Wallpaper Trends for 2016
If you follow decor trends, you probably know that wallpapers are back in fashion this year, but their design, color palette, and finishes have been slightly revamped for a touch of stylistic refreshment. The aesthetic groove of contemporary wallpapering is characterized by weathered looks, pastel, earthy, and neutral hues, metallic accents, prints that mimic natural materials, innovative textures, and even 3D effects. Let us take a quick glance at the hottest wallpaper trends for the season ahead, shall we?
1. 3D is the new wall decor frontier
21st-century wallpaper printing has produced stunning 3D creations which you can deploy at home for added depth, character, and modernist feel. An excellent way to instantly liven up the ambiance, 3D wallpapers often boast layered tones or prints, and they can transform even the dullest of decors and tiniest of rooms into an opulent display of patterns, geometrical shapes, and impression of vastness. Just be careful when choosing the color of your 3D wallpapering: however cool they may seem at first glance, too bright or complex wallpaper designs can cause eye fatigue, so gentle tones and simple prints are probably a better idea.
2. Faux can be stylish, too
Wallpapers evocative of natural materials such as animal skins, rustic wood, weathered bricks, and coarse stone are huge in interior design this year. A clever and budget-friendly way to introduce a dash of Nature into your cozy home, realistic faux natural wallpapers add character to the decor and create a sense of visual balance and class. For a well-rounded ambiance, you can pair faux organic wallpapers with decorative hides, exposed floorboards, and Mexican tablecloths with the same print.
3. Grasscloth for eco-friendly wallscape
Wallpaper materials have also received a modern update. Eco-friendly decors starring grasscloth wallpapers are both charming and resilient, and though the price of this wallpapering option does not exactly fall in the low-end category, it is definitely worth every cent. Made from intricately intertwined natural fiber such as jute, bamboo, and sisal, grasscloth will work equally well in earthy-hued, minimalist, and vintage decors. For added versatility, you can also opt for personalized grasscloth prints that complement the rest of your home look.
4. Metallics for glitz and bling
Metallics were wildly popular in interior design last year, and this season, they have found their way up the walls, too. Wallpapers with silky-matte metallic finishes such as bronze, gold, silver, and copper combined with graphic art, florals, and geometrical shapes can be used to brighten up the room and accentuate the walls. Or, if you prefer a more sparing display of glitz, you can do just one wall in the metallic papery guise to create a focal point in the room. For best visual effect, pair wallpapers with metallic finishes with an industrial decor and furnishings in neutral or dark hues.
5. Distressed wall look is cool
Classic geometric and floral prints are cool, but their weathered counterpart is even cooler. For a dash of raw elegance, adorn your walls with wallpapers showcasing geometric figures, or pick floral wallpapering with a whitewashed or faux-aged effect. The modern twist on traditional wall decor, distressed wallpapers will blend in seamlessly in shabby chic or French country room, but they will also look at home paired with other down-to-earth decorative styles out there, such as industrial, Scandinavian, and vintage.
Other cool wallpaper designs to consider this season include wallpapering with hand-painted effects, paneled murals, ethnic prints, and botanical details. Judging by their growing popularity, wallpapers will probably stay in trend for a few years, and they definitely look much classier than plain wall paint. What are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves, whip out a few wallpaper rolls, dip your brush in glue, and let your inner wall artist guide you on the quest for a fresh home look!
Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own space.