Friday, 11 October 2013

Choosing Wall Paper

I have been on a short hiatus for a couple of weeks caused by lack of inspiration, but I am back :-) and will be talking about wall coverings, starting with wall paper.

Wall paper is a creative wall finishing which can add colour to any room.  It can also make a room look busy or outrightly hideous if it clashes with the other colours in the room.
Wallpaper types range from paper, vinyl, textile to fleece, fiberglass and liquid.

The choice of wall paper types should depend on the room it is being used for.  A hallway for example is a relatively high traffc are of a house, so is a reception, therefore vinyl or duplex paper wallpaper would be a good choice. In a living room fleece or textile wallpaper would be more ideal since it is washable and more durable. Also a kitchen would be better suited for vinyl wallpaper. So also children’s rooms and bedrooms would fare better with a choice of paper or textile.

If you are on a tight budget, thin wallpaper would be better suited to your pocket however thick wallpaper will save you the trouble (and cost) of having to screed the walls before applying. Also thick textured wallpaper looks pretty and hides the irregularities of the walls.

The choice of wall paper, like colour of paint can easily influence the mood of a room, hence you need to be proceed with caution. For instance, vibrant colours will excite most but can also irritate some, while pastels induce a sense of tranquility.
For rooms that have an ample flow of natural light, choose cool colours such as blue, gray, silver, pink, deep dark burgundy, purple, violet, blue, terra cotta and such. If there is not enough of light, then go with warm, soft and bright shades of orange, light green, gold, green, milk, beige, peach, coffee, apricot, and cream colours.

Fine patterns are better suited for small-sized rooms, and larger patterns for spacious and large rooms. The vertical bar visually lifts the wall but it will also narrow it; the horizontal bar will expand the walls, but make the ceiling  look lower. To increase the depth of the room you can install dark wallpaper with an active pattern on the far wall, with a much lighter colour on the other walls.

Make your wall paper stand out by not choosing the same colour as your furniture. If you plan to introduce photos, pictures and plants, use solid, light, smooth wallpaper with a barely noticeable pattern or ornament.

To calculate the number of rolls you need for a certain area, subtract area of windows and doors and add a small reserve just in case. Carefully follow the instructions on wallpaper installation, recommendations on exposure time and glue.

1 comment:

  1. Very educating. I have often marvelled at how nice wall paper can transform a room.
    Well done Veronica.