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Wallpaper Is The Current Style In The Home

Updated on July 4, 2012

Style Ideas With Wallpaper

Wallpaper Style
Wallpaper Style

Not long ago, wallpaper was seen as an outdated design idea. It was associated with stuffy old homes filled with old-fashioned furniture for grannies. With recent upgrades in materials and styles, designers have rediscovered the wonderful world of wallpaper.

Now wallpaper is on the cutting edge of home design trends. From monochromatic colours to highly stylized designs, there is a wallpaper design for every taste. Get inspired about wallpaper with this helpful guide to the wonderful world of wallpaper.

Aftwards, be sure to browse through our incredible selection of wallpaper styles to find the perfect match for any room in your house.

Designs that complement your furnishings.
Designs that complement your furnishings.

Wallpaper Wonderland

Wallpaper has undergone a total reinvention. Out of fashion for years whilst we tried to forget the awful flock hallways of our childhoods, wallpaper is now back with vengeance. It's an absolute essential for every stylish home.

You can transform the way a room looks with good use of wallpaper but there's a bewildering array of choice that puts a lot of people off. From flock and floral wallpapers, to plain and paintable wallpapers, and even leather or suede wallpapers the list goes on and on, and that's before we even start on wall stickers and decals!

So to help you through the wallpaper minefield, and avoid those hideous wallpapering mistakes of the past, here are a few top tips to help you wallpaper your home with confidence.

Size! Does it matter?

One of the most commonly asked question is the age old adage of size, and if it matters. The commonly quoted rule is that small spaces need delicately patterned wallpapers to give the illusion of space. However, in her new TV Show, Home-made Home, Kirstie Allsopprecently said that golden rule for wallpapering is much more simple: just be confident. Allsopp wallpapered a tiny down stair loo (always the smallest room in the house!) with large, bold patterned wallpaper and it looked fantastic.

The one irrefutable rule for choosing a wallpaper pattern is to try a sample first. Get a large square of the patterned paper you think you like, and pin it in a prominent position in your home to make sure you look at it regularly. In front of the loo or above the telly are good spots! You might find after a few days, you can't stand the sight of it! Another great way is to upload a photograph to mydeco and use their "Decorate a photo" tool to put the wallpaper onto the walls in your room,

Colour & Mood Wallpaper
Colour & Mood Wallpaper

Colour & Mood

The colour of the walls can have a huge impact on the atmosphere of a room. Think of a room decorated with stark white wallpaper, and contrast this with a similar room decorated with a yellowy, cream coloured wallpaper. A subtle change in huge can make a big difference so think carefully about the kind of feel you are trying to achieve with the room and the wallpaper. Earthy wallpaper tones like soft browns, oranges, reds, creams and gold are all warm colours. Blues, greens, and whites tend to have a colder feel.

children's wallpaper
children's wallpaper

Be Bold With Childrens Wallpaper

If there was ever a time in your life when you should be surrounded by bright, bold and fun patterned wallpaper, it when you're a kid! There are so many children's wallpaper ranges to choice from - you really don't need to succumb to the latest Spiderman or Batman wallpaper design.

Hanging Around?

If the thought of putting up wallpaper makes you want to run for the hills, don't! Wallpaper technology has developed to such a point that it almost puts itself up!

You will need: A paste table, a pasting brush, a sponge, a plumb line, a tape measure, a sharp knife, scissors and a bucket of clean water. There is a really comprehensive guide to on how to wallpaper here at this specialist wallpaper shop - wallpaper direct.

Trends In Wallpaper

You can't go wrong with classic, fresh floral wallpaper which looks good in any room, from bedroom, to study, to kitchen. However, if you want your wallpaper to reflect a current trend and be bang up to date, here are a few trends that are sweeping wallpapered walls across the country! Inspired by nature: Turn a new leaf with leafy designs - as botanical are big this season. Look for papers that reflect nature with patterns consisting of trees, leaves and plants.

Metallic wallpaper: Give your home some shine with a metallic wallpaper. Monochromatic and mirrored wallpaper give your home a futuristic cool look. Beware though - you need very smooth walls for this kind of wallpaper.

Handmade wallpaper: Handmade wallpapers are very fashionable at the moment. They tend to be a bit more expensive, and a little bit more effort but you will be sure to have created something really unique and bespoke for your home. Look for small designers who offer courses in how to hand make wallpaper as a cheaper alternative to commissioning it from a designer.

Eco wallpaper: Environmentally friendly wallpaper is popular at the moment but it's more than a fashion statement, it should really be a way of life and something we all look for in our wallpaper.

Wall stickers: These are a big hit with people who are scared of wallpapering a whole room. They are a great way to put colour on the wall without going the whole hog with wallpapering. You can create a striking feature or splash of colour with a flower or even a tree wall sticker.


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      Jordan Riley 

      8 years ago

      Great points that you have made.

      Well done


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