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Forget paints. Eschew stucco. Wallpaper is back and it's bright and bold.

Wallpaper has come a long way since the chintz from your grandmother's living room or the polite florals in your childhood bedroom. For starters, advances in technology have not just made installing and removing it so much simpler. Not to mention the leaps and bounds in printing that allows for vivid colours, photo-realistic images and other cool effects. 

It's no surprise that design brands are growing more adventurous in their offerings, creating audacious patterns which can transform any room. These distinctive wallpapers are an easy tool to update a room and instantly add a big dose of personality. 

Whether it's lush oversized florals or an exuberant geometric pattern, whimsical wallpaper is certainly having its moment and the best thing is when you start to get tired of it, just peel it off or replace it with a new print. 

Here's where you can get the cream of the crop:

 

 

1. Gucci

Wallpaper featured prominently in Cara Delevingne’s fantastical Los Angeles home and none more memorable than the delightful Gucci wallpaper featuring elegant herons against a pink background. But Gucci's wallpaper repertoire goes beyond just beautiful birds. The storied Italian fashion house has unconventional designs and patterns in silk, vinyl and paper. 

Designed by Alessandro Michele, the prints run the gamut from repeated tiger faces (Miley Cyrus has it in her powder room) to abstracted Gucci logos, all treated with the unapologetic use of colour Gucci is so well known for. Whimsical and cheeky yet somehow elegantly refined, its instantly recognisable aesthetic is the result of a pairing Gucci has so masterfully devised.

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2. Christian Lacroix

Staying true to Christian Lacroix's maximalist fashion aesthetic, the maison under the creative direction of Sacha Walckhoff continues to celebrate the true essence of the renowned Parisian fashion house. Each wallpaper print is a work of art, featuring vivid colours, intricate patterns and references fine art, historical couture and architecture.

Its newest collection features surreal landscapes that transport and delight like the Paradis Barbares collection featuring incredible panoramic scenes or botanicals and exotic imageries. Meanwhile, its Paradis Agate is a soothing and magical landscape depicting an imaginative island paradise.

Christian Lacroix wallpaper is available at Janine Kuala Lumpur.

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3. Moooi

Eclectic, playful, daring yet always rooted in design, Moooi's unique aesthetic translates naturally to wall coverings in a highly successful collection that debuted last year. A stand out was a range named Menagerie of Extinct Animals with a fantastic fauna print—digitally printed on soft-touch textile with 10 mysteriously hidden extinct animals.

 

This year, the Memento Moooi collection continues to play off the Extinct Animals collection by designs inspired by the characteristics of five of the featured extinct animals. Made with a variety of materials like wood veneer, sisal, gold foil, pleated paper and textile, some designs narrate a story while others stimulate your senses with imagery and textures.

Moooi wallpaper is available at Waltex 

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4. Ferm Living

Fermliving has collaborated with British illustrator Katie Scott on a wallpaper collection. Scott is renowned for her hand-drawn fine line work inspired by nature, and translates this captivating world to wallpaper designs that display the beauty of flora and fauna. 

Rich in both detail and colour, the large-scale animal motifs recall old drawings found in natural history books and printed with water-based colours on non-woven paper.

Fermliving is available at SMUK Living.

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5. Klaus Haapaniemi

Dubbed one of Finland's greatest design exports by Vogue Scandinavia, artist and designer Klaus Haapaniemi's eponymous brand features the intricate prints it has become renowned for. His wallpaper range is constantly updated and crafted from linen, velvet and silk fabrics, and high quality wallpaper finishes.

Inspired by the Nordic nature and mystics, designs are richly coloured and darkly beautiful. Black Lake, for instance, references a remote cottage in Nordic Iceland overlooking a hot spring with strange foliage and mysterious lava stones while Pheasants recalls Haapaniemi's childhood garden with pheasants walking under the dark rhubarb leaves and stealing gooseberries.

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