Choosing the right wallpaper for any room in your home can be a difficult task. Get it right and you’ll instantly transform the look and feel of your space. Get it wrong and your room can end up feeling smaller, darker or more cluttered. Our handy wallpaper buying guide will take you through the important things you should consider before buying new wallpaper. And with over 300 styles of wallpaper to choose from online, you’re sure to nail your new interior look in no time.
Perhaps the most important step will be choosing a colour scheme for your room. If you’re starting with a completely blank canvas and need some inspiration, our room visualiser tool is really helpful. Darker colours will add style and sophistication to a room; perfect for dining rooms, whereas lighter colours will add a sense of space, making them the ideal choice for hallways. You can find lots of advice on choosing the right colour for your room on our blog here. For a bedroom, we love the soft, romantic tones of purple and pink wallpaper. For a touch of glamour in the dining room, why not experiment with dramatic grey and black wallpaper on a feature wall?
Plain or patterned?
Once you’ve narrowed your options down to a few colours, it’s time to decide whether to go with a plain or patterned wallpaper design. If your room’s fairly small or you’ve already got a lot of furniture in there, it’s best to choose a plain wallpaper design or a pattern with a smaller print. These tend to be easier to co-ordinate and are less likely to make the room feel cluttered. On the other hand, large bold prints will work perfectly in larger rooms and will make emptier rooms look more furnished.
Striped wallpaper works well in rooms with low ceilings. Go for vertical stripes to create a sense of height which will trick the eye into making the room feel bigger.
Modern wallpaper is great if you like updating your look regularly and geometric wallpaper designs in yellow and orange are really popular at the moment. The trend for all things copper doesn’t seem to be going anywhere either and a copper design wallpaper would make the perfect addition to your dining room or living room.
Opt for something more traditional if you don’t plan on changing your decor too frequently. Trail and leaf or floral wallpaper designs offer a timeless option that won’t quickly make a room feel ‘old-fashioned’.
You’ll also need to decide whether to wallpaper your entire room or just one feature wall. You’ll need to be much more selective with your wallpaper design if you choose to cover your entire room. Avoid busy prints and dark colours that will cause distraction. Neutral wallpapers are perfect for applying to the whole room, will often fit with your existing furniture and, most importantly, will allow you to layer colour into your room using soft furnishings and accessories in whatever colour you choose. Wallpapering an entire room also works really well in kids’ bedrooms (probably the only place where you can really go to town with bright colours and bold prints!). Take a look at our range of kids’ wallpaper online where you’ll find all their favourite characters including Marvel Superheroes, Disney Princesses and Cars.
If you choose to go for a feature wall, you’ll be able to get away with much bolder prints. This will also allow you to draw attention to a particular part of your room. This could be your fireplace, bed head or dining table. Once you’ve picked a wallpaper you like, choose a co-ordinating colour from the design to apply as paint to the remaining walls and your makeover is complete.
Paste the wall
If you’re a wallpaper novice but don’t have the budget to hire a professional, choose a wallpaper with ‘Paste the Wall’ technology. Instead of pasting the wallpaper before applying it, you paste the wall, which halves the time it takes to decorate. You won’t need to wait for the paper to soak and you won’t even need to invest in a paste table. What’s more, when you get fed up with your wallpaper design and fancy a refresh, the wallpaper simply peels away without the need for expensive steamers or time-wasting scraping.
Textured wallpaper will add a beautiful 3D element to your walls, highlighting or enhancing a specific part of the pattern. It’s also really useful if your walls are particularly uneven or bumpy as its texture will mask these smaller imperfections (who said wallpaper was just designed to look pretty?).
If your walls are bumpy but you’re not keen on textured wallpaper, lining paper is a good option for smoothing out minor imperfections before you apply your wallpaper. Thinner lining paper is great for covering hairline cracks in plaster, and thicker lining paper will cover more noticeable imperfections.
- It’s always a good idea to order samples of your favourite designs first. You’ll be able to check the scale of any prints and get a true colour match before ordering the full roll.
- When working out how many rolls of wallpaper you need, remember to minus any doors or windows. Always order at least one more roll than you need just in case. You can always return any full rolls if they haven’t been used.
- If buying in store, remember to check that the batch codes on each roll of wallpaper match. If you’re buying your wallpaper online, there’s no need to worry about the batch codes as we’ll do the checking for you!
So you’ve chosen the best wallpaper to suit your home, now head over to our guide to hanging wallpaper blog and we’ll show you how to achieve the perfect finish every time.