It can be so difficult to choose the right wallpaper for your space, wallpaper is an investment, something that needs to last. So with that said here are our top tips when selecting the best wall paper for your space.
The wallpaper you choose can make a room appear bigger, warmer, and brighter (or vice versa), and even hide slight imperfections on the wall surface.
Colour: Colour is a big thing to take into consideration, it can set the mood in a room. To make a space appear larger and the ceiling higher, pick patterns with cool-colour backgrounds, such as blue, greys or moss. Soft cool colours suggest tranquillity, while intense cool colours are fresh and dramatic. Warm colours such as pinks, yellows, and oranges tend to make a space feel warmer as the name suggests.
Play with scale and pattern: Stripes and other vertical patterns will emphasize height. Vertical patterns, including florals where the motif’s shape suggests a V or a U, will make a ceiling appear higher. Horizontal patterns accent width and will make narrow rooms appear wider. Small scale patterns create a feeling of spaciousness, while large-scale designs make rooms more intimate. To make an empty room look more furnished, pick large-scale patterns with brighter colours and dark backgrounds. One can also play with perspective, this can be introduced through the use of landscapes and patterns such as the trellis design.
Play with Texture: Patterns are great, don’t be afraid to be bold. The great thins about patterns with real or perceived texture is that they can also hide or camouflage wall imperfections or architectural eyesores. (Although wall treatment is recommended before application, wallpaper is not going to solve your peeling plaster problems) Patterns with actual tactile surfaces include grasses, string cloth, burlap, foil, expanded vinyl, and even velvet. Other examples of textured wallpapers are those that simulate the look of marble, wood, leather, fabric, even animal skins. A pattern with a layered design also creates a perception of texture for example a monochromatic damask design behind a floral pattern.
Play with Light: In a north-facing room, dark hallway, or windowless space, look for wallpapers that will reflect light around the room. For example patterns with light colours, lots of white space and those with metallic or pearl details. Also consider patterns with smooth surfaces, which reflect maximum light. Avoid dark and textured wall papers as they tend to aborb light and will make the spaces look smaller.
And in other exciting news…. Zana will be launching a wallpaper range this May in collaboration with some new kids on the block! Watch this space…
A sneak peek of wallpaper by Zana
Image collage- Images sourced on Pinterest. See our wallpaper pin board.