While wallpaper can be a bitch to install, (yes I just said bitch) it’s one of the easiest ways to add style and personality to your space. However, when you go to google wallpapers what you get is depressing and rather confusing. It’s either too plain, too busy, or looks like a bad computer screen graphic. So, I took some time to build a list of companies that make some truly beautiful wallpapers that are also environmentally friendly, because naturally, I want it all.
This one has a special place in my heart, Anna Bond and her husband started the business out of their garage. What started as hand-painted stationery has turned into a well-known brand that is both colorful and distinct. The wallpaper itself is floral, bright, and unique. It’s perfect for adding a pop of color or statement piece to your space. They offer peel and stick options, and samples, and accept returns so you can feel confident in your purchase. Prices range from $65-$130 making it a more cost-effective option. It’s also highly sustainable, the paper is FSC certified, and they exclusively work with environmentally responsible printers.
I’m slightly obsessed with this girl’s designs. While she doesn’t have a huge range of options, they speak to a very specific customer. Modern, abstract, with a hint of pop art these wallpapers, are for anyone who’s looking for something truly unique. In addition, she does custom designs, so if you’re looking to have something one-of-a-kind this could be a great option. Rolls come in a variety of sizes making this a good option for bathrooms or small focal features. Prices range from $25-$125 a roll. In terms of sustainability, the products are PVC-free and FSC certified, it’s a win-win.
Graham and Brown are probably what you think of when you hear the word “wallpaper”. They have a lot of options that tend to have a more traditional feel. If you’re looking to add texture or subtle pattern this is a great option. They are more expensive; prices range from $110-$200 a roll but keep your eye out as they seem to have some good sales. What I like about this brand are its sustainability practices. They are VOC-free, use water-based inks and have strict manufacturing practices. If you’re interested in learning more, they have a really good article you can find here.
Farrow and Ball are going to be your most expensive option, but it’s also commonly featured in AD designs and designer homes. This UK-based brand is well known for its quality and visual interest. If you’re creating your dream home, working in a small space, or just having a large budget, (um good for you girl) this could be a good option. However, if you’re not ready to commit to a look long-term or in a rental space I would skip this option. Prices range from $200-$300 a roll, but you can order samples. They have showrooms in the US but if you need to order directly from the website it can take up to two weeks to get so plan ahead. In terms of sustainability, their products are made with water-based inks and low VOCs. Side note, they also have some great paint colors that are also highly featured in design magazines.
I’ll be honest, this isn’t my favorite option but if you have a tight budget this could be your jam. They don’t necessarily have wallpaper, but they do have murals. The difference is that it could be a large image or design rather than a repeated pattern. What I like about this option; it’s great for renters, the wall murals are peel and stick and easy to remove. It’s also a low-cost option, most murals run about $110 for the full design. What I don’t like; while the products are PVC free, they are still printed with latex ink, and ideally, we’re looking for water based. I also don’t think it has the same high-end effect as other traditional wallpapers. That being said, it all depends on your design goals.
So what the heck are VOCs
If you’ve gotten yourself this far you’re probably wondering what the heck VOCs are and is PVC a typo? So let me explain. Wallpaper used to be commonly made with PVC also known as Polyvinyl Chloride which is a synthetic plastic polymer commonly used in manufacturing. PVC has been shown to leak violate organic compounds known as VOCs. Inhaling VOCs has led to respiratory problems, asthma, eye irritation, and even liver disease. No thank you.