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Cover Me! Wallpaper Trends for Spring

Wallpaper trends and tips from high-end interior designers

It has taken some doing, but wallpaper is on the comeback trail and one of the spring’s hottest new trends. Dean Sawyer, an Interior Designer at LDa Architecture & Interiors, tells us, “People have let go of the bad ’70s wallpaper and are looking to be more adventurous with their design. Wallpaper is the perfect way to add another layer for dimension, texture and depth.”

Wallpaper trends for Spring

LDa Architecture & Interiors; photo by Sean Litchfield

Interior designer Anthony Catalfano of Anthony Catalfano Interiors says that his clients are taking the plunge, and his firm is doing a lot of patterned wallpapers, and not just geometrics. The looks for spring are pretty, exuberant and “special,” says Catalfano. Gorgeous, exaggerated floral patterns are most definitely in bloom this season, “but the floral is over-scaled,” he continues. “It’s blown up to give it more of a fresher look.”

High-end wallpaper trends for spring

Phillip Jeffries

Textures, such as grass cloth, which has been wildly popular for years now, still have staying power, but vendors are expanding their lines and putting patterns into play, as well as stripes and metallics and using a wealth of materials, including hemp, raffia, bamboo and cork. 

High-end wallpaper trends for spring

LDa Architecture & Interiors; photo by Sean Litchfield

LDa Architecture & Interiors reveals that homeowners are using every surface—on an accent wall or even as a statement on the ceiling—to bring layered, lavish beauty into the home. “Eclecticism is on the rise,” says Sawyer, and he responds by mixing and matching prints throughout the room.

HIgh-end wallpaper trends for spring

LDa Architecture & Interiors; photo by Sean Litchfield

Formality is also making a return, says Erin Tracey, another interior designer at LDa Architecture & Interiors. Her clients “are looking to get more formal again but still incorporate it with a minimalist palette. We’re seeing wallpaper used as an accent to a room rather than a statement.” She urges homeowners to think of wallpaper as an accessory when envisioning their living spaces. As an accent, it’s easy to swap out when another new pattern excites you.

High-end wallpaper trends for spring

LDa Architecture & Interiors; photo by Sean Litchfield

You can also think of wall covering as art, like interior designer Audrey Sterk of Audrey Sterk Design out of Nantucket, who creates her own bespoke lines of wallpaper (as well as fabrics and murals!). She, too, is moving away from hard lines, and shares that she “has been feeling a shift to an organic painterly pattern for walls and fabrics instead of a tight geometric pattern.”

High-end custom painted wallpaper

"Swish" wallpaper; Audrey Sterk Design 

She describes her newest pattern, Swish, as a “free flow yet stylized” pattern and loves its scale and the repeat, which can be configured in a variety of ways and directions.

High-end custom painted wallpaper

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Metallics

High-end metallic wallpaper trends

Phillip Jeffries

Embroidery

High-end embroidered wallpaper

De Gournay; photo by Dan Marshall

Texture

High-end wallpaper with texture

Cowtan & Tout

 

Florals

High-end floral wallpaper

Cowtan & Tout

Stripes

High-end striped wallpaper

Thibaut

Catalfano’s Favorite Brands...
The industry is really beefing up on their wallpapers, whereas they weren’t in the past five to seven years, says Catalfano. His faves? Cowtan & Tout and Thibaut. And, for textured, you can't do any better than Phillip Jeffries—they’re fantastic.

 Main image: Thibaut

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