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Designing With Paper

Bronze grasscloth by Tempaper is a self-adhesive, repositionable wallpaper. It is easy to apply and allows for impactful decor without a long-term commitment.

Bronze grasscloth by Tempaper is a self-adhesive, repositionable wallpaper. It is easy to apply and allows for impactful decor without a long-term commitment.

It’s not important to know when wallpaper fell out of style. It was all the rage in the ‘80s and ‘90s, however sometime after, the millennium homeowners started ripping it off the walls in favor of paint. 

What is important to know is that wallpaper is back and it’s bigger and bolder than ever thanks to phenomenal advancements in digital art printing. Here are but a few of the trends to watch in 2016 and beyond.

Flower Power

Not so much the allover traditional step-and-repeat prints but bold statements of petals in large-scale prints and vintage-inspired botanicals. Floral wall coverings can complement a traditional or contemporary home.

Retro Geometrics

The geometrics of today have a retro vibe, but an updated color palate creates a simple, chic look. They may be used in any room in the house, but to make a bold statement paper a smaller space completely – including the ceiling.

Animal Magnetism

Animal prints continue to grace the runways of every major fashion show in the world and interior design has followed suit. We’re not just talking about leopard prints. Designers have also latched onto animal patterns such as snakeskin and ostrich to bring the animal kingdom indoors. The approach creates a feeling of exotic luxury, adds texture and works well for powder rooms, hallways and accent walls.

Natural Surroundings

Dreaming of a wood paneled library, marble accent wall or brick façade for a shabby chic look but can’t afford the cost? Now you can. All of these options, and so many more, are available in wallpaper, with designs and textures so realistic you might find guests touching it to see if it is real.

Color Me Pastel

When the Pantone Color Institute chose their colors of the year – yes, there are two – the design world jumped on board in a big way. Rose Quartz is a watery tawny-pink shade and Serenity is a soothing, cloud-like blue. You will see these colors on the runways and in wall covering collections, together and by themselves. Look for underlying patterns to accentuate these and other pastels.

Metallic Pallete

If you are going to the trouble to redecorate, why not be bold. Metallic patterns get their punch from the shine of polished metal. The patterns are often large, elegant geometric designs and include a bold, contrasting color, such as orange or turquoise. Use these in powder rooms, hallways or as an accent wall to really make a statement. 

Outside In

Life-sized art is prevalent in the paper market and the choices are endless, but trending in 2016 are whole-wall murals. Scenes may be pastoral to accent a formal living room or above a formal fireplace but we will also see forests, tropical islands and underwater scene to create a serene feeling along a wall in a bedroom. 

City Walk

If drama is what you are seeking in your redesign, this trend may be up your alley. Similar to whole-wall murals, this category depicts a significant city corner, architectural ruin or favorite vacation destination for a memorable piece of art that is also a conversation piece. This approach works well in living rooms, kitchens and home offices and also pairs well with the wood and brick designs.

Designers suggest starting with one room or accent wall. It is important that wall coverings chosen match the overall style and décor of the home. And if you are unsure of your choice or afraid you might get sick of it sooner rather than later, removable paper is available so the switch out is an effortless task.