Designs have expanded in all directions. The Early Show's style maven Christy Ferer shows some of these latest trends.
Many remember the wallpapers of the 1960s and 1970s, when bright geometric patterns, pop-art designs and vinyl were all the rage. But by the mid-'80s, wallpaper slowly began to fall out of favor. Instead, homeowners stripped their walls of it -- opting for a more minimalist look.
According to the Wall Covering Association, the downward trend for wallpaper took a noticeable plunge in the mid-'90s when homeowners, instead of hanging wallpaper, began painting them in neutral colors.
Now, wall coverings have once again come into vogue. Leading trends include murals, coverings with an aged elegance or gentle worn look, and especially textured looks. Others are pushing the design envelope -- adding all sorts of tactile dimensions. In fact, some cutting edge wall coverings are made of anything but paper.
Mural Wall Coverings
Be it a Parisian street scene, a baseball field or a children's storybook fantasy, murals are a popular choice in customizing any room.
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Textured Wall Coverings
Anything textured in wall coverings is extremely popular. Elements used range from grass cloth to sand to animal textures to even glass. Almost any element that can be glued can be made into a wall covering. The sky is the limit, and so is the price. Although the average wall paper may cost between $20 to $30 per roll, "couture" wall coverings can cost more than $200 a yard. Many of these looks, however, are being knocked off and sold at much lower prices.
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Wall coverings can also be used to make or decorate home accessories: