Wallpaper trends 2021 and some thoughts

in Interiors

This tiresome, unforeseeable year has finally come to an end, let me add ‘finally’. Don’t get me wrong I am grateful for what I have and for what didn’t happen in the last twelve months, I do appreciate my luck but at the same time I am starting to miss people. I am starting to miss being physically close to people, to be able to look at people’s faces and not just the eyes plus mask. A few weeks ago, I can’t remember what the occasion was, I made a list of the things I would like to do in 2021 that I couldn’t do for most of 2020. Most of the things on my list involved people: meeting new people, making new friends, having fun with my friends, chatting, dancing (in places with people), going to concerts, travelling, going to exhibitions, watching people in the street. So even if I believe that this Covid period is less cruel than the Second World War, I can’t wait to get back to a normality where I am free to touch the arm of a person or dance like a maniac in a crowd of strangers with drops of sweat flying around blamelessly in the air.

To start the new promising year with plenty of inspiration, I made a list of the most prominent 2021 wallpaper trends and selected some examples for each trend.

Wallpaper is like a beard for men, it is a trend that is here to stay, it never seems to go out of fashion, it adds interest and diverts attention.


After a few years of tropical wallpapers, we are ready to say that we have had enough of palms and we are ready for something even bolder : colourful, ostentatious, big flower wallpaper. Don’t be shy, go for it and bring all the beauty of flowers into your house!

Anthropologie wallpaper


The year that is about to finish saw a resurgence of natural materials and next year we will see the wallpaper world adapting to this revitalised aesthetic. Further down we will see some textile wallpaper, a big come back connected to this desire for a natural look, but it is now the turn of the designs inspired by stone. Marble was massive last year so it doesn’t come as any surprise that most of the choices here reproduce the attractive veins of this classic prestigious stone. It is definitely a look for the brave!

JAB wallpaper
Mind the Gap wallpaper
Livette’s wallpaper


We have always been inspired by the past, in the last few years more than ever and now it is time to look upon the grandness of period houses.

Silky wallpapers in vibrant colours, wallpapers adorned with Classic motifs and damask patterns will transform our houses into mansions.

Dedar wallpaper


After years of tropical madness, we are now ready for something more classic and timeless and above all, something on a bigger scale. You could say that in a period where many of us are forced to spend more time than usual at home because of the Covid-19 restrictions, we need escapism into nature, hence our desire to transform our walls into views.

Pierre Frey wallpaper
Pierre Frey wallpaper


Last but not least, we are going to see some textile wallpapers. This is going to be the real news and it is, amongst them all, my favourite trend. Textile wallpapers add a level of texture and dimension to the room, making the space more interesting without having to add colors or patterns. Textile wallpaper can be natural or synthetic. Synthetic is more suitable for high traffic rooms or corridors.

Elitis wallpaper
Vescom wallcovering
Rubelli wallcovering

We have come to the end, the end of the post and the end of the year. But that a means we are also at a beginning.

I wish you all a year full of growth, well being and above all joy for life in 2021.

We can’t always be happy but if we nurture the ability to enjoy life, no matter what, our heart will be full of joy.

Love, Elena.