Wallpaper in a bedroom is a joyous thing. These rooms are personal spaces, and it’s wonderful to be able to express your personality in your retreat from the rest of the world. And our bedroom wallpaper trends can lead you to some very special new designs.
Many of us don’t like our bedrooms to be too cluttered with technology, books and objets, and instead focus on the room remaining peaceful. Which is why wallpaper is so useful. Decorative walls add that interest without adding more physical distractions into the room.
As with any room in the home, there are some looks more suited to this space than others, so we’ve rounded up the latest bedroom wallpaper trends so you can consider what works for your style.
BEDROOM WALLPAPER IDEAS
1. PLAY WITH PANELS
It's not overly common to have paneling in a bedroom, but if you live in a period property - or got them built in - you have plenty of space to play with wallpaper.
Previously a trend only seen in living room, adding a statement paper in slices like Cole & Son's Botanical Lilac, allows you to go bold with color and pattern without overwhelming the room. Choosing a natural inspired scheme and colorway keeps things calming, too.
2. EMBRACE TEXTURED PAPER
Gone are the days when wallpaper was a one-dimesional piece of paper on the wall. As printing techniques develop, the number of surfaces that can be printed on increase.
One of the most comforting bedrooms wallpaper trends is introducing texture to the walls. Choose a hessian wallcovering for the ultimate cosseting effect, and let the coziness commence.
3. LOOK TO NATURE
Bedrooms and floral wallpapers are a match made in heaven, however gone are the days of overly fussy and busy prints.
'When the world around us feels a little uncertain what could be more welcoming than this bedroom in Hegemone wallpaper with its wonderfully optimistic feel,' says Farrow & Ball's Color Curator, Joa Studholme. 'Florals connect us back to nature and make us feel protected particularly when coloured in these warm red based neutrals. However, this is not a dainty or formal floral - this pattern is ultimately relaxed with the blooms ranging freely over the walls giving it a faintly nostalgic air which is as comforting as it is stylish.'
4. MAKE IT MONOCHROME
Neutrals in the bedroom are a wonderful way to promote rest, but it doesn't mean you have to give up on pattern.
Choose a monochromatic, neutral print to embrace both pattern and a sense of calm.
5. TRY MAXIMALISM
On the other end of the bedroom wallpaper scale is the trend of maximalism. Try papering up to the ceiling for a wow effect.
Going bigger and more dramatic doesn't have to mean giving up on rest which, after all, is what a bedroom is for. 'The mystical Hula Swirl Gold Noir was inspired by the soothing symmetry of waves so it’s ideal for spaces where we want to relax, like the bedroom,' says Paula Taylor, Graham & Brown Colour and Trends Specialist. 'The glimmers of gold encapsulates movement in the design on black fibrous textured paper and balances both nature and opulence.'
6. HANG A MURAL
Murals are one of the biggest wallcovering trends of the year, so it's no surprise they've entered the boudoir.
The benefit of incorporating a mural, or a super-scaled print, is that the larger an image, the less busy it seems. Therefore, the bigger it is, the more calming the effect. Choosing a scenic view such as this might also just help you drift off to dreamland that much quicker.
7. GO GREEN
We automatically associate green with being in nature, which is an incredibly calming feeling. Green as a trend has been popular in kitchens and living rooms, but the desire for calm has brought it into the bedroom. Even a busier print, such as Cole & Son's Forest Greens on White gives off that peaceful sense of nature.
For a high ceilinged room such as this one, leave some space at the top wallpaper free, allowing the colour room to breathe.
8. LOOK TO THE EAST
Chinoiserie is another wallpaper trend which has been in and out of fashion for many years. Historically associated with grand country manor homes, this technique has been modernised and updated is a fresh new way.
Harmony with the natural world is a feature of Chinese landscape painting and this tranquility is perfect for the bedroom. Here, a dream-like, misty mountain paper covers an oriental-style screen, with a palette of soft grey and blue, enhancing the scheme's calming allure.
9. TRY A DREAMY SCHEME
Look to impressionist artworks and sponge paintings for your bedroom wallpaper. The effect is incredibly soft and somewhat dreamlike, perfect for a good night's rest.
The abstract artwork trend is still hot in all areas of the house, but this softer interpretation hits the bedroom walls perfectly.
10. THINK PINK
For quite some time now bedrooms, like many rooms of the house, has become fairly minimal and almost masculine. Now, feminine charm is back with a bang.
Go unabashedly girly in your boudoir by choosing pink patterned wallpaper. Opt for a bold pattern to keep the room grown-up, rather than veering into childish territory.
WHICH WALLPAPER IS BEST FOR A BEDROOM?
Choosing the right wallpaper for your bedroom depends on what style you wish to have. Do you want a soft, feminine look? Go for pastels, neutrals and floral prints. More organic, eco styles should look at grasscloth or cork wallpapers. If you're bold and daring all the way, go for big prints and deep, moody shades.
HOW MUCH WALLPAPER DO I NEED FOR A BEDROOM?
There is a calculation in interiors to work out how much wallpaper you need - (width of the wall + repeat) x height wall = X sq m - but if you prefer keeping life simple, most brands have wallpaper calculators on their website, or else their experts will be able to advise. Make sure to leave at least 10 per cent for trimming and adjusting for pattern matching.
WHAT ARE THE LATEST TRENDS IN WALLPAPER?
The bedroom wallpaper trends, above, can also be interpreted in many different areas of the home.Botanical prints, textured papers and florals are all big in interiors this year. In rooms not designated for rest, also look to bold pattens, geometrics and even 3D effects.