7 Wallpaper trends you’ll see this year

Model/TV personality Heidi Klum said it best (referring to fashion), “one minute you’re in, the next… you’re out!”

In terms of fashion (for your back and walls alike), trends are cyclic – yet, constantly evolving aligning itself to current environmental, artistic and social scapes. Often times throughout this process of rediscovery and discovery, new emerging patterns, colour combinations and hybrid-styles breakthrough becoming the seasons’ ‘it’ trends and ‘must-haves’.


The Aspiring Walls team braved the northern hemisphere winter in early January of this year, and attended our industry expo, the Heimtextil convention in Germany. There, they were able to view all the best and latest wallcovering technology and designs to bring back to the New Zealand market.

As well as viewing what was on offer, future trends were also presented.

While the conceptual framework around Explorations could be seen as esoteric in nature and somewhat confusing for most of us, we’ve broken down the top 7 wallpaper and textile influences that you need to be aware of in the coming year.

Holographic, pearlescent and iridescent flecked wallpaper (translation: expect some shimmer and sparkly bits)

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Embroidery, Jaquard and Lace inspired wallpaper

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Techno animal patterned wallpaper (translation: geometric and computerised patterns that could look like animal skin or cell structure)

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Modern tribal wallpaper (translation: taking traditional weaving/basketry techniques and accentuating it’s structure and construction)


Soft cellular mineral/raw material styled wallpaper (translation: traditional hard materials that can appear soft and refined)


Lunar surface inspired wallpaper (translation: think rocks, craters etc.)

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Plant biomimicry inspired wallpaper (translation: plant forms, texture and mossy green colour)

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Heimtextil Theme Park – Conceptual Framework 2017/18