The Wonderful World Of Wallpaper Design: Trends And Ideas
5 Minute Read July 22, 2021
Wallpaper is a trend that’s back in a big way, and honestly, it’s not going away anytime soon. It’s not the same wallpaper that was popular in the past, though. If you’re going to commit to wallpaper in your home, you’ll want to make sure you’re selecting a pattern that’s on trend, but also fits in with the current decor in your home. Consider using wallpaper on just an accent wall and choosing a corresponding color for the other walls instead of wallpaper all the way around. That way, your wallpaper will stand out and become a focal point.
If you’ve been seeking to spruce up the interior design of your home with some new wallpaper designs, look no more. Here are the top wallpaper trends for 2021.
Modern Wallpaper Designs
Aztec And Geometric Wallpaper Prints
Aztec prints are modern and geometric in nature. They usually involve two bold colors and diagonal lines. The patterns often repeat continuously and appear busy close-up, but create a larger pattern from farther away. The colors are typically moody – such as rust, mossy green or deep black, which is on trend for 2021. Aztec and geometric print wallpapers pair well with homes decorated in a modern or eclectic style.
According to David Ewart of home decor store Pavilion Broadway, “using Aztec print wallpaper for a feature wall is a particularly attractive option if you don’t want to overdo it on the pattern matching in your home space.”
Aztec and geometric prints bring in a variety of patterns at once, and therefore should be the focal point of your space. Try putting these wallpaper designs in your living room with just the couch up against the wall; the accent wall will shine through the whole area.
- Aztec Marigold Wallpaper by Mitchell Black, $138
- Aztec Navy Blush Wallpaper by Spoonflower, $72
- Geometric Hexagon Wallpaper by Wenmer, $8
Murals are trending in a big way. However, commissioning a custom mural can be astronomically expensive. Therefore, mural-style wallpaper has been trending as a way to get the look on a budget.
According to Sherri Monte, a Seattle-based interior designer at Elegant Simplicity, murals “can easily capture a mood or theme from floor to ceiling and command your attention as a captivating focal point in any room.” Channel your own interior designer by giving your room a facelift with mural wallpaper, an interesting way to let a wall really be the star of the room.
Murals come in nearly any design style. However, they pair best with rooms that are otherwise simply decorated. The wall with the mural on it will need to be fairly open in order for the full design to be exposed. For these reasons, murals often work best in larger or sparser rooms, like less-crowded dining rooms.
Shop mural wallpaper:
Wallpaper Designs For Nature Lovers
Small-print, detailed patterns are very popular in wallpaper. “Small prints create the illusion of depth and make a room feel better,” explains Jeneva Aaron, founder of the House Wire. These small, repeating patterns are playful and interesting to the eye.
When decorating using a small-patterned wallpaper, steer away from too many other small, repeating patterns in the room. Pair the wallpaper with solids or larger-scale patterns to keep the look from getting overwhelming. Floral wallpaper has been an ongoing trend for years and pairs well with homes decorated in a traditional or feminine style.
Shop small-print floral wallpaper:
- Sylvia Wallpaper by Anthropologie, $128
- Whimsical Floral Wallpaper by Urban Outfitters, $59
- Barbara Floral by Albany, $43
Leaf Prints And Greenery
Houseplants are a trend that’s here to stay, especially in homes decorated with a boho style. But houseplants can also infiltrate the rest of your home. A leaf-print wallpaper is a great way to bring the feeling of the outdoors inside – even in a dark, windowless room.
When selecting leaf-print wallpaper, look for designs with muted colors and softer lines. This look feels more modern than the bold, geometric leaves that were trending a few years back. Look for larger-scale patterns if you want a bigger impact or smaller leaves if you want a more subtle, repeating pattern.
Shop leaf print wallpapers:
Turn Wallpaper Ideas Into Wallpaper Designs
Another trend in wallpaper is a design that looks homemade. According to Teri Moore of T. Moore Home, “Design clients are moving away from crisp, geometric patterns in favor of prints that look hand-drawn or painted.”
Common styles of hand-drawn designs include a watercolor look. This style features soft brushstrokes that really look high-end.
These hand-painted designs look less stark and feel more like a painting directly on the wall. This style might be incorporated into a mural-like design, or used on more traditional style wallpaper. Hand-drawn designs work well in modern and eclectic style homes.
Shop hand-drawn wallpaper:
- Drop It MODERN Femmeⓒ Wallpaper by West Elm (pictured above), $180
- Watercolor Stripes Wallpaper by West Elm, $150
- Dogs Wallpaper by Eazywallz, $99
Design Your Own Wallpaper
Ever wanted to design your wallpaper? Now you can. It’s clear that wallpaper isn’t going out of style, and sometimes you can’t quite find what you’re looking for. Instead of searching and scrolling for the perfect wallpaper design, you may want to try creating your own.
Most sites make it easy. More often than not, you can just upload your wallpaper design, choose the size and the material, and they’ll create it just for you and your home.
Create your very own wallpaper design:
The Bottom Line: Find The Right Wallpaper Design For Your Style
By now, you can see that there are many different wallpaper designs that can fit in your home to match your specific style and make for a perfect accent wall. Florals might look hand-painted, a mural might feature greenery and leaves. Don’t be afraid to combine trends to find a look that perfectly suits your home’s style and vibe. If you’re feeling stuck on choosing a wallpaper design, don’t worry – you can just design your own. Wallpaper can be a scary commitment to make, but with more removable wallpaper options available, going forward can be a little less intimidating. Be sure that the prints you select are on trend for 2021 so you won’t be regretting the time and cost it takes to install them. For more ways to bring your accent wall vision to life, read our guide on accent wall ideas and tips.
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