Best Mid-Century Modern Wallpaper for Every Room in the House

Wallpaper is a surefire way to give an instant makeover to any room, and there are a ton of stylish mid-century modern wallpaper options out there.

I’ll walk you through some wallpaper basics and then jump into a selection of adorable mid-century styles for the whole house.

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Wallpaper Basics

There are a few kinds of wallpaper available these days.

  • Standard Wallpaper: This is the old kind that had to be glued and hung. It’s a little harder to DIY, so you don’t see this style as often anymore.
  • Pre-Pasted Wallpaper: This kind of wallpaper comes with glue already on it, similar to an envelope that has to be licked…you wet the wallpaper to activate the glue and then hang it on the wall. Pretty easy!
  • Peel and Stick Wallpaper: This seems to be the most common option you see for sale online. It’s more like a sticker. You peel off the backing and stick it to the wall. It might be labeled as removable, making it ideal for rentals or when you don’t want to commit to a pattern long-term.

Regardless of which kind you choose, there are some basic steps for hanging wallpaper. I opted for the pre-pasted variety, and it totally brightened up my entryway.

Read More: How to hang wallpaper, how much to order and how to prep your walls

This is the Jax Starburst wallpaper by Brewster. It’s out of stock now, but I’ve shared a bunch of other starburst and mid-century wallpaper options for you below!

Mid-century modern wallpaper with Sputnik pattern

Mid-Century Modern Wallpaper

MCM Living Room Wallpaper

Since the living room is such a large area, you might want to stick to wallpapering just one accent wall or using a more subtle pattern. These neutral starbursts have mid-century flair without overwhelming the space.

Mid-century style beige starburst wallpaper

Neutral Starbursts

This dark brown wallpaper with metallic lines feels upscale with a moody ’60s vibe. It would look great in a den, too.

Modern brown wallpaper

Metallic Lines

For a lighter wallpaper, try these modern metallic squares in a bright gray.

Modern square pattern wallpaper

Metallic Squares


Retro Kitchen and Dining Room Wallpaper

The smaller kitchen space is a fun spot to go big with patterns and colors. How about these cheerful and oversized mod oranges?

Mid-mod orange fruit wallpaper for the kitchen

Mod Oranges

These black and white fish provide a Scandinavian atmosphere, minimalist in color and maximalist in cuteness. This pattern would pair well with warm wood cabinets.

Scandinavian fish wallpaper for a mid-century modern kitchen

Scandi Fish

For an adorably retro kitchen, try these tea and coffee pots. They are reminiscent of Orla Kiely’s mod flowers and Cathrineholm’s lotus leaves.

Mid-century style tea and coffee pot wallpaper

Tea and Coffee Pots


Minimalist Bedroom Wallpaper

For the bedroom, you probably want to stick to calming, minimalist patterns, like these subtle dandelion starbursts in light gray and white.

Modern dandelion wallpaper that looks like starbursts

Subtle Starbursts

But minimalist doesn’t have to mean colorless. These mod Scandi flowers would be gorgeous as a colorful accent wall behind the bed, with adjacent gray or neutral walls.

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Mod yellow flower wallpaper

Scandi Flowers

And you can still find real grasscloth wallpaper similar to the authentic styles from the mid-century. This beige grasscloth would be lovely in the bedroom, living room or anywhere in the house.

Textured grasscloth wallpaper authentic to the mid-century era

Grasscloth

When you’re ordering online, check the description and reviews to make sure it’s real textured grasscloth. A lot of the options I saw were actually vinyl with just a printed pattern to look like grasscloth.

My house came with wall-to-wall grasscloth in my living room, hallway and dining room. I love it!


Modern Office Wallpaper

For the office, the stark contrast of these black atomic starbursts against the white background could help energize your day.

White mid-century modern wallpaper with black atomic starbursts and lines

Atomic Starbursts

These lovely mid-century cats on a turquoise background would make a cheerful accent wall behind your desk.

Mid-century modern cat wallpaper with turquoise background

Mid-Century Cats

These earthy gray teardrops are also similar to the lotus leaves of Cathrineholm, one of my favorite mid-century motifs.

Read More: All about Cathrineholm

Modern gray teardrops wallpaper

Modern Teardrops


Mid-Century Bathroom Wallpaper

I am biased as a huge fan of pink mid-century bathrooms. But don’t you agree this pink wallpaper with delicate white starbursts would be delightful?

Pink mid-century style wallpaper with white starbursts

Pink Starbursts

For a slightly more subtle look, try these large polka dots with a gray tweed-like background.

Modern gray wallpaper with white polka dots

Modern Polka Dots

And I had to get more mid-century cat options in this list. This pattern comes complete with atomic boomerangs…so perfectly retro.

Retro mid-century wallpaper with boomerangs and atomic cats

Atomic Boomerang Cats


Tiki Bar Wallpaper

A tiki bar should transport you to a tropical escape, so it’s the ideal room for a flashy wallpaper pattern. This Hawaiian style option has mid-century fonts, colors, tikis and hula girls.

Hawaiian tiki bar wallpaper

Hawaiian Tikis

Try adding lots of palm leaves with artificial plants, pillows and other accents like this wallpaper.

Read More: Tiki bar decor guide

Palm leaf wallpaper for the tiki bar

Palm Leaves

Finally, I had to include these retro mer-kitties and mermaids! I used this pattern on the fabric for my bathroom window valance, and it is even cuter in person. I’m obsessed with this design.

Retro mer-kitty and mermaid wallpaper

Mer-Kitties and Mermaids


DIY Wallpaper

If you’re nervous about hanging wallpaper, try it in a smaller space first, like a bathroom, entryway or nook.

There are so many mid-century modern wallpaper options these days, you’re sure to find a beautiful pattern to brighten up your home.

And make sure to check out these DIY wallpaper tips to get started.


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2 thoughts on “Best Mid-Century Modern Wallpaper for Every Room in the House”

  1. Oh Tara……these choices are all wonderful! Awesome!! ( I feel like I stepped back into the 60’s/70’s. Lol) I don’t know if I ever told you we wallpapered one wall in our vaulted ceiling L.R. in Omaha. It was a damask wallpaper green background with black velvet fleur de li’s on it. (It went great with our avocado green furniture. 😉 Then our house in Aloha had the green/gold real grasscloth wallpaper in entryway. Lots of styles and choices in that era! Love how you guys have brought alot of that era back to life in your MCM home! Thumbs up for sure!! Lots of love and work over the last what? 7 1/2 years there?!

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    • That wallpaper and furniture combo sounds amazing! I love all the mod ’60s and ’70s patterns. Eric and I looked at a very groovy ’70s house back before we bought this one, and it had lots of fun retro accents and textured wallpaper. It’s hard to believe we’ve been here for 7.5 years already!

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