Wallpapers are a great way to brighten up a room. Whether it’s setting up a new place or sprucing up an existing one or even changing the look of an existing home due to boredom, wallpapers add a sense of fun, style and flair to any home. Hanging wallpapers whether by yourself or by a professional can be intimidating and there are 8 important things you must keep in mind before going about it.
# 1. HOW CAN I WALLPAPER SMALL ROOMS?
Small rooms have some design challenges and the wallpaper for them must be chosen with care. The worst kind of wallpaper would be a dark colored one with small print, says our in-house design expert. This color scheme makes small rooms look even smaller, gloomier and over a period of time, more claustrophobic. A larger sparse pattern, such as flowers or birds creates an optical illusion of largeness.
# 2. DO I GO WITH PAPER OR ANOTHER MATERIAL?
Paper or paper with a vinyl film is often the material used as a wallpaper for the home. It is easy to put up, clean and even removable. This paper also hides wall imperfections. Care must be taken while putting them up though, as they can tear easily.
Embossed wallpaper is another great option, where texturing allows for hiding scratches and imperfections on the wall. Fabric wall paper, bamboo and other kinds of materials have their limitations in sticking on the wall, as well as maintenance.
# 3. WHERE CAN I TRY SMALL PRINTS?
Small prints work with less distractions and work in rooms where you want more calmness, the best example being children’s rooms or master bedrooms. Small prints can get lost in living rooms and fade over time.
# 4. CAN I MAKE SMALL ROOMS LOOK LARGE & VICE VERSA WITH WALLPAPERS?
Wallpapers are perfect for creating optical illusions in a space. You can make small rooms appear large and wider just by putting up a wallpaper with horizontal stripes. Vertical patterns make a small room appear taller. However both the above patterns work in rooms that are perfectly square. For rooms that are rectangular, a ‘drop’ or diagonal pattern works better.
# 5. WHAT IS ‘PATTERN REPEAT’?
While putting up a wallpaper, it is important to pay attention to whether the pattern is lining up properly. There must be an equal distance between the parallel patterns and this can be anywhere between an inch to even the entire wallpaper width. For horizontal patterns, it is important to ensure that the design matches both sides of the strip and geometrical ones need even more care. Floral patterns do not need much pattern repeat.
# 6. WHAT HAPPENS IN ROOMS WITH LOW CEILINGS?
There are special wallpapers with a color gradient – from dark to light – which makes the walls appear taller. Vertical stripes too have a similar effect. Painting the ceiling in white or a light color with a sharp contrast gives the illusion of height.
# 7. WHAT MISTAKES CAN HAPPEN IN WALLPAPERING?
Laying out patterns in a haphazard manner is one of the commonest mistakes when putting up wallpapers. It is important to double check how it is going up before the gum is applied, since once done, it becomes difficult to remove. Also care must be taken to ensure borders and seams aren’t visible and the continuity is seamless.
# 8. WHAT DOES CHOICE OF WALLPAPER COME DOWN TO?
At the end of the day, the choice of a wallpaper comes down to what the purpose of the room will be, how clean can you maintain it and how long will it last based on room usage. Kitchens, hallways and children’s rooms need water resistant wall paper and something that can be cleaned frequently. Bathrooms can do with moisture-resistant wallpapers but some amount of water destruction is inevitable. Choose the material depending on how long you wish the wallpaper to last.