Choosing A Suitable Wallpaper Design For Your Room

By on May 2, 2013

Perhaps the most elusively obvious visual element when we look at a room’s design is the wall. They take up most of our visual picture but we tend to ignore it unless a domestic lizard catches our attention by running stealthily from behind a piece of furniture to another. Although walls with plain colours are nice, they can also make a room look dull if there is a huge empty space. You might have first wanted to put up a huge picture on it and changed your mind. Now you are left with an empty space and wallpapers are your next best option.

1) Firstly, always buy vinyl wallpapers. They are common and you will not run into unforeseen problems. Heavy duty vinyl will also be more durable. If you have visited a show flat 6 months after it’s initial launch, you are going to find that most of their wallpapers are already peeling off. Solid and fabric vinyl are easier to clean and durable. Consider using them for common areas like the living room and kitchen. Stay away from more conventional types of wallpaper like untreated paper and foils

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2) Decide on the type of design that blends into your home design. Most common designs are those that have floral imprints, stripes and those with solid shapes. Floral designs with a slightly gold background look great with modern design and warm lights. For your children’s room, you can go with solid shapes. If all you want is to fill up an empty space on the wall, also consider wall stickers.
3) Remember to buy all your matching wallpapers from the same manufactured batch. This is to make sure that the patterns and colour tone matches with each roll of wallpaper.

4) Large prints and patterns tend to make a room look smaller. Go for those that are lighter in colour with small prints and patterns if your intention is to make the room look bigger. Even though the same design came from the same fabricator, they can have varying tones if they were manufactured from different production runs.

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5) For wallpapers that you intend to use in the bathroom, test the proofing by using a wet sponge or cloth to swipe it. Imagine spending half a day to put it up and seeing it destroyed at the end of the day after your bath. Humidity can cause damp wallpapers encouraging mold to grow behind it.

6) Note that perfection in blending the pattern of each piece is difficult to achieve as the shape of your room plays a part in it. This is out of your control. Even professional designers might not get it perfectly right. Be prepared that some patterns may not join up properly. Don’t fret over it.

7) Before going out to purchase your wallpaper, don’t forget to take measurements of the length and width of the walls. This is important as wallpapers are not going to fit right onto your wall. You need to cut them accordingly. After cutting, you will end up with extra pieces that become useless as they do not fit anywhere else. Buying more is better than less.

Image Attribution: Orin Zebest, garethjmsaunders



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