Bold Patterned Wallpaper: Would You Dare?

Would you consider bold patterned wallpaper for your home? From chevron to trellis, floral, stripes and more, these wallpapers may be what you need to wake up your space.

Wallpaper is still on my wish list, and I’ve been on the lookout for patterns and colours that could potentially work somewhere in our house. Most of our rooms are neutral with touches of colour, so going bold or graphic in a definite colour would mean stepping way out of my box.

To be honest, part of the reason I enjoy being a designer is working with clients who are ready for a change and want to go with something that’s a little more daring. Thankfully, those chances we’ve taken so far (sometimes with our fingers and toes crossed) have paid off.

For me, there’s a pretty good chance I’ll stick to what I know and have loved for many years and choose something that’s a little more subdued. I’ve learned over the years what works for me in the short term and what has staying power. Wallpaper is something that’s a little more permanent than changing out a colourful vase or pillow. But, for those of you who are willing to go all the way, I’ve found some wallpaper options that will take you there…

Bold Patterned Wallpaper

Perhaps it’s just because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but I’m really drawn to pink at the moment. I love this graphic Grata wallpaper design from York Wallcoverings. If I had a dressing room or my own walk-in closet, I would definitely consider this trellis wallpaper.

Pink and Cream Trellis Wallpaper in Office

Look how pretty and spring-like this watercolor peony wallpaper is from Anthropologie! I could see this in a powder room with white-painted wainscoting below or on the back of a bookcase or cabinet for a touch of color.

Watercolor Peony Wallpaper

This black and white chevron patterned wallpaper by Schumacher is definitely a statement and sets the tone for the rest of the house. It doesn’t surprise me that it’s part of the Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection, a designer who is known for his bold interiors. This would take some serious commitment, but I’d love to visit this space now and again. You?

Black and White Chevron Wallpaper in Entryway

Farrow and Ball released 4 new wallpaper patterns for 2014. My favorite is chromatic stripe, which is a classic multi-colored vertical stripe. These wallpapers are created on high quality paper that has been hand-brushed with paint prior to the pattern being applied (in paint as well). As a result, each pattern has a unique textural quality that I truly appreciate. I love the bold turquoise found in this color way.

Turquoise, White and Black Striped Wallpaper in Staircase

Galbraith and Paul’s Lotus wallpaper is printed in studio, resulting in a hand-blocked artisanal quality. I adore the richness of this plum and orange combination that feels fresh with it’s light background.

Lotus Wallpaper in Plum Installed Behind Headboard

Grant K Gibson Interior Design

Would you be daring enough to try a bold patterned wallpaper like one of these? Have a favourite of the bunch?

Update: See the wallpaper I selected for our powder room.

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Note- some wallpapers shown are available to the trade only. Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more.


  1. Oh, I love these bold prints! The trellis is my favourite. I hope to use a big bold wallpaper print in a room eventually … it’s been on my I Want To Do list for a long time. 

    1. I’ve been back and forth on whether or not to use one in our powder room. I think that’s probably the safest bet for me. Maybe we need to take the leap together!

  2. Shauna, I’d say the powder room is your best bet! As a Home Stager I advise against wallpaper since it is so taste specific and what you like is not necessarily what a potential buyer will like.. But having said that, if you are not planning on moving in the next 3 years, take the leap and enjoy it!!

  3. I’d definitely dare and have and love it! And yes, I did it in my powder room and everyone comments on it and loves it.  The great thing is once you are tired of it, it’s an easy thing to change with today’s wallpapers. 

  4. I would do bold wallpaper but I wouldn’t do flowers or pastels. Even though I love both. Just not on my wall. Together.

    I hope that you’re enjoying the winter.

    Besos, Sarah

  5. This is something I’ve been toying with – it was nice to see a examples. The red and white one is my favorite.

  6. I decided after having wallpaper in our first house, that I would not be having it again. It was too labor intensive when it had to be removed and it limited how we decorated. Now that we’re in an apartment, we can’t have it . I do like how pretty it looks though.

  7. If I had an older home, I could definitely see the black chevron in my home. The only wallpaper we had was in our first home in the downstairs powder room. Have a wonderful weekend!

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