Not Your Grandmother’s Wallpaper
Trends come and go, and if you wait long enough, they often come back around. As the baby-boom generation begins to retire, and generation X takes the lead, the fads of ’90s home design were bound to come back in vogue, the same way bell bottom jeans made a reappearance in the early 2000’s.
While some 1990 trends like inflatable furniture, stenciled ivy wall designs, and floral sofas, should stay where we left them, other trends like white kitchens and minimalist design were a welcome revisit.
One of the biggest trends we’ve noticed making a come back in the interior design industry is wallpaper. Now before you start visualizing the cabbage rose paper your mother hung in 1992, let me introduce you to the modern trends in wallpaper that we are loving.
What is grasscloth wallpaper? It is usually made from natural materials such as hemp, reed, arrowroot or jute and then backed with rice paper. No two strands of grass are the exact same color, therefore, it is impossible to match one piece of grasscloth to another which is what contributes to the look and beauty of this paper.
Because of the natural material, grasscloth is a less durable wallpaper. It is very absorbent, which means that simply wiping it down with a wet sponge can ruin it. Because it is fragile and doesn’t hold up well to moisture, we don’t typically advise that it is put in a kitchen or bathroom unless your bathroom is very well ventilated.
There are papers where the entire pattern it metallic, and others where the shine is simply an accents. The feel you want in your space will determine how much metallic finish you want to introduce.
Wallpaper is a great place to add texture to a space, especially with beautiful options in linen, silk or raffia. However, in recent trends embossed patterns and faux textures have made an appearance. With print such as faux exposed brick, you can create interest in a space without starting a huge renovation.
Talk about making a statement! For impact try bold patterns in small spaces such as foyers and bathrooms. Or for a more chic look use colors of a single hue to create sophistication in areas such as bedrooms. We love a bold geometric pattern in a powder room. It is a small space that can really pack a punch.
Not ready to jump on board with a whole room of bold paper? Feature walls make a statement with a bold pattern but not too much of it. It highlights a wall that you want to be a focal point in your room.
A tone on tone paper can provide interest with pattern like this pretty paisley paper with just a touch a blue. Many paper manufactures are also fabric houses and carry the same patterns for wallpaper and fabric. While we don’t always like the “matchy-matchy” look, we like how the continuation of the wallpaper print into these drapery panels makes a small wall feel larger rather than cut up.
Ready to put wallpaper in your home? We’d love to help. Give us a call today to book your in-home design consultation.