5 NEW SEASON WALLPAPER TRENDS TO COVET
WALLPAPER – THE POWER OF NEW
I’m a little bit excited today as we’re talking wallpaper. Hot-off-the-press, fabulous new season wallpaper trends, to be precise. Yes folks, it’s September and – as forewarned – we’re on shiny, new territory. It is my duty, after all, to keep you abreast of all that is trending, current and chic.
Thibaut’s ‘Crossroad Stripe’ wallpaper is one of my top picks – who doesn’t LOVE a stripe?!
After exploring the power of paint in my previous post – specifically how to spruce up your space with a fresh coat (or three) of colour, I need to make it known that I have a huge penchant for wallpaper. It is no secret that a gorgeous wall-covering can significantly elevate a space; offering light, depth, texture and interest.
It also just so happens that wallpaper is HUGE in 2017. Whilst there are some stand-out looks to focus on (and we will), the fantastic variety available carries a strong message; it doesn’t matter what you choose, just opt in!
5 NEW SEASON WALLPAPER TRENDS – YOUR NEED TO KNOW
Arte International – textural wallcovering
Give me something textural, metallic – a gorgeous stripe or soft, elegant watercolour print – any day! Here’s my round up of some key new season wallpaper trends for a envy-inducing look:
Cole & Son’s ‘Glastonbury’ stripe is a bold, tent-stripe which makes a cool, yet smart statement. I love this colourway!
Striped wallpaper is pretty classic and timeless – which is why I’m such a fan. A striped wall-covering or fabric is the ideal ‘half-way-house’ for those who are scared off by busy prints and who tend to opt for plain over pattern. They are effortlessly cool and deliciously eye-catching. Stripes also look gorgeous juxtaposed with prints, as above. Keep colours similar (from the same palette) if mixing together, for a cohesive look.
For A/W 2017, my advice is to make a bold statement with stripes.
With horizontals such a big deal for so long, the vertical stripe has made a welcomed come-back. This is particularly good news for those of us with modern, low ceiling homes! For the full low-down on this, read my post on 5 Interior Design Secrets to Enhance Your Space.
In terms of what to choose now, I particularly love this striking, wide monochrome stripe at Cole & Son – the perfect greeting in a hallway. Here are some of my other top striped wallpapers:
STRIPES – TOP NEW SEASON WALLPAPER PICKS
Harlequin’s Anthology collection has some gorgeous open-weave grasscloth and textural wall-coverings for subtle glamour and depth. I’m also excited to say that brown is working its way back!
If you don’t love a bold print or pattern, then a textural wall-covering could be another great solution for you. I’m not necessarily referring to questionable ’80s wood-chip finishes (although a revival has begun) although, anything even vaguely embossed can add interest to your space. I particularly love the metallic-foiled cork wall-coverings at Brian Yates and Today Interiors – they just ooze contemporary cool.
I’m also a huge fan of Arte’s stunning lightly textural and bas-relief wall-coverings, including this silk-effect beauty
Alternatively, textural grass-cloth and other woven finishes are beautifully elegant. Beaded glass papers are at the height of exquisite luxury but I also really love working with gently flocked or subtly shimmered wall-coverings. Self-coloured, raised patterns are losing their stigma as ‘gaudy’, instead, striking the perfect balance between backdrop and interest piece.
However, if you want to make a talking point of your wall-covering – to elevate it beyond a basic component within your interior scheme – you could have fun with whimsical flocked designs. From contemporary interpretations of Victorian profile silhouettes to quirky conversational prints like this ‘Best in Show’ wallpaper at Osborne & Little. Note – this doesn’t feature on my personal style radar but it can look really fresh and fun if you want to try something totally different!
Osborne & Little Best in Show Wallpaper Scene – it certainly makes a huge statement!
TEXTURAL – TOP NEW SEASON WALLPAPER PICKS
3. TROMPE L’OEIL
Graham & Brown’s ‘Factory Wall’ wall-covering creates a white-washed, weathered and industrial backdrop
French for ‘trick of the eye’, these are wallpapers that make reference to something else. They are faux-surfaces, finishes or scenes. You could find the likes of marble, brick-effect, wood-effect, concrete or panelling categorised under ‘Trompe L’Oeil’ wall-coverings.
Always dreamt of a ‘Belle-esque’ floor-to-ceiling library with whimsical ladder? There’s a wallpaper for that. A gallery wall without the painstaking hours of planning, spirit-levelling and hanging – voila.
Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little Narissa wallpaper
Wish you had a New-York loft-style, industrial wall to stare at – well, now you can! Here’s my pick:
TROMPE L’OEIL – TOP NEW SEASON WALLPAPER PICKS
4. EASTERN PROMISE
Osborne & Little – Bedroom with gorgeous emerald Palais Chinois wallpaper
A calming flavour of the Orient can be so refreshing and inviting. I love a soft, whimsical, Chinoiserie wall-covering – especially with gently gradating, flowing water-coloured edges. Effortless, inky marks and brushstrokes. Equally, Japanese inspired soothing Koi carp and stylised, graphic landscapes will bring a new aesthetic to you space. To channel this trend, think pretty cherry blossom, magnolia trees, stylised birds, landscapes and pagodas.
Harlequin’s Momentum Three collection is soft calm and relaxing – perfect for a bedroom or luxury bathroom.
Choose wallpaper in traditional Chinoiserie colourways (think inky blue and white and soft, muted tones). Alternatively, embrace sunny hues and more vibrant interpretations. Our passion for green is stronger than ever. It’s a great colour choice as it will add fresh energy to any space.
To achieve that real ‘east meets west’ flavour and give your space a 2017 spin, mix more traditional ‘Eastern Promise’ papers with contemporary furniture. Think clean lines, textured surfaces, metallic finishes – or raw, industrial elements. This statement copper bath is just perfect in-situ!
EASTERN PROMISE – TOP NEW SEASON WALLPAPER PICKS
5. FINE ART
Gorgeous ‘Collioure’ wallpaper by Nina Campbell
With a painting and fine-art background, I am head-over-heels for this trend. With references to Matisse, Yves Klein, Rembrandt, Peter Blake, Chuck Close, Leonardo Da-Vinci to name a few, these fabulous prints are the new ‘cool’. I’ve even sourced a bit of Pop Art-inspired wallpaper for those sixties sirens among you!
Osborne & Little’s pixelated-look ‘Butterfly House’ wallpaper has a distinctly ‘Chuck Close’ feel
To really nail the trend, think illustrative mark-making, etching, cut-outs, collage, freehand drawing, painterly lines, ceramic, glazing and experimental play:
A reference to ceramic vases with Thibaut’s Imari Vase wallpaper. The new collection features both blue and green backing (see below)
In terms of colourways, if you just want to nod to the trend, choose wall-coverings in neutral tones which still have stylistic references. If you really want to embrace this look, seasonal berry tones or on-trend blues, greens and yellows are the way to go. Here’s the latest colourway released in Thibaut’s ‘Imari Vase’ wallpaper which is incredibly striking:
FINE ART – TOP NEW SEASON WALLPAPER PICKS
I really hope you’ve enjoyed my new season wallpaper trends summary. Just to note; I haven’t forgotten florals! There will be a forthcoming post focused entirely on A/W floral prints. This is a trend we’re seeing extensively in both wall-coverings and fabrics and is something that I felt needed individual attention.
Please let me know your thoughts on my trend focus – is this aligned with your edit or is there something key that you feel I’ve overlooked? What are your top picks for A/W ’17? Comment below or send me a tweet or message on Instagram or Facebook. Also, catch me on Pinterest.
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