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2013 Trends In Wallpaper Design

When it comes to wallpaper, the majority tends to shy away because of all the horror stories. I have a secret for tell you, it’s the TWENTY FIRST CENTURY. With that being said, wallpapers have drastically adapted to current times. The flowery patterns and themed wallpapers are a page in the history book; you can tell grandma she needs a home makeover.

Okay, I know what you are thinking…why wallpaper and not paint? Surprisingly, wallpaper is more durable along with a higher lifespan than paint. If you need to enhance a room by adding interest, wallpaper is the best choice.  Moreover, there are a variety of patterns, colors, textures and designs to choose from. Below are few of the hot trends in wallpaper design:

Metallic Wallpaper (Photo Credit: DIY Network)

Metallic Wallpaper (Photo Credit: DIY Network)

 

 

Metallic wallpapers bring in shine and glitter to a small space, along with its modern look. Use it as an accent wall to blend in with bold colors or simply to stand out. It has a tendency of pulling inquisitive adults and children to explore further, due to its unique texture. Don’t be afraid to pull this subtle texture to a traditional space to combine a fusion of the old and the new.

 

 

 

Large Patterns (Photo Credit: Elle Decor)

Large Patterns (Photo Credit: Elle Decor)

 

 

 

Large patterns with repetitive designs in contrasting colors are a norm in commercial (restaurant, boutique hotels and retail store) environments. None the less, this trend is transitioning into residential environments in larger areas of the home. The patterns range anywhere from geometric, floral and abstract designs. Enhance a large room with these designs, by incorporating minimalistic furniture to make an intense statement.

 

 

 

 

 

Vinyl Stickers (Photo credit: Art Stick)

Vinyl Stickers (Photo credit: Art Stick)

 

Peelable vinyl, also a form of wallpaper is very much in demand for all types of rooms. You can create almost anything and convert it into a vinyl sticker. Several websites dedicate their business to selling custom made vinyl stickers for a reasonable price. There are endless possibilities to create the design and a few examples are; quotes, words, borders, animals, landscape etc.  Vinyl stickers are easy to apply and even easier to clean up, hence its popularity.

 

 

 

 

 

Recycled Newspaper strips (Photo Credit: Green Diary)

Recycled Newspaper strips (Photo Credit: Green Diary)

 

 

Textured wallpapers that use recycled products are slowly catching up to the trends of today’s market. Reuse and recycle are hot buzz words that raise eyebrows, why not find an innovative way to combine it with wallpaper? Products such as wood, cardboard, paper, glass and plastic are recycled by giving a new life to a mundane material. Be the talk of the town by integrating one of these cool wallpapers within your space.

 

 

 

 

Beaded wallpaper (Photo Credit: Kravet)

Beaded wallpaper (Photo Credit: Kravet)

 

Glass beaded wallpapers is sure to bring glamour and luxury to any room. At an extremely affordable price, you can create your own Hollywood set. Like the name states, the wallpaper is combined with small pieces of beads (gold, silver etc.). Unlike the above wallpapers, this one’s solemn purpose in residential settings is an accent wall.

 

 

Now that you have a better idea of the endless possibilities that is offered in wallpaper, go explore. If you want to get crafty find a creative way to mix both, paint and wallpaper strips to create an innovative look to a room. I hereafter command you to adorn those naked walls!

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