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6 wall covering design trends for modern interiors

We peel back the layers on the wallcovering trends that are making waves in the interior design world.

6 wall covering design trends for modern interiors

Wall covering | Roslyn Earp - My Space mural

After a cycle where the allure of minimalism turned every wall beige or white, wall coverings are enjoying a resurgence. Today’s designs can transform walls into built-in art installations, subtly imbue spaces with a sense of calm and familiarity, or capture an escapist mindset by evoking images of far-flung places.

Unlike paint, which can need re-touching every 18 months and re-painted every three to four years, a wall covering can easily last 10 years and would likely be replaced due to a design change, as opposed to wear and tear. Modern printing techniques and finishes have led to the development of wall coverings that are not only highly durable and low maintenance, but also offer benefits in sound absorbency and energy efficiency.

Wall covering | Shibori – The Clearing Indigo mural

Leading the way with state-of-the-art printing technology, Materialised is seeing more and more patterns and colours specified, with a move toward warm and comfortable spaces and fewer white walls. The options are limitless to make a statement in any given space.

Wall covering | Grace Garrett – Marula White mural

Not keen on dramatic visuals and don’t want to go too crazy? Materialised cater for all tastes, styles and briefs and offer a wide range of neutrals.

Here we highlight six of the most exciting wall covering design trends that you will be seeing more of this year and beyond.

1. Nature, Nature, Nature!

Representing the outdoors inside our buildings is by far the most popular design trend Materialised is seeing through their digital printing. Think botanical prints, foliage, and large florals, all represented on durable wall coverings.

Wall covering | Life’s A Jungle mural

2. Scenic Murals

Scenic murals have found their way into Materialised’s designs as a way to open up interior spaces and transport guests and residents to faraway places, unvisitable during the pandemic. Popular moods include Mediterranean holidays and tropical getaways.The Australian bush is also a favourite as well as colourful maps.

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Wall covering | Joy Dawn mural

3. Abstract Patterns

Bold brush strokes and marble-effects are popular, and more subtle, tone-on-tones, almost like weathered plaster. We are also seeing the return of browns and rich earthy colours.

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Wall covering | Pumpkin Spice 02 mural

4. Subtle Textures

Subtle textures work well, and some favourites include linen, silks, rattans and wood. While whites and cool greys have been popular, palettes are warming up and beige is slowly replacing grey as the neutral of choice.

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Wall covering | Left: Grace Garrett Paros Wall Char mural | Right: Grove Husk wall vinyl, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines

5. Geometrics

Simple, linear geometrics are popular in one or two colours, sometimes with a hint of art deco.

Wall covering | Left: Keystone Reservoir wall vinyl, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines | Right: Patricia Braune Trina Bianco wall vinyl by White Forest Design – photography Cat McKenzie

6. Cultural Influence

Jimmy Pike and Robyn Caughlan are two Indigenous artists from Materialised whose collections present designers with significant cultural heritage detail.

Wall covering | Left: Jimmy Pike Topography Mauve wall vinyl by Enth Degree – photography Steve Scalone| Right: Robyn Caughlan Many Nations Smoke wall vinyl

Not just for walls…

As well as different design styles, designers can think outside the box for the application and use wall coverings on bar fronts, receptions and ceilings.

Woods wallpaper by Momentum

How to work with Materialised

Whatever the current design trend, Materialised can cater to it. There is a style and substrate for any brief – from PVC-free to acoustic and even braille. They also print and supply commercial upholstery, drapery and acoustics, offering the complete whole room solution. Wall covering designs and colours can be incorporated into the textiles for a harmonious balance.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in their extensive design library or want to engage an artist local to your project, they can even work with you to develop and print your own graphics.

Find out more at Materialised’s website here, or download their new Wall Mural Brochure for design inspiration and links to free sampling.



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