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Wallpaper Dos and Don’ts: Useful Tips for Your Home Design

Wallpaper Dos and Don’ts: Useful Tips for Your Home Design
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If you picture an 80’s decor when you think of wallpaper, it’s time to adjust your thinking! Wallpaper is making a comeback in a big way right now. Often considered a designer’s secret weapon, wallpaper can completely transform a space.  It’s a versatile tool that can bring color, texture, or pattern to a room. It can also make a small space feel larger, or a big space feel cozier.

If this is your first venture into the world of wallpaper, there are a few things you should know before you redesign your walls. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your new wallpaper looks as fabulous as you envision.

DON’T Begin Without a Plan in Place

The secret to a successful wallpaper experience is careful planning and preparation. Determine how much paper you need and always get a little extra to allow for pattern drop (when a roll does not match with the next roll). Be sure to buy all your paper at once and always check the lot number to confirm rolls are from the same batch for consistent color matching.

Measure and cut all your strips before starting to paste or hang anything. Practice lining up the pattern on the floor first to ensure you get it right on the walls. To be sure you love your choice before committing, pin strips up and see how you feel about it after a few days.


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DO Start Small

No matter how many videos you watch that make it look like a breeze, hanging wallpaper can be a challenge. That’s why it’s best to dip your toe in the water first to see how you feel about it before you commit to a major project.

Start your wallpapering adventure with a smaller space, like a powder room or hallway.  You may think a bold pattern would be overwhelming in such a room, but it can actually make it appear larger.

DON’T Forget to Prep the Walls

Taking the time to prepare the walls will ensure your wallpaper looks its best.  You may think the paper will cover up old holes or bumps, but in reality, every imperfection will show through. Clean the walls thoroughly and be sure to fill all holes. Sand out any bumps until the wall is smooth and then apply wallpaper primer to get the best results.


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DO Consider Your Existing Interior Design Style

There are so many different styles and types of wallpaper available it can be hard to figure out which one is right for your home. To help narrow down the choices, consider your interior design style.

Stick to modern geometric patterns if you love the mid-century modern look. Consider a damask or floral print if your style is more traditional. And there is a wide range of textured wallpapers that will add interest to a minimalist home without overpowering the space with bright colors or patterns.

DON’T Forget the Fixed Finishes

Just because you’ve found the perfect print doesn’t mean it’s going to look perfect in your home. Don’t choose a wallcovering without considering the features that already exist in your house. Compare your wallpaper to the tile, carpets, and large pieces of furniture before you hang it. You don’t want to start a chain reaction of having to fix colors to match the wallpaper.

DO Use Wallpaper to Help Define a Space

When decorating an open concept home, it can be difficult to create separate zones for different activities. Wallpaper is a great way to define a space or create the feel of a separate room in an open area. Try wallpapering the entryway to separate it from your living area, or wallpaper just the dining room to create a distinct space for eating.


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DON’t Get Too Elaborate

If possible, avoid complicated patterns with a lot of small details as this can be difficult to line up. Also, try to choose a relatively simple area for wallpaper. Curved walls and areas with lots of cuts can be challenging, so you may want to hire a professional if you’re venturing into more elaborate spaces.

DO Think Outside the Box

They may call it wallpaper, but walls are not the only places to use wallpaper to elevate your home design. Adding surprising pops of color or pattern in unexpected places can have a big impact. Consider using wallpaper to jazz up a dresser or bookshelf or papering the front of your stair risers to make a big statement. Another way to make a major impact is to wallpaper your ceiling. In fact, wallpaper on the ceiling is becoming one of the hottest new trends.

With these endless options, there is a perfect wallpaper for every room. Armed with our best tips and tricks, you’re ready to put the power of wallpaper to work in your own home.


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