Home Wallpapering Hacks

Blossom Lady
Jun 28, 2022 07:35 AM
Home Wallpapering Hacks

Wallpaper is making a comeback. Not only can it look richer than paint, it gives rooms more dimension and can mask a wall that is uneven. Whether you opt for a muted color or bright patterns, wallpaper should create a unified look with the fabrics and the style of furnishings in a room without overwhelming the space.

Wallpapering is easier than you think. A few tips, some basic instructions and a little imagination are all you need to change the atmosphere of a room.

The color of this wallpaper works well with the sofa and accessories.

Wallpaper can have a significant impact on a room. It can subdivide and structure a room, as well as making it appear larger. The trend these days is to wallpaper only one or two walls rather than the entire space.

  • Large patterns tend to dominate a room, making them ideal in a big room. In a small room or one full of nooks and crannies they can be overwhelming.
  • Cover small rooms with a bright, monochromatic color or small patterns.
  • To best show off a striking wallpaper pattern the furnishings should be low-key.
  • Vertical lines on the wall make low ceilings appear higher, particularly if the ceiling is painted white.
  • Before you start, get an idea of how a chosen wallpaper will look by holding a large piece of it against the wall.
  • Textured wallpaper covers up small holes or lumps.
  • Make a note of the serial or model number of the wallpaper you are buying so that you can find it again if you need more.
  • To be sure you have enough, buy an extra roll or two—especially if you can return it if unused.
  • The right choice

    Your choice of wallpaper will depend on personal preference and where you will be using it, as well as on the skill of the installer.

  • Vinyl wallpaper is easy to handle and stands up to scrubbing and moisture fairly well, so it can be used in bathrooms, kitchens and children’s bedrooms.
  • Flocked wallpaper has raised “velvet” patterns and works well for creating decorative highlights and for formal areas such as dining rooms. It is washable, but can be damaged by rubbing and scrubbing.
    • Grasscloth, made from a weave of grasses, is suited to areas that sustain little wear and tear.
    • Fabric wallpaper is made of silk, cotton or linen, which is sometimes laminated to regular paper. It’s not the easiest to keep clean and is fairly difficult to work with but is stunning in a formal setting, such as a dining room.
    • Foil wallpaper is made of patterned metal foil. It can add an interesting touch and reflects light well but is unforgiving if it gets wrinkled or folded.
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