Along with the industry’s color leaders announcing their COTY (Color of the Year) editions, other interiors-related industries like to think about what’s hot and what’s not—and their specialty includes wall coverings. From remodeling websites to blogs by individual interior designers to lifestyle sites, there’s no dearth of predictable styles, colors, and prints for wall coverings in 2023. Graphic prints, floral, nature, and metallic themed designs, maximalist prints, murals, and ombres are taking root among the online listings. .
Even wallcovering companies like to do a little cool-down. York Wallcoverings, the largest and oldest producer of wallcoverings in the United States, recently announced its 2023 Color of the Year: amber, “a golden hue that has been praised for its warm, rich, and comforting tones,” according to York. “The color signals a shift toward spaces that promote positive energy, as well as the continuing rise of natural inspiration in today’s homes.”
So how, where and why should you put wall coverings in your home? we asked Victoria Sass of Prospect Refuge Studio in Minneapolis. Here are five pro tips:
More than just walls: Consider arranging unexpected places, such as dressers or closets, for a whimsical touch. We wrapped the interior of the corner bar in our Gucci Kitchen project in a quirky dinosaur print by House of Hackney.
More than just paper: We like using textures on the walls for a softer feel. You’ll have to take the extra step of getting a professional backing, but it’s well worth the extra effort to get a unique and comfortable look. The entrance to our Triangle Park project features a tea-stained print of Decors Barbares tapestry leading up the walls, complete with an elegant bar.
Murals: For another paper-like alternative that’s deeply customizable, consider a meaningful mural. We worked with local duo She She to create this one-of-a-kind powder coated “Paper” inspired by Monet’s water lilies for their Linden Hills home.
identical: When you really love print (and want to make a big impact), consider a wallpaper with textured textures for an immersive pattern approach. In our Triangle Park project, we hit it off with a French pattern for the walls and fabrics—including this canopy bookcase.
Atmosphere: Paper doesn’t always mean pattern. Give your space a moody feel with a subtle gradient-inspired hue. Our Heritage Modern project featured an envelope of hand-painted Japanese paper in rich plum hues for a dramatic powder bath.
First stop: Hygge & West, based in Hudson, Wisconsin, the perfect online store for modern wall coverings.