I love looking at future trends and wallpaper trends are probably my favourite. I don’t think it’s any surprise to people that follow me on Instagram that I love wallpaper! If you are a lover of colour and pattern, then wallpaper is THE perfect accessory for your home.
I think it helps that I am no longer scared of putting it up or taking it down again. The previous Mel was known to do absolutely no preparation whatsoever and I think at one point my kitchen had about 3 layers of wallpaper on our dining space wall (I am quite a lazy decorator ).
But, with perseverance and practice, I now find stripping back wallpaper a joy (get yourself a decent wallpaper steamer and watch in glee as it easily peels off. No? Just me?) and can put wallpaper up in a few hours. I wrote a blog post with step-by-step instructions on how to put up wallpaper here.
Wallpaper trends for 2021
I’m like a kid in a sweet shop when I’m looking for new and inspiring wallpaper! There really is something for everyone these days with wallpaper that can be pasted directly onto the wall (an absolute lifesaver! I hate pasting the wallpaper first, it inevitably ends up in tears and wallpaper paste stuck to my hair for days on end), peel and stick which is perfect for renters and wallpaper that can imitate tiles or panelled walls.
Here are my favourite wallpaper trends for 2021…
According to TrendDesignBook.com, a dark blue or navy colour will still be highly sought after to create elegant and contemporary spaces.
HomesAndGardens.com is drawing on the fact that not many of us managed to get away on our dream beach holiday in 2020, so the Ocean blues from aqua to teal will be high on the colour list when decorating.
I didn’t even realise this was a thing until I saw an image pop up on my Instagram by WallSauce and what a fabulous idea! Panelled walls were huge in 2020 with my Reels feed inundated with how to DIY a wood panelled wall. However, if you don’t fancy DIYing it yourself or live in a rented property, wallpaper companies have got your back!
This is the start of a beautiful wallpaper trend!
HomesAndGardens also predicted that residential homes will be inspired by boutique hotels this year with the headboards becoming the focal point. However, don’t go out and update your headboard just yet, you could use wallpaper to create a headboard fit for a Queen.
Murals have been a wallpaper trend for a while now, they are a popular way to add the wow factor to any room and statement maximalist murals can add that pop of colour you have been looking for to bring a room together.
Home decorators are becoming increasingly confident when they are decorating their homes and we have seen an upsurge of wallpaper going up in the bathroom. The days of renovating a bathroom and being happy with a white bathroom suite and metro tiles are long gone.
Wallpaper is being used to imitate expensive tiles and marble and jungle prints are helping to bring a bit of a botanical theme into the bathroom. A fabulously cheap wallpaper trend.
Carrying on with the earthy and nature inspired trends that so many companies predicted for 2021, jungle and rainforest inspired wallpaper trends are still extremely popular. You can either use it as a feature wall in a dining space or kitchen, or team it with a dark green panelled wall in the bedroom.
Another walllpaper trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere is floral. With the rise of grandmillenial and cottagecore (I wrote a blog post about them here), flowers and floral art are extremely popular and the bigger the better.
You can either introduce it as a feature wall, or colour match it with wall panelling. If you’re feeling the need to go maximalist, wallpaper all four walls in vintage floral art!
Jewel colours are very much the key style to incorporate at the moment and Graham and Brown are, in my eyes, the leaders in these colours with a very helpful guide to help you decide what colours to use with their wallpapers.
Jewel colours are by far my favourite and I recently redecorated my playroom with Timepiece Amethyst and matched it with Spiced Mulberry. It has made this room extremely cosy and a joy to be in. Wallpaper trends definitely need to embrace these colours more often!
Exposed brick walls are a thing of beauty in a home, they add real character and depth to a room and provide a bit of rustic charm. However, not everyone fancies chipping away at the plaster to find their bricks would be better left covered up.
The brick wallpaper trend has come a long way in recent years, I have tried and tested many different products and we love our woodchip & magnolia brick effect wallpaper under the island. It is a fabulous wallpaper trend.
Face line abstract wallpaper
Face line art became extremely popular in 2020 and it has now moved into a wallpaper trend. I think this wallpaper is perfect as a feature wall in a monochrome bedroom or as a backdrop in a bathroom.
I love wallpaper, I love how it can instantly change a room and give you a focal point for using colour. Do you think you’ll give any of these wallpaper trends a go in 2021?