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Trend Alert: Wallpaper

Textured, patterned, bold and statement-making; new life is being breathed into wallpaper. Not only are patterns being updated, but the styling within homes is being rehabilitated.

Don’t imagine an entire house covered in dusty, fading wallpaper; think instead of accent walls, swatches, textured patterns and a vivacious combination of paint and texture. As the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eisemen pointed out in her keynote speech, “Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends”, at the 2017 International Home + Housewares show, texture and color cannot be separated. The themes of “intricacy and details” will be important in interior design. “Intricacy of design and patterning,” she said, “is truly fascinating.” Wallpaper is an opportunity to add depth and dimension, coupling the elements of texture and color in your home this year.

Applying wallpaper can be difficult; fortunately, 360° Painting makes installation easy! Give us a call at 1-866-99-PAINT to schedule your free estimate. Before 360° Painting makes your dream come true, here are a couple ideas of where, and what, to install. Designers are revealing new designs and interior designers are using wallpaper in unique ways. Hopefully, these get your creative juices flowing.

1. Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper

Joanna Gaines has become the face of rustic elegance with her HGTV show Fixer Upper and her wildly successful home and lifestyle business, Magnolia Market, based out of Waco, Texas. She has taken her comfortable, family-focused, rustic style and expanded into wallpaper, released this spring. Her most famous contribution to interior design, shiplap (wooden siding that mimics a ship), has been turned into faux shiplap so that you can bring this warm and unique siding to your home.

Joanna Gaines

(Photo Credit: House Beautiful)

2. From the world of Swedish design comes wallpaper

Sweden is well-known for its design prowess (not limited to just IKEA!), where designers have long combined functionality and style to create subtly beautiful homes. Swedish photographer Anna Kvarnström is no exception and her understated, sleek and artful home is an excellent example of the gravitas, not just the whimsy that wallpaper adds to a home. When using wallpaper it is often a good idea to maintain the same color palette so that the house flows and the eye is not jarred by swiftly changing color and texture. Adding texture, wallpaper, to a color palette engages the eye. Anna did just that in her home with her muted, monochrome, color palette.


(Photo Credit: My Scandinavian Home)

3. A fresh homage to tradition

While Anna chose an updated take on wallpaper, London-based food blogger Skye McAlpine used a traditional French toile print. This print could be overwhelming but limited to one room, with large windows and simple furniture, makes it elegant and tasteful. Check out the lifestyle blog Cup of Jo to see the entire interview with Skye (and view more pictures of her cozy flat!).

Bedroom Wallpaper

(Photo Credit: Cup of Jo)

4. Accent walls

Designer Schuyler Samperton was featured in the May issue of House Beautiful for her work on a Florida apartment. She used a colorful, busy design to accent one wall of the dining room. Contrasted with the wallpaper, the simple, vintage wood of the dining table is made more lively while simultaneously incorporating and tempering the color scheme of the wallpaper.

Accent Wall

(Photo Credit: House Beautiful)