Posted by: abodesignco | 03/20/2009

Wallpaper do’s & don’ts

A client is considering wallpaper for an accent wall and recently revealed that a few of her friends have tried to talk her out of it.  They think it’s passe and a nightmare to install.  It is a nightmare to install if you don’t know what you’re doing.  It certainly is not passe.  With a plethora of selection for traditional and contempory patterns, it will take you further than paint ever can.  There are, however, a few things you to consider before an installation.

Like paint, choose a colour/pattern that is in harmony with the neighboring rooms.  However, if you want to make a bold statement, make sure the design is timeless and most importantly you love it: unlike paint, it is costly so choose a pattern you will not grow tired of in a year.

Good wallpaper ranges from $60-$150 per single roll.  At those prices, it is recommended that you hire a professional paper hanger & choose a pattern you can live with.  A good installer makes a huge difference.  It is not as easy as the experts make it look.  If it’s off just a smidge you will know and your eyes will zero in on it every time.

Consider lighting.  If you are contemplating a textured/metallic pattern, use indirect lighting or you will quickly learn to hate it.

Considering the room you’re installing it in.  I don’t recommend using wallpaper in your bathrooms due to the moisture but in a powder room where you’re not dealing with steam it can be stunning and adds a point of interest to what would be an ordinary room.

Powder Room, Brown Design Inc

Powder Room, Brown Design Inc

Don’t substitute your crown moulding for wallpaper borders.  Don’t use borders around your windows or doors.  Don’t use it to make your painted wall interesting.  In fact, don’t use borders period.  It is tacky and just doesn’t work.

Consider the furniture in the room.  Pairing modern furniture with traditional patterns results in a spectacular space.  Your guests will be in awe and wonder who your designer is even though you told them you designed it yourself 😉

Charles Rupert Designs, Victoria BC

Charles Rupert Designs, Victoria BC

Mix patterns but keep your colour scheme simple.  Adhering to this rule will balance the space and keep it habitable.

Wallpaper your bedroom!  With the right furniture pieces it is very glamourous, intimate and romantic.

House to Home, UK

House to Home, UK

Mixed Patterns, House to Home, UK

Mixed Patterns, House to Home, UK

So have fun & know when you need help (before you swipe your credit card hopefully).  Here are a few more of my favourite rooms:

Tuxedo ready

Tuxedo ready

Coop Residence, San Francisco

Coop Residence, San Francisco

Fit for a Princess

Fit for a Princess

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