Wallcovering: wallpaper to transform walls
One of the quickest ways to change any room is to transform the look of its walls. Wallcovering, whether it is decorative wallcovering or wallpaper, is one of the most effective weapons for renewing a space with little effort. Versatile and varied, wallpapers have been in fashion for so long that no one doubts their ability to enhance a room. In recent years they have experienced a strong resurgence. This is not surprising, since there is an ever-increasing variety of options that allow you to give free rein to your creativity in interior design: from natural fabrics or complex patterns to exotic prints or geometric motifs.
Wallcover paper allows you to create endless interior design projects and give a unique touch to almost any room in your home. Intricate, bold, simple, colourful, neutral or with eye-catching patterns, the options are endless and we should not forget about vinyls either.
But before we continue with the trends for this year, it is important to know what types of wallcovering exist and what to take into account when choosing one or the other.
Types of wallcover and wallpaper
There are different types of wallpaper:
- Wallpaper. With a smooth, fine texture, this is the classic wallpaper. It can be difficult to clean and is not very resistant to humidity, which is why it is becoming increasingly difficult to find on the market. It is not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms or areas of heavy use, but it is recommended for bedrooms, offices or living rooms.
- Vinyl wallpaper. It is a washable paper, much more resistant as it has a protective vinyl layer, making it more resistant to the sun and humidity. They are a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms, corridors, living rooms and children’s rooms.
- Textured vinyl wallpaper. These are embossed papers that also have a varnish or vinyl coating. They are ideal for walls with imperfections or in poor condition, as they hide and cover them perfectly.
- Textile paper. This is a paper base on which a woven material is applied. It can be made of synthetic or natural fibres such as viscose, linen, velvet or cotton. Sometimes, the base can be made of non-woven fabric and in general it gives a feeling of softness and warmth to the mural. These types of sheets have a higher cost, especially if they are handmade. They are delicate because they do not withstand humidity well and absorb odours over time, so they are not recommended for use in the kitchen or bathroom.
- Painted wall coverings. These are wall coverings with a texture or embossed relief in white, designed to be painted in the colour of your choice.
Contract wallpaper. This type of wallcovering is a special wallpaper used in hotels, offices and retail premises. It is usually made of fibreglass and then woven, so in addition to being thicker, it helps to reduce noise, is fire resistant and highly durable.
If we look at the base or the back of the sheets, we have:
- Paper base. In order to place it and get a proper grip, both the wall and the paper need to be glued.
- Non-woven fabric base (TNT). This type of wallcovering only requires gluing to the wall and is therefore much more convenient.
- Pre-glued base. In this case it has a glue base on the back that needs to be moistened before being installed.
- Self-adhesive base. It works just like a sticker, the base has its own adhesive and does not need anything else to be applied.
Wallcovering trends 2022
Wallcovering and wall coverings have been dubbed on more than one occasion as “wardrobe for walls” by leading designers. They allow you to create unique atmospheres in a room that are impossible to achieve with other finishes. In this year that has just started, wallcovering art is one of the trends that designers have targeted. What colours, styles, textures and patterns are the most fashionable to give a new look to the walls?
The main design trend this year is tropical and botanical prints in bold colours that create a sense of bringing nature into the home. Jungle and lush wallpapers always bring freshness to the room. Bird and animal designs are also on the rise, especially when they are combined with leaves, plants or other plant elements. They are a way of connecting the home with nature in a playful and fun way.
In the same vein, traditionally inspired vintage floral patterns and large-scale floral designs are another of the season’s protagonists, especially those with dark backgrounds. They are a good way to create a cosy atmosphere by combining them with other interior design elements. A clever use of this type of wallpaper is to apply them as a mural on a single wall to create a focal point.
Geometric patterns are another source of inspiration for the latest wallpapers. Op-art and 70’s Pop Art inspired wallpapers with bright colours have their share of the market, but it is the Art Deco inspired designs that are really coming on strong. The sleek, opulent patterns that take us back to the 1920s bring luxury and sophistication. Their finer, cleaner, more delicate lines are synonymous with true cosmopolitanism.
When choosing a type of wallcovering art, it is important to consider not only its colour and pattern, but also its texture. The materials used on surfaces determine the style of the room, and this is also true for walls. Nowadays, there are many possibilities to choose from: embossed wallpaper, wood panelling, wall coverings that simulate wood or brick. One of the trends that will make all the difference this year is wallcoverings with textile textures. Many interior designers are combining different wallcoverings and textile elements in the same room to create sophisticated yet cosy environments.
Other wallcovering trends in 2022 are not determined by the type of paper or designs, but by how and where they are placed. For a couple of years now it has been common to see renowned decorators and interior designers applying it to the ceiling with amazing results. It is a fantastic way to add colour and texture to neutral and plain coloured rooms without being overpowering. Light coloured wallpaper on the ceiling can make the room appear higher, while dark tones have the effect of lowering the ceiling in homes where the walls are very high.
However, the defining use of wallcovering this year will be wallpaper inserts on panels, framed or on canvas, in both large and small formats. We are not surprised because it is a magnificent way to break the monotony of a space, but also to unite the different elements of a room so that they flow harmoniously.
Finally, wallcovering used on an accent wall will continue to be in vogue. A wallpaper mural or single wallcovering accentuates the style of a room and creates an attention-grabbing focal point. This option works particularly well in living rooms, bedrooms or kitchens, with vintage style wallpapers in more vibrant colours.
At Decommunity we encourage you to take the plunge into wallcovering! We know that a coherent wallcovering, with designs that connect with your interior design style, is the perfect way to give vitality to your home.