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More so than paint, wallpaper can add texture, pattern and a range of colours changing the entire look of a room. Choosing wallpaper may seem like a big commitment and if you’ve been thinking of using wallpaper these helpful tips should help you to choose the right wallpaper.
Start collecting images of rooms you like with wallpaper you love. Use great websites such as Houzz to create an ideabook or Pinterest, creating specific boards. Clip from magazines and newspaper or when you’re out and about take pictures of wallpaper you love in restaurants or bars. From getting lots of images you’ll soon see a common theme emerging. We love this mood board from My House Candy featuring our Prior Park Grey wallpaper, seeing all the elements of a room come together really helps narrow your search.
What are you wanting to achieve choosing wallpaper? Are you wanting to add texture, warmth, add shine or make a room more contemporary? Adding wallpaper will make you feel a certain way when you walk into a space. Do you want this to be glamourous and luxurious or calming and subtle? You may have a goal of wanting to give your space a real wow factor!
If you’re unsure of your goal requesting wallpaper samples with different pattern and colours will help guide your decisions. If you’re not confident with wallpaper pattern, busier designs can work well in areas such as hallways or cloakrooms where you spend less time but have the desire to create the wow factor
Here are some basic aesthetic guidelines:
We always advise ordering a wallpaper sample prior to making your final purchase! You can’t always appreciate the colours, textures or metallic on a computer screen and being able to “touch and feel” the wallpaper can make a real difference! It’s great to use samples if you’re creating a mood board or simply tape the sample to your wall where you want to hang it, and live with it for a while.
Remember to take your wallpaper samples with you when you’re shopping for soft furnishings, flooring and accessories to make sure all the colours are complimentary!