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June 1, 2012

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.

Mint Blanket Wallpaper by Renée Rossouw

Renée Rossouw’s South African heritage shines through in her bright, earthy designs. Working under Surface Design company Robin Sprong Wallpaper, everything is imported from Germany and printed locally.Mint Blanket is lightly geometric and would add a quirky edge to the kitchen or breakfast nook. The orange and mint color combination is surprisingly fantastic. $43 per three square feet. Photo courtesy of Robin Sprong

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Earth Night Wallpaper by Renée Rossouw

Also by Rossouw, Earth Night would make an excellent feature wall with its strong colors and perfectly clashing patterns. $43 per three square feet. Photo courtesy of Robin Sprong.

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Blue Bottle wallpaper by Marieke Adams.

Marieke Adams is a textiles, product, and illustration designer based in Cape Town. She also works under Robin Sprong Wallpaper to produce whimsically patterned wallpaper. Pictured here, Blue Bottle looks like a deconstructed version of an old-fashioned lace pattern. $43 per three square feet. Photo courtesy of Robin Sprong.

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Bunting in the Breeze wallpaper by Marieke Adams.

Another pattern by Adams, "Bunting in the Breeze," is subtle yet adds movement and depth to any wall. The triangles almost seem to undulate. $43 per three square feet. Photo courtesy of Robin Sprong.

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Kandy Wallpaper by Elitis

Parisian design company Élitis began designing wallpapers because they felt the industry didn’t offer enough colorful and innovative selections. Their latest line, Kandy Kandy, which is inspired by the ancient city Kandy in Sri Lanka, is just that.Painterly yet structured, this paper is strong enough to make a statement and subtle enough to paper a whole room without overwhelming it. Bonus: the thick vinyl coating makes it easy to wash. $700 per panoramic (Each panoramic can be hung like a pattern drop, cutting marks are provided). Photo courtesy of Elitis.

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I see you wallpaper by Cavern

Cavern is a bicoastal design firm specializing in wallpaper. They are environmentally friendly and silk-screen their unique designs by hand. One of the new designs, I See You, features a google eye pattern on which people can draw their own creations. $155 per roll. Photo courtesy of Cavern Wallpaper.

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Ula Pearl wallpaper by Eskayel

Brooklyn design studio Eskayel creates environmentally friendly wallpaper that softens the look of every room. Founder and designer Shanan Campanro designed her latest collection, Poolside, to mimic the surface of a swimming pool and the interplay of tiles and sunlight under water. This collection was also shown this week at ICFF, to see it and our senior editor's other ICFF picks, click hereThis design, Ula Pearl, is the perfect shade of gray and would work with most color schemes. $595 per roll. Photo courtesy of Eskayel.

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Reflection Amarynth wallpaper by Eskayel

Eskayel's Reflection Amarynth print: This almost-Ikat print manages to exude serenity without feeling like waiting room. $595 per roll. Photo courtesy of Eskayel.

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Mint Blanket Wallpaper by Renée Rossouw

Renée Rossouw’s South African heritage shines through in her bright, earthy designs. Working under Surface Design company Robin Sprong Wallpaper, everything is imported from Germany and printed locally.Mint Blanket is lightly geometric and would add a quirky edge to the kitchen or breakfast nook. The orange and mint color combination is surprisingly fantastic. $43 per three square feet. Photo courtesy of Robin Sprong

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