Contemporary wallpaper designs seems to have had a bit of a resurgence of late, and for good reason. Whether you're looking to update your living room, or give your bedroom a much needed refresh, a well chosen wallpaper can make the world of difference, adding character, texture and colour. To prove that there's a wallpaper to suit every style and space, we've gathered together a selection of our favourite modern wallpaper design ideas.
1. Get a natural touch with a wood effect wallpaper
For instant warmth and texture within your scheme, create an on trend feature wall with wood effect wallpaper. Combine with knitted textiles and plenty of greenery for a cosy and inviting feel.
We especially love the Albany wood panelling wallpaper, available at Wallpaper Direct, for a similar look.
2. Boost a small room's size with bold stripes
A bold stripe running through a wallpaper can create a visual trick to make a room feel larger. Hung vertically, it adds perceived ceiling height; widthways, it will make the room feel wider. A perfectly simple design trick for a small space.
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3. Create a calming space with wallpaper in aqua shades
The tranquil tones of blues and greens are perfect for a bedroom. Up the depths of the colours' tones with watercolour mural like this and create a sophisticated space with a generous helping of Zen.
Made to measure, this Abstract Turquoise Watercolour mural from Wallsauce has a very millennial feel to it, particularly when paired with complementary blush pink bedding. Find more modern bedroom ideas, this time with paint.
4. Add an exotic feel with Moroccan-inspired wallpaper
If you’re blessed with high ceilings and good natural light, a strong, floor to ceiling pattern is certainly doable. In smaller rooms, papering up to a dado rail and painting above it makes for a safer, space-enhancing alternative. When choosing a paint colour, make sure it draws out the paper’s more subtle tones; light blue would be a good option here. If you've decided you'd prefer real tiles, take a look at our selection of favourite tiles.
Inspired by mosaic tile work characteristic in Moroccan architecture, the Zellige Collection is from Cole & Son.
5. Choose an understated wallpaper for subtle style
If your taste in wallpaper is a little more subtle, it’s worth considering something neutral toned with an intricate repeat pattern. It’s a step up from painted walls, adding a little more depth and interest to a room’s finish, but is a great option if your personal style is more minimalist. Find more white wallpaper inspiration.
We love this Gold Spot Wallpaper from John Lewis.
6. Add period character with vintage floral wallpaper
Designing a kid's room? Equally at home in a child's bedroom as it would be in a kitchen, a vintage-style floral wallpaper adds colour and cute-factor in equal measure. While you're at it, check out the best (safe) paints for kids' rooms.
This Lisa wallpaper from Sandberg, available at Wallpaper Direct, has enduring appeal. Couple with the bold lines of an industrial inspired bed, like this one from Julian Bowen Papplewick, for a more traditional feel.
7. Get a style hit with Mid-century modern wallpaper
Want to milk Mid-century modern style to the hilt? Choose a wallpaper that could date from the era.
If florals aren't for you, this Aranami (meaning raging waves) paper from Farrow & Ball is a great alternative. Inspired by a Japanese crafted paper-cut design, it's flowing pattern has both a masculine and feminine feel to it. If your style is Mid-century inspired, find more decorating tips.
8. Go for a contemporary pattern clash
Maximalism is all about clashing patterns and your bedroom is the best place to start. Combine a bold wallpaper with a printed duvet, rug, blinds or curtains for a scheme that really stands out from the crowd.
Find this Palm leaf green wallpaper at Graham & Brown.
9. Be creative in a kid's room with a mural
Kids' bedrooms should be fun and colourful spaces, with plenty to inspire their young minds. Grab their attention with colourful bedding and a bold wall mural. Don't miss this – we've got tons more kids' room design ideas.
10. Pick a soothing tonal print
Looking to create a calm scheme with wallpaper? Choosing a design that creates a subtle tonal contrast rather than a stand-out clash will help make a busy room feel more laid-back.
The intricate floral design running through this Helleborous wallpaper from Farrow & Ball helps to soften its bold yellow tones. Its organic pattern is intended to hint at growth and rejuvenation, transforming the home into a warm and wonderful retreat. Further enhance this feel with wooden furniture.
11. Embrace the trend for tropical prints
Pair over-sized tropical wallpaper patterns with an otherwise white scheme and the simple silhouettes of Scandi-inspired furniture to create an eclectic, on-trend look that's bright and inspiring.
This Pink Jungle Wallpaper from Wallsauce is a great way of incorporating tropical trends into your home.
12. Create a rustic feel with photo realistic wallpaper
Looking to give your walls a panelled effect? Save yourself time and money by opting for a cheat: a photo realistic wallpaper.
Incredibly convincing, this NLXL Scrapwood wallpaper from The Longest Stay is the perfect option if your style is more industrial-inspired. Its white and brown scrapwood design has the ability to transform any space, making it a top choice for those seeking a rustic feel that looks authentic.
13. Match complementary colours
Combining paint and wallpaper can be an effective way of giving a room a new lease of life. Opting for paintwork of a similar hue to your wallpaper can be a great way of ensuring that a bold print fits within a space.
This Camellia wallpaper is paired with Smalt Paint, both from Little Greene, for a modern floral feel. High ceilings and ample natural light prevent this bold patterned paper from overwhelming the space.
If this blue botanical wallpaper has caught your eye, we have plenty more botanical wallpaper designs to inspire you.