Wallpaper is no longer a design choice you only see in old, outdated homes. In the past several years, wallpaper has become a go-to way to bring pops of color and pattern into your home. And over the past year, it has jumped to the top of the interior design trend charts.

It’s becoming commonplace to use wallpaper in home design—to the point that it’s almost more surprising to see a newly designed home without wallpaper than it is to see one with wallpaper. Of course, wallpaper isn’t for everyone. But we believe that it can add such a fun visual element to a room design!

Bedroom with ornate bird themed wallpaper

While many people may think of their grandmother’s home or a Victorian mansion when they think of wallpaper, current designs go far beyond the stuffy patterns of decades past. Today, you can find a wallpaper pattern to suit any style. Yes, there is still plenty of traditional floral, damask, and Chinoiserie patterns to be found (but in beautiful, updated designs—like the lovely wallpaper used by Kate Arends in her primary bedroom redesign). But there is also a multitude of bold geometric patterns that are perfect for modern spaces.

We’d love to introduce you to some of our favorite wallpaper designs. Featuring a variety of designs that suit a multitude of design styles, these trendy wallpaper patterns can level-up any room’s design. Scroll down for our top 12 favorite wallpaper designs, which play into some of 2022’s best wallpaper trends!

But first, we’ll give you a quick primer on the different types of wallpapers so you can find the one that best suits your needs.

Types of Wallpaper and Wall Coverings

Crate and barrel black and white plaid pattern wall paper

Black and Ivory Removable Wallpaper, Crate & Barrel

Gone are the days of being limited to semi-permanent, pasted-on wallpaper applications. While that’s definitely still an option for those looking for a long-term design, there are also plenty of more temporary (and affordable) options available.

Unpasted Rolls

This is the most traditional method of wallpaper application. It involves starting with rolls of wallpaper and literally pasting sheets to your wall. This obviously results in a more permanent wall fixture, since you can’t remove it without a lot of elbow grease and glue-dissolving solution. The benefit of this method, however, is that it’s very durable meaning it rarely requires touch-ups. Plus, many traditional wallpaper rolls are washable to keep them looking great long-term!

Pre-Pasted Rolls

Pre-pasted wallpaper is sort of an in-between option that’s easier (and less messy) than unpasted rolls, but still more permanent than peel-and-stick wallpaper. This type of wallpaper comes with dried glue already applied to the back of the wallpaper that’s activated by adding water.

Self-Adhesive (Or Peel & Stick)

If you’re looking for wallpaper that’s more temporary, try peel and stick wallpaper. This is a newer technology with wallpaper which makes it easier to put up and take down, without leaving dried glue behind. This is ideal for those living in rentals or looking for a temporary design solution. However, peel-and-stick wallpaper rolls tend to be less durable—but ultimately the quality varies with the price point.

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1. Feather by Serena & Lily

 

Blue and white chevron pattern wallpaper in coastal bedroom

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Serena & Lily has some beautiful wallpaper designs. And we particularly love this graphic print! The pattern is inspired by traditional herringbone and chevron patterns but has a more organic spin.

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Coastal spaces. It has a slightly playful quality to it, which can help balance out the more formal elements of this design style. And the blue and white color palette perfectly complements the classic color scheme of coastal spaces, offering the perfect backdrop to natural materials.

2. Urban Walls Marigold Wallpaper by Pottery Barn Kids

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Soft and whimsical, this floral wallpaper adds a delicate touch to any space. Featuring an abstract, watercolor-inspired take on the floral wallpaper design trend, this pattern is soothing and serene—perfect for an accent wall or above wainscotting, like in the room above!

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Kids rooms and nurseries. A whimsical look is perfect for little ones! But it would also be beautiful in a bathroom or as an accent wall in an adult’s bedroom. This beautiful print is not just for kids!

3. Humming Marsh Wallpaper, Anthropologie

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This wallpaper pattern has some major retro vibes! Perfect for adding a cheerful pop of color and pattern to your space, this wallpaper print takes biophilic design and gives it a whimsical twist! It’s a fun and versatile print that can be used on anything from accent walls to little nooks where you just want a little pop of personality!

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those who gravitate toward a more bohemian, eclectic, or whimsical design style. It’s also a good fit for those who love retro mid-century vibes.

4. Grasscloth Wallcovering, Serena & Lily

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Want something more than paint on your walls but aren’t quite ready for full-on patterned wallpaper? Perhaps it’s worth trying grasscloth wallpaper! This style of wallpaper is crafted of natural grasses and fibers, which gives it a textured finish. But it comes in a solid color—giving your walls a lot of visual interest but without a pattern. Grasscloth wallcoverings are among the top wallpaper trends for more formal spaces.

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those who gravitate toward classic and coastal design styles. The texture of grasscloth feels elevated, with its rich color and natural texture. But it also has an organic quality that adds warmth to your space.

