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Wall to Wall: 4 Wallpaper Trends for Spring

by Matthew Wexler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Apr 14, 2014

There's a reason the phrase "spring cleaning" has stayed around for generations -- it is the season of renewal, out with the old, in with the new. A room can be transformed in more ways than one. Can't afford new furniture? Consider accenting one wall (or all four) with designer wallpaper. Paula Berberian, a Creative Director of Brewster Home Fashions, attended Maison et Objet in Paris earlier in the year and now reports back with what's trending in wallpaper.

"Maison is the premiere home show in the world," says trendspotting Berberian. "Wallpaper is art, it's that simple. It's more than just a room accessory, and it is making a strong comeback in today's décor."

Wallpaper continues to be an important part of the décor mix, especially in global markets like the Middle East, eastern and western Europe and China. "These markets prefer a more traditional aesthetic, but with interesting embellishments like metallics, raised inks, flocks, gels and sparkle," Berberian advised. From watercolor effects to wood surfaces to the new color of 2014 (hint: Pantone got it wrong), read on for Berberian's Paris finds:

Here a Twist, There a Twist

"There were many traditional styled wallpapers with a twist this year," says Berberian about a popular Maison trend. "The age-old debate of modern versus traditional is officially over," she pointed out. Many wallpapers have beautiful elements of both, from vintage designs with new metallic sheens to traditional florals with a modern touch.

Today, most homes already have both old and new fashions: the antique coffee table and a new leather couch, your grandmother’s vase on top of a trendy tray. Other traditions with a twist of texture and sparkle or other modern updates spotted at Maison include watercolor effects, toiles, traditional yet modern florals, novelty and damasks.

Neutrals Warm Up

"There has been a shift towards taupe, beige and warm greys," Berberian advised. Don’t be fooled, however: this isn’t your grandmother’s plain off-white wallpaper. "Unique details, like raised inks, gels and sparkle bring this color palette to life," she notes.

Wood surfaces are also trending, she observes, and bring a warm feeling into any room. If you’re not ready to make the jump to full-blown color, Berberian suggests a neutral palette with subtle metallic details, which gives a luxurious feel.

Welcome Bold

If neutral is just not your thing, there are plenty of bright, colorful patterns to choose from. "It’s a misconception that brightly patterned wallpaper is reserved for otherwise plain décor," says Berberian.

Figure out what sort of mood you want each room to give off, and go from there. "The right wallpaper will instantly add style to your space, and it doesn’t have to overwhelm the room," she notes. Mix and match your patterns, they have a way of always coming together if you stick with complementary colors.

Pretty in Pink

"While Pantone announced Orchid as the color of the year for 2014, purple hues were not so evident at Maison," Berberian notes. Instead, a new color dominated. "Pink, in a variety of hues from coral to rose, seems to be making a huge comeback," she advises.

Just in time for spring, it’s not too surprising pink is back. Pink patterns that incorporate other soft-toned colors make the hue really pop while adding variety to the palette. Since pink is a traditional color, look for an ultra-modern design, like the Tiger mural from the Raval collection by Eijffinger, which leads from one pattern to the next, drawing your eye across the wall.

When it comes to spring spruce ups, let these wallpaper trends from Paris be the inspiration you need to get started.

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Style and Travel Editor. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.


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