Wallpaper is Back

Vivid or demure, pattern colour and imagery are all around us and we are now seeking to embrace it more than ever with wallpaper.

It can be a big step going from painted walls to wallpaper and you may not even know where to start. So I’ve tried to be as thorough and to the point as possible and without too much running on!

FAKING IT

If you like the look of a brick wall but the reality is way beyond your budget, there are some fabulous realistic wallpaper designs available. It ’s cost-effective as well as being a lot cleaner and easier to keep.

Panelling has seen a resurgence in recent years and to save you the hassle and your pocket, there’s some fantastic realistic wallpaper that’ll have everyone believe you have got the real thing.

MURALS

Murals are great at providing a backdrop to a room. They’re often works of art in themselves, telling a story all of their own. They’re great for feature walls and add an air of creativity to a room.  Wall murals will provide your homes with a showstopping design element that will grasp yours and your guest’s imagination.

TOP TIPS

  • Get a sample! Never order without sampling the wallpaper in your home. Hang it on the wall to get a feel of how it will look.
  • As with paint, colours and textures can look completely different with light whether natural or incandescent, you’ll need to see how the colour and/or pattern work at different times of the day.
  • Assess your artwork. If you have a lot of artwork going for busier wallpapers may end up competing with your gallery walls.
  • Assess your current furniture and style to help you evaluate which design to opt for.
  • Found a wallpaper that you love but would break the budget to decorate the whole room? Place a large mirror on the opposite wall to reflect it back into the room.
  • Think about the scale of any patterned wallpaper. In general, the small-scale pattern creates a feeling of spaciousness but can look lost in larger rooms. Larger scale patterns can make a room feel more intimate.
  • If a whole wall is still out of your budget to consider backing bookshelves, alcoves or using it as an accent piece to highlight areas of a room. A little of something you love in your spaces is a whole lot better than nothing at all.

 

MEASURING

Most websites have a built-in calculator to work out how many rolls of wallpaper you will need. If you want to work it out yourself you can follow this simple guide below:-

1. Calculate Number of Drops Needed

Measure the width of each wall you want to cover and divide by 53cm (this is the standard width of most wallpapers, so you’ll need to double-check. This provides you with the number of drops.

2. Calculate the Length

Measure the height of your room and multiply by the number of drops (see 1.) to get the meterage needed.

3.  Calculate Number of Rolls
Divide by the length of the roll less the pattern repeat (if there is one). Most wallpapers are normally 10m long but you should check this first. Round up to the nearest whole number. This gives you the number of rolls needed. Personally, I would always purchase at least 1 or 2 additional rolls for mistakes or if the room your decorating is a difficult one.
On a final note, go with what you love and take a leap of faith. You might just surprise yourself!