Our Very Favorite Wallpaper Ideas (20 Designs You Need to See)

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Wallpaper, wallpaper, where have you been?! After years of minimalist "Decorator's White" walls, rich, patterned statement wallpaper is back — and we couldn't be happier.

We love them all — feminine florals that evoke the English countryside, rich tropical prints that feel like Havana, and especially those grittier or more abstract patterns that give a room an edge. Here are 20 wallpaper ideas that really make the room.

1. In the library.

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In the jewel-toned library at none other than our very own Hunker House, a damask-like wallpaper gives an Old World vibe to an otherwise modern space.

2. In the entryway.

This minimalist, almost topographical wallpaper from Coloray adds a lot of interest to an entryway, without a lot of visual weight.

3. In the powder room.

Proof that small spaces can handle big, bold patterns. And who doesn't love marble?

4. In the kitchen.

This Liberty of London-esque print makes the kitchen the definition of cheery.

5. In the master bedroom.

A vintage floral, in dramatic navy and cream, offers both drama and texture.

6. In the shared bathroom.

In the same Brooklyn apartment as above, this tropical Chasing Paper wallpaper gives the bathroom a completely different personality.

7. In the dining room.

This hotel restaurant goes dark and dramatic in the dining room, with a House of Hackney wallpaper in Limerence.

8. In the nursery.

Of course, this is Paris. A splatter paint wallpaper by Bien Fait keeps the nursery feeling fresh and modern, as opposed to baby-ish.

9. In the master bedroom.

The same Paris apartment evokes the American West with Pierre Frey's Pampa wallpaper.

10. In the girl's room.

And — a third winner in the same Paris apartment — the Little Cabari wallpaper in the child's room feels feminine without being too girly, and will age gracefully.

11. In the dining room.

A lot of times, tropical wallpaper is relegated to a smaller or more private space, but here in this Connecticut bungalow, it adds warmth to a traditional dining room. The removable wallpaper tiles are by Justina Blakeney for Hygge & West.

12. In the bedroom.

The bedroom feels more retro Miami than modern-day New Haven with this gorgeous yellow wallpaper, Best Fronds by Wallshoppe.

13. In the living room/dining room.

This rich, hedge-like Fornasetti wallpaper from Cole & Son becomes almost neutral when used throughout the living areas in this Milan home.

14. In the nursery.

This Asian wave pattern makes a bold statement in the nursery.

15. In the bathroom.

Big, bold florals are a hallmark of "Granny chic," but here, the purple House of Hackney wallpaper feels fun and modern in this century-old beach house.

16. In the playroom.

An accent wall of palm trees, in black and white, is 100% California cool.

17. In the dining room.

Look closely at the Flavor Paper's Bay Area Toile wallpaper (seen here in a charming Victorian row house in SF) and you'll find delightful illustrations of Bay Area royalty, from rapper Too $hort to culinary icon Alice Waters.

18. In the bedroom.

This print from Astek Inc. feels almost geological in this Manhattan Beach home.

19. In the powder room.

More proof that big prints and small spaces just go together. We love seeing Schumacher's Queen of Spain doubled in the mirror.

20. In the bedroom.

House of Hackney FTW — again. This black and white floral, found in a Washington-based brownstone, manages to look both fresh and traditional at the same time.


Laura Lambert is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers lifestyle, design, and women's health.

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