The word "wallpaper" often makes us think about chintzy patterns or overpowering prints. But the next time you decide to redo a room, reconsider your options before reaching for a paintbrush. Today's designers are rethinking the power of this design element, and coming up with fresh and forward-thinking looks that you won't believe are wallpaper. From updated florals and abstract prints, to minimalist grids and geometric motifs, the creative options are limitless. Here are 13 picks that'll make you think differently.
A blank wall is the best canvas for this wallpaper mural from Anthropologie ( $298 ). No guest is going to guess that it's not paint, and you're going to feel like you're on a Mediterranean vacation right there at home.
Sixty Seven Wallpaper
Are you the market for something groovy to add to a room? Go with this wallpaper from Timothy Sue ( $220 per roll ). It'll look right at home with midcentury modern furniture, and would be especially stunning behind a bar or in a small hallway.
Check out this minimalist take from Chasing Paper ( $40 per panel ). We'd think it would look especially good in a home office or creative studio.
Lemon Bowl Wallpaper
A wall or two of Kate Zaremba's lemon-patterned wallpaper ( starting at $36 ) would look so cute in a bright, white kitchen with pegboard or open shelving. The illustrations keep the print looking fresh.
If you're a renter or just love to change your decor a lot, then you should know about removable wallpaper. This marble-printed covering from Urban Outfitters ( $39 per panel ) is sticky and comes off easily. It would elevate a bathroom wall or entryway effortlessly.
Cuffhome Rose Brushstrokes Wallpaper
Wallpaper can help bring in complementary colors to an already existing palette. If one of your rooms has lots of grays or browns, this cream-and-rose covering from Black Crow Studios ( $250 per roll ) would lighten the mood.
When we found this wallpaper from Juju Papers ( $200 per roll ), we were so excited to find another way to bring metallics into a space. It would provide the perfect background to open bookshelves, or behind your entertainment system.
City Toile Wallpaper
Rifle Paper Co.'s wallpapers, like this city toile print ( $140 per roll ), are a quick way to bring a print into a space. If you're ready to go the distance and cover the whole room with it, we like your style — make sure you have a big, gold mirror and lots of luxurious textiles.
Open up a tiny space or nook with a mural, like this flamingo-printed wall covering from Coloray ( $387 ). It's also removable, and feels more like a fabric than paper — a great way to introduce a little bit of texture.
This geometric wallpaper from Livettes ( starting at $36 ) works well with light woods and trims. The lines are a great alternative to florals or other dense patterns, and the hidden chevron adds dimension.
Mini Stripes Wallpaper
Instead of trying to measure out and paint perfect stripes on a wall, skip straight to Tempaper's navy blue stripe covering ( $12.99 ). It's easily customizable in stripe distance and the wall cover. We're partial to navy blue and cream, but the stripe color would also work well with gray or black for a dramatic look.
Wallpapers can definitely be bohemian. Just look to this eye-print covering from Grow House Grow ( $192 per roll ), which finds literary inspiration for all of its prints. Install it in your favorite reading room, and don't forget to bring in plants to match the green background.