We’ve rounded up twelve more breathtaking wallpaper patterns that have stood the test of time, all endlessly imitated, never duplicated. From galloping zebras to climbing branches, these iconic designs are the gold standard in Wallcoverings.
This whimsical pattern incorporates the designs of Piero Fornasetti. The Italian artist and designer incorporated fish motifs in some of his earliest work and this wallpaper incorporates designs from his decorative trays. Try this aquatic pattern in a nursery, bathroom, or kid's room.
De Gournay's elegant hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpapers have long been a favorite of top designers. St. Laurent is a reinterpretation of a 18th-century wallpaper used in the Paris home of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.
British interior designer David Hick's mod geometric patterns helped define 1960s style and made a splash in pop culture. (A large-scale version of his hexagon print was used for the hotel hallway's carpet in The Shining.) This smaller scale rendition, created by Hick's son, Ashley, in collaboration with Cole & Son, has become a classic in its own right.
This beloved and light-hearted print was a collaboration between legendary designer Albert Hadley—who crafted interiors for Brooke Astor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Oscar de la Renta—and Harry Hinson. Released in 2001, the pattern quickly became a favorite and is available in a six colorways.
Who says wallpaper has to be paper? Not Tony Duquette, who used his malachite print fabric on the walls of his client's homes and his own residence, Dawnridge. Working with Hutton Wilkinson, the protégé of the late designer and owner of Tony Duquette, Inc., fabric company Jim Thompson has reproduced the original fabric and added additional color ways.
Designed in 1959 by Michael Clark, this pattern experienced a revival in popularity in recent years thanks to the Scandinavian modern craze. The design, which was originally created as a screen print, features sketches of bare trees, creating a forest repeat. The peaceful pattern works well in bedrooms, bathrooms, and family-friendly spaces.
While this prancing zebra motif gained notoriety from its appearance in Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, the pattern has been around since the 1940s. It first graced the New York restaurant Gino's, where it remained exclusively from 1945 until the spot closed in 2010, and was designed by Valentino Crescenzi, a friend of the owners. Scalamandré reproduced the pattern in the 1970s when the original paper was destroyed in a fire and the firm reissued the design in 2010.
Views of North America
French firm Zuber, known for its panoramic murals, has a rich history stretching back to 1797. The iconic Views of North America pattern was designed in 1834 by Jean-Julien Deltil. It is made up of 32 lengths, uses 1,690 woodblocks, and features 223 colors. Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy selected the wallpaper for the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House.
Designer Rose Cumming was known for her bold interiors and her wallpaper designs were no exception. (She was reportedly the first to make metallic wallpapers.) Her Zebrine pattern was used in the post-Prohibition New York hot spot El Morocco, and it continues to be a favorite of designers for its unexpected and modern colorways, including red and navy.
This bold print turns tradition toile de Jouy on its head. The Beastie Boys' Mike Dworked with Vincent J. Ficarra and Adela Qersaqi of Revolver New York to create the pattern, which captures life in the borough's eclectic neighborhoods from the roller coasters of Coney Island to the stroller-pushing moms. The formerly print-on-demand pattern was so popular that Flavor Paper added it to its EZ Papes collection.