design edit issue 6
Wallpaper - it’s staged a major comeback. And for good reason - it’s an easy, inexpensive way to add a huge dash of personality and colour to a room. But loving the look of a wallpaper in a magazine or on Pinterest is one thing - actually committing to papering your walls in it is another. If you’ve been thinking about giving bold wallpaper a go in your home, read on…
Artworks can cost thousands of dollars. A designer wallpaper can make the same kind of impact at a fraction of the price. And yes, you can most definitely hang art on a papered wall for a pulled-together, layered look.
Wallpaper loves a feature wall - and so will your budget. With bold, statement wallpapers, often one wall is all you need to make an impact. Pick a wall that’s already a visual focus – it might be the wall that faces you as you enter the room or a wall that frames an amazing view. For best effect, choose a wall that has no windows or doors, and then choose a hue from the wallpaper to paint the rest of the room for a cohesive look.
Textured and metallics
If a bright and bold print is not your thing, there are loads of wallpapers with amazing textures. Forget old fashioned embossed wallpapers and check out the new textures like concrete, animal skins, quilted leather, timbers, stone and (my personal fave) grasscloth. Metallic wallpapers are another great option - they are like a neutral, so you don’t need to worry so much about matching up other colours.
Where to wallpaper
Be brave! Think about using wallpaper in unexpected places.
Behind shelves, on a ceiling, in your walk in wardrobe, as a headboard. And definitely in small spaces . . .
Power powder room
The guest loo is a favourite for wallpapering - you can really go bold with colour and pattern in a small room. Give your guests a stylish and unexpected surprise when they visit!
If you’re having trouble picking style or even a colour scheme for your space, try starting with choosing a wallpaper you absolutely love - and let that guide your project.
TIP Proper installation by a professional wallpaper hanger is key!
The lesson: wallpaper is the perfect opportunity to let you personality shine and give your room a serious dose of style. And it’s sure to give you more satisfaction that a simple paint colour ever could.