A Greater Wall


As we all now settle into the new year, it's time to consider which interior design trends will make a splash in 2023. As homebuyers are shifting away from white walls, bold, luxurious wallpaper designs should be on everyone's radar for 2023. Abode2 checks in with some top designers to discuss what will be trendy this year and how they're incorporating unique and textured wallpaper into this season's hottest new homes

Textured Wallpaper — The Astor

Located on Manhattan's iconic Upper West Side, The Astor is a luxury condominium originally built by the legendary Astor family in 1901. In a home inside the building, AD100 design firm ASH Staging used a distinct tan corduroy wallpaper by Philip Jeffries to enhance the warmth and comfort of the den. The subtle textured wallpaper creates dimension in the space and balances the building's pre-war character with fresh contemporary design.

Andrew Bowen, Partner and Head of Ash Staging explains: "As we shift away from the all-white-everything trend, many buyers are looking to enhance their walls, which serve as the envelope of virtually every interior space, by adding textured papers.  Using distinct wallpaper in the home adds a new dimension and creates a more layered experience that typically cannot be achieved with regular paint alone.  Ultimately, adding wallpaper is also an effective way to create or enhance a room's character."

"Using textured wallpaper in this home at The Astor allowed us to augment the warmth of the den. By covering the walls in a tan corduroy wallpaper by Philip Jeffries, we are presenting a more personal and relaxing environment — perfect for a room that serves as a sanctuary away from the entertaining and private spaces."


 (Image Credit: Christian Harder)


Ombré Wallpaper — The Cortland

In a home designed by Rodney Lawrence at The Cortland in West Chelsea, the walls of the living room are covered in a custom blue ombre wallpaper fabricated by Trove. The ombre effect helps to brighten and soften the living room, a space that is used for both intimate family moments and for hosting and entertaining guests. The unique wallpaper Rodney designed for the space, elevates the living room, connects the home's interiors to the windows and outside world, and creates its own light via the ombre effect.

Rodney Lawrence, Principal and Founder of Rodney Lawrence Inc describes: "For this home, we wanted to bring a very subtle reference to nature by using organic and flowing lines, not only through the furniture but with the walls themselves, using an ombre effect to soften the design and add a sense of warmth to the home. The ombre walls work beautifully with the natural light coming in through the large windows, elevating the room and further connecting it to the outside world."


(Image Credit: Colin Miller)


Animal Print — 200 East 59th Street

200 East 59th Street, an ambitious indoor-outdoor tower designed by CetraRuddy at the intersection of Midtown East and the Upper East Side in NYC, features several model residences with creative displays of wallpaper. Situated on the 28th floor of the building overlooking Central Park, the homes include a guest bedroom shrouded amongst a fantastic black-and-white zebra print, and a powder room that includes an expressive monkey wallpaper that’s not only a conversation starter but also a fun background for mirror pics. Other rooms include unique yet subtle wallpapers, like a denim texture and Hermes-inspired covering for a more sophisticated look.

Ximena Rodriguez, Principal and Director of Interior Design of CentraRuddy comments: "Animal print wallcoverings have always been out there, but evolve over time and keep coming back into popularity. We also see a lot of nature and foliage used in interior design as people are consistently gravitating towards biophilic design principles. Animal prints can be used as an element of surprise and make a very big difference in one’s perception of a room. They can be a great choice to personalize a neutral space and give it character."

She explains: "In one bedroom we modelled at 200 East 59th Street, a zebra print provides a very graphic backdrop in black and white. What initially appears as an overall print resolves into distinct animals when you look closely. We love to use patterns that allow you to discover something you didn’t know was there upon first glance."

"In a powder room within a different model unit, the pattern of wallcovering makes reference to more traditional illustrations. The monkeys and toucans against foliage look classic, yet contemporary. A white powder room is instantly transformed into a space with a lot of life, colour, and interest."

"A wall mural with moon and birds in flight provide a dreamy backdrop for a primary bedroom. This wallcovering is less focused on animals themselves and uses them more as one element in a painterly treatment that adds to the soothing environment."


(Image Credit: DBOX at Macklowe Properties)


Patterned Wallpaper — Brooklyn Point

At Brooklyn Point in Downtown Brooklyn, ELLE Décor A-List designer Charlie Ferrer of FERRER decorated the living area of this model residence with wallpaper showcasing wild flowers and leaves in a pearl grey enhanced by light burnt orange stems that integrate the colouring of the rug, drapes and pillows.

(Image Credit: Evan Joseph)


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