For many of us, the suggestion of using wallpaper when decorating our homes brings back vivid memories of your grandmother’s house in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Many people think back to the 1960’s when wallpaper was psychedelic with swirls or paisley patterned and the 1970’s with it’s oversized brown and yellow floral pattern or round edged geometric designs.

People are pleasantly surprised when introduced to modern wallpaper designs.

Wallpaper has re-entered the world of home decorating; and with this resurgence, comes a myriad of colours, patterns and textures to suit all styles of decorating. Wallpaper has the ability to instantly transform a room by changing its look and feel. It allows you to inject your own individuality and character into your home. It’s because of this, that the DIY enthusiast, Interior Designers and Interior Decorators alike have embraced wallpaper.

But how do you choose and where do you start?

When you have made the decision to use wallpaper when decorating your home, it is very important to choose the right wallpaper to suit the decor of the room, the intended use of the room and the natural and/or artificial lighting in the room.

Firstly, look at the room that you intend to wallpaper. Do you want to create a relaxed and casual mood; a romantic and feminine feel; a room with a contemporary edge or a traditional space?

To create relaxed and casual areas choose large scale prints, like wide stripes and large flowing prints.

For romantic rooms; soft pastels, small scale florals and delicate prints will create an amorous atmosphere.

To get that bold contemporary edge, consider wallpapers with large scale prints – bold geometrics or sizeable florals which are non-figurative and less intricately detailed. High gloss and metallic accents, which feature within the wallpaper design, will add depth to your walls and have visual impact.

When you want to create a more traditional room; using intricately detailed florals, stripes and damask prints will help you to achieve a long-established conventional atmosphere. Team these wallpaper designs with furniture from an historic furniture era, for example the Edwardian furniture period.

Once you have decided on the style of wallpaper, the next step is to decide whether you should wallpaper one wall or all four walls.

Wallpapers with spectacular bold patterns, make great feature walls. Choose a wall which will have the most impact when entering the room or an area which you want to draw attention to, for example behind a lounge, dining table or bed.

When wallpapering a whole room, use the more traditional prints, small scale designs or larger designs which are less elaborate. That way you can ensure the room will have a fresh up to date look, without being overwhelming.

Wallpaper is readily available from:

  • Hardware stores;
  • Paint and decorator shops;
  • Internet based retailers;
  • Interior Decorators;
  • Interior Designers
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