Designer Wallpaper: 5 Top Trends for 2017

Wallpaper designs have come a long way since the heavy tapestries of the 1600s, and today’s vast range of designer wallpapers offers endless ways to embrace your individual taste and style. The trends to take note of this year are more adventurous than ever, bringing wallpaper well and truly out from the background decoration into the main feature of your room. Find out which are the movers and shakers in our 5 top designer wallpaper trends for 2017.

  1. Tropical nature

Gone are the ditsy, dainty florals of recent years – the bolder, the better for 2017. Tropical prints and stylised palm and banana leaf motifs are layered to create a hazy cocktail of summer escapism. Colours take on a vintage-inspired hue reminiscent of colour film photography (or an instagram filter). Jungle scenes and exotic animals and birds come to life in a range of styles, from painterly brushwork to naive illustrations. Florals and flower motifs grow to gigantic scales, abstracted and artistic, and available in almost any colour palette – a feminine take on this high impact trend.

Cubana designer wallpaper by Osborne & Little

Cubana wallpaper by Osborne & Little


Amazonia Wallpaper, de Gournay

  1. Geometrics

Geometric patterns are more innovative than ever, and a scope of new designers are bringing a fresh approach to the timeless trend for 2017. Simple, clean patterns are brought to life with bold colours in complementary shades. Clean lines are given the artistic treatment with innovation application methods, such as tape, hand drawing or collage effects. A range of textures and finishes, such as metallic detailing, adds a little extra oomph to the clean lines of modern geometric wallpaper designs.

Crystallise wallpaper by

Crystallise Wallpaper,

Chroma wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler

Chroma wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler

  1. Texture/faux finishes

Moving on from the popular wood wallpaper designs from 2016, the textures on trend for 2017 are making their way onto walls. Whether you want to add warmth to your room with a tactile finish, or up the glamour factor with luxurious faux finishes that look almost as good as the real deal, there are a wide variety of surface designs to choose from. Copper and marble wallpaper add a touch of decadence to any room, whereas concrete effect wallpaper gives a contemporary and industrial feel to your home.

Piet Hein Eek, Piet Boon, Merci, Rick Vintage, NLXL, Scrapwood W

Concrete wallpaper by Piet Boon for NLXL



Rose Gold Reflections Wallpaper by Graham & Brown

  1. Art inspired

Artists of all different disciplines and all backgrounds are creating unique pieces, transformed into wallpaper for the modern home. Popular styles include abstract fine art painting and impressionist-style watercolour murals. As bespoke wallpaper murals become more popular, instead of hanging an original artwork on the wall, design enthusiasts can now transform the walls in their homes into works of art.

Oh La La wallpaper,

Oh La La by Kiki Slaughter for FEATHR

  1. Vintage nostalgia

The mid-century modern trend was big in 2016, and in 2017 different vintage wallpaper styles are emerging, refreshed and revived for the 21st century. Chinoiserie wallpaper dates back to the 16th century in China, when intricate florals and landscapes were hand painted on rice paper. Toile de jouy is another wallpaper design having a resurgence in popularity, with designers combining the traditional pastoral scenes with bold colours, or using more contemporary motifs.


Cities Toile Wallpaper by Hygge & West


Chinoiserie Wallpaper by Tempaper


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