Go oversized. If you still want to achieve that customary feminine look from your paper without it feeling too ancient, choose something larger in scale. This paper is both soft and modern.
Look for the unusual. In general, traditional floral wallpaper is created with a repeat, but this custom, hand-painted wallpaper from Fromenta appears to be freshly unique at every spot.
Choose a neutral colorscheme. Obviously, flowers are naturally colorful, so cutting that basic element from floral wallpaper instantly gives it an unexpected, updated quality. This paper works well for a co-ed bathroom: It feels soft and elegant without being overly feminine.
Look for bold colors. Yellow itself isn’t uncommon in conventional floral paper, but choosing this particular shade and using it predominantly adds a funky punch and definitive personality.
Mix and match. If you find yourself drawn to some of the more vintage-looking papers yet still feel wary of going overboard, choose instead to pick a few of your favorites in different scales to create a playful checkerboard look.
Search for an abstract quality. This wallpaper definitely has a floral design, but it’s silhouetted in places, giving it an interesting effect. Traditional paper tended to be very detailed; this more abstract appearance is unexpected.
Find a design that’s not limited to flowers. Look for floral paper that involves branches, trees, birds, etc for a more holistic nature scene that includes elements of surprise.
Simplify the motif. Instead of a busy rosebud repeat, look for a simplified design for a casual, playful look. The oversized scale of the Tobago design by Arte Wallpapers is fresh and contemporary.
Look for pinks with a punch. Don’t be afraid of pink on floral wallpaper, but look for bold shades, like magenta or fuchsia. Softer pinks tend to go more traditional; these hues will add more spunk.
Go black and white. For a truly contemporary floral paper, strip it of color and choose a design in black and white. It feels strange to see flowers without their celebrated color, resulting in an eye-catching paper full of texture.
Here are a few floral wallpapers from our Products section that are sure to add a modern touch to your interiors. The scale and colorway of this paper give it a contemporary edge.
I love that this paper incorporates birds and stems to create a playful sense.