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If you’re a redecorating addict like myself, you’ll understand that keeping home decor the exact same for a long period of time is a no-go. Especially if we all have extra time to look at home decor trends on Pinterest and Instagram, you might be even more inclined to throw out everything you own and start fresh. Before you start chucking furniture out the window and ordering paint swatches, though, you might first want to test out one of the fun 2021 wallpaper trends.
You can go bold with bright colors and maximalist patterns or keep it simple and neutral. Either way, you can easily use wallpaper to change up your decor style. And if you live in a rented space, simply opt for some cute removable wallpapers, and you’re good to go when it’s time to move out.
Whether you pick a cool geometric wallpaper to put on a single wall in your home or a faux tile look to create a backsplash for your kitchen, ultimately the choice is yours. Find a pattern or design that fits your style and run with it. Wallpapers are such an easy way to elevate your home without doing major renovations, so choose your favorite now, and keep it as long as you love it. You’ll be amazed at how much a few pieces of paper can change the look and feel of a space.
To help get you started on your wallpaper journey, I’ve gone ahead and created a go-to list of current wallpaper trends—and ways to shop them, of course—that you can use for inspiration. Just like any home decor trend, these are likely to change from year to year. If you love a specific wallpaper trend, though, keep it as long as you like. Ultimately, trends are just easy ways to get a few ideas of what your personal style is, so pay attention to styles you like and ignore the rest. Your home should feel like just that: your home. Let your decor be a reflection of you, and you’re set.
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A Metallic Moment
Let your walls shine this season—quite literally. Metallic wallpaper is such an easy way to add a luxe vibe to your home, but it isn’t so over-the-top that you can’t cover an entire room with it. Go for something that makes a statement without taking over the space, like this green and gold RoomMates wallpaper. And FYI, this wallpaper is removable, so you’re always free to change your mind down the line.
It’s All An Illusion
So, your third-floor walk-up doesn’t have gorgeous tile or marble backsplashes. Thanks to well-placed wallpaper, you can create an updated look in a flash! You can opt for plastering an entire wall in a tile wallpaper, or keep it simple and use a peel and stick wallpaper to create the fancy backsplash of your dreams. This is an especially great option for those who rent their homes, too. Your landlord never has to know you totally elevated the space.
The speckled wallpaper trend is something that both minimalists and maximalists can get behind. Fun shapes and patterns are available right now, and no matter your personal decor style, there’s an option for you. For those who love bright and bold hues gracing their walls, opt for a pop of color speckled wallpaper. If you’re trying to keep things relatively neutral, though, there are plenty of speckled wallpapers that hold back a bit—including this gorgeous black and white speckled wallpaper from Opalhouse.
The Color Combo Of The Year
ICYMI, the Pantone colors of the year are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (which is a bright yellow hue). It’s a rarity that we see more than one color chosen for the same year—but it does mean that we already know one of the trendiest color combinations to expect. Go for a bold gray and yellow combo wallpaper this year or opt for a gray wall with yellow accents thrown in throughout. Either way, you’ll be right on trend.
A Maximalist Mindset
Of course, if you’re in the mood to go bold this year, you’re in luck. Maximalist wallpapers continue to trend—and there are so many exciting ways to get the look. You can create a statement wall in your living room with a bright botanical wallpaper or cover a corner of your bedroom in a bold animal print. The more going on, the merrier! The biggest tip here is just to have fun with it and let your personality shine.
A version of this article originally appeared in September 2020.