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How To Choice Wallpaper

Lanca Wallcovering Co.,Ltd | Updated: Feb 26, 2018

                                  How to Choice wallpaper


Often one of the biggest challenges a new home decorator faces is giving a room a pulled-together look. One way to give a room a more finished look is to use wallpaper and matching fabric to accessorize the room with color and texture. Many manufacturers create wallpaper and fabric collections that make it easy to mix and coordinate patterns. By following a few key steps, a novice decorator can learn how to mix and match colors and patterns, thereby increasing decorating options.


Select wallpaper for a focal point. When choosing wallpaper, think about the colors you'd like to bring into your space and what type of feel you'd like your room to have. Timeless patterns like toile can give a room a more formal feel, while geometric patterns are best for modern rooms. In addition to the type of pattern, consider also the size of the pattern. Larger patterns add visual interest but can make a room seem smaller; smaller patterns, on the other hand, can make a small room seem larger, especially if the pattern is created with light or neutral colors.


Purchase large samples of your favorite three or four wallpapers. If at all possible, you want to get a sample that is at least 12 inches square. Take these swatches home and tape them to the wall in the room where you think you want to install them. This will give you an idea of how these wallpapers will look in your home with your furniture and lighting. Hanging your large samples helps you avoid investing time and money in a wallpaper that doesn't work in your space.


Choose three colors from your wallpaper sample to bring into the room. Generally you want these colors to include one neutral (black, white, taupe, grey, brown or whatever the neutral color is in your wallpaper), and one complementary color. If your wallpaper does not contain several colors, you can use a color wheel to help you choose a complementary color. For example, if your wallpaper is blue, you would look for the color that is directly across from blue on the color wheel to find its complementary color (yellow). Another option is to select the three colors that are adjacent to one another on the color wheel. Using the blue wallpaper example, you might use blue-green and green, or blue-green and violet.


Use the colors you've selected to shop for fabrics. In addition to