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faux – wallpaper trends

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Through advances in digital technology, papers are replicating stone, timber, brick, tiles and more with a life-like sharpness.

If your building's materials can’t deliver, never fear. Want the look New York-style loft? No problem. A weathered European villa? Wallpaper has it covered.

Faux patterns - Resene Wallpaper EAR401
Resene Wallpaper EAR401

Concrete look - Resene Wallpaper 445510
Resene Wallpaper 445510

This trend started with striking faux timber and brick effects but has since gone on to more sophisticated and subtle renderings, replicating effects like colourwashed concrete walls, granite, crumpled paper, flaking paint and steel panels. The wallpapers are so hyper-real, you need to touch them to discover that they're not what they seem. You can see why they've earned the term 'conversational' designs.

Rope pattern - Resene Wallpaper 939903
Resene Wallpaper 939903

Building exterior design - Resene Wallpaper EAR102
Resene Wallpaper EAR102

Stone or marble effect - Resene Wallpaper EAR001
Resene Wallpaper EAR001

Wooden board effect - Resene Wallpaper FH37528
Resene Wallpaper FH37528

Wooden slats pattern - Resene Wallpaper 939811
Resene Wallpaper 939811

Top tip:  When considering a faux paper, take the location and context into account. The design needs to look like it belongs.

Unless the design is very subtle, faux effects are often best reserved for feature walls.


Please place your wallpaper orders allowing plenty of time as there may be delays and some items may be unavailable. Samples are now available again in some designs. Ask our Resene ColorShop team for assistance. Please view your favourites in store. From 1 May 2021, freight charges of $17.25 per roll apply to all imported wallpapers due to current higher freight costs.

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