GONE are the days of the minimal home.

People are craving decoration more than ever as they flex their creative muscle in an effort to refresh their surroundings.

A popular task is painting, but not all of us are up to the job.

A clever alternative is wallpapering: it livens-up the home with one’s signature stamp and involves very little time and effort.

It also brings a bit of fun to the indoors — something we could all do with now.

Julie Eller from Verve Designer Collections in Nedlands said the store had enjoyed a rise in sales since COVID-19 struck, with more and more homeowners and renters choosing to upscale their interiors.

She said the biggest trend in wallpapering now was creating a mural.

Botanico wallpaper.
Camera IconBotanico wallpaper. Credit: Supplied

“Big design murals like enormous overblown flowers on a large bedroom wall has an amazing impact,” Ms Eller said.

“A quirky example we like is a Mexican scene with cacti. Practical textured black wallpaper for an entertainment cinema room is also great as are soft colours like light grey for nurseries with patterns like stars or stripes that are unisex.

“For children’s rooms the list is endless with ideas like spaceships, cowboys and ballet shoes. Powder rooms are a favourite space for quirky, fun designs.”

Ms Eller said it was also popular to bring the outside in with tropical green leaves and palms.

Wendy Culberston of Wall Candy in Highgate said wallpaper could be applied anywhere, including ceilings, splashbacks, walk-in robes, stairwells or any space screaming for something interesting.

Julie Eller and Jo Murton, showroom managers at Verve Designer Collections.
Camera IconJulie Eller and Jo Murton, showroom managers at Verve Designer Collections. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/Community News

“We recently lined a wine cellar in genuine cork wallpaper, which looked amazing,” she said.

“Wallpaper can be fabulous for upcycling furniture too, like a chest of drawers, bedside tables and inside display cabinets.

“Right now, our clients are loving it on stairwells, behind the bed and in the entire bedroom.”

Ms Culbertson said spring and summer would usher in more colour and pattern in the way of large florals and palms together with the look of wood, brick, metallics and the textures of grass cloth.

“Colours will be deep but fresh; lots of teals and blues together with corals and fresh pinks,” she said.

“I believe wallpaper is here to stay. We have a long way to go with this interior designer favourite with it being easier than ever to hang and remove — it’s a very cost effective option for the home decorator.”

Ms Eller added that wallpaper had come far in recent years and the days of using a scraper tool to remove the old paper were long gone.

“When you want to change your style, most of our wall coverings are easy to remove — one hour to remove paper and prepare a wall for a new look,” she said.