Published: Aug 25, 2021 | Updated: Aug 25, 2021

Maximalism: Is Wallpaper Coming Back in 2022?

Move over minimalism, people are ready for the bright colors, fun patterns, and bold shapes of maximalism. Wallpaper is one of the best ways to get this look.

Maximalist design with wallpaper accent wall, couch, and throw pillow

In recent years, minimalism has been extremely popular with “Agreeable Gray” or white walls and sparse furnishings. But now many people are ready for something different. Something cheerful, playful, more personalized. And perhaps… (ahem)... less “institutional-looking.”

Minimalism is taking a bit of a back seat to maximalism now as people want to find comfort, fun, and a sense of being cocooned at home.

What Is Minimalist Design?

Minimalism is a home decor style that pares down all the objects in the room to the basics and is about only having what you need. 

It emphasizes serenity and a simplified lifestyle that prioritizes only the essentials materially. 

Key features of minimalist decor include:

  • Neutral colors
  • Simple shapes
  • A small number of materials
  • No extra ornamentation
  • Keep only what you need
  • Goals: only the basics, no clutter, peaceful surroundings
Maximalist design with bright, saturated colors and fun patterns

What Is Maximalist Decor?

Maximalism is about having more of what you love. It involves different patterns, funky colors, and fun shapes to create vibrant, eclectic spaces that are very personalized. It emphasizes excess, not of clutter, but of the things, colors, and styles you love.

Key features of maximalist decor include:

  • Bright, bold, saturated colors
  • Plenty of artwork on the walls
  • Interesting shapes and ornamentation
  • Lots of different repetitive patterns, layers, and textures
  • Keep what you love
  • Goals: comfort and personalization not perfection

Maximalism creates an over-the-top feel that showcases the personality of the homeowner and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Dining room with bold red dragon motif wallpaper and hardwood floors

Is Wallpaper Back in Style Now As Maximalism Is More Popular?

Our clients are more interested in adding colorful wallpaper, patterns, textures, and character to their homes now than in the past. We believe that luxury wallpaper is coming back in a big way as part of Maximalist design and that more homes are going to include wallpaper in 2022. 

It’s an easy way to add interesting shapes, stunning patterns, and bold colors to your room quickly, bringing with it the nostalgia of bygone eras, bringing a sense of home. If you aren’t sure how to coordinate multiple patterns and colors, an experienced interior designer can be a huge help.

Wallpaper Has Come a Long Way, Baby

Wallpaper is better now than it was when your grandparents or parents hung it (or painstakingly scraped it inch by inch). Modern wallpaper technology is easier to hang and easier to remove.

You can even opt for removable wallpaper that won’t damage your walls at all, if you prefer. Although, it may not last as long as traditional wallpaper or be as durable.

If you haven’t shopped for it lately, you’ll be amazed at how far wallpaper has come. The sky is truly the limit.

Wallpaper Trends in 2022

The best wallpapers add style and interesting ambiance to a space that goes way beyond what one color of paint could ever provide. 

2022 bathroom wallpaper trends include bold floral or tropical wallpapers.

Maximalist bathroom with wallpaper and chandelier

Floral and animal motifs are popular.

Where Should You Consider Using Wallpaper in Your Home?

Beautiful, versatile wallpaper is perfect for many applications:

Maximalist design laundry room with wallpaper and patterned floor tile

Maximalism encourages interesting and thoughtful combinations of patterns like the Asian landscape in the wallpaper and the decorative floor tile on the floor.

Maximalist bathroom with tropical wallpaper

Maximalism also encourages the use of multiple materials that you love like this bold tropical leaves wallpaper with the metallic tiles in the shower and the patterns in the vanity countertop and tub tiles. 

The icing on the cake is the mirror with the glass tiles embellishing the edges.

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