Sunday, June 26, 2011

Deciding On Wallpaper

There are multitude types of wallpapers in different styles, textures and patterns available in the market today. Of course, you are having a hard time choosing the right one for your home. With some basic guidelines it shouldn't be that hard to think what to get for your walls. This will help you pick the best combination of colors and patterns that would best suit your room.

Not all types and make of wallpapers are suited to all rooms. Therefore, it is important to consider which room you would like to put a wallpaper on. For example, in kitchens where cooking is done with all the grease and dirt, it is important to carefully select the make of your wallpaper. It should be something that is easy to clean and does not absorb grease and stains. It is always best to go with the practical vinyl type that are durable and stain resistant. It can easily be cleaned with soapy water and a scrub brush. On the other hand, vinyl coated ones are the opposite which will be a disaster when used in stain prone areas.

What do you want to accomplish in your decorating scheme? Are you thinking of covering stained defective or cracked walls? Or you just want to totally change the look of your room by going with a new color scheme? Identify.

Think about the room you are preparing. Consider its size and natural ventilation. A wallpaper with small prints may be lost in a big room. Bold prints on the other hand can overpower small cozy rooms. Check the height of your room? If the room has a low ceiling, a striped pattern will add height to the area. Jumping right into a store and buying something that you are just thrilled about, may turn out to be a total disaster on your wall.  I would strongly recommend that you go to a store and ask for wallpaper swatches or samples so you can bring it home and carefully select what you really want in consideration of the above guidelines I just mentioned.  Always look at the size of the pattern and see if it's harmonious with the scale and proportions of your room. Check all the existing finishes (flooring, ceiling, window treatment and furniture) in the room before deciding on the wallpaper you want.

Most wallpapers today are available with coordinating fabrics. They can all be constructed to blend or contrast with your pillows, window treatments and beddings. Always think whether you would want to incorporate matching fabric in your scheme. By the way, you need not cover all the walls with a wallpaper. You can only decide on one wall to create a sense of drama. The range of colors and patterns available will surely complement any style be it traditional or ultra modern.

Mix and match. If you are planning to wallpaper a room and you can’t find enough of your favorite paper in stock, consider using a second, complementary style of wallpaper. For example, mix striped wallpaper with a solid color. In fact, there are no hard rules in setting them up. A bit of creativity and imagination will make  designing enjoyable and achieve the desired results.

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  2. This is an excellent article on selecting the right wallpaper. I had a great assistant when I was choosing mine. She helped identify the best wallpaper, border, and paints! It does make a difference!



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