After several years of being avoided, wallpaper is again in favor for a home decor that is contemporary, sometimes exotic, and sometimes pop. You can find wallpaper in many designs and varied quality, there are even many brands of designer wallpaper.
If you have been wondering how you should choose your wallpaper this article will help you in your decision making process.
Choose by rooms:
First let's look at the room where you will be using the wallpaper, some characteristics might have more importance than others.
Living rooms and bedrooms do not present any particular problems and any type of wallpaper is acceptable. Whether the paper you choose is vinyl covered, or fabric flocked, any motif, or pattern or quality is appropriate as long as it fits your aesthetic appeal. This is only a matter of personal preference.
Bathrooms and kitchens are frequently exposed to humid conditions, even grime deposits, you should prefer a paper that will be easy to care for. Washable wallpapers are perfect for these difficult areas as they can be washed without deteriorating your decor.
In hallways and stairways it is important to have a very durable wallpaper that is also washable.
Choose by colors:
You can also choose by color. You can never forget what else is or will be in the room when choosing a color. You either choose a contrast color or you harmonize it.
For a more elaborate look you might select blends, or different shades of the same color.
A relaxing atmosphere can be obtained by using different tones in the same color group.
For a totally pop look contrasting colors and opposition of darks and lights will be more effective.
Remember that colors will affect the perception of space and volume. You should use it to your advantage.
Small patterns and light colors will give the impression of a larger room. While dark colors make it look smaller and more intimate.
Choose by quality:
Quality is another important factor when selecting a wallpaper. Today's washable wallpapers are covered with a thin layer of pvc and are very durable. They are easy to clean with a damp sponge.
You can find textured wallpaper that have the texture of wood or brick and many others. There are also flocked wallpapers for people who like the softer texture of velours.
The newest fad is metallic papers. They are very popular with the tech generation, although most are quite expensive are they are in designer wallpaper collections.
You must also consider how many rolls you will need. This will depend on the size of the area to be wallpaped and on the motif you choose. Usually you should measure the area then add 20% to 25% to cover cuts and scraps. It is better to buy a little more than to run out in the middle of a project.