Wallpaper used to be the home décor burden of the 80s. I developed a disdain for wallpaper early in life when I helped my mom redecorate our guest bathroom…a prolonged and painful removal process. I swore to never, ever install wallpaper in my home.
I am going back on that promise. Today, it has been revamped with fantastic styles, designs and even textures! I feign for a good, bold pattern or soft, shimmering textured wallcovering…it sends chills up my spine! Below are a few tips from me and select interior designers for selecting, installing and decorating with wallpaper.
1) Choose your wallpaper and where to put it.
Interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper advices to “use wallpaper in unexpected places: on the ceiling, in a paneled room, in closets, hallways, and small foyers. A great pattern or texture in small spaces can be a prodigious twist.” I could not agree more.
However, when you do add pattern to a major surface, you will want to layer various types of patterns throughout the space. It does not have to match and it certainly should not match, but each should be complementary to the others.
2) If you can, hire a pro!
It is possible to hang wallpaper on your own, although preferably with someone’s assistance. The assurance with hiring a professional is their expertise and you saving time, energy and money. How are you saving money when you have to pay for the service? Well, I’d rather pay a pro and get the job done right the first time around rather than possibly mess up my wall(s) and /or wallpaper, which is usually bought per square foot. We cannot waste the goods!
3) Proper use and accent to wallpaper.
The main fear when considering wallpaper is creating a busy space. Insert visual relief by breaking up the patterns with molding (temporary or permanent), chair rails or other architectural features. If you are not too keen on the idea of a fully covered room, create an accent wall. Designer Summer Thornton says to “match either the background or an accent color for the remaining walls of the room” in order to complete the space.
Check out the slideshow for more tips and ideas for incorporating wallpaper into your home! Which are your favorites? Let me know!