There used to be a time when wallpapers weren’t so popular… Well, that sure has changed now!
Wallpapers lend a sense of adventure to run-of-the-mill homes, with a vast variety of styles, from stripes to damask and everything in between.
However, choosing the right one can be quite a task… after all, you don’t want to go overboard with patterns that don’t complement the rest of the room!
So, if you are planning to use wallpapers in any part of your home, make sure you give these tips a dekko.
Tips To Choose The Right Wallpaper
1. How bright is the room?
A key factor to consider before you finalise the wallpaper colour – if your room has plenty of natural light, you have the options to choose either a dark or light coloured wallpaper. If natural light is in short supply, stick with brighter colours to avoid the stifling effect.
2. Commit to colours
Colour governs the mood of the room you wish to refurbish. Similar to the decision of choosing a colour for wall paint, wallpaper colours are divided into two main categories – warm and cool.
Warm colours such as red, orange, yellow, peach and pink are ideal for rooms that do not get a lot of light. These colours are attention grabbers and are known to stimulate appetite, hence are suitable for kitchens and dining areas. A word of caution though - expect a warm coloured room to appear smaller than it is.
On the other hand, cool colours such as blues, greens, aqua tones, and purples promote tranquility and make a room feel larger.
Choose bright coloured wallpapers to liven up space. Soft, pastel colours with a white or gray cast are useful in creating a comfortable environment and are hence best suited for bedrooms and bathrooms.
You can look at pairing darker walls with lighter furnishing or accessories and vice-versa.
3. Choose the right quality of the print… and paper!
Thinking about the ‘’paper and print quality’’ first and then deciding to zero down on other aspects such as colour and pattern will be the smartest decision you make.
Simply because chalking out the practical nuts and bolts of each room is a critical point in working out the type of paper you should be buying. Think long and hard about the spaces where the wallpapers will be put up.
A thumb rule is that for spaces which are prone to frequent moisture and people-intensive zones, it’s best to go for a vinyl based product for paper longevity and resilience.
4. Synchronize with the surroundings
It’s wise to consider the room’s furniture and flooring in your decision-making process – the idea is to complement the patterns and colours, not clash with them.
You can opt to borrow a few samples and try placing them in your room for a few days. It’s critical to see how the wallpaper works with the light and room size during the day, noon and night time. Remember to view a sample of the wallpaper on the wall it will be applied on.
We can’t begin to tell you how important (and heartache relieving) this trick is.
How To Choose The Right Wallpaper Patterns?
Here’s how you can choose between the different kinds of wallpaper patterns…
1. Flat v/s Textured patterns
Décor pundits opine that a textured pattern gives a more easygoing look to a room whereas flat designs can make a wall look more refined. Textured patterns have an added advantage of covering up the imperfections on your walls by providing an additional dimension – so use textures to your advantage if you’ve been blessed with uneven walls.
2. Large v/s Small patterns
Select a sizeable bold design for a huge room to make the area seem friendlier. Large patterns don’t gel in smaller rooms as they tend to overpower the space.
3. Striped patterns
Striped patterns create a compelling illusion depending on the way they are put up in the room. Horizontal stripes or patterns will make the room seem fuller while bringing the ceiling on a shorter perspective. Vertical lines or patterns, on the other hand, will make the ceiling appear higher than it is.
If you like stripes, think of using them in rooms where everything comprises of smooth lines and planes.
4. Floral prints
Beyond being just wallflowers, pretty, delicate damasks and floral prints have shot into the limelight because of their ability to give a room a romantic, albeit slightly retro look. When complemented with fine lines in muted, pastel colours, you’ll find this room to be the most classic, and timeless in its beauty. Choose wisely and well.
5. Geometric patterns
If you like geometrics, consider yourself lucky. For geometric wallpapers have gotten a new lease of life and have transformed from ‘Plain Jane’ circles and squares to vivid swirls and abstract asymmetries, from obtuse triangles to zigzag patterns.
Take your pick from whatever catches your fancy the most!
Aside from being intriguing conversation starters, geometric wallpapers lend a bold look to a room and are great for making a fashionable statement or providing a dramatic look. If you adore a large geometric design, use it as a statement - an accent (feature) in a small room leaving the other walls a lighter colour for more significant effect.
Whichever designs and colour you intend to go with, always choose a paper with a softer tone of ink/print on a high-quality paper finish. This will bring out the patterns vividly and avoid an overpowering effect. As goes for the design part, follow your instincts and go for it!
If you need help in designing your home, get in touch with one of Hipcouch’s experts today!