Taking a flat, bare wall and covering it in wallpaper adds detail, texture and depth to your space. It enhances the theme and mood of your room and adds sophistication. In a way, it is like displaying a large- scale artwork.
There is a wonderful range to choose from, but the look and feel you are wanting will depict your paper style and colour choice. Also, you will have to decide whether to have a feature wall or wallpaper your whole room. You can get a little quirky and wallpaper the ceiling too. It can look beautiful!
There are a few considerations to be taken into account before you buy the perfect paper.
Are your walls straight and finished well? How much light is entering your home? And are the kids marking the walls on a regular basis?
If your wall surface is in no way perfect, opting for an embossed wallpaper will hide the imperfections.
If you have ample warm sunlight and want to enhance or maintain the feeling of lightness, steer clear of dark wallpaper. Stick with light as it absorbs and reflects. If you are wanting to add more personality and depth to your space, go for darker tones. Again, if your walls tend to get knocked around, select a textured or embossed paper.
Walk-in wardrobes that are dark and uninviting look stunning when wallpaper is added. It accentuates a mood and lightens the small space. Is your office space in need of an inspiring environment? Remember, wallpaper can last up to 15 years, whereas paint's life span is around 10 - something to consider when looking at your budget. There is also wallpaper that replicates the look of old timber. The finish is outstanding. You can find replicas of concrete and bricks for different looks.
There are endless ways to have fun with wallpaper. Enjoy the wonders of dressing your walls and creating a beautiful home.
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