15 Unexpected Wallpapers for Fall

by Grace Bonney

Whenever fall rolls around, I turn my sights from outdoor house work back to indoor projects. I’ve been wanting to redo our mudroom/entryway (slides 5-7) for a while, so I’ve been slowly collecting wallpaper samples and paint chips to give the space a little energy and color. The rest of our house is pretty calming and neutral, but I’ve always loved the idea of an entryway being a little bit snazzier so it sends you out into the world with some pep in your step.

I’ve been deep-diving into wallpaper books and online galleries for the past few months and wanted to share 15 of my favorite unexpected wallpapers. Some of these designs are a little eccentric or out there (a wall that looks like it’s covered in tiny stamps? Why not?), but I think sometimes small spaces are perfect for a pattern like that. I hope you’ll enjoy these designs as much as I do. xo, grace

I love thinking of this as a modern spin on the "put a bird on it" phase of the early 2000s. Apparently this pattern was a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, too.
I'm always drawn toward a more graphic wallpaper, so this has been catching my eye. I love the subtle metallic detailing.
feels like the sun rays of a William Blake painting come to life. I love this soft blue color -- it would look so beautiful in a bedroom with soft blue linen bedding.
Oranges and cranberry colors always feel like fall to me, and this captures that color palette so beautifully.
I love Sister Parish patterns and feel like they don't always get the love they deserve in modern design circles. This comes in a great persimmon red.
Speaking of Sister Parish, I love the dark brown version of this .
Thibaut will always be one of my all-time favorite design studios, and this is definitely in the finalist spot for our home project.
For something totally different -- and majorly bold -- is a HUGE dose of color and fun retro pattern.
I love the purple hue of this .
This tiny stamp pattern is a collaboration between . I love the idea of opening a hallway closet and seeing this wonderfully busy pattern waiting for you.
is an amazing faux-marble paper that mixes rich greys, slates and golds.
I think this pink butterfly () pattern is so sweet. Perfect for a little one's room or a grown-up powder room.
This is at the top of my wish list. I love how subtle this colorway is. It's also that perfect crossover between grown-up and sort of childlike that I always love.
What's more unexpected for fall than a beachy shell pattern? I love this .
This pattern feels like a million tiny pieces of decoupage or stickers. I love it.

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