Luxury wallpaper trends for 2022
As we wave goodbye to 2021, it’s refreshing to look ahead to what the coming year has in store… And as wallpaper installers, our thoughts turn immediately to the trends we’ll be seeing in the world of wallcoverings.
Newcomers to the industry
It sometimes feels like the wallcovering industry is dominated by houses that have been around for centuries, but newcomers are bringing fresh ideas and younger customers. When Gucci Décor launched a few years ago, its wallpapers quickly became cult items (particularly the pink heron print used in Cara Delevigne’s infamous house in Los Angeles). London-based luxury wallpaper company House of Hackney was only founded ten years ago, yet papers like ‘Palmeral’ have quickly achieved iconic status. One of the 2022 debuts that we’re intrigued about is Parisian perfume house Diptyque – we can’t wait to see their offering.
Wallpaper in bathrooms
Some paperhangers might debate the wisdom of wallpaper in a bathroom due to the steamy atmosphere and danger of splashes, but actually it’s a great place to add wallpaper for a fun hit of colour and print in a typically neutral space. As the desire for maximalist interiors continues to spread across our homes, we’ll be seeing more and more demand for fully waterproof wallpapers (Beata Heuman offers some striking examples) to be used around baths or as splashbacks. Washable and wipeable papers are sufficient for areas out of the immediate splash zone.
Explore different materials
“Gone are the days of just printing on paper”, announces Martin Waller at Andrew Martin, a London luxury wallpaper company. “You can now embellish corks, grasscloths and silks with pretty much any design.” While we certainly saw a lot of textured wallcoverings in natural fibres in 2021, they were mostly used as neutrals in soft, organic hues. A key trend for 2022 is going to be the use of these materials as the ground for bold, exciting prints.
The trend for tropical and exotic wallpapers will continue to grow next year, with people seeking to conjure a sense of adventure in their own homes. From hand-painted De Gournay murals from the ‘Early Views of India’ range, to Gucci’s ‘Tiger Leaf’ print, these papers set your imagination free and take you away from humdrum reality. If you do choose a large-scale mural, it’s crucial to use expert paperhangers to ensure seamless installation.
Shades of blue
Pantone’s colour of the year for 2022 is a brand new shade of periwinkle blue it has dubbed ‘Very Peri’. Paint and wallpaper firm Graham & Brown chose ‘Breathe’, a soothing mid blue, while Dulux went for the airy pale blue of ‘Bright Skies’. There’s a blue wallpaper to suit every style, including classic pale blue toiles de Jouy by Ralph Lauren, the marbled ‘Bain de Minuit by Christian Lacroix and Farrow & Ball’s ‘Yukitori’, featuring hundreds of gilded birds in flight against a backdrop of the company’s Stiffkey Blue. These hues will bring a sense of serenity, optimism and peace into your home.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the luxury wallpaper trends coming our way next year… If you’re looking to refresh your home in 2022, please do get in touch with us to discuss how our expert hangers could help with your project.