Wallpaper has had a renaissance in the 21st century. Since 2011, this classic design element has consistently been on nearly every Top Interior Trends of the Year list, and 2015 is no exception.

wallpaperIn an interview with Forbes, Lee Hardcastle, a kitchen and bathroom designer, encouraged homeowners to try wallpaper in their kitchens this year. “Wallpaper provides an easy way to add visual impact, even in small amounts,” Hardcastle says. “Wallpaper gives you the control of complementing the architectural elements throughout the kitchen or adding a beautiful contrast to an otherwise simple color palette.”

Jenny Norris, an interior designer and tastemaker at HGTV, suggested incorporating grasscloth wallpaper to add texture and warmth to a room. Former Ralph Lauren designer, Scot Meacham Wood told House Beautiful that wallpaper is not only continuing its comeback, but it’s coming back stronger than ever with bolder patterns and saturated colors.

The term wallpaper is now generally cast aside in favor of wallcovering, as the modern prints are made with such a variety of textiles – from vinyl to grasses. Paper seems hardly to apply anymore. These updated wallcoverings are washable and made to endure gracefully.

As versatile as it is elegant, wallcoverings offer a number of ways to create spaces that feel welcoming and modern without being overwhelming.

In large spaces wallpaper adds intimacy

Adding a textured wallpaper made of grass cloth makes a cavernous space feel more comforting. Made with natural fibers, these wallcoverings are often interwoven with metallics which contribute a sense of luxury to the natural aesthetic.

Wallcoverings make intriguing accent walls

wallpaper muralsFor homeowners who aren’t ready to take the full plunge into the world of wallcoverings, try adding wallpaper to just one wall as an accent. It’s an easy way to add Bohemian charm to a room, and it provides an opportunity to experiment with more daring designs without the commitment of a full room renovation.

Make smaller rooms pop with wallpaper

It may seem counterintuitive, but wallcoverings in a small space – a bathroom, foyer, or even a laundry room – add a bit of fun and sophistication.

Wallcoverings add vibrancy and movement to a living space, and hundreds of varieties exist. There’s something for everyone: modern, traditional, romantic, or otherwise. If you’re ready to have fun with wallcoverings, visit Joelle at Helm Paints on Earhart for a consultation and fall in love with this enduring fashion statement.