Iconic Wallpapers: 4 Fresh Ways to Use the Most Popular Patterns on the Market

There are patterns that are trendy, and then there are patterns that are so well-loved that they withstand the test of time. Check out these four wallpapers that have reached iconic status due to their popularity throughout the years, plus fresh ideas on how to use them in your home.

Hicks Hexagon

Designed by David Hicks, one of the most famous decorators of the ‘60s, Hicks Hexagon has been a staple in contemporary homes for years. For an out of the (ice)box look, try using it on your fridge! See a full step-by-step process from Aunt Peaches, who covered her refrigerator with the pattern.

Hicks Hexagon Wallpaper Interior Decor Fridge Bathroom Get a Similar Look:

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One of the most recognized wallpapers of all time, Scalamandre’s Zebras pattern was commissioned in 1945 by Gino Circiello, owner of the popular former New York restaurant, GINO’S (now a Sprinkles Cupcake Shop just across the street from our office that still features the paper). Zebras was also used in the visually stunning Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums. Not for the faint of heart, Zebras can be used all over a room or as a pop of color on the backs of cabinet shelves. Try it in the new grass cloth version for a more casual look.

Scalamandre Zebras Wallpaper Interior Decor Ideas Get a Similar Look:

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Designed in 1959 by Michael Clarke, Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper has lately seen a resurgence with top design bloggers and interior designers. The pattern, which showcases bold sketches of tree trunks & branches, most likely has come back into style because of the nature-inspired decor trend and also due to the fact that it still feels contemporary today. This large repeat print works best as an accent wall, but we think it looks darling on a dresser, too! See how to wallpaper a dresser here.

Cole and Son Woods Wallpaper Interior Decor Get a Similar Look:

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Imperial Trellis

Designed by the highly sought-after and talented Kelly Wearstler, Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis is a prime example of a timeless wallpaper that works with everything. You can do it in a true green like Chloe Sevigny did in her apartment, or use it as a border, especially in places like the kitchen, where there are often small spaces of wall that need a little pizzazz.


ImperialTrellisWallpaperInteriorDecorGet a Similar Look:

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  1. Hanging the paper in the back of a cabinet makes for a great accent piece and using wallpaper in this way allows for versatility! As your decor changes, you can always change the paper in the back of the cabinet to compliment your decor. However, if I had zebras in the back of my cabinet I’d never want to change it!

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