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Choosing the Perfect Wallpaper: 7 Things to Remember

Are you looking for the perfect wallpaper design for your living room, kitchen, or bedroom? Well, there’s more work to choosing the perfect wallpaper than most homeowners realize. After all, if it were that easy, interior designers would have run out of clients by now.

The reality is that finding the perfect wallpaper for your home can be a difficult task. Photowall has several varieties of household wallpapers that you can choose from. But you also have to consider other factors, such as your budget, theme of the room, and design preference, among many others, to find your favorite wallpaper.

Because of that, we compiled a comprehensive list of seven main things you should remember when shopping for the perfect wallpaper. Here’s what we found:

1.     Test It Out

Think of wallpaper like any paint color. You always want to test it out in the room you want it on before committing. You can go this by hanging a sample on your wall for a week or so. This will give you enough time to decide how the wallpaper works with your space.

During this time, you can ask yourself, “Do you love the wallpaper pattern? Does it complement other colors in the room?” You will know you’ve found the right wallpaper when it checks all these boxes.

2.     Durability of your wallpaper selection

Wallpapers, like other household items, are not created equal, especially with regards to durability. For example, you may go for wallpaper with the highest quality only to realize that it doesn’t hold up too well to high wear and tear.

Likewise, it wouldn’t make much sense to put fragile wallpaper in your kids’ rooms, hallway, or bathroom. On the other hand, these wallpapers could be perfect for home offices and master bedrooms. That’s why it is always important to choose the right kind of wallpaper material for the right space.

3.     Color of wallpaper

It’s no secret that color can make or break the mood of any room. Again, just like choosing paint, color plays a critical role when selecting the right wallpaper for your space. You want wallpapers that complement the rest of the room.

Know your likes and dislikes and use them to select the wallpaper look and feel you are going for.

4.     Use Light to Your Advantage

Unfortunately, many homeowners underrate lighting as an important aspect when choosing wallpapers. For instance, did you know that you can use wallpaper that reflects light to help brighten dark and dreary rooms?

Similarly, you can use wallpapers with dark colors and textured surfaces to make your room look smaller and more intimate. These colors absorb light, making your room look darker than it would without the wallpaper.

5.     How to Hide Eyesores with wallpaper

As a homeowner, you should already know that no house or room can be designed 100% perfectly without any flaws. You will always find tiny visual imperfections and eyesores that impact the beauty of the entire room (and that’s if you’re lucky). Some homes can come with very poor finishing that even the best wallpaper doesn’t help much.

Using the right wallpaper can help you camouflage and hide some of your room’s imperfections by making them blend in perfectly with the room.

6.     Mix & Match Freely, But with Restraint

You know the old saying, too much of anything (even good things) is bad. Well, the same holds for wallpapers. As much as you may want to mix and match and play around with wallpaper colors and designs for your living space, using too many wallpaper patterns can sometimes work against you.

At the same time, using plain wallpaper with no pattern or variance can make your room look dull.

As such, you want to try not to overdo it when mixing wallpaper patterns and designs. Instead, go for patterns that at least have some similarities, like similar colors. Your wallpaper might have different designs, but provided they don’t contrast too much, you should be good.

7.     Think Outside the Box when it comes to wallpaper

You don’t necessarily have to use wallpapers on your walls. You can also use them in unexpected spaces. Many homeowners use wallpapers solely on their walls and on the back of built-in shelves. And while they might add more color and life to these spaces, it can also be boring because everyone else does the same thing.

So, what if you decide to be a little more creative and used your wallpaper on some small unexpected areas and spaces? Remember, you aren’t bound by what you can do with your wallpapers. After all, it is your home. You can be as creative as you want with it.

Wrapping Up

When choosing the perfect wallpaper for your living space, always keep in mind that there are many ways to help you decide. These are just a few critical factors to help steer you in the right direction. Get this right, and you shouldn’t have any problem picking out the perfect wallpaper that lights up the room and gives it life.

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!