Dubbed the Bali Isle Room, the guest quarters of a cottage in the Bahamas by Andrew Raquet Interior Design combine a primitive-style China Seas wallpaper with citrus hues.
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.
French scenic wallpapers introduce exotic panoramas to the entrance hall and staircase of a 1754 Georgian residence in Washington, D.C., which was redecorated by Gomez Associates.
Gracie wallpaper lines a powder room in a Federalist-style Houston home created by Allan Greenberg and Elissa Cullman.
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.
A de Gournay wallpaper lines daughter Dagny’s room in the Texas home of designer Sara Story; the vintage chair is covered in a Josef Frank linen from Svenskt Tenn.
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.
In accessories designer Fiona Kotur’s Hong Kong residence, an Eero Aarnio Bubble chair hangs in son Rex’s room; the David Hicks hexagon wallpaper is by Cole & Son.
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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.
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.
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).
De Gournay wallpaper sheathes the dining room of designer Laura Santos’s Manhattan apartment, where Hervé Van der Straeten light fixtures from Ralph Pucci International hang above a BDDW table and a suite of Paul Frankl chairs.
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A children’s room in a Manhattan apartment by Robert A.M. Stern springs to life with a vivid Osborne & Little wallpaper.
A Cy Twombly “Blackboard” painting and a small geometric Franz Kline play off the hand-painted Gracie scenic wallpaper in the dining room of a Philadelphia-area house designed by Thomas Jayne.
“This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death,” Oscar Wilde once said a few weeks before he passed away in a cheap hotel in Paris. “One or the other of us has to go.” It’s hard to imagine that anything—let alone a wall covering—could inspire such passion in a dying man. But the truth is wallpaper can make or break a room, rendering it timelessly chic or permanently tragic. We sifted through the AD archives to find rooms in which wallpaper plays a starring role. In these thoughtful spaces, the element acts as both scene-stealer and stage set, drawing the eye and adding dimension while allowing the drama of life to unfold against a beautiful backdrop. From unexpected stairways and powder rooms to decadent master suites and living rooms, each design conjures a different vibe: subtle romance, vibrant energy, urbane glam. Whichever resonates with you, rest assured: This trend isn’t going anywhere.
In the daughter’s room of an Adirondacks, New York, home designed by Thom Filicia, a Cavern wallpaper adds a woodsy note; the vintage beds are painted in a Benjamin Moore green, the sconces are by the Urban Electric Co., and the carpet is a Matthew Williamson design for the Rug Company.
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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 powder room of a house in Monte Carlo designed by Timothy Whealon features Phillip Jeffries wallpaper and Dornbracht fittings.
In fashion insider Amanda Brooks’s English country home, the master bedroom wallpaper is 1980s Laura Ashley, and the velvet curtains came from her husband Christopher’s grandparents’ house. The bed is dressed in linens from Ilinka Collection.
In a Manhattan apartment renovated by Edward Siegel and decorator Ernest de la Torre, a wallpaper conceived by De la Torre and custom made by de Gournay decorates the three-story stairwell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a stylish West Village apartment, the powder room emphasizes drama with jungle-inspired wallpaper and sleek black fittings by Samuel Heath.
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Schweitzer linens dress the bed in the master suite of a Connecticut home designed by Miles Redd. The floral theme of the de Gournay wallpaper is matched by the Bennison fabric on the Louis XVI side chair.
In a Brooklyn brownstone designed by Nick Olsen, children share a room lined with a Sandberg wallpaper from Stark; the Fine Arts Furniture trundle beds are dressed with RH bedding.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A Quadrille toile fabric and wallpaper envelop one of the children’s rooms in this Southampton, New York, beach house decorated by David Netto. The furnishings include a Room & Board bunk bed, vintage Poul Kjærholm armchairs from Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery, and a Stark carpet; the portrait is of one of the homeowners’ grandfathers.
In a Hamptons house designed by Matthew Patrick Smyth, Tyler Hall wallpaper brightens a guest room, where bookshelves contain a complete set of the Penguin Classics Library; the vintage mirrors are English, and the wicker sofa’s cushions are covered in a Great Plains fabric.
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Chinoiserie wallpaper by de Gournay lines the wife’s office in a New York City home by David Kleinberg Design Associates; the Jean-Charles Moreux gueridon by the window is from Craig Van Den Brulle, and the carpet is by Tai Ping.
In a Los Angeles house designed by Michael S. Smith, a Gracie wallpaper depicting views of the Turkish coastline animates the dining room, which is furnished with a 19th-century cupboard from Niall Smith Antiques, George I–style chairs, and a dining table by Jasper.
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.
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An Iksel Decorative Arts wallpaper wraps the primary family room in a Houston mansion designed by Miles Redd; the infanta painting is by Agustin Hurtado, and the chairs are slipcovered in a Schumacher ikat.
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
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.
The office in a Southampton, New York, home by Carrier and Company is clad in an Eskayel wallpaper; the brass floor lamp is from Neo-Studio, and the rug is by Sam Kasten Handweaver.
Carolyn Ray wallpaper lines the master bedroom in a Shelter Island, New York, home designed by Philip Galanes.
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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.
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.
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.
A Katie Ridder wallpaper from Holland & Sherry lines a powder room in an Atlanta home decorated by Suzanne Kasler.
Designer Rain Philips chose vintage Rose Cumming wallpaper for the upper walls and ceiling of a kitchen in Manhattan; the stove is by AGA.
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
A plethora of patterns enlivens a guest room in a Greenwich, Connecticut, home designed by Miles Redd, from a Farrow & Ball wallpaper to a vintage fabric on the Louis XVI settee and chair; the swing-arm sconces and ceiling fixture are from Circa Lighting, and the table lamp is from Treillage.
Gillette chose a wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils to grace the master bath.
In the entry hall of a Chicago apartment designed by Jean-Louis Deniot, the wallpaper is by Zoffany, the sunburst mirror is by Van der Straeten from Ralph Pucci International, and the mirrored marble-top console is a Serge Roche–inspired design by Deniot.
Ralph Lauren Home plaid wallpaper lines a dressing room at Late Night with Seth Meyers designed by Ashe + Leandro; the sconces are by Jason Koharik from Lawson-Fenning, and the television is by Samsung.
In Victoria Hagan’s Connecticut home, Gracie wallpaper transforms the powder room into a garden; the basin and pedestal are by Urban Archaeology, and the sink fittings are by Waterworks.
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.
An Elizabeth Dow striped wallpaper adds a tailored look to a Los Angeles master bath designed by Michael S. Smith; the mirror is by Jasper, the tub is by Waterworks, the tub fittings are by Michael S. Smith for Kallista, and the teak trolley is from Lee Stanton Antiques.
In an apartment revived by designer Mark Gillette, on a 300-year-old English country estate, the guest room is sheathed in a Colefax and Fowler wallpaper; the floor lamps are by Vaughan, and the carpeting is by Stark.
A guest room in designer Ray Booth’s Nashville home features a Groundworks wallpaper from Lee Jofa and a custom-made bed.
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 a Brooklyn townhouse, the powder room boasts shibori wallpaper is by Amber Interiors for Studio Four NYC and the mirror is by Rejuvenation.
In Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos’s Manhattan apartment, which was designed by Michael S. Smith, hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper by Gracie forms a backdrop to the master suite’s Italian neoclassical bed, which is dressed in Nancy Koltes linens.
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In the master bedroom of a Mississippi house decorated by Richard Keith Langham, the wallpaper is from Lee Jofa; custom-embroidered curtains of a Clarence House taffeta frame the windows.