Top five wallpaper trends for 2016

Picture caption: Wallpaper/ Caitlin WilsonPicture caption: Wallpaper/ Caitlin Wilson

Boutique hotels are the trendsetters of design and lead the pack when it comes to bedding in new styles and looks that edge outside the box. Armed with the ability to make decisions quickly, boutique hoteliers can keep up with the latest trends faster than the brands, enabling them to bring new elements to the market. We bring you a round up of some of the latest wallpaper designs that are already catching on.

Wallpaper-Ellie Cashman Design/Dark Floral II Light

Wallpaper-Ellie Cashman Design/Dark Floral II Light

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  1. Flower power

Floral patterns have been blooming everywhere and will continue well into the rest of this year. From large scale prints, increasingly popular still lifes, to old school vintage-inspired botanicals, floral designs can be used in a variety of hotel interior styles from classic to contemporary.

Picture caption: Wallpaper/ Caitlin Wilson

Picture caption: Wallpaper/ Caitlin Wilson

  1. Geometrics

A simple clean geometric pattern to help bring order to any space, while a bolder pattern can add impact to small spaces; handy for boutique hotels. Using one colour can create a more chic look, great for use in bedrooms, and an unexpected twist could be using the pattern on the ceiling. Geometric patterns really give off a timeless appeal and this year we’ve seen the rise of more random and weathered designs.

Picture caption: Designer-Jenny Wolf/Wallpaper- Osbourne & Little

Picture caption: Designer-Jenny Wolf/Wallpaper- Osbourne & Little

  1. Animal kingdom

The trend for exotics for walls is continuing, especially towards the reptilian kind. Animal prints create a certain feeling of luxury, and even decorated on one wall will give off a premium look. Ostrich or crocodile are particularly en vogue right now.

Picture caption: Design/ Michelle Chaplin (wallpaper unknown)

Picture caption: Design/ Michelle Chaplin (wallpaper unknown)

  1. The natural look

Wallpapers that create the illusion of natural materials are a popular trend right now. One that has been gaining momentum in recent months, it’s a dramatic way of ‘fooling the eye’. From planked walls, concrete blocks to wood panelling, a natural-look wallpaper adds depth and character and could prove to be really cost-effective over installing the real thing. Whether it’s an accent wall or you decide to paper a whole room, guests will love the drama and feeling of texture within the space.

Picture caption: Wallpaper-Christian Lacroix/ Behang Canopy

Picture caption: Wallpaper-Christian Lacroix/ Behang Canopy

  1. The great outdoors

The trend to blur the line between outside and inside is still continuing and will become even more prevalent as we head into summer. Wallpapers that bring in the outdoors – different to the botanical style – focusing on green hues, and long stemmed landscapes to give guests a feeling of summer even when the weather outside isn’t playing ball.

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