What Are The Modern Ways To Use Floral Wallpaper?

You've seen floral wallpaper everywhere. From outdated hotel bathrooms to your grandmother's dining room, you've probably never given it a second thought. But these trendy wallpaper designs will make you forget everything you ever thought you knew about this throwback style.

Floral wallpaper is cool again, from watercolour and pastels to loud and graphic statements. Plus, it's a great way to transform a room in a few hours or bring a garden inside without a green thumb.

For a while, wallpaper was seen as something that would only be in the most outdated homes. It was associated with large floral prints from Victorian styles or strange patterns that only your grandmother could love. But that's changing. It's possible to use modern wallpaper stylish, updated, and sleek.

One of the benefits of wallpaper is the sheer amount of choice in styles. It means you can find a style that works even in the most modern spaces. Wallpaper can be as muted or bold as you want, depending on your style. Take a look below to see how to use modern wallpaper designs in your space.O

Floral Is In

From Cynthia Rowley to Ted Baker, every fashion designer has been inspired by nature's most beautiful creation, but why wear flowers when you can also clean your clothes while surrounded by them? So if you're looking for a small room where you can add a pop of colour, your laundry room is the perfect place. This room has no competing design accessories, allowing the dark and romantic floral wallpaper from Sarah Sherman Samuel to take centre stage.

Cherry Blossoms

Your dining room may seem like an obvious choice for floral wallpaper, but this cherry blossom print from Katie Ridder puts a whimsical and modern spin on the tired old standby. We especially love how the designer pulls in the yellow and pink details from the wallpaper throughout the room. Your dining room is the perfect place to add a bright, fun floral accent wall without overpowering the space.

Go Bold

Floral prints don't have to consist of flowers alone. This amazing kids' room uses a bright and whimsical floral animal print as the canvas for the entire space and continues the theme throughout with a bright blue bed and matching bookcase. With such bold wallpaper, the room feels instantly finished and instantly kid-friendly.

Subtle Size

If you're looking for a way to incorporate floral wallpaper into a kids' room, but loud colours aren't for you (or your kids), this pretty and feminine choice is a perfect inspiration. The large roses are enough to add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral room, perfect for any flower child.

Be Brave

Maybe this isn't your first foray into floral, and you're ready to take it to the next level. This moody and romantic print goes big without overpowering the space. Keep the furniture and accessories simple, and focus on the mural-like wallpaper. This darker choice is great for a calming bedroom.

Mural Wallpaper

This wallpaper is the perfect choice for those of you who wish you could paint a beautiful mural on your walls. However, if you don't have the artistic talent to make a masterpiece out of your living room, this panelled wallpaper from Etsy easily turns a simple room into a work of art.

Go Graphic

If you're more of a white wall, neutral room type of person, this ink drawing-inspired wallpaper is perfect for you. The crisp lines and graphic design complement a neutral room and don't take away from the simplistic decor.

Lush Nature

Some people would pick a beautiful succulent or a calming eucalyptus plant over roses any day. However, this lush, rainforest-y wallpaper is a great way to bring the outside in truly. This print's green hues work very well in a Scandinavian-inspired bedroom but would also add a soft pop of colour in a living room or bathroom.

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The scene was rendered with photorealistic shaders and lighting in Autodesk® 3ds Max 2016 with V-Ray 3.6 with some post-production added.

Geometric-Inspired Floral

Geometric prints are huge right now, but this intricate wallpaper design is an attractive choice if you're more of a botanist than a mathematician. The repeating, symmetric pattern will please any perfectionist and is a great choice for a nursery or an entryway.

Bold Vintage

Moody, dark prints are in this year. We've seen how this deep and romantic choice can make a bedroom feel like a queen's chamber, but don't be scared to incorporate this trendy look into your dining room. Keeping the rest of the room simple and neutral (think wooden tables and jute rugs) will allow this gothic print to shine. 

Simple Whimsy

An entryway or mudroom is a great place to focus when looking for an easy way to add wallpaper to your home. This Rifle Paper design is reminiscent of the vintage greeting cards your grandma used to send but much more modern. This chic wallpaper pairs well with your mid-century modern furniture.

A Luscious Rainforest

Who doesn't dream of a vacation in the South American rainforest? This luscious wallpaper from Sian Zeng will take you there without leaving your bed. The pops of neon are a gorgeous contrast to the subtle olives and hunter greens. Pair this with pastels or beige for a perfect blend of colour and calm.

