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Modern Wallpaper Brands and Designs

In recent years we've seen a bevy of new brands bring a much-needed dose of style to that often garnish, frequently frou-frou, always overwhelming product formerly known as The Covering That Makes One's Eyes Bleed, or, wallpaper. Here, some of our favorite picks for modern wallpapers (and happy eyes everywhere).

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A Wallpaper Story

With the convenience that wallpaper provides, it is no wonder the timeless household product has been praised as one of the most popular ways to give your home a quick, attractive, and relatively inexpensive makeover.

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To the Walls

Wallpaper is an easy way to add sophisticated visual interest to rooms when objets d’art and pricey pieces aren’t an option. From the classic Graham & Brown to quirky Wall & Decò, Dwell shares five patterns we are obsessing over. Plus, don’t miss some of our past picks for more modern wallpaper.

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Cole & Son Factory Tour

Cole & Son, a London-based wallpaper manufacturer established in 1875, recently launched its collection of autumn wallpapers, including a particularly striking harlequin pattern of overlain colors called "Circus" that proves the 136-year-old company can do modern with as much depth as the historical. These papers are manufactured—"manu," by hand, being the operative root—barely north of central London in Haringey, where the tiny Cole & Son factory rolls out a quarter of a million meters of high-end wallcoverings per year. On the ground floor of the two-floor warehouse, a 130-year old machine sits beside a shinier digital printer of a mere 30 years. Though they don’t look old enough, some workers have been there for decades and have children working there too. “It’s like anything you do,” says a screen printer named Jason who has been mastering his craft for 25 years. “You just get used to it and then it’s easy.”

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At the Printers

Brooklyn's Flavor Paper is hauling dowdy old wallpaper into the splashy 21st century, and you get to watch.

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New-Wave Wallpapers

Wallpaper often comes with negative connotations of frenetic patterns and faded fruit borders, but a new wave of wallpaper design offers modern alternatives to plain paint and plaster. Click through the slideshow to see the eight designs we are digging right now.

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