Published on December 11, 2018

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Our affinity for wallpaper is a deeply rooted one. The decorative staple has the unique ability to evoke a transformative detail to just about any space, bringing with it plenty of character and color to boot. With the right wallpaper, even the smallest lackluster room can become a statement in its own right.

Given the abundance of options out there, navigating the diverse world of wallpaper can be a challenging one—but that’s where we come in. Looking to an inspired selection of the purveyors with the best to offer, we rounded up the patterns that are fresh yet timeless, with effortlessly elegant flair.

Ahead, a peek at the wallpapers that continue to inspire us and the brands that do it best.

Geometric and Abstract

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Courtesy of Cole & Son

Geometric II, Miami by Cole & Son

A lush rendition of a geometric motif inspired by the spirited allure of Miami’s South Beach.

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Courtesy of Hermes

Mosaique, Hermes

A classic grid is reinvented courtesy of the iconic design house’s signature aesthetic. Square-stamped colors, casually filtered throughout, bring about an element of contrast.

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Courtesy of Chasing Paper

Porto Tile, Chasing Paper

An optical illusion fit for your walls coupled with an intense color detail that won’t go unnoticed.

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Courtesy of Hygge & West

Slice, Hygge & West

Blues rule in this detailed print that captures the eye with an illusionary element.

Botanical

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Courtesy of Cole & Son

Palm Jungle, Cole & Son

If there were ever a case for embracing lime green, this tropical-inspired wallpaper would be it.

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Courtesy of Hermes

Jungle Life, Hermes

A multicolor pattern set on a two-tone backdrop emulates its namesake with effortless flair.

Toile and Chinoiserie

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Courtesy of Andrew Martin

Wychwood Huntsman Red, Andrew Martin

Inspired by 15th-century tapestries, the whimsical scene depicted here channels rolling English hills and creatures of folklore.

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Courtesy of Flat Vernacular

Toile de Derby, Flat Vernacular

A classic motif with a cheeky, modern update.

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Photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo

Badminton, deGournay

Designed on silver-gilded paper with rose antiquing, this botanical pattern is effortlessly simple and elegant.

Panoramic

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Courtesy of Andrew Martin

Mythical Land, Andrew Martin

A folk art–inspired scene depicts a fairy tale–esque rendition of a woodland narrative.

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Courtesy of deGournay

L’Eden, deGournay

If you’re going to go all-out with a panoramic scene, you may as well go all-out. This aptly titled wallpaper brings out the best and the most vibrant details of the jungle.

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Courtesy of The Flat Vernacular

The Heavens, Cupcake Colorscape, Flat Vernacular

A pink-fueled scene with a dynamic speckled detail that’s not for the faint of heart.

In Shape

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Courtesy of Wallshoppe

Lotus, Clare V. x Wallshoppe

The Cali-based designer’s signature motif is playfully depicted by way of a saturated color combo that evokes a whimsically modern finish.

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Courtesy of Pierre Frey

Le Couple, Pierre Frey

Actress Louise Bourgoin’s illustrations come to life by way of this contemporary illustration that’s understated yet decidedly evocative.

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Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Amime, Farrow & Ball

This intricately detailed pattern—inspired by netting and derived from pen and ink drawings—comes with a modern revamp thanks to its tonally bold color pairing.

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Courtesy of Cole & Son

Marquee Stripe, Cole & Son

A daring blue paired with a classic motif results in a near-nautical finish that’s timeless and elegant.

Free Flow

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Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler

Jubilee, Kelly Wearstler

A tri-color motif coupled with the organic lines of the wallpaper’s pattern inspire a beautifully saturated element of movement.  

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Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Tourbillon, Farrow & Ball

The segmented circles of this intricate pattern exude a continuous flow that emulates the essence of free-flowing waves.

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Courtesy of Chasing Paper

Whirling Sky, Chasing Paper

A reserved palette reigns in the busy pattern.

Otomi

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Courtesy of Andrew Martin

Otomi Midnight, Andrew Martin

Mythical creatures combined with wispy florals comprise this classic print.

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Courtesy of Pierre Frey

Otomi, Pierre Frey

A vibrantly saturated rendition that will bring on an eclectic detail to just about any space it lives in.