The Latest in Wall Covering Trends

Wallpaper isn't just paper anymore — take a look at the newest innovations in wall coverings.

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Braided Hemp

These Maya Romanoff wall coverings use unexpected materials to liven up a space. Contemporary wall treatments often require special care when installing, so when in doubt, consult a professional wallpaper hanger.

This handmade fabric wall covering combines renewable hemp fibers with braided paper for a touchable texture. No machines or chemicals are used, so it's easy on the environment.

Crocodile Skin

It's not like any wallpaper you remember from Grandma's house. True Paper Croc is 100 percent paper, but it's saturated with latex to mimic crocodile skin. The color shown, Ruby Roo, is one of 15 available.


Don't be afraid of metallics — modern ones are subtle, and you can always downplay the dazzle by using them on an accent wall rather than throughout the room. This pattern, Abacadazzle, uses a strong fiber related to the banana plant, abaca, interwoven with metallic thread.

Wood Veneer

If wood veneer makes you think of dark paneled basements, it's time you saw the light. This wall covering uses ultra-thin blocks of sunburst-patterned veneer on a paper backing and comes in a full palette of soft colors.

Glass Bead

Another way to add a subtle shine is to use wallpaper covered in glass beading. Romanoff's Bedazzled Leaf Rain uses 1-mm glass beads applied in a stripe pattern over metallic leaf.


Looking to make a statement on your wall? A mosaic of shells should do it. This covering is installed in 18- or 24-inch tiles covered with real squares of mother-of-pearl.

Stitched Puzzle

The Stitched Puzzle looks like expensive leather, but it's really just hand-dyed paper and polyester thread. Although it comes in several hues, you can also customize a color to match your decor.

Metal Trapezoids

These hand-processed wall tiles use recycled metals to create a stunning effect. Shown in Fiery Copper, the tiles also come in Scoured Aluminum, Speckled Brass and Speckled Copper. Because they're metal, take care when trimming around electrical outlets — this is an installation probably best left to pros.