East Coast Chic

Bathrooms and powder rooms often offer limited wall space. Try a graphic wallpaper in this small space for a high-impact but low effort design. This black-and-white vintage print plays well with the subway tiles, giving the bathroom a "chic East Coast inn" feel. We dig it.

Go Big Or Go Home

If you're colour-averse, have no fear; monochromatic florals sometimes pack the biggest punch. This large flower wallpaper focuses on the intricate drawing and sharp lines and complements the light wood floors. You won't even miss the colour—trust us.

It Is Easy Being Green

Green is in again in a big way. Try this subtle and classy spin on a rainforest print if tropicals are your thing. We love how this room takes the green theme very seriously; from the rich velvet bedspread to the geometric print pillow, it effortlessly ties in the fresh-cut flower theme from all angles.

Life Is Rosy

When you think of flowers, you probably think of roses. This nursery from Fawn Over Baby puts a new spin on a sweet classic. We love the use of soft pastels and the blend of roses and poppies throughout the print. So if you're going for soft and feminine, this is the wallpaper for you.

Beautiful Darkness

You've probably been told that lightening up a room with bright colours and light paint is best for feng shui. But we think this gorgeous room is an impeccable mix of beauty and grit. The dark, classic white and blue flowers offset the rustic, industrial furniture in the best way and remind us of a home in the fields of Provence.

Pretty In Pink

An otherwise boring entryway or hall is a great place to add a little colour and a lot of detail. This classic wallpaper is an ode to the vintage floral looks of the past, but with a modern update. We love this look for formal dining rooms or country-chic kitchens that need a delicate pop of colour.

Banana Leaves

This year's Pantone colour is called Greenery, and banana leaf is at the front and centre of the lush, trendy hue. This bathroom is heavenly, and we love the contrast of the rich greens against the black clawfoot tub. The best thing about banana leaf is that you can make it work in almost any room in your house.

A Work Of Art

If you would rather spend your days at the Louvre than in your house, this work-of-art wallpaper is what you need. The realistic floral design looks like it belongs in a museum, but it plays well with modern, muted colours in your home. We recommend adding accessories that play well with the muted colours (such as mustard yellow, purple and white).

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Crazy For Succulents

One of the best things about succulents is that they are very hard to kill, making them a great plant for every room in your house. If you want to take your succulent obsession even further, you'll love this wallpaper. A perfect choice for a staircase, as shown here, or for a downstairs powder room that needs a kick, this very detailed succulent wallpaper screams "look at me" to every guest in your home.

Elegant, Upgraded Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms only bloom for a few weeks out of the year, but this elegant wallpaper by Alexandra Apostu will keep them alive in your house all year long. This high-class look is a lovely and very adult way to add a little bit of colour to your traditional decor.

A Laundry Room You'll Love

Who says your laundry room has to be basic? We love how this laundry room adds a pop of colour with a floral and elephant leaf print. Even better—adding a few shelves and trinkets to a laundry room can tie an often-overlooked space into the rest of the home's decor. Just because you have to do laundry doesn't mean you have to do laundry in a boring space.

Monkey Business

If you're looking for a way to take a risk with florals, you'll adore this lemur print. The whimsical, amusing play on floral wallpaper is a conversation starter—try it in a kitchen or a sitting room where you can entertain guests who will fawn over the fun design. We love it paired with this rustic and simple kitchen.

Bold Brights

Bold is beautiful, and this bright, eye-catching wallpaper is not for the faint of heart. Balance the dashing oranges and reds with equally bright furniture so that the paint doesn't overpower your room, and we're sure you'll have a burst of happiness every single time you walk in.

Choose Neutrals

Wallpaper is what someone pulls out when they want a wild design on the walls, but they don't want the hassle of painting it (hence its reputation for being gaudy). But wallpaper also comes in more muted styles. If you want your wallpaper to be on the more modern side, try going for a neutral shade.

Neutrals are a mainstay of many modern spaces, as they allow the style not to become outdated next year. There's something truly timeless about neutrals. For example, the photo above shows a textured wallpaper that gives the surrounding white ceiling and walls depth.

Use Deep, Subdued Colourings.

