10 Wallpaper Options to Trick the Eye

Craving concrete walls, or the look of salvaged wood paneling? We’ve searched high and low for wallpapers that can substitute when your first choice isn’t a possibility. Look no further—we’ve got you (and your walls) covered!


Borgia Wallpaper

Wall & Decò’s Borgia wallpaper can give you the look of centuries of decay—all in a day’s work! The deteriorated appearance screams antiquity and provides an interesting contrast to modern pieces, while the muted colors make an ideal backdrop for a pop of color.


Strata Study

Wallpaper Tree Rings

Lighting designers Apparatus teamed with Zak+Fox for a wall covering that offers twofold drama: a wallpaper made from natural linen and a pattern that resembles irregular tree rings. The warmth of the pattern and the tactile nature of the fabric add depth and gravitas to any room.



Fake Concrete

Polished concrete is everywhere these days; the material brings with it a sense of permanency. If you want to follow the trend but are afraid of the commitment, fear not: photographer Tom Haga’s ConcreteWall images capture a variety of concrete looks. For an edgier style, check out his graffiti-laden options.


Home Sweet Home

Steel Wallpaper

Corrugated steel has a textured and interesting appearance, but its rough (at times sharp!) tactility isn’t ideal for interiors. Wall & Decò’s Home Sweet Home wallpaper lets you bring the corrugated look indoors without the worry of wondering whether your houseguests have had their tetanus shots!


Scrap Wood

Wood Wallpaper

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek flattened his signature scrap wood pieces, transforming 3D furniture into 2D wallpapers. The paper's rusticity pairs well with contemporary and modern furniture alike. With six colorways to choose from, you're certain to find a style to suit your décor.


Louis XV

Marble Wallpaper

There’s nothing as regal as marble; the smooth, cool material adds an instant luxe factor to any room. Unfortunately, this decadence comes with a hefty price tag. With Wall & Decò’s Louis XV faux marble wallpaper, you can achieve the baroque without going broke.



Malachite Wallpaper

For a majestic feel, choose Cole & Son’s Malachite wallpaper. The emerald green "stone," one of five colorways, will transport you to a bygone era of smoking jackets and elaborate dinner parties. Its use in an entryway, pictured here, immediately sets a formal mood for visitors. Coupled with a faux bois table, it makes for a stately greeting.



Fake Cork

While cork as a wall covering is a warm, sound-absorbing choice, it can be a little tricky to hang. If the look is all you're after, Phillip Jeffries' faux cork is a good bet. Taking the wallpaper all the way to the ceiling, as seen here, heightens the pattern's cozy, cocooning effect. 


Faux Bois

Faux Bois Wallpaper

Faux bois has been a mainstay in the design landscape for a while now, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon. If you're interested in this fresh, woodsy look, French company Nobilis offers a variety of wallpaper "stains." For even greater impact, orient the "planks" horizontally.



Stone Wallpaper

This stone-patterned wallpaper brings a decidedly Victorian garden feel indoors—without the maintenance. The look is particularly suited to a mudroom, and the vinyl version offered by Improvements would hold up well to the foot traffic—it can withstand scrubbing with a brush and mild detergent.


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