As far as wallpaper is concerned, simply being visually stunning isn't enough these days. With the earth-friendly movement making its mark on every industry (particularly in the design world), homeowners are now on the hunt for greener wallpaper options to pair with the many eco-conscious paint selections on the market.
Whether you want low- or no-VOCs (volatile organic compound), vinyl-free, or papers made from managed forests or natural materials, the options are growing.
To simplify the process, here are five designers to consider when searching for eco-friendly wallpaper that packs a stylish punch.
1) Graham & Brown
Style: For the modern nature lover
When wallpaper powerhouse Graham & Brown challenged students at world-famous design college Central St. Martins in London to create wallpaper with an eco theme, the selected designs were not only inspired by nature but they gave back to nature as well. Known as the Central Saint Martins Eco Collection, it became the company's first collection to be produced using VOC-free inks and printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) paper (inspiring further collections to follow suit - for a gutsy feminine choice, check out Amy Butler's collection). Further worth noting? Each paper roll is even wrapped in compostable packaging.
The Eco Collection features five neutral-hued designs that include a graphic rainforest theme, bold birdcage print, and an homage to the Bittern bird - a species in danger because of the disappearance of its natural habitat.
Stylish and thought provoking, talk about a conversation piece.
2) Erica Wakerly (via Hygge Cooperative)
Style: Graphic and geometric with a touch of pretty
Printed with environmentally friendly, color-fast and non-toxic water-based inks, Erica Wakerly's wallpaper is the most eco-friendly of the fashion-forward papers sold via Hygge Cooperative.
And with 28 patterns in a variety of color options, the collection offers plenty of eye candy for all tastes - from feminine florals to masculine metallics and a contemporary compromise in between. Want to go glam? Opt for the Hothouse wallpaper in gold. Who said earth-friendly couldn't be rich?
3) Angela Adams (currently only through the trade)
Style: Nature in the playful, abstract
Most design lovers know Angela Adams for her modern rugs and quirky accessories. But the style maven has moved into the realm of wallcoverings - and done so with the earth in mind too. Her line of flirty wallpaper is printed on breathable, non-PVC vinyl, which is Greenguard Certified for low-VOC emissions and also happens to be 100% post-consumer recyclable.
Like everything else in her style arsenal, Angela Adams' wallpaper collection ranges from quiet and contemporary to bright and bold. Currently, you can only purchase these papers through a professional designer, but the extra step is worth it when knowing how much you'll be helping your walls without hurting the environment.
4) Kimberly Lewis Home
Style: Simple pastels and pretty prints
Kimberly Lewis Home is one of the newer designers of this bunch, having released her first line of wallpaper in spring of 2011.
Despite their "youth," these patterns have a cool retro vibe that's sure to stand the test of time. (Marigny in blue/yellow would be especially stylish in a midcentury-style kitchen.)
The papers are all hand screen-printed using eco-friendly water-based ink and clay-coated paper, as well as domestic manufacturing to cut back on emissions. Each of her four graphic prints comes in two color options, allowing for eight stylish ways to bring some eco-friendly personality to your space.
5) Madison and Grow
Style: Contemporary botanicals with a bit of whimsy
Madison and Grow gets solid points for eco-friendly efforts. Their papers are manufactured with responsibly sourced and "elemental chlorine free" fiber and water-based inks. And they ensure that each of their suppliers adheres to at least one of the globally recognized responsible forestry or chain of custody programs, including Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
Even 100 percent of the mill's short paper fiber (essentially wasted paper) is reclaimed by the agricultural industry for use as nutrient rich compost or animal bedding meaning nothing goes to waste.
None of this may come to mind when you're admiring Madison and Grow's two whimsical collections featuring 10 pretty prints. With up to six different color options per print, you'll have plenty to choose from to add a new look to your walls while making Mother Earth happy.