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Choosing wallpaper for your next decorating project can be a daunting task. Even if you are pretty sure you know what kind of design you like, there are also the other questions you need to consider. Do you wallpaper just one wall for instance, or the entire room? Is a small scale pattern right for a large room, or should the wallpaper design be oversized too? Will a dark wallpaper make the room look cosy or just plain dismal? The list goes on. And then there are current trends to consider that are oh, so tempting. Is this trend here to last? Or will it wither and die and drive me crazy in a year’s time?
Do Your Research
It goes without saying that you should look at as many wallpaper designs as you can. And also the way they are used. Pinterest and Instagram are great for this. On Pinterest you can even create a board of your favourites to help you indentify the ones you really love at least. Personally, I always start my search on a wallpaper site that will provide, not just choice, but also filters that help you to narrow down your preferences. I Love Wallpaper have every style you can imagine, from their own designers and also designs globally sourced from leading brands too. Simply filter by colour, pattern, finish or by room, to view a specially curated selection that’s designed to suit all home styles (meaning trends!). Once you’ve narrowed down your choice, make sure you order samples. There’s no online substitute for handling and seeing the wallpaper in real life.
These are the trends that are still popular year after year. They might change slightly, evolve if you will, but they continue to survive and grow in popularity and may even become classics in their own right. Botanicals (especially bold botanicals) are one such current trend, but botanical inspired wallpaper has always been around and will continue to inspire designers for like, ever. The Industrial trend is more of an aesthetic than a trend and will continue to be popular. Industrial style interiors are characterised by large open spaces, exposed structural elements, reclaimed objects, metal, brick, wood and concrete, and wallpaper can introduce these elements into a home in the absence of the real thing. The Maximalist trend has come about more recently, and is in essence, a loud style composed of mixed patterns, excessive, but curated collections, and bold clashing colors.
I’m not an expert on trends, but these are the three that I’ve noticed emerging of late. Line Art. Who’d have thought that we would start papering our walls in repeats of modern art? But it works! Especially if your aesthetic is for more minimal, Scandinavian inspired styles. Metallics go in and out of style, but there is a current trend to use them in a much more sophisticated and polished way. Last, but not least, wallpaper inspired by Wall Panelling is jumping out of every magazine and every Instagram square. It’s a very effective way of giving plain walls some traditional (or modern) character.
About I Love Wallpaper
Founded in 1993, I Love Wallpaper helps customers to find their own, unique style and create homes they adore. They believe every room deserves to look great and their curated collection of wallpapers and paints makes achieving eye-catching design effortless. A family business at heart, they have made it easy to find products to match your taste, and the site is brimming with ideas and advice.