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6 Ways Wallcoverings Are Making an Impact

April 5, 2018

Wallcoverings are finding new ways to break the mold.

This isn’t your grandmother’s wallpaper. Advancements in materiality and technology have changed the ways in which wallcovering can be made, what they look like, and where they can be installed. Following are six wallcovering trends that are here to stay.

1. Digital 

“Digital” has been a hot topic surrounding wallcoverings over the last few years, but manufacturers have been playing with computer-based and printed designs for almost two decades. The speed and efficiency in which digital can now be produced, along with technological capabilities to print in high resolution, makes working with digital ideal for custom needs. The more clients want individualized solutions to their design problems, the more digital will make its way into specifications.

High-resolution photographs printed on vinyl by HD Walls in a room at the W Hotel in Mexico City. Credit: HD Walls

2. Big and Bold (with coordinating patterns)

Big is in. Whether patterns or digitally printed photographs on walls, scale is larger than ever. Wallcovering manufacturers are taking note of the interest in big, bold patterns or photo-realistic prints and coordinating more toned-down patterns and colors that can easily be used in conjunction with a statement wall.

A large-scale geode design by Color & Design Inc. travels up multiple stories. Credit: Color & Design Inc.

3. Wellness

Designers know that everywhere they turn health and wellness is being emphasized; this holds true in the wallcovering industry as well. Manufacturers are looking for ways to incorporate wellness-focused themes like muted hues and nature-inspired patterns into any interior.

4. Depth

It can be said that metallics are having a resurgence these days, but the addition of glittery embellishments in wallcoverings does more than add a trendy flair; a pop of gold, silver, or copper gives a two-dimensional surface like walls a sense of depth. For those who don’t want to go the shiny route, layers of overlapping colors and slight embossment can give a similar depth of field.

The slight metallic sheen in Versa’s Matka wallcovering mixed with a horizontal embossing gives the wall depth.
Credit: Versa Wallcovering

5. Hiding Rough Surfaces

When retrofitting an existing interior, worn walls can create a design dilemma. The wallcovering industry is seeing an increase in the use of heavy-embossed and more tactile coverings. Embossed wallcoverings minimize the appearance of warped or cracked drywall unlike smooth wallcovering or paint.

6. The Fifth Wall

Design solutions don’t need to end just because the vertical wall does. More often, wallcoverings are being used on ceilings in commercial settings. In many cases, wallcovering products can be installed to ceilings the same way one would adhere to a vertical wall.

The large-scale pattern of Corvo Beads by MDC is used on the ceiling to provide an extra design detail in a fresh way. Credit: MDC
About the Author

Kadie Yale | Former Editor-in-Chief

Kadie Yale holds a BA in Industrial Design from San Francisco State University and a MA in Decorative Art History and Theory from Parsons the New School. In her role as editor-in-chief from 2015-2018, she led the interiors+sources team in creating relevant content that touches on sustainability, universal design, science, and the role of design in society.

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