Is Wallpaper Making a Comeback?

When we moved into our first house ten years ago, the very first thing we did was remove the pink and lavender floral wallpaper that the previous owner had plastered throughout the house.  Nothing says 1980s like a heavy floral wallpaper with a bold clashing pattern of linoleum on the floor.  It was hideous!  Throw in some popcorn ceilings, wall-to-wall green carpet, and pink tile countertops in the kitchen, and you had a great starter home for a couple of fledgling DIYers. Ah, those were some fun times!  OK, back to the topic of this post…I have never been a fan of wallpaper in the house.  But lately I’m seeing it pop up more and more in the world of decorating, and I’m left wondering…is wallpaper making a comeback?  

Here are some ugly wallpaper pictures of the past to give you a little laugh (or an unfortunate trip down memory lane).

ugly 1980s wallpaper


ugly wallpaper, 1980s wallpaper




And now for some beautiful wallpaper pictures of today’s era Let’s start with a bathroom I would probably never leave.

bathroom wallpaper

Source: Crush Cul de Sac


Here’s another great little powder room.


Love this bold herringbone pattern with the white wainscoting.  Very fun!



Here’s a great little nursery with a beautiful wallpaper feature wall.

nursery wallpaper


This is such a nice, calm girls room with the gray wallpaper. Would look great in a master bedroom or small powder room, too.

gray wallpaper in girls room

Source: Pottery Barn Kids


I think this craft room is so great!  It wakes up the creative juices. I just love the black and white walls with lime green accents.



This is fantastic with the wallpaper and the coffered ceiling.  It adds so much character!



I’m really digging the crazy black and white herringbone wallpaper in this grand entry with the super dark (black?) hardwood floors and stairway.



I’m not a huge paisley person, but this looks great in a small powder room with the beadboard wainscoting.



And if you can’t commit to wallpaper on your walls, consider the back of your bookcases.  I love this!! I’m looking at a bookcase right now that could use a little pattern.



When I first started thinking about whether or not wallpaper was coming back into style, I thought to myself “No way! We’ve come too far to turn back now!”  But, the more beautiful examples of wallpaper that I see, the more I’m starting to like it.  I’m even considering using it in my house now (maybe just starting out small with a bookcase?).  So what do you think?  Is it coming back, or is it just passing through this decade for another quick visit before heading out of style again? Have you recently put up wallpaper in your house?

By | 2017-07-17T09:35:35+00:00 April 28th, 2014|Decorating|3 Comments


  1. Shabeena Kauser April 21, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I love the grey and white wallpaper that has been showed for a girls room. I would like to know where and how I purchase the wallpaper from

  2. Louise May 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I would love the grey paper for my daughters room . She is nearly 10 , a mature 10 . I want a pretty sophisticated room . It’s a small bedroom . Where do you buy the paper ?
    Kind regards

    • mwelsh September 13, 2016 at 7:11 am

      Hi Louise! I’m not sure where the wallpaper comes from. It’s a picture from Pottery Barn Kids, and you might reach out to them and ask. I once asked them about a tile I saw in their catalogs, and they responded. You could also visit any wallpaper store and bring in the picture. Chances are you could find something similar in one of their massive catalogs. Good luck!

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