The Best of Modern Wallpaper Design: Light & Bright

The Best of Modern Wallpaper Design: Light & Bright

Shifrah Combiths
Jan 14, 2016
Wallpapering still feels like a maverick move, probably because we all know someone (or are someone, ahem) with horror stories of spending long nights with blow dryers and razor blades trying to scrape layers of regrettable paper down to bare wall. But the formerly dreaded wall covering continues to make a comeback, and today's iterations boast contemporary designs in sophisticated palettes that turn our heads and promise to add tons of personality to the homes of those who dare to take the plunge.


  1. This whimsical Zig Zag wallpaper in green from makelike makes me think of going through the woods to grandma's house. Little Red aside, it makes a dramatic statement.
  2. For a more subtle but no less show-stealing look, check out this sophisticated aqua and gold foliate paper from Farrow & Ball.
  3. If John Lewis' Harlequin Kaleidoscope wallpaper—found via House and Gardendoesn't make you happy, color must not be your thing. It's perfect for a small accent space—or a larger area if you're brave.
  4. Farrow & Ball's Lattice wallpaper provides just as much texture as pattern. A whisper of color in an "undulating ripple," this is an understated choice that introduces some gentle movement into a room.
  5. These retro-modern sliced pears from Bellacor would be fantastic in a breakfast nook.


  1. Serengeti wallpaper by Julia Rothman from Hygge & West would be equally at home in a child's room or a study. The screen printing is done by hand, and the boldness of the complementary colors is balanced by the enticing delicacy of the pattern's hand-drawn look.
  2. Modern wallpaper isn't just about design—it's about functionality and flexibility. Swag Paper offers peel-and-stick wallpaper—like this fun Starry Night print—which takes the fear factor out of wallpaper for the do-it-yourself-ers or the I-changed-my-mind-ers.
  3. The Great Meadow Mural wallpaper was created by artist Nathalie Lete—as if we needed another thing to drool over at Anthropologie, right?
  4. If you want your walls white but far from boring, this white-on-white wallpaper with a sheen of flowers from Hygge & West is just the ticket.
  5. Hanna Werning's wallpaper, which comes in sheets rather than rolls, gives the look of gorgeous stone tiles with a lot less commitment.
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