7 Dreamy Wallpapers Inspired by Watercolors
These artful wallpapers from Pierre Frey, Voutsa, and Jim Thompson transform any room into a mesmerizing canvas
Soothing shades that seamlessly blend into each other are hallmarks of some of the most famous abstract paintings. Bursting out of the frame, these wallpapers with watercolor-influenced swirls and painterly clouds become the focus of an entire room, enveloping an interior in mesmerizing beauty. “A large-patterned wallpaper can transform a space in just a few hours,” says De Sousa Hughes creative director Geoffrey De Sousa. “It can give the plainest of spaces a huge personality and highlight its architectural details.”
The San Francisco retailer has seen myriad versions of the trend, from soft, undulating shades on panels from established brands such as Voutsa and Élitis, among others, to styles that have added dimension of texture and metallics by exciting newcomers like the Vale London. “I love modern art on large traditional patterns and traditional art on soft subtle textures,” De Sousa says. “It really comes down to the framing—to either tame the art, punch it up, or delineate pattern on pattern.”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Late Fall issue under the headline “Panel Discussion.” Subscribe to the magazine.