Wallpaper is showing no signs of losing popularity in 2023 with it now becoming a regular feature in our design decisions.
They are no longer confined to a feature wall, with many people using wallpaper in the kitchen, hallway, upcycling furniture and even wallpapering the bathroom!
What is trending in wallpaper?
The popular designs of 2022 are still going to make an appearance, but there are some emerging patterns and styles in wallpaper trends for 2023.
The top paint colours for 2023 are centred around reds, browns and golden yellows with a nod to the 70s.
Retro-style prints and more simplistic styles like stripes and monochrome patterns will be the dominating designs for 2023.
1. 70’s print
As seen in the emerging paint colours for 2023, bright colours of the 50s, 60s and 70s play an important part in décor for 2023.
The 70s in particular is a decade that is seeing a resurgence in wallpaper with retro, bold geometrics in many different shades of brown, orange, purple and green.
If you don’t fancy using bright and retro patterned wallpaper design on a wall, look at using it as a backdrop on a bookcase or part of a furniture upcycle.
These wallpaper designs are perfect when paired with the deep/rust red paints that are trending for 2023.
If you don’t want to paint a whole room in a deep red, you can break up the colour with a splash of wallpaper!
Use a wallpaper that incorporates a modern trending design like a retro print of oversized floral patterns.
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2. Wallpaper in Furniture
This isn’t a new thing with many designers and upcyclers using wallpaper to update and transform dated and tired pieces of furniture.
Wallpaper is used in contrasting tones to make the back of a cupboard or bookshelf stand out and paint can be colour matched to the wallpaper to paint the wood or joinery.
When using wallpaper with furniture, you want the wallpaper to be the starring role.
Use brightly coloured prints and bold geometric patterns or go completely OTT and use the same wallpaper on your walls to decorate your furniture.
3. Large-scale print
I’m a huge fan of large-scale print and think it’s a brilliant way to add pattern and texture to a room without it looking too busy.
If you’re looking for bedroom wallpaper trends for 2023, you can’t go wrong with oversized patterns.
Botanical prints, murals and floral patterns all look better oversized and can provide a real wow factor in a room.
Keep the rest of the room simple or neutral so that the wallpaper can take centre stage
With everything getting more expensive and the need for us to tighten our spending at home, textured wallpaper can be the answer to our décor problems!
Faux textures that can mimic design features are an easy and cheaper alternative if you use wallpaper.
You can get designs that look like fresh plaster or concrete or go for brick effect. No expensive tradesmen are needed and easy to change if you don’t like the look!
Another great way to add texture to your walls is to hang throws and fabric.
Pattern doesn’t just have to come in the form of wallpaper. If you like the pattern too much to throw on a sofa or on your bed, hang it up!
This is a quick and easy way to introduce living room or bedroom wallpaper trends into your home.
Moving on from texture, stripes are making a big splash on the décor scene for 2023.
If you don’t fancy going for a continuous pattern or big print, stripes are a classic pattern and can keep your décor simple.
Striped wallpaper can come in many different forms.
You can choose wallpaper with a simple linear design, or find a wallpaper that uses stripes and adds a contemporary twist, like this wallpaper from Curious Egg.
Stripes will work best in a hallway or bathroom, where straight lines and grid patterns are plentiful.
Stripes will help elongate a wall or make a small room, like a porch or utility room appear bigger.
6. Wallpapered ceilings
This isn’t for the faint-hearted, but wallpapered ceilings are a brilliant way to highlight the 5th wall!
Keep your walls all the same colour and use a wallpaper design that helps highlight the colour. Or, keep your walls neutral and make your ceiling stand out with a bold print.
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If you want the full wow factor, go for a full-size renaissance painting on your ceiling in the dining room that will really give your guests something to talk about!
I think this is one of my favourite wallpaper trends for 2023!
Black and white homes are hugely popular on social media with monochrome design keeping décor simple and elegant.
Monochrome is the art of using the same tone throughout and wallpaper can help achieve your dream décor.
Black and white motifs in wallpaper design can create a beautiful feature wall and provides a simple backdrop to different colours in a room.
You can go with abstract patterns or a modern take on botanical prints in black, grey and white.
8. Dark floral prints
I feature dark floral wallpaper prints frequently in my blog posts as they always seem to be a popular choice in emerging trends.
However, if they are in emerging trends every year, they’re not really emerging! They are an extremely popular wallpaper design if you want to make a huge statement in a room.
The beauty of using dark floral prints is that you can contrast them with pale neutrals and the wallpaper will still have a huge impact without overwhelming the decor.
Living room wallpaper trends often include dark wallpaper designs as they can help the room feel inviting and cosy.
Graham and Brown have named Florenzia Dusk Wallpaper as their Wallpaper of the Year 2023. They describe it as –
“A classic floral re-imagined. Florenzia symbolises the restoration of historical beauty and celebrates bringing new life and colour into an artwork that has been carefully selected from our archives. Once hidden away, we reclaim this design now refined and ready for the walls of 21st-century homes”.
9. Under the sea
We all love being by the sea, so why not bring some of that beach life to our homes?
Waves, seaweed, rockpools and shells are perfect in teals and greens and can easily be used in bedrooms or bathrooms.
Seaweed prints with sea animals interspersed work really well with dark green cabinets in the bathroom or use abstract sea-inspired wallpaper design in a living room with dark green or navy blue velvet sofas.
10. Wall murals
A bit like dark floral prints, wall murals are growing in popularity and becoming bigger and better every year.
You can add an outdoor scene in a living room or go for a full-size architectural backdrop to draw you into another world.
I have a huge tropical-inspired wallpaper mural in the living room and it brings all the colours of the room together.
Wall murals are ideal for bringing colour into a room without having to decide on one paint colour.
In fact, I find wall murals easier to choose than a paint colour itself and have always been big in living room wallpaper trends.
I have my eye on several wallpaper trends for 2023, I just need more rooms to decorate!
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