Imm Cologne 2016: Wallpaper trends with 3D-optics

The wallpapers which were shown at the Imm Cologne were dominated by the 3D trend, by photo-realistic motifs and by patterns from the 1950s.

A highlight at the Imm Cologne was an installation of color worlds by the German Wallpaper Institute with temporary “living dolls”. Several rooms were staged in one plain color. Wonderful, provocative and entertaining.

However, the many manufacturers of wall modules in 3D optics also made their mark.

Whether made of fiberglass, plaster, wood or plastic, almost every material that was suitable was used. We especially liked those companies which used recyclable materials. Concrete optics, wall imitations and metallic corroded surfaces were also presented very often.

There are also new developments in classic wallpapers. At Kelleter from Herzogenrath, we saw both “real” 3D wallpapers which impressed with their structures, as well as wallpapers with applied beads, mirror and glassplitters in various color variations. The noble optics give a luxurious charm and are especially popular with hotels. The big product portfolio of Kelleter offers the architect everything for wall, ceiling and floor design from a single source.

We were very impressed by Organoid which had decors made of natural materials such as hay, straw or hemp. The special feature of Organoid decor is that the decors can be applied to a variety of carrier materials: jute, linen, plastics, wood, cartons, nonwovens, metals but also self-adhesive films. A nice feature of these absolutely ecological decors: the natural smell, the special haptics and impressive optics.

The basic decor resembles processed hay which makes its charm.

The manufacturer offers the décors in different natural color variants but also in different versions. They were made with lavender flowers, margerites, rose petals, bark, birch limbs or peppermint. And the best thing: you could “smell” it! A great idea and the fragrance stays for a long time and can be partly refreshed by rubbing the surfaces according to the manufacturer. With its products, Organoid is turning to partners from the industry who are processing them in furniture, shopfitting, wallpapers and panels. We’re looking foward to where the decors of organoid will meet us again!


The company Freund GmbH, headquartered in Austria, also had natural materials for wall design. Wall decor and floor coverings with real mosses (for example, Island moos, forest mosses) with floors of cowskin or buffalo leather and wall panels made of birch or cork were shown here. The manufacturer is also more leaning towards architects and industry. However they also offer moss plates which can be ordered as an end consumer.


Our conclusion about wall design at Imm Cologne? The time of the solid colored walls in the living room runs out. This becomes clear when you study the many concepts on the various stands. You quickly realize that creativity has no limits and why stop at a simple wall design of one color?

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