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Statement Wallpaper For Every Taste

There is wallpaper, and then there is wallpaper: We’ve chosen some of our favorites both classic and new to cover your walls and make a statement. For the timid, start with just one roll and line a closet, the pantry, or the guest bathroom. Take it a step further and wallpaper just a single wall, to great effect. Or, go large, like Margot Tennenbaum’s bedroom-and-bathroom large, covering a room in a great big swathe of pattern. For whatever your level of panache and pizzazz, there’s a pattern for you below.

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The Classics

  • Brazilliance by Dorothy Draper

    Brazilliance by Dorothy Draper

    Legendary interior designer Dorothy Draper created this pattern for the Arrowhead Springs hotel in California in the late 1930’s. Since then the print has covered the walls of clubs, hotels, and restaurants the world round, becoming a symbol of leisure and glamour along the way. (It would be a dream in a pool house, right?) Plus, there’s a coordinating fabric, should you decide to really go for it.

  • Strawberry Thief by William Morris

    Strawberry Thief by William Morris

    This 19th-century pattern from the father of Arts & Crafts, William Morris, is having a major comeback. While you may still find it in an old country pub in the UK, it’s also decking the walls of more modern homes. This particular pattern comes in rich tones of indigo, crimson, and chocolate brown.

  • Eldblomman by Josef Frank for Svenkst Tenn

    Eldblomman by Josef Frank for Svenkst Tenn

    One of many wallpapers that Austrian architect Josef Frank designed for the legendary Stockholm shop, Svenkst Tenn, Eldblomman is still in production today. While Frank’s evergreen furniture and wallpaper never goes out of fashion, his legacy is certainly enjoying a moment with a major retrospective in London this Spring.

  • Ex Libris by Piero Fornasetti for Cole & Son

    Ex Libris by Piero Fornasetti for Cole & Son

    The great Milanese designer Piero Fornasetti originally used this pattern for a screen, but the English wallpaper company Cole & Son had the stroke of genius to turn it into a playful wallpaper. We love this trompe l’oeil pattern which can be used to great effect in a small powder room, or, fittingly, a reading nook. One of many playful prints for Cole & Son, Fornasetti’s charm lies in its mystique.

  • Chiswick House by Marthe Armitage

    Chiswick House by Marthe Armitage

    The elderly artist Marthe Armitage hand prints her lino block wallpapers at her London studio, making her something of a legend in the wallpaper world. Her whimsical style captures an irresistible fantasy world with secret gardens, old English houses, and romantic, bucolic scenes.

  • Night of the Skylarks by Birger Kaipiainen

    Night of the Skylarks by Birger Kaipiainen

    We first discovered this pattern at the wonderful Amagansett concept shop, Tiina, where owner Tiina Laakonnen brings all her favorite clothing and household goods and gives the world a glimpse at her impeccable taste. Among her amazing finds is this wallpaper, designed by a Finnish artist in the 1950’s, which Tiina happens to distribute exclusively.

  • Lotus & Carp by Fromental

    Lotus & Carp by Fromental

    Though English wallcoverings and textile brand Fromental was established in 2005, many of their wallpaper designs have a charm that’s of another time. We’re fans especially of their Chinoiserie, which like most of their patterns is infinitely customisable from colors down to hand-embroidered embellishments.

  • Zebras by Scalamandre

    Zebras by Scalamandre

    One of the brand’s oldest and most famous designs, this print was originally commissioned for the now long-gone New York Italian restaurant Gino’s, an icon of the Upper East Side. You may recognize it from The Royal Tennenbaums, however, as the ever-nostalgic Wes Anderson specified the wallpaper for Margot Tennenbaum’s bedroom and bathroom.

The New Guard

  • Masked by Penumbra Obscura

    Masked by Penumbra Obscura

    Supermodel Missy Rayder and her husband Marko Velk started their wallpaper (and soon to be textile) collaboration Penumbra Obscura just a few months ago, to great success. Missy and Marko both come up with the concepts together and then Marko hits the drawing board: The result is endlessly fascinating patterns with just the tiniest hint of a dark, dreamy edge. More patterns and products are on the horizon, though the Masked pattern has us completely entranced at the moment.

