How to Choose the Right Wallpaper


Interior design is a curious thing as there aren’t really many ways you can get it wrong as long as you’re buying materials that compliment your home. Despite this, some of us do struggle with picking what we think are the right patterns and colours.

This is especially true of wallpaper. Luckily help is at hand as we’re going to tell you how to go about picking the right wallpaper for your home.

Measuring Your Rooms

Before making a trip to your local DIY store, you should get a rough idea as to how much rolls of wallpaper you’re going to need;

  • Start by measuring each wall you intend to wallpaper by using a tape measure or disto (laser operated measuring device) to note down both the floor to ceiling height and the width of each wall.

Choosing and Buying Your Wallpaper

Once in store, read the label of each roll which will tell you the exact area each roll should cover. Make sure you buy a little extra as there will be wastage due to having to match the pattern you’ve chosen. You’ll also need to consider the type of wallpaper you’ll be buying;

  • Vinyl is the most common type and is usually the easiest to both hang and remove. Some vinyl wallpapers are also moisture resistant making them ideal for bathrooms and other areas of high humidity.
  • Embossed wallpaper is another popular choice due to its versatility. Usually textured and patterned, embossed wallpaper is great for covering up the imperfections present in walls and is also often painted over, giving a unique finish.
  • Finally, we have the textile based type. Much more difficult to hang, we wouldn’t suggest using a textile based paper unless you have prior experience because you’ll need to apply your own clear adhesive to the rear before pasting to the wall.

The only other point left to consider is the colour and pattern of your wallpaper;

  • Horizontal patterns are effective in making the room seem much wider than it is. This is important if you have a room with high ceilings which is already quite narrow. Do be mindful of the overall shape of the room as horizontal patterns can make a stubby room look even worse.
  • Vertical patterns do the opposite and make the room seem much taller than it is. Great for all those of you where you’re constantly in danger of knocking your head against a light fitting.
  • Colour is entirely up to you but whatever colour you choose should complement your existing furniture and design scheme.

Buy Online

What we have noticed is a tendency for online wallpapers supplies to offer a much greater range of styles and patterns than your average home improvement store. This is likely due to decreased overheads and the lack of the requirement to have each type on display. Lancashire Wallpaper is one of several online wallpaper retailers who deliver nationwide. We would suggest that you browse through the range of a few different retailers to make sure you get the style you want.

Interior designers will become a thing of the past once you become confident in choosing your own wallpaper and home decorations.

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