Wallpaper can add depth, texture, colour and pattern to any space—and even change the entire look of a room. However, given the cost and the need for professional installation (a definite must) wallpaper can be quite a commitment. But don’t shy away.
Here are seven tips to help you make the right choice:
1. Pin or Collect Lots of Images
Fill your Pinterest feed or keep a notebook with images of wallpaper you love. Then take a look at the collection of images—does a pattern or style keep coming through? If you can name a few themes throughout the images it will help narrow down your search for the perfect paper.
2. Go with Your Preferred Style
Don't go with a wallpaper pattern that doesn't reflect the décor style you’ve incorporated throughout your home. Although wallpaper can be a bit of a bolder style statement—be aware of going too bold. It’s a safe bet to stick to what you know and love. Plus, avoid passing fads and get a pattern that you can grow old with…you want your wallpaper to be around for years, right?
3. Sample It
Even more important than sampling paint, getting a wallpaper sample is a necessity. Stick it to the wall in the room where you want to hang it, and really live with it for a while. Placing this ‘tester’ wallpaper in your home will allow you to see how it fits in with the rest of your home’s finishes and fabrics. Also take note of how the pattern or print looks at different times of day.
4. Know What You Want
What are you hoping wallpaper will do for your space? Add depth, texture, warmth, shine? Also ask yourself how you’d like your wallpaper to make you feel. If, for example, you’re wallpapering your home office you may want a pattern that makes you feel rather calm. Doing your tax return might not be all that bad if you have beautiful wallpaper to stare at blankly.
5. Explore All of Your Options
Nowadays wallpaper goes far beyond traditional prints…you have options such as grass cloth, cork and Japanese silk, as well as textured papers that mimic marble, wood and stone. So don't forget to look at every option that’s available to you. For example, if you’d like to add warmth and coziness to a room something like a richly textured wallpaper could be just the thing you're after.
6. Avoid Pattern Fatigue
Wallpapering rooms and areas where you spend the least amount of time is your best bet—think stairs, studies and guest bathrooms and formal dining rooms—these are all good contenders for wallpaper. If you have to see the same pattern all day, everyday you might find yourself getting a little overwhelmed.
7. Get Professional Advice
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, contact a professional wallpaper company before buying anything. Make an appointment and sit down with a qualified salesperson—show them your ideas, take pictures of your space and discuss what you can spend. A pro will give you advice and help you make an informed decision.
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