When it comes to wallpaper, there is a design to suit every taste. Take your pick from florals, stripes, ethnic prints and marbling and have some fun.
Walls have never been so spoilt, with an ever-growing range of designs and effects made possible by modern digital techniques.
“People are becoming more adventurous with their interiors and giving the same priority to wall coverings as they would furniture and lighting,” says Paula Taylor, colour and trends specialist, Graham & Brown.
“While the popularity for traditional floral and stripe designs endures, we’re noticing an increase in demand for more dramatic papers, such as our wallpaper of the year, the marbled charcoal and rose gold. This is in line with the desire to mimic artisan materials and textures, and there’s also a focus on ethnic patterns.”
The division between masculine and feminine style will blur in 2017, says Paula.
There’ll be a mix of effects featuring industrial materials as well as geometric patterns, but in a more gentle colour palette of blush pink or pale blue shades. Paula adds: “Botanical elements will be key in 2017, incorporating jungle foliage, insects and tropical plants.
“Those trends will be tied together through pattern and texture with tactile, natural materials, such as cork, grass cloth and weaves acting as backdrops.”
Look out for intricate marquetry patterns, splatter designs and sky effects.
Kerry Nicholls, buyer for interior decor, John Lewis, says: “Overall, there’s a new confidence in using wallpaper and that’s shown in the trend for decorating a whole room with lively, detailed prints.
“There’s a desire to emulate a natural feel for the home, with papers reflecting the irregular patterns found in materials such as stone and concrete. It’s part of our passion for texture and dimension, and we’ve launched a Design Project, No 030 vinyl wallpaper which replicates the stone surface of modernist architecture and comes in an inky blue or deep steel palette.
“Vinyl papers are particularly popular because they create a luxury look, give an impression of depth and are hardwearing. Those in soft, linen textures are ideal for a calm, sophisticated setting, while a metallic finish brings opulence and hotel-style chic.”
Classic Hua trees wall mural, grey, from £175 for a 10metre roll, www.sianzeng.com
Shand wallpaper in library colourway, £115 per roll, Liberty
Copper collection from the Grandezza Charleston collection, from £54.90 a roll, www.jab.de
Romanoff wallpaper, from the Russian florals collection, from £120, www. debbiemckeegan.com