TOP THREE STATEMENT WALLPAPER TRENDS FOR 2019
It’s the year of maximalism and wallpaper is back. The trend in 2019 is for statement prints that instantly transform rooms. White walls be gone!
Just like carpet, wallpaper is no longer just for your Nan. At London Design Week, it was the wallpaper brands that arguably created the biggest buzz.
WALLPAPER TRENDS 2019
So, what are the wallpaper trends in 2019? The newest designs are daring and vibrant, and focus around three key themes.
#1 THE NATURAL WORLD
Immerse yourself in nature without leaving the house!
The natural world is a big theme in interiors right now and that includes wallpaper.
Why not wrap your walls in a flowering meadow from Cole & Son’s new Botanica range? Or the splendour of Zoffany’s tree-filled Richmond Park? If you fancy a more exotic motif, you could try the spiky vibrancy of Sanderson’s Yucca from its Glass House collection.
If animals are more your thing, then wallpaper has got you covered (argh, sorry!!). The animal theme is strong and brings lively results. You might like to invite some ring tailed lemurs round to your place, courtesy of Sanderson’s Glass House, or the baboons from the Ardmore collection at Cole & Son.
Nature’s beauty and fragility is explored in Extinct Animals, a new collaboration between Arte and Moooi. The collection is inspired by 10 extinct animals and depicts their distinct characteristics, such as the fur of a bearded leopard or the skin of an umbrella squid.
For the most vibrant look, try Menagerie of Extinct Animals in which all 10 creatures are hiding within a bold fauna print.
If baboons, lemurs and menageries sound fanciful, then you’re picking up on the whimsical trend. Decorating doesn’t have to be serious. Why not have some fun?
Cole & Son delivers a big dollop of whimsy in its latest collaboration with Fornasetti. Both barmy and beautiful, new designs in Senza Tempo include bold repeats of sliced Mediterranean citrus fruits, shelves of leather-bound books, antique walking canes, and cabinets of ice buckets and cocktail glasses.
Have you noticed that velvet is going nowhere? We are loving that glamorous vibe.
Etsy is proclaiming 2019 as the year of maximalism and says that glam deco looks are on the rise. This chimes with growing sales of deco pieces at Swoon Editions.
Farrow & Ball is tapping into our yearning for luxurious looks with new metallic colourways for its most iconic wallpaper prints. Patterns are punctuated with shimmering silvers, burnished coppers and lustrous gold.
You may have to up your fashion game so as not to be outdone by your walls!
So the mood of the moment is more is more. Whether that’s a menagerie of animals, fruit slices or shimmering metallics adorning your walls.
But just how easy is it to bring wallpaper into your home?
DOWNSIDES TO WALLPAPER
Painting is a simple DIY, while putting up wallpaper takes more skill. Some people manage it (likely with a mix of concentration and angst!) and others leave it to the professionals. But, as they say, good things don’t come easy. I’m going to be saving up my pennies (pounds!!).
If you tire of things easily, then wallpaper might not be the best investment, especially in a bold print that demands attention. Removing wallpaper can be tedious.
But don’t rule it out just yet. Consider wallpapering a hallway where you’re simply passing through, or use it in a spare bedroom (where hopefully guests aren’t staying for too long!).
WHERE TO USE WALLPAPER
If your room can take it, then papering all four walls is very fashionable right now and looks confident.
Feature walls have a bad reputation in the design world, if you care about that. Give them some thought and don’t just pick a wall at random. They work well when you’re highlighting a particular feature or look striking behind a bed when papering an entire bedroom might be too much.
A wallpapered ceiling with painted walls gives a statement look. Check out this post to see why ceilings don’t have to be painted white.
If you really want to go for it, you could wallpaper walls AND the ceiling. I’m seeing this quite a lot and it’s striking.
But why stick to walls and ceilings? Etsy’s 2019 trends guide also highlights that we’re wallpapering in unexpected ways. So, we’re more likely now to be using wallpaper to revamp or customise dressers and cabinets or to add an individual look to our stairs.
I am itching to get some wallpaper into my home – and I’m particularly fond of Zoffany’s Richmond Park and Farrow & Ball’s super-glam Enigma.
How about you? Did any of these designs catch your eye?
P.S. Don’t go yet.
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