Posted on November 27 2018
While neutral colors like beige, white, black, and gray tend to dominate contract wallcovering options, designers can find other choices for projects that call for more color. From cherry reds to bright blues, let’s take a look at trendy contract wallcoverings that add a splash of color to the space!
Starting off our list with a cool color, this Ridge wallpaper pattern is featured above in an eye-catching array of blue color tones, ranging from sky blue to darker navy blues. The verticality of the wallpaper means it can be used even in small spaces or on shorter walls to give the illusion of height. Even with its vibrant blues, the Ridge wallpaper still retains a professional look, making it versatile for any commercial application. The Ridge wallpaper series actually comes in many other bold colors, so it’s definitely worth exploring!
Textures wallpaper is a flexible wallpaper theme. With an emphasis on creative a visually tactile look, plain textures wallpaper can be used in lieu of paint for a higher quality finish that will last for years to come. Of course, since the focus isn’t on the actual wallpaper imagery, designers can choose a brighter color to create a sense of interest within the space. Our Med-Walls wallpaper series feature bacteria and mold resistance surfaces, making them suitable for all commercial spaces, but particularly those such as hospitals, salons and spas, and other areas that require a clean environment. Featured above in a lively yellow color, the pastel finish is both eye-catching and relaxing, creating a cheerful atmosphere.
Why Use Vibrant Contract Wallcovering Colors?
When focusing on non-traditional contract wallcovering colors, designers can choose from more bolder choices, such as the ones featured so far. There’s always a time and place for vibrant colors, depending on the room being decorated and the project parameters.
Using bold or bright colors is an excellent way of creating an area of interesting within the space. For example, designers may want to use a light gray wallpaper on all ways except for the wall behind the receptionist’s desk at a hotel – for that single wall, designers might opt for a much more noticeable color, such as red, purple, or orange. This use of color helps to ensure visitors immediately spot a section of the room, helping to guide their eyes to a specific location. In this way, color plays a functional part in the design. On a psychological level, color has an impact on the mood of the space (for more details, be sure to read our other article, The Psychology of Color in Interior Design. Adding a burst of color to the space imbues the room with a newfound energy and personality – yellow makes a room feel brighter and more cheerful, red makes it look more energetic and passionate, while green makes a space feel organic and earthy.
There are many ways designers can use vibrant colors within the space, one of which is as a featured wall that highlights one particular area of the room. This creates an area of attention that acts as the central visual point of color. Alternatively, designers can use vibrant wallpaper colors throughout the entire space to create a sense of unity and enhanced theming that pulls the whole room together.
With a subtle textured surface, this cherry red color adds a sense of passion and dramatization to the room. It’s a color that captures the imagination, whether it’s used as a backdrop in a retail space, restaurant, or hotel. The repeating small-scale zigzag pattern gives the Ravi wallpaper a sense of movement, adding a lot of energy to the walls as well. With its vivid color, designers should consider using this red wallpaper in an area of the room where they want to grab a visitor’s attention.
Orange wallpaper adds a eccentric, playful look to the room, making it perfect for commercial applications such as schools, daycare centers, retail stores, and restaurants. This Shiraz wallpaper is featured in a bright orange color that immediately garners attention. The textured surface features a bumpy pattern that results in a tactile element. Designers who don’t want to overload the entire space with orange can pair this wallpaper with more neutral colors (such as white or light gray) or other softer colors (like pastels) to create a balanced color palette.
Shown above in a gorgeous magenta, this bold wallpaper has a unique look that’s both mature and professional while retaining a sense of playfulness and energy. Adding a splash of color in your design projects doesn’t always mean it has to be a bright or vibrant color; it can also be a deeper color that’s more niche, such as this one. While neutral colors are more flexible and versatile in terms of where they can be used, other colors such as orange and magenta contribute a more stylized look that emphasizes personality.
Last but not least, earthy tones can be used with other neutral colors to create a natural or organic look. For example, the forest green Ease wallpaper above can be paired with dark beige or taupe wallpaper for a more pronounced mature aesthetic. Darker wallpaper colors tend to emphasize a cosier environment, making the space feel enclosed.