Now Trending: Wallpaper

By Cheryl Luckett

If it’s true that “what goes around, comes around,” that would certainly explain the reemergence of wallpaper among today’s hottest home décor trends. Many cringe at the mere thought of the notoriously difficult-to-remove decorative wall adornment, but you may have noticed it making its way back to the forefront. Thankfully, in addition to countless up-to-date patterns, textures and colors now available, today’s possibilities even include removable/repositionable options. Here’s what you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re considering giving this throwback home décor option a try.

Bang for Your Buck 

While wallpaper can be significantly more expensive than simply painting, it does offer high visual impact for the amount invested. I typically recommend utilizing wallpaper in smaller areas of your home, such as powder bathrooms, entries and formal dining areas. These are great places to add drama, and a bold wallpaper selection can certainly accomplish that. Plus, the increased investment can potentially save money in art and other wall décor. Often, a simple mirror or piece of wall art is all you need to finish off a space donned with a striking paper.

New Options 

The introduction of peel-and-stick wallpaper several years ago completely changed consumers’ willingness to give wallpaper a try. Now non-committers, homeowning design enthusiasts and renters alike, can add pizazz to their walls without the fear of a long-term commitment. If you can peel a sticker, and match a pattern, you can apply this wall treatment. Peel-and-stick options are readily available in big-box stores and online and are great options for accent walls and small spaces. Kids’ rooms are another suitable place to try this new application, which can easily be changed as the child grows.


Go Bold 

Gone are the days when dowdy florals and scalloped borders were all the rage. Today’s wallpaper offers high impact and high style. Hot trends include papers that add texture to your space, such as classic grass cloth as well as cork, flocked, embossed and glittered options. In addition, metallic finishes and graphic prints are currently huge favorites. When choosing a wallpaper, try to push yourself a little outside of your comfort zone. Wallpaper provides an opportunity to make a statement, so don’t be shy.


Whether you opt for a new take on an old favorite such as grass cloth or a modern embossed metallic, much like your home, your wallpaper should resonate with you and reflect your personal style. While it’s fun to be the envy of all your friends and neighbors, don’t ever feel bound by any home trend. Your home should be your haven, your safe and comfortable place to dwell. Always remember, choose what you love and it will never go out of style.

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