Another idea for modern wallpaper is to use a deep, saturated hue. Wallpaper is great for giving these hues some subtle texture, like in the photo above. This transitional space is enriched by the deep royal blue behind oriental art. A royal blue pillow brings the shade into the rest of the space.

Meanwhile, a lighter blue sofa matches the wall without blending into it, making this space an all-around great example of how to work with a colour scheme using wallpaper. Because wallpaper is so customizable, it's easier to get the exact shade you want. Often, with paint, the shade underneath contributes slightly to the new colour unless you slather on many coats.

Try Artistic And Funky Styles With Modern Wallpaper.

The modern wallpaper style above shows you don't necessarily need to avoid patterns in wallpaper. You can still go as bold as you want. Try going for a contemporary pattern like in the photo above. By combining it with trendy art, your bold wallpaper can add to the fun, artsy vibe.

Mixed textures like the smooth, light ceiling and natural wood floor give the space a further updated look, as mixing contrasting textures is currently a huge trend in design. Also, bright colour shots, like the red dresser with its minimalistic design, help this space look more bold and modern. Bright accent colours are a huge trend in modern design.

Go Light

Large-scale floral patterns also aren't completely out the window in modern styles. The photo above shows how this modern, light space still kept a large-scale floral wallpaper. The floral pattern accents the space rather than looking tacky and outdated by going for a light design.

Light colour schemes, in general, make any room look modern and updated. They also have the benefit of opening up the space visually. So any light wallpaper design can work if this is the feel you want to achieve. You could choose a floral pattern, go for a geometric design or even opt for a solid light shade.

Use Black And White Art Prints.

Black and white neutrals are another style that screams modern. High contrast colour schemes tend to be a hallmark of modern styles, and black and white create the ultimate contrast. Choosing an artistic wallpaper with a black and white design is a good way to get a stark, modern look. As shown in the photo above, one such idea for modern wallpaper is a black and white tree pattern.

The black and white colour scheme reflected in the bedding and dressers gives cohesion to the space. The black and white design of the trees also makes them look slightly abstract and artsy, rather than a coloured naturalistic style that might make the space look more like a country design. What are some of your favourite modern wallpaper ideas?

Fall For Florals

Once seen as fussy and dated, florals are back in the limelight and back on our walls, proving more popular than ever in living rooms across the country.

With a fairly busy print like this one, try to pull out one key colour and echo it further around your room, in accessories and large pieces of furniture.

Team Turquoise With Teak

If you have a fair amount of wooden furniture in your living room, from sideboards to dressers, coffee tables, side tables and perhaps even a hardwood floor too, it might be in serious need of some colour to lift the scheme. A punchy turquoise wallpaper like this one will bring vibrancy and life to your room without becoming too bright and flashy.

This amazing wallpaper is playful but smart and sits beautifully behind an elegant sideboard. Thoughtfully chosen accessories in a similar hue work together to create a pleasing decor.


So, if you're looking for a way to add a touch of personality and luxury to your home décor, floral wallpaper may be the perfect option. With so many different styles and designs available, there's sure to be a print that perfectly suits your taste.

And don't worry – even if you're not handy with a paintbrush or wallpaper paste, there are plenty of ways to add floral prints to your home without doing any of the work yourself.

FAQs About Home Builders

  • Add depth through texture. Add depth through texture. 
  • Be bold with florals. Bold floral prints can bring a room to life
  • Flirt with darker florals. Flirt with darker florals.
  • Please keep it simple. Keep your floral print simple.

Factor in an abundance of florals. Floral room decor is big news for 2022 interiors and can be adapted to suit any vintage, retro or contemporary space. These new season designs have upped the style stakes and make it easy to work beautiful flowers into your décor

Consider how the room is used and how often when choosing wallpaper patterns. Choose a Suitable Style For a formal look, choose large-scale patterns with dramatic colours. For a fun, bright style, pick small motifs that are open and regularly spaced, such as polka dots. Don't forget the decorative impact of borders.

Wallpaper is NOT old-fashioned. Additionally, the "in" wallpaper is not your mother's wallpaper! Gone are the (for example) flowery prints, roosters, brush strokes and borders. Currently, the are large scale patterns, everything from bold colours to pale neutral tone on tone.

Because there are so many different kinds of wallpaper, it is acceptable to wallpaper the entire room or just an accent wall. Selecting the right pattern, texture, and colour for your wallpaper can ensure that the accent wall or room is not visually overwhelming.

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