Wallpaper first came onto the scene in Europe in the mid-15th century, as a cheaper alternative to tapestries, with the added bonus of covering home imperfections and providing added insulation. Wallpaper quickly became the go-to for adding much-needed color and style to homes over the years, completely elevating and transforming a space with very little renovation. It has the ability to visually manipulate a space, creating the optical illusion of more space (or less), ultimately altering room proportions. With the recent resurgence in popularity, we are also seeing an increase in vintage patterns, mural wallpaper and chintz.
Puttin’ on the Chintz
Chintz was originally a woodblock printed, floral calico pattern from India, popular for bed covers, quilts and curtains. Back with stylish flair, bold colors and updated patterns, modern chintz has dramatically improved in sophistication. Chintz patterns work well in small spaces (think powder rooms or under staircases), or to highlight an accent wall.
Floral and Glam
Another timeless wallpaper trend for 2020 is romantic floral. Bold botanical patterns with deep red, blue and black undertones serve up the glamour of old Hollywood. Give this look more of an edge by mixing patterns with unique furniture and navy or black accent pieces.
Fine Art Flair
Fantastic art doesn’t just belong in the confines of a frame. Fine art-inspired wallpaper is the latest way to allow your walls to be the focal point of the home. Giant life-size murals with Monet-inspired artwork, impressionist flowers and scenic landscapes are ideal for creating a unique atmosphere.