The surest way to insanity is to start browsing through wallpaper supplier sites to find that perfect print for that wow factor in a room. There are endless wallpaper prints available and if you don’t have an inkling of what end result you want, you’re very likely to end up with a less desirable outcome. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. START WITH THE RIGHT SPACE
First decide if you would like four, or only one covered in wallpaper. If all walls are covered, an understated print with fewer colours and not too much contrast will be a better choice. If you have your heart set on a bold and colourful print, try breaking it up a bit by adding panelling or a mantel piece for some colour contrast. A combination of no more than two colours for the furnishings will calm it right down and create a more subdued effect. If you decide on wallpaper to create one feature wall, a bolder, large print for a magnificent statement, would be appropriate.
2. WHAT SCALE PRINT WILL SUIT THE ROOM?
The busier the pattern, the more distance you will need away from it to get the full impact. In general, small prints work better in tight spaces and larger print for bigger rooms. Luckily, some rules are meant to be broken… If you have a small room with odd shaped walls, a large scale print will hide it. A large scale pattern with a solid background can make an eye catching, graphic statement in a small room.
3. WILL THE PATTERN FIT THE APPLICATION OF THE ROOM?
Pattern and colour are essential elements in design that impact the way we feel in a room. Soft pastels, some chevron patterns and spots, look lovely in children’s rooms. Applying these in a formal living space, will look out of place and not fit the way we’re using the room. More sophisticated colours such as warm greys, a touch of bling, a textured finish or bolder patterns will look more “grown up” for your living spaces.
4. USE THE CORRECT PAPER FOR WET AREAS
If you’d like to push yourself out of your comfort zone and want a full on wall statement in the bathroom, make sure the wallpaper is suitable for wet areas. After all your hard work and lots of dollars spent, it would be a shame if it started peeling off, because you haven’t read the instructions!
5. REFER BACK TO YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
Take special care that your personal style doesn’t get lost in all the choices and trends on the market. If you’re after a modern country look, a botanical print or textured paper will make you feel more at home. Geometric patterns will suit an art deco or sophisticated theme and wallpaper with palms or exotic birds will fit a tropical theme.
Remember to get a few samples before making your final decision. It’s best to hang it against your wall and living with it for a few days before jumping into the deep end. If you’re still unsure, you know where to find the professionals 🙂
Cheerio ’til next time!