From whimsical to artistic and modern, the wallpaper of today is gaining popularity in the design world. Here's why.
“This sure isn’t my grandmother’s wallpaper,” my friend, Betty, joked recently as she held up an article in House Beautiful magazine showcasing scores of gorgeous wallpaper samples.
While floral patterns in shades of burgundy and hunter green were probably on trend when Grams did her decorating, today’s versions are much more modern and come in as many styles as paint colors, if not more.
From trendy geometrics like chevron to handmade varieties that resemble fine art and everything in between, wallpaper is experiencing a bona fide renaissance in the design world — so why the fuss all of a sudden?
“People are staying put and not moving, so rather than keeping things neutral to sell, they’re more willing to show their personality,” says Nina Taylor, senior stylist at Graham & Brown, a leading wall coverings brand.
“Pinterest also has been a huge influence,” adds Elizabeth Rees, founder of Chasing Paper, a new peel-and-stick wallpaper company. “You can look at so many images of what things will look like and it’s easier to know what’s trending. You can also show off your home on social media.”
It turns out wallpaper is a much more dramatic way to express yourself that than say, paint. “It can really set a scene and transform a space,” adds Brian Kaspr, co-founder of wallpaper company Flat Vernacular. “It’s like creating a jewel box.”