I recently moved into a new apartment. It’s in a beautiful 1920s building with an amazing view of the river. It’s a dream – aside from the tan walls, that is.

If you have a similar problem, there are plenty of wall decor trends to make your walls pop! Whether you need to spice up your space or you’re just looking to try something new, these five trends are sure to turn heads.



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For years, wallpaper was a bad word in the design community. People associated wallpaper with that not-so-modern burgundy floral wall covering in hotel rooms – not a trendy accent for your home. But wallpaper’s bad days are long gone! It’s bold, stylish and easier than ever to install.

If you want an eye-catching accent wall, try a striking and bold geometric pattern like this one from Cole & Son. If you’re looking for wallpaper to cover an entire room, try something more neutral, like this light paisley design from Osborne & Little, which was featured on HouseToHome.com.

Worried about wallpaper’s application and removal process? Don’t fret. There’s removable wallpaper now! Check out brands like Chasing Paper, which specialize in stylish, removable wallpaper.

Patterned Tile

patterned wall tile

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For rooms that experience a lot of moisture, like bathrooms and kitchens, tile can be very functional. When tiling walls in your kitchen or your bathroom, you’ll want to choose a tile that is waterproof and stain-resistant.

Ceramic tiles are popular because of their durability, affordability and wide range of colors and sizes. Subway tiles have been gaining steam in kitchens and bathrooms. Subway tiles are usually ceramic, and they’re typically about 3 inches by 6 inches. Tiling your walls with subway tiles creates a clean, simple, vintage feel in your space.

Interestingly shaped mosaic tiles and glass mosaics can make a big statement! They usually come in 12-inch by 12-inch sheets, making the installation process a breeze. If you have rounded surfaces to cover, these are the way to go. Their small size makes them easy to use in curved areas.

Mosaic tiles are also handy for designing unique murals like the one above from Design Sponge.

Faux Brick

Faux Brick Wall

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Industrial design is one of the trendiest decor styles. Rustic touches, unpolished metal and exposed brick are commonly seen in homes and stores alike. Unfortunately, unless you live in a converted loft with exposed brick walls, this look has been pretty difficult to recreate – until now!

Lowe’s and Home Depot both offer faux brick panels. They’re easy to install, and you can paint them any color you’d like. Faux brick panels allow you to easily add some character to your space, even in a suburban home.

If you’re not sure where to start with faux brick, Bower Power did a great post on their installation process and how it turned out.

Washi Tape Decor

Image: Design Sponge

Image: Design Sponge

Giant murals that cover your entire wall are beautiful, but they’re also expensive. And if you want to paint a pattern on your wall, it’s going to be time consuming. If you want to create some interest on your walls but want to keep the process simple and affordable, we’ve got the trend for you: washi tape designs.

It might sound weird, but a little tape can go a long way. You can design nearly anything you can dream up. From geometric murals to herringbone-patterned walls, washi tape makes the impossible possible.

I suggest drawing out the pattern you want to create before placing the tape on your walls. It will create less frustration, leaving more room for creativity.

Wall Gardens

hanging wall garden

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Wall gardens are a new trend both among the environmentally conscious and urbanites who are craving a little green space. They might be trendy, but they’re also really pretty and have great health benefits.

According to MarthaStewart.com, the best place for a wall garden is a space with good light that works as an accent wall. You’ll be growing indoor plants, like air plants and spider plants, which are known to purify the air (and add some eco-friendly charm). The good news is that caring for these gardens is minimal.

The best wall garden plants are ones that need less moisture and have small roots. Succulents are popular options because they require minimal care and come in a wide variety of types, colors and sizes. Herbs are a great choice in a kitchen. They’re fragrant and great for cooking.

Large wall planters allow you to create literal gardens on your wall, and they’ll draw attention to that area. Alternatively, you can buy individual planters for some variation on how you arrange your plants.

Are you ready to challenge the stereotype and try out new wallpaper trends? Or are you planning on using your green thumb to grow a wall garden? Let us know what wall trend you can’t wait to try in our comment section below.

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  1. Good ideas. This comes at the perfect time….right when I’m starting a remodel! love the Wall Gardens and Patterned Tile.

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