Dining room wallpaper ideas are a really easy way to bring pattern, color, and texture into a space where you spend a lot of time hosting and socializing. The pale sky blues used on the ceiling and matching chairs, combined with the crisp white of the floor and the woodwork really tones down the print, making it much more liveable. Pre-pandemic we were seeing a rise in supper clubs that will undoubtedly continue now that we have all spent our confines honing our culinary skills. Travel-inspired patterns will be key for starting conversations over the dining table as will organic botanical imagery with the desire to tap into the sustainable trend. We think it's a total myth that small spaces should be kept light and simple in order to feel larger, filling a room that's lacking in square footage with pattern and color can have just the same space-expanding effects. Going all over with an intricate print can actually blur the boundaries of the room and trick the eye into thinking that the space is in fact bigger.
And think about scale too, pair a busy print with something larger and simpler as can be seen here with the intricate pattern on the walls and the bold stripes on the ceiling. This is a pairing we just don't see enough of but it's such a fresh, calming color scheme that's perfect for kitchens and dining rooms.
Use your favorite bars and restaurants as inspiration, pick a whimsical theme and shop second-hand for eclectic pieces. Wallpaper can add an instant touch of whimsy – think flamingos, stars, clouds, foliage, animals. And wallpaper doesn't always have to be bold, if you are after a more minimalist vibe just opt for something simple but striking with a minimal color palette. This dining room has a more subtle approach, with a simple, but striking line print covering the walls.
However, as the rest of the room is kept very minimal, mirroring the exact colors of the paper, the print does overwelm the space. You just can't go wrong with florals, especially oversized contemporary designs like Farrow & Ball's (opens in new tab) Hellborous.
Fussy florals can make any room feel a bit cramped and can clash with modern furniture, but simple, large-scale patterns work wonderfully in a more contemporary dining room, adding a softness and a rustic touch to the space. Wallpaper isn't just for bringing in pattern or color, it can also be used to add some subtle texture and depth to your walls.
Bare painted walls might risk looking too harsh against the black ceiling, but the slight pattern makes the contract less stark. In this dining room, the subtle grey and white print is the perfect backdrop for making those bold yellows and oranges really pop.
It still feels very fresh and crisp but that hint of grey to break up all the white just adds a touch of much-needed pattern. This kind of dainty, botanical print that's either busy at the top or bottom and trails off into a solid color is perfect for adding height to a room.
We'd therefore recommend embracing the darkness and picking a wallpaper with a deep and dramatic color scheme and taking it over all the walls for a really atmospheric dining space. In smaller dining rooms the same rule applies, rather than try and make the space feel open and airy with lighter shades go for something more daring.