These are predicted to be the next big trends for paint and wallpaper

How many of these 'trends' are already decorating your home?

Will we be painting our living rooms grey or green in the near future? Should we still be hanging in there with wallpaper over paint? Design experts are on hand to make predictions on the future of decorating trends, to stop us from choosing a scheme for our homes that'll date too quickly.

The team at MyJobQuote have shared their insider knowledge on the matter of decorating trends, to help homes stay ahead of the curve. Here are those predictions for the 5 next big trends for paint and wallpaper when decorating homes over into 2021.

1. Wallpaper is bigger, bolder & brighter

living room with grey designed wall white sofa with designed cushion and white shelves

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore)

Wallpaper is set to be bolder and more on show than ever before, according to insiders. 'Wallpaper has gone through varying periods of popularity, but the latest trends are focusing on using wallpaper more liberally, choosing more daring and bold prints too! From reprints of classic architectural designs to shockingly vibrant floral fiestas, wallpaper’s recent resurgence is not stopping anytime soon.'

2. Embracing texture

kitchen makeover grey design textured and tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Kristin Perers)

Making an impression, quite literally, is texture. It doesn't have to be loud with colour to be heard. 'The natural look will always be full of imperfections, and that can be embraced with texture. The industrial aesthetic such as a concrete-like paint adds definition which can be interacted with through touch, offering a truly unique pattern in each application.'

3. Warm neutrals

living room with cream colour wall cream colour sofa with cushion and wall shelf

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore)

Has grey had its day? For quite some time now grey has dominated pretty much every rooms, thanks to the various tones and versatility. However, is beige about to become the new favourite once again? 'We could see a return of warmer neutrals such as oatmeal and beige coming back, offering a warmer, more homely ambience then grey currently provides.'

Read more: Neutral living room ideas for a cool, calm and collected scheme

4. Darker, bolder shades

living room with grey wall green sofa with designed cushion wall frame and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore)

This is not so much a new trend, but a continuing one that is growing momentum as it rolls into next year. 'Dark colours used to be avoided, as often this would be misinterpreted as making a room seem dark and dingy. However, with an eclectic use of space, well-placed lighting and shapes, deeper royal blues and luxurious emerald greens are making a comeback.'

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5. Statement murals

blue designed wall blue lounge bed and designed tea table

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Katya De Grunwald)

Murals are set to make more of a statement as we go into 2021. Simple murals, often in vinyl format, were once the way to do it. 'Now, designs have advanced to include full-scale works of art that can be the highlight of a room, with the remaining walls complementing it with subtle, natural colours.' Whether painting a mural or wallpapering the key to nailing this trend is to make it bold.

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.