Wallpaper is making a comeback. As more homeowners turn to wallpaper as an element in their home decoration plans, new trends are starting to emerge. Does that mean that wallpaper is really making a return? It certainly looks that way. Modern wallpaper is definitely leaving its own mark on interior design.
Wallpaper has been around for thousands of years in one form or another. Wallpaper-like wall coverings were used in China in 200 B.C. Modern style wallpaper with repeating patterns on continuous sheets was created by Jean-Michel Papillion in 1675. Wallpaper has remained an option ever since.
Textured wallpapers are nothing new, but there are several newer wallpapers that take texture to an extreme. Embossed designs, brick or wood textures, faux bamboo and even delightfully smooth and satiny wallpapers are changing what people think of when they consider what wallpaper feels like. Not only does textured wallpaper give your walls a novel tactile sensation, but some textures can even change the way the wallpaper looks by creating a 3D effect.
Most people think of wallpaper as having a more or less consistent repeating pattern. This doesn’t have to be the case, however. Many modern wallpaper designs incorporate gradients that let the colors on your walls change from floor to ceiling. Sometimes this effect can be subtle, but other wallpapers incorporate transitions between bold colors that really stand out. These can be a great way to accent specific colors in your décor or help direct attention to key pieces of furniture.
In the past, wallpaper has run the gamut from subtle coloration to full-on tackiness. Some manufacturers are now offering up some bold prints that really capture the eye. Complex florals, colorful graphics and even wallpapers that create volumetric effects might seem like they’re too much, but in the right room they can really bring the décor to life.
Wallpaper that incorporates metallic tones isn’t new, but some modern wallpaper is taking it a step further. Instead of simply using metallic tones as accents or working with flat metallics, modern wallpapers use metallic coloring along with texture and design to create effects like brushed steel, metal plating and other metal-like designs. This can give you the look of metal without the cost and hassle of installing actual metal plating on your walls.
Combining Wallpaper Styles
One trend that’s really coming to the forefront with modern wallpaper is combining different wallpaper styles within the same room. Similar effects were created in the past using paint and wallpaper. The modern trend uses contrasting wallpaper styles within the room. This can change both the look and feel of the room, transforming the room from just a basic living space into an experience that really has to be seen to be believed. Even if you don’t take things quite that far, you can use this same technique to help match that couch that never really seems to go with anything.
So with wallpaper making a comeback, will you consider adding it to your home?
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