Vibrant. Stunning. Gorgeous. If those characteristics are what you desire for your home’s interior décor, one influential design component can make all the difference: wallpaper. Your home’s walls may be blank canvases right now, but they could become the bonding element that ties together all the varied colors, textures and patterns you envision for your home, creating the eye-catching yet elegant theme you want. All your walls need are the perfect wallpaper selections to complete the effect.
Types of Wallpaper
Buying wallpaper to match your inner vision first requires a basic understanding of the options available. Before purchasing, learn about the various types of wallpaper to help you narrow down your choices.
- Vinyl Wallpaper
The most common wallpaper material is vinyl. Vinyl-coated wallpaper is the least expensive, but also the least durable. Fabric-backed vinyl wallpaper is much stronger and longer-lasting. Paper-backed vinyl wallpaper is the easiest to hang, since it is delivered pre-pasted and ready to apply. Solid vinyl options are waterproof and scratch resistant.
- Textured or Embossed Wallpaper
Textured wallpaper offers a three-dimensional effect for homeowners looking to enhance their room with an extra dose of the dramatic. These products may actually have a textured feel, or the illusion of texture may be produced through a printing effect. Some products may allow the homeowner to apply a coat of paint on top, further improving the striking final look.
- Fabric Wallpaper
Fabric wallpaper is created by adhering cloth particles to the secure vinyl backing. When hung, fabric textures lend a comfortable, warm feel to the space.
- Foil Wallpaper
The shiny, reflective surface of foil wallpaper is ideal for smaller spaces – it lightens and enlarges a room. It’s delicate and more difficult to apply than other options, but the final result is spectacular.
After selecting the material, deciding on a pattern is the next step. You already know light colors enlarge a room while dark colors shrink the space. How will patterns affect the room’s atmosphere?
- Horizontal vs. Vertical Patterns
Wallpaper with horizontal stripes or with a strong side-to-side pattern can make the ceiling appear lower while making the entire room look wider. Patterns that repeat from ceiling to floor will appear to extend the height of the ceiling.
- Small vs. Large Designs
Small-scale designs on wallpaper will make the room appear bigger and are ideal for closed-in spaces like a bathroom. Large-scale designs are definitive and bold, filling in empty blank space.
Calculate the Amount Needed
Besides determining the type and style, calculating how much wallpaper will adequately cover your wall space is vital. First, measure the length of each wall. Add all the numbers together – this is called the combined width. Multiply this number by the height of the ceiling. Measure the total area of each window and door and subtract these measurements from the final number. Always round numbers up to the next half foot or foot to ensure you will have enough. Now you know the total square footage of wallpaper coverage needed.
You can contact the specialists at Wallpaper Warehouse for guidance on anything from making basic selection decisions to measuring walls with unique built-ins. We’re here to provide assistance for customers buying wallpaper to enrich the character of their home.