  • Sticker Wallpaper by Flat Vernacular

    Sticker Wallpaper by Flat Vernacular

    Artist and illustrator Payton Turner originally made a name for herself creating stickers—as in Lisa Frank—installations in homes across New York and the US. Today, her sticker wallpaper is just one of many patterns at her growing company, Flat Vernacular, which produces numerous wallpapers and fabrics by Payton and her business partner, letter artist and sign painter Brian Kaspr.

  • The Darktown Billets Deux by St. Judes

    The Darktown Billets Deux by St. Judes

    We can’t get enough of artist collective/fabric and wallpaper manufacturer St. Judes. Working with a small group of UK artists with a penchant for the art of Post-War Britain, their patterns all give a slight nod to the 1950’s, without ever looking retro or tired. This pattern by artist Jonny Hannah, in particular, is eye-catching and compelling with a narrative all its own.

  • Septaria by Eskayel

    Septaria by Eskayel

    All of designer Shanan Campanaro of Eskayel’s patterns have an inky, organic feel to them that’s like nothing else out there. The hard part is settling on just one, as she’s developed countless variations with her unusual technique. We love to bohemian vibe they add to any space, and the fact that they’re vinyl-free and eco-friendly.

  • Brooklyn Toile by Flavor Paper

    Brooklyn Toile by Flavor Paper

    Designed in collaboration with Mike D of the Beastie Boys for his Brooklyn home, this twist on toile shows all of BK’s icons: Biggie Smalls, baby prams, and Hassids included. Part of Flavor Paper’s EZ Papes range, this wallpaper is as easy to put up as it is to take down.

  • Birds'N'Bees by Timorous Beasties

    Birds'N'Bees by Timorous Beasties

    Glaswegian design duo Timorous Beasties have a knack for adding a dark edge to every design they churn out. They’re known for their twisted toile designs for cities like London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. And, in this modern take on a classic trellis pattern, they’ve amped up the colors on the exotic birds and bees, giving the wallpaper their slightly discordant and totally charming treatment.

  • Palm Drop by Beata Heuman

    Palm Drop by Beata Heuman

    Beata Heuman is an up-and-coming designer in London at the moment, making a name for herself for her knack for custom furniture, wallpaper, and fabrics. We first spied her marbleized wallpaper at Farm Girl Café and were glad to find Beata produces it and a growing collection of several other patterns, including this one.

  • Sea Plants by John Derian

    Sea Plants by John Derian

    Made by Studio Printworks, this John Derian’s wallpaper features his trademark vintage 19th-century found imagery. Even a few panels of this pattern would do the trick.

  • Aurora by Calico

    Aurora by Calico

    If there’s one wallpaper company out there that’s setting the pace, it’s Calico. Not only did they make marbling oh so au courant by perfecting the process and creating infinite iterations, they’ve also mastered ombré in a big way. We just can’t get enough of this particular pattern that’s also currently featured on one of the walls at Casa Perfect in LA. They’ve recently started experimenting with Japanese-inspired techniques that give their new collections a very wabi-sabi feel. They are most definitely ones to watch.

  • Dark Floral II Saturated Wallpaper by Ellie Cashman

    Dark Floral II Saturated Wallpaper by Ellie Cashman

    We fell for this print so hard we had to have it on the walls of our goop Chicago pop-up last year. Designer Ellie Cashman is a painter first and foremost, who translates her love of 17th Century Dutch flower paintings into modern designs. We love all her designs, whether for wallpaper or fabric, as they make for the most feminine interiors.

  • House of Hackney

    House of Hackney

    Each season, you can depend on British brand House of Hackney to come up with a new set of completely covetable prints for everything from dresses to velvet cushions. We particularly love their new Babylon collection for its nostalgic, Palm Springs appeal. This is another one of those patterns that’s perfect for a small room or an accent wall, as it makes everything pop.

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