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Wonder Wall: Stylish, Eco-Friendly Wallpaper

Stylish and sustainable, wallpaper is back and ready to wake up tired walls.

Printed with water-based inks on FSC-certified paper, Lacework in Moss is one of 36 eye-catching wallpapers designed by Amy Butler for Graham & Brown ( The eco-conscious collection features botanical, geometric and damask designs in six vibrant color palettes.
Photo Courtesy Graham & Brown
Manchester, England-based Little Greene carries historical designs in updated color palettes. Each pattern, including this Arts and Crafts motif, is printed with nontoxic pigments on FSC-certified paper. They also offer solvent-free, starch-based wallpaper paste and coordinating water-based, low-VOC paints. Lansdowne Walk in Marigold;
Photo Courtesy Little Greene
Inspired by the rugged beauty of Maine, Angela Adams translates her natural surroundings into playful, modern designs. Her commercial-grade wallpapers are PVC-free, stain-resistant and Greenguard-certified for low-VOC emissions; they’re also recyclable. Corice in Sprout;
Photo Courtesy Angela Adams
Graham & Brown’s Eco collection is VOC-free and printed on paper from managed resources—for every tree chopped down, three are planted. Even the tractors use vegetable oil in the hydraulics to lessen the impact of leaks contaminating the forest floor. The packaging is made of corn and is completely compostable. Urban Birdcage;
Photo Courtesy Graham & Brown
Made in Wayne, Pennsylvania, this vibrant Birch Tree pattern from Wallquest’s Eco Chic collection is printed with water-based inks on FSC-certified paper. All residual water and ink is thoroughly filtered by a third party before it is returned to the environment. Birch Trees, EH61004;
Photo Courtesy Wallquest
Farrow & Ball uses its line of low- and zero-VOC water-based paints to create classic wallpapers in heavenly hues. Every roll is made to order using traditional manufacturing methods, which begin with a hand-brushed base coat of color followed by a layer of block-printed patterns. The results are full of texture and depth. Ranelagh, BP 1817;
Photo Courtesy Farrow & Ball
makelike is a small design studio producing punchy patterns in Portland, Oregon. Printed by hand with natural dyes, the recyclable paper is manufactured with responsibly sourced fiber. Unlike most conventional sources, makelike’s papers are not bleached and therefore do not release hazardous materials into the environment. Zig Zag in Red/Pink,
Photo Courtesy makelike
Robots, squirrels and sumo wrestlers are a few of the cute characters found on Aimée Wilder’s wallpaper. Perfect for kids and the young at heart, the hand silk-screened papers are FSC-certified. All of the mill’s short paper fiber is reclaimed and used in the agricultural industy for nutrient-rich compost or animal bedding. Clouds in Storm;
Photo Courtesy Aimee Wilder
Secondhand Rose is the go-to source for set designers, stylists and anyone seeking a century’s worth of vintage wallpapers. The rolls of traditional toiles, art nouveau motifs, ‘50s kitsch and other rare treasures will remind you of a bygone era when wallpaper was actually made of paper and applied with nontoxic wheat paste. RE-1005;
Photo Courtesy Secondhand Rose

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