement wall. Whatever your style, there is a gorgeous wallcovering to match it.
In Christina Juarez’ colorful home, the custom kitchen island has a Carrara marble top, the pendants and floor lamp are by Tom Dixon, and the barstools are by CB2; the bar cart is by Homenature, and the Sam Still artwork above it hangs on a wall covered in a Madeline Weinrib wallpaper; the antique birthing chair is from New Orleans.
The right paper can turn a featureless dining room into a magnificent jewel box. A sleek table and neutral dining chairs get a natural lift when paired with a turquoise diamond print.
In love with the idea of fabulous wallpaper but afraid to pick (and make it stick)? From modern geometrics to feminine florals, get inspired by these wow-worthy ideas. If your walls could talk, they would thank you.Want to see more stylish picks? Here’s a roundup of our favorite modern wallpaper designs.
A space can be reinvented when the right hue, like lilac, touches a feminine print. To give it a modern vibe, bring in metallic accent tables and oversized seats.
The dining room of a classic Connecticut home features chairs designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, a custom-made table, and an 18th-century pine commode from Vermont. The landscape-inspired, hand-painted wall covering is by Gracie, and the rug is by Holland & Sherry.
On an estate in the Hudson River Valley, the pattern-friendly master bedroom is outfitted with hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay. The curtains and pelmet are of Lelievre damasks, and the rug is a Persian 20th-century design.
The laundry room of a Brooklyn home makes a playful statement with cheetah wallpaper by Caitlin McGauley. The crab print is vintage and the abstract artwork is by Way Way Allen.
Any paper with personality (like this charming botanical print) can turn an ordinary room into a work of art.
These teal waves will make a space feel like it came out of a gorgeous Japanese painting.
Mid-century design mavens Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley filled their Connecticut abode with a mix of contemporary and throw-back decor. The guest bedroom’s bed and furry rug are by Serena & Lily, the chairs are by Duane Modern, and the floor lamp is by Arredoluce. They gave all of the mid-century furniture a modern dimension with a refreshing minimalist wallpaper design.
In typical California fashion, this Mill Valley home is nature-inspired from the color palette to the decor. The kitchen features a gorgeous leafy wallpaper design by Pierre Frey, accented by some real greenery on the dining table.
Want to truly wow guests upon arrival? Choose a wallpaper that’s a little more daring than your usual style like a pale blue paper accented with stunning gold metallic florals.
Rather than overwhelming a space, cover one wall in a nursery with an animated design like this modern animal print. Kelly green adds a burst of color in a gender-neutral shade.
Looking to take a stairwell to new decorative heights? Choose a floral pattern that is pretty, colorful, and that you won’t tire of too quickly.
If you’re feeling daring, a bright shot of turquoise can make a thrilling decorative statement. The trick for keeping it from feeling over-the-top (and out of place) is complementing the paper with accents (door, chair, drawers) that are in a similar shade.
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Inside the family room of a historic Long Island farmhouse, the curtains are made from a Home Couture fabric and the textured sandy wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries.
In the master bedroom of this family-friendly apartment, the bed and side tables are custom designs, the walls are sheathed in a custom grass cloth by Work + Sea, and the sconces are by Jason Koharik
This dramatic wallpaper was inspired by sea anemones and the colors of the deep.