5. Mosaic Scallop, Crate & Barrel

Living room with black and white deco style wall paper

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We love the elegance of these scalloped arches. This wallpaper design is a classic pattern in an even more classic black and white color scheme, the design is a great way to bring some large-scale drama into your space. We love that this pattern feels both vintage-inspired and modern, which makes it work well with a variety of styles and color palettes.

Type of Wallpaper: Self-Adhesive Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Fans of Art Deco design (just look at those scalloped arches!) and those who want to bring to life a modern take on 80s design. The arches, combined with a black and white palette are also a great way to bring some pattern into a minimalist glam space.

6. Blossom Chinoiserie Mural, Anthropologie

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Chinoiserie patterns have been around for centuries; inspired by Chinese and Japanese art, this type of wallpaper design first came into fashion in 18th century Europe. It’s probably because of that timing that this wallpaper style is often associated with grand European manors—but we love that this particular take on Chinoiserie feels updated and fresh while still having classical appeal. It feels like one giant piece of artwork!

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Panels

This pattern is perfect for…

Those with a classically inspired design style, and those who embrace the grandmillenial look. And, since Chinoiserie often features stylized flower and bird motifs, this pattern is a great choice for those leaning into the biophilic design trend that’s super popular right now.

7. Handloom, Magnolia Home

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Want just a little bit of pattern on your walls? Go for this Magnolia Home wallpaper. It’s the type of wallpaper where you can use it on all four walls (instead of just an accent wall) and you could also still hang art over it. It’s a great way to add patterns to your space without creating too much visual stimulus!

Type of Wallpaper: Pre-Pasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Almost anyone! It’s very versatile across styles—from rustic and transitional to farmhouse and traditional. It’s also great for minimalists and those with a more classic design style since it’s such a subtle, refined print.

8. Cloud Motif, West Elm

Bedroom with bold cloud inspired wallpaper in turqouise

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If you want a pattern that’s a bit more abstract, give this Cloud Motif wallpaper a try. Bold blues are having a major moment in interior design trends, and this pattern plays right into that. Bold blues add loads of color for visual impact in your space—but the abstract print makes a bold statement without being overwhelming. In fact, the pattern has an almost calming effect.

Type of Wallpaper: Pre-Pasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those who like creating a moody look in their home. This pattern has some slightly vintage vibes, which you could either lean into use as contrast with modern pieces, like we did in the room design above. This wallpaper would also be great for someone embracing a dark academia vibe.

9. Herbal Moss, Anthropologie

Changing station with nature inspired wallpaper

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What a charming design! This wallpaper design features a charming collection of ferns and herbs. The design adds vintage charm and an organic feeling touch to any space. We love how it’s used in the design above, as a little pop of pattern in a closet-turned-changing-station.

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Kids rooms and nurseries. With its whimsical quality, this wallpaper design would add instant charm to these spaces. However, it also nails the biophilic design trend, so it would be great as an accent wall in any space embracing that trend! It would be perfect in a traditionally inspired study or library.

10. Palmetto, Serena & Lily

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A bold take on a traditional pattern, Serena & Lily’s Palmetto pattern is an updated take on a classic damask pattern. The organic lines of the pattern feel almost hand-painted, while the colors help strike a balance between classical and bohemian.

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those looking to merge modern and traditional design styles. This wallpaper design is the perfect marriage of these two styles and would serve as a beautiful accent wall in a living or dining room.

11. Etched Arcadia Mural, Anthropologie

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We love the graphic black and white appeal of this wall mural. The towering trees and vast sky featuring on the design has a classic, vintage-inspired vibe. This mural would look beautiful as a focal point behind furniture in contrasting colors.

What’s the difference between wallpaper and wall murals?

While most wallpaper features repeating patterns, wall murals are a little different. With a wall mural, you just get one image, on a large scale. Often featuring nature-inspired or landscape designs, they feature a large-scale design that can transport you. Wall murals perfectly blur the lines between large-scale art and a wallpapered accent wall. These can come in unpasted, pre-pasted, or peel-and-stick panels.

Type of Wallpaper: Self-Adhesive Panels

This pattern is perfect for…

Someone looking for a bold accent wall that can serve as a focal point for their space. Moody but classical, this wall mural would suit homes with minimalistic eclectic design styles.

12. Pimpernel by William Morris

Nursery with William Morris wallpaper

Archival patterns are having a major trend moment in 2022, and this wallpaper pattern is the perfect embodiment of this wallpaper trend. A favorite of our VP of Style, Alessandra Wood, who used it in her baby’s nursery design, this wallpaper is a traditional pattern by William Morris—a designer of classic wallpaper motifs. This one features floral trellises with strong symmetry. We’re big fans of floral prints and patterns; they can add so much visual interest and pattern without overpowering a space.

Wallpaper Type: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those who love a vintage vibe, rooted in the traditional. Floral patterns like these are perfect for a cottagecore-style home. And, as you can see, it’s a sweet, unexpected pattern for a nursery!

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