If you are new to the world of wall coverings, here are a few design tips to help you choose the right paper
When you first begin searching for that perfect wallpaper design, you will quickly see there are so many choices and types of paper. In fact, making this decision may be the hardest part of the entire process. Whether you are going to do it yourself or hire a professional, it helps to know a little bit about what will work in your space.
You can begin by looking through favorite magazines. See what the latest trends are, but don't feel compelled to go with the newest fashions. Always choose what appeals to you, but keep value in mind. Will this paper have appeal for potential buyers? Will it be out of style in a few years? Will you be tired of it long before it needs to be replaced?
If you do want to try something wild and fun, think about applying it to one wall only. It will be much easier to replace when - and if - the time comes.
You'll have to decide if you want a patterned, foil, faux, fabric, or textured look. If you choose a subtle print or a solid color, you may wish to add a border.
Wallpaper makes a statement, similar to paint colors or faux applications, but it seems stronger in many ways. It will brighten up your space and make it larger. It can make a large, cold space cozy and hide its flaws at the same time. It can complement your furnishings and window treatments or vice versa. You get to choose.
Look at the texture of your furniture and wall coverings. Textures, in addition to patterns and shades, can compete with each other. Make sure that one texture is dominant and the others subtle; it doesn't matter which: your wallpaper or the decor.
Look at the colors. Does one dominate? What are the complementary colors in the room. You can play off any of these with your papers.
Increase your space. If you want to make a small room larger, you have several design options. A vertical-striped paper will make the ceiling appear higher. Light colors with small designs will also make the room look large and airy. Greens and blues, in particular, are tones that will make a room appear larger.
Decrease your space. If you want to add coziness to a cold room or a large space, use darker tones and an embossed design. Large-scale designs will give the perception of a smaller size, but do not necessarily add warmth. Deep reds and burnt oranges will help close the room in as well. A brownish-burgundy, for instance, is a terrific choice for a library.
If you want a room in which you can relax, think shades of nature: browns, blues and greens. If you have a room you want to liven up, choose reds, yellows, and oranges.
You can use the chosen colors throughout your home without giving it a sameness. Just mix and match the complementary colors, making one a dominant shade in one room; then pick others as the reigning shades in adjacent rooms.
You can also mix patterns from room to room as long as they remain in the same color and shade scheme.
None of these suggestions
are hard and fast rules. Ultimately, you can choose any paper for any
room - if it pleases you.
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