On Trend: The Wonderful World of Wallpaper

Hear me out — Top Gun is the highest grossing movie of the year, mullets have made a comeback, Kate Bush is at the top of the charts, and wallpaper is back in style. It’s 1986 all over again, and we’re not mad about it (except for the mullet)!

Pictured: Lauren Burns. Photography by Catherine Nguyen


Don’t worry, this ain’t your mama’s wallpaper! When paired with this year’s trending colors, wallpaper can add chic visual interest to any room. There are designs for every taste, from traditional florals and tropical patterns to animal motifs and geometric prints.

“Wallpaper is a key trend for 2022,” said Lauren Burns, interior designer and owner of Lauren Burns Interiors. “I think one reason is that there are now so many options and styles to choose from, much like fabric always has given us. Wallpaper no longer only has printed paper options. There are now embellished corks, grasscloths with designs, and metallic wallpapers, to name a few. I also think that since the emergence of removable wallpaper options, it has driven homeowners to explore this design element.” Although the choice and use of wallpaper is completely up to the homeowner, selections can be guided by trending paint palettes that bring peace and tranquility to the home.

“I am a huge fan of any type of wallcoverings as an interior designer because it also allows me to create spaces that add a layer of texture or a bold ‘wow’ statement for clients,” said Burns. “A well-designed space should not only feel collected, but most importantly to represent those who live there and how they want to feel when they are at home.”


Trending Paint Colors & Wallpaper Pairings, Courtesy of Lauren Burns Interiors

Farrow & Ball, Schoolhouse White

Farrow & Ball, Schoolhouse White. A warm, soft off-white that feels timeless, yet contemporary.

Sherwin Williams, Evergreen Fog

Sherwin Williams, Evergreen Fog, SW 9130. Works beautifully with muted tones of whites, beige, and soft putty colors.

Benjamin Moore, October Mist 1495

Benjamin Moore, October Mist 1495. This silvery sage color evokes a peaceful backdrop that is versatile in selecting an overall room palette, as well as making it a great selection for every design style.

Breezeway, Behr

Breezeway, Behr. This gorgeous sea glass color has cool undertones of silvery green. Whites, grays, and natural wood tones work well with this paint selection.

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