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From habitat magazine - issue 35, top trend

One of the biggest interior trends is also one of the easiest to achieve.

Wallpapers are a fast and straightforward way to create inviting rooms that fill your home with vibrancy and personality. The hardest part is choosing which design to use. Here are four major wallpaper trends in the Resene Wallpaper Collection that are getting decorators excited.


Tropical hibiscus, cherry blossoms, darling daisies and old English roses – whatever the season, the Resene Wallpaper Collection is always in full bloom. Today’s designs are nothing like the garish flowered wallpapers of previous generations. No shrinking violets, these beautiful blooms will add instant romantic charm and glamour to a room. Pair with bold Resene paint colours such as Resene Arthouse and Resene Midnight Express to amp up the drama.

Resene Wallpaper Collection KEN001
Resene Wallpaper Collection KEN001

Resene Wallpaper Collection RD0648
Resene Wallpaper Collection RD0648

Resene Wallpaper Collection 296012
Resene Wallpaper Collection 296012

Resene Wallpaper Collection KEN207
Resene Wallpaper Collection KEN207

Resene Wallpaper Collection FJ41102
Resene Wallpaper Collection FJ41102

Texture and tapestry

Craving the good life? The cottagecore trend and its regal cousin Regencycore (thanks to the hit Netflix period drama Bridgerton) has inspired a resurgence in tapestry-inspired wallpapers. These charming designs range from classic Anaglyptas to pastoral toile de jouy scenes and chic chintz patterns. The Bridgerton family’s signature colour is Wedgewood blue (try Resene Relax). Paint a delicate Anaglypta design in Resene Relax to really get Lady Whistledown’s vote of approval.


You might have heard the expression, ‘go big or go home’. Well, in the wallpaper world, it’s ‘go home and go big’. Oversized patterns, murals and landscape designs are the ultimate feature wall. Landscape murals can transport you to another world to allow you to bathe beneath a mountain or fall asleep in a forest. Larger patterns look particularly good in big open spaces that allow you to view the wall at a distance.

Oversized wallpaper pattern

Botanicals wallpaper pattern

Oversized: The oversized geometric design of Resene Wallpaper Collection E395834 is a great statement piece in a large room.  Botanicals: The bold botanical design of Resene Wallpaper Collection 47404 is the perfect choice for a creative office space. Pendant light, floor and desk (side and top) in Resene Thor, desk drawer in Resene Casper, rattan chair in Resene Surf Crest, vase in Resene Half Jumbo and plant pot in Resene Nero. Brass circle artwork from Nood.


Plants and leaf designs have been one of the constants of wallpaper designs through the ages. The Victorians loved fern collecting, vines were the plant du jour of the Art Nouveau era, and in the 1940s, designers such as Dorothy Draper were going bananas over, well, banana leaves. Today’s hottest designs take a leaf from every era, evoking timeless charm and a nod to the houseplant craze.

Top tip: It’s a good idea to order ahead of time for your wallpaper project as some designs can take 4+ weeks to arrive. It’s best to order more wallpaper than you need. New wallpaper collections are launched regularly, and older collections are usually deleted after three years, sometimes sooner. If you need to patch or replace any damaged paper, you may not be able to buy it anymore. Also, with graphic wallpapers, pattern matching can soak up extra rolls.


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