Wallpaper trends that will be big in 2022

At wallpaperdirect we get to see emerging wallpaper trends as they develop! These are the influences we predict will steer interior styling in 2022

Above: Pantone Colour of the Year 2022 – Very Peri 17-3938

Trend #1   The new violet

For the first time in the history of the Pantone Colour of the Year a new colour has been created. Very Peri is a complex new red-violet infused with blue hue highlights and is set to be seen everywhere in fashion, beauty and interiors in 2022.  According to Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, ‘Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.’

Featured clockwise from top left:

Damson by Isabelle Boxall/ Blueberry paint by Albany/ Palm Oasis by ARTist/ Silk by Coordonné


Picture credit: Anaglypta

Above: Vase of Flowers by Anaglypta

Trend #2   Wallpaper as Art

Mural walls have been growing in popularity for a while but there is a new trend emerging for displaying these digitally printed designs as works of art, rather than the traditional feature wall. This works by not putting any furniture directly up against the wall, nor hanging anything against the mural – leave just enough room so that you can stand in front of the piece and, if possible, ensure it is well lit with overhead or angled lighting. Nothing will have more immediate impact on a room!

Picture credit: Little Greene

Above: Beech Nut by Little Greene

Trend #3   Eco-friendly wallpaper companies

At wallpaperdirect we want to increase our reputation with eco-conscious consumers by supporting companies with sustainable solutions. Little Greene have a commitment which states ‘The paper used in our wallpapers comes from FSC or PEFC certificated sustainable forests; so for every tree used another four are planted. The pigments used to print them are completely non-toxic and our excellent wallpaper paste contains no solvent. All our paints and wallpapers are manufactured in the UK and we actively source from suppliers who can match our commitment to local industries. We’re dedicated to minimising pollution, energy consumption and distribution overheads whilst supporting the local business community.’ Other suppliers with excellent green credentials include Farrow & Ball and Graham & Brown, both of whom also supply paint to our sister site Designerpaint.com (sorry, not available in all territories).

Picture credit: Laura Ashely

Above: Dragonfly Garden by Laura Ashley

Trend #4   Zoning the room

Sectioned living to accommodate new hybrid working will inform the layout and flow of rooms in 2022. We have changed the way we use our spaces and there is a move toward ‘zoning’ and creating designated areas to keep some order in our changing way of life. Wallpaper is perfect for creating macro areas within the home as workstations and video-call-friendly back-drops, or cosy corners for moments of switching off.

Picture credit: Farrow & Ball

Above: Blostma by Farrow & Ball

Trend #5  Wallpaper inserts

Sometimes wallpaper works best in small doses. The emerging trend for panelling from last year is set to continue and wallpaper is the ideal companion for this design choice. We are also seeing more schemes where small areas of wallpaper are placed between kitchen cabinets and work surfaces, at the back of glass-fronted cabinets and in the upcycling of old furniture. If you have embarked on any of these projects recently please send us a picture @wallpaperdirect on instagram – we might even reward you with our monthly prize!

Picture credit: Mind the Gap

Above: Aquarium by Mind the Gap

Trend#6  Coastal Living

With continued uncertainty over foreign travel many of us are dreaming of sun-kissed beaches and the sound of the ocean. Whilst we might not be able to visit distant shores we can create a year round vacation vibe in our own homes with wallpapers and accessories that hint of salt-water and sand between the toes. And if you’re in any doubt about ‘theming’ a scheme just stick to a classic blue and white palette, add just few nautical accessories which can be mixed with plenty of clean white paint and some naturally distressed furniture pieces.

Above: Botanical Garden wallpapers by Isabelle Boxall

Trend #7   Supporting new designers

Fashion, art and design sectors are notoriously difficult to break into and nurturing the new wave of talent has never been more important. At wallpaperdirect we are enormously proud to showcase the talent of Isabelle Boxall with whom we have collaborated on two gorgeous collections. It is important to us to encourage, support and amplify young creative talent and this approach is very much a two-way partnership: we are also looking to learn from the next generation of designers as it is their talent, ideas and ultimately their designs that will speak directly to new generations of consumers.

Trend #8   New Nostalgia

Below: Stapleton Park by Sanderson

Iconic design will always be relevant and, just as in fashion, there will always be a desire to reinterpret the designs we have loved before and we are seeing more and more revisiting of classic design with fresh new colour and scale interpretations. We have recently collaborated with both Sanderson and Morris & Co to exclusively refresh much loved wallpapers, whilst keeping a faithful sense of continuity to the originals. We are super excited to announce that we are working on another top-secret new and exclusive collection from one of our favourite design houses, which we cannot wait to bring to you later in the year!

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