5 Tips for choosing the right wallpaper for your space


Wallpapers are a great way to add pattern, colour and interest to an existing space. They can be perfect for adding to walls, furniture or using as art, however, choosing the right wallpaper that will  sit perfectly into your space can be difficult. Here is a list of 5 tips that can help you consider what pattern or type of paper is great for your project.

Collect Samples

Collecting wallpaper samples is so important when choosing the right one for your project. Some wallpapers you see online can differ in colours to how they appear on the paper so it is important to check with a sample first. 

When you have your samples, temporarily add them to the wall you wish for the paper to go onto. Keep it there for a few days to see how it looks at different points in the day and how well it goes with the furniture and other decor you have. 

You can order samples through my website, just go to the wallpaper that you like and click ‘sample’. 

Have a Theme

When you’re working with a space that already has a theme, try to stick to it with the wallpaper. Try and pick out similar patterns or colours that will compliment the scheme. This will ensure that the space flows and connects and will make the space inviting.

If you are designing a room from scratch, it’s a good idea to create a mood board. You can collect images from the internet, magazines or from samples you have gathered and place them all together on one sheet of paper. From this you can get an idea of how your space will look and you will be able to see if all the elements work together.

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Where To Use Wallpaper

Wallpaper is great tool to enhance any space, but it doesn’t have to be just walls that you apply it to. There are many surfaces within a room that you can add texture or pattern to.

One of the more popular ways to use wallpaper is to upcycle pieces of furniture like chest of drawers or bookcases. This works well on furniture that have clean lines, simple shapes and silhouettes that would be easy to add paper to.

Other ways could be adding wallpaper to a lampshade, hanging wallpaper as art or even adding wallpaper to the ceiling. There are just so many ways you can be inventive and add interest to a space.  

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Textured or Plain Paper?

Wallpaper comes on a variety of different papers and its really up to you and your personal preference on which one you choose.

With wallpaper you can get a standard plain paper which is great for any room and can come as woven or non woven. You can also get papers that are textured. This can be great for hiding imperfections or just adding even more interest to the room. Some patterns are great with texture, especially plain patterns as they can really come to life.

Samantha Hall Designs Wallpaper
Photo by Samantha Hall Designs from the Wallpaper Collection

Using Removable Wallpaper

Removable wallpaper, a great way to add wallpaper if you are renting or if you like to change your mind quite regularly. It is easily removed and can also be recycled if you wish to use it again.

This wallpaper uses adhesives that stick to the wall permanently. The normal adhesive used for regular wallpaper is not used for removable, making this a much less messy job. Removable wallpaper acts as a sticker so there are no liquid glues involved. 

Using removable wallpaper is also handy if you have or are expecting children. For example if you have a children’s bedroom that you wish to turn into a nursery for a new arrival, then later on you might want to turn that room into a study, removable wallpaper is great as it allows you to keep up with any age or renovations you’re planning.

I hope these tips have helped with your decision on what wallpaper to buy for your next project. If you are exploring wallpaper, please check out my wallpaper collections that are perfect to addition to any space here.

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