Selecting Wallpaper Designs

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Are you a "do it yourself" decorator? Learn how to choose the best wallpaper designs for your home with a few easy steps.



  1. There are three methods of hanging wallpaper: pre-pasted, self-adhesive and non-pasted. Choice a wallpaper that matches your ability to hang it yourself.
  2. When you find wallpaper designs and printed wallpaper that you like, order samples. Tape the samples to your walls for a few days and “live” with them before choosing a final wallpaper design.
  3. Consider durability when choosing wallpaper designs. Choose heavy-duty vinyl-coated, solid vinyl or fabric-backed vinyl for bathrooms, kitchens, children’s bedrooms and other high traffic areas.
  4. Buy all rolls from the same dye lot, so the patterns and colors will match.



Now it may be generally thought given an ordinary degree of taste and equally, of course, of financial means, it should not be a very difficult matter to select suitable wallpaper designs for any room of one's house. Actually, and as a mere matter of fact, not one person in a thousand is competent to say just how particular wallpaper designs will look when they are on the wall. For not one, but many, factors require to be taken into due consideration when selecting factors involving the shape, size, height, lighting and even the very furniture itself of the room. That is where the experienced judgment of a decorator comes in. And the lack of this assistance is the reason why one so often finds a wallpaper design -- pretty enough in itself -- that nonetheless shouts its inappropriateness from the room’s every side.

One good way to avoid that sort of disappointment is to put yourself into the hands of an expert and let them choose wallpaper designs for you. But if that plan borders too nearly on the meek-and-mild, then the next best thing, is to select three alternative wallpaper designs for every separate room and try them on the walls before choosing your final pattern.

The prime desire is to select a wall covering that shall be in harmony with the main purpose for which the room itself is destined. You would not, for instance, think of mounting the same wallpaper designs on dining, living and bedroom walls alike. To take the matter a stage further, you would not surely think of papering a room having a low-pitched ceiling with the same wallpaper design that you would choose for another having lofty walls. It is quite obvious again that a style of pattern which would look charming on the wall of a room almost square in shape would have an appearance altogether the reverse of that in an oblong room, with its diminishing perspective.  

There is the matter of pictures too, to be regarded in choosing wallpaper designs. Nobody in his senses would desire that walls already decorated with a number of fine paintings, prints or photographs should be further ornamented by overly ornate wallpaper designs or backgrounds. For such a room, self-colored wallpaper, or at most neutral wallpaper designs, are the only possible choices and so on all the way about the residence.

It goes, then, without saying that it is a part, and an important one, of a decorator's business to see that clients, left to their own judgment, do not go hopelessly astray both in the style and treatment of their room walls. If they are good at their trade, the decorator will shepherd their clients gently but firmly into the right way of choosing wallpaper designs; moreover, if they are very good, they will leave them at the end of things believing that they chose upon their own initiative. Of course it sometimes happens that the customer, naturally, possesses a refined, good taste. In that event the expert's duty is immensely lightened for them. Their trouble is mainly with the customer who think they know exactly what they want regarding wallpaper designs -- and don't. If these people eventually arrive at the satisfactory stage it is indeed a feather in the cap of the decorator, though if they be wise they will wear it humbly and almost out of sight.


Help Selecting Colors

Decided against wallpaper? Today's homeowners can preview and interact with a paint manufacturer’s color swatches and products to virtually create the room of their dreams long before picking up a paint brush with the help of mobile paint apps for both iPhone and Android platforms. When painting, color has the power to alter the apparent proportions of a room. Red contracts, blue and yellow expand. Green, unless very dark, has little effect upon, the room, keeping the walls, as decorators say, well in place. Tan, gray, blue and pink have the effect of adding space, while brown, unless very light, has the same quality as green.