From small decorative accents to colors, textures and prints, every element of your home should be a reflection of your personal style. Whether you prefer subdued shades, simple textures or vibrant patterns, wallpaper is the perfect way to inject character into an interior — and, no space is off limits. With so many patterns, themes and styles to choose from, it might feel impossible to find the right wallpaper for your taste. To keep you inspired, we turned to design experts to learn more about the leading wallpaper trends for 2023.
Design pros agree that wallpaper is having a moment in elegant dining rooms, moody bathrooms and beautiful bedrooms. If you’re hesitant to take a chance with wallpaper, then our experts suggest starting small. “Powder rooms are the perfect place to really go bold with a unique, patterned wallpaper since they are self-contained spaces,” says Kirsten Blazek, founder of A1000XBetter. To make a big statement, use a whimsical wallpaper to create an accent wall in the living room or fill a bedroom wall with fun florals.
No matter how simple or adventurous you’re feeling, these wallpapered rooms are sure to spark your next home decor project. Keep in mind, a ton of gorgeous prints come as peel-and-stick wallpapers. “Think of an oversized sticker that can be removed,” says architectural designer James Stanley. “Peel-and-stick wall coverings are perfect for a temporary space or if you are reluctant to commit to a permanent wallpaper.”
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“Maximalist-inspired prints are going to be popular in 2023. More clients are becoming comfortable and seeing the benefits of living with color-rich spaces and wallpaper is a perfect way to easily transform an interior.” — Elaine Burns Thompson, Pistachio Designs
A Fresh Spin on English Style
“For 2023, cozy and moody are still going to be big, with a decidedly English spin on interiors. Bold wall treatments and contrasting trims will be popular.” — Maggie Griffin, interior designer
“Stripes are classic and add interest while remaining subtle — they make a space look more modern, but never trendy. I also love that striped wallpaper can be installed vertically or horizontally, and look equally at home in kid and grown-up spaces.” — Erin Gates, interior designer and wallpaper designer
“Wallpaper is a great way to add color, pattern and unexpected elements to a neutral space. Muted colors with bold patterns are on trend for next year, as they enable you to add personality and prints to a space without overpowering the other elements of the design.” — Jessica Risko Smith, JRS Interior Design
“Floral wallpapers have been hugely popular for many years now, and I don’t see that trend going anywhere in 2023. Going for a dramatic, moody wallpaper in a powder room instantly elevates the tone and allows you to make a bold, daring choice in a smaller space.” — Kirsten Blazek, A1000XBetter
“I’m incorporating wallpaper in more dining room designs. From murals to textured wallpapers and chinoiserie patterns, dining room walls are making a real statement.” — Mary Patton, interior designer
“Using a small-scale pattern in a room creates an illusion of grandeur, and makes it feel elegant and refined. This type of wallpaper is also great for adding pattern on the ceiling, which wraps the room and creates an unexpected look.” — Alice Arterberry, Arterberry Cooke
“Vinyl can be disparaging. However, they are perfect for active families on the go. Using vinyl in your heavy-traffic hallway or children’s room will provide an easy-to-maintain, stylish look.” — James Stanley, architectural designer
“Lush floral and tropical prints are a great way to make an impact in a small room and add vibrant color and pattern. Tropical prints are associated with positive emotions and add a pleasant surprise to any room.” — Barrett Cooke, Arterberry Cooke
“I love adding wallpaper to the ceiling, whether it’s a complementary paper in a bedroom or a bolder paper in a jewel-box powder bath. I also am a big fan of adding paper to the backs of bookcases — it really elevates the space and makes it a bit more special.” — Erin Gates, interior designer and wallpaper designer
Pretty Patterns in the Guest Room
“I particularly like wallpaper in a guest room. You can almost guarantee that your guests don’t have such an immersive environment as beautifully and boldly decked out back home.” — InsleeFariss, artist and wallpaper designer
“Bold bedroom wallpaper is trending, like tropical, botanical and palm patterns. I love how it elevates a room and offers instant texture to the space.” — Brittany Farinas, House of One
Made From Cork or Wood
“Textured wall coverings will definitely be in vogue in 2023. They come in real wood herringbone-coffered or cork material. Most are available in a non-VOC glue type, which keeps the wall coverings eco-friendly.” — James Stanley, architectural designer
Alyssa Gautieri Associate Lifestyle Editor Alyssa Gautieri (she/her) is the associate lifestyle editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers all things home and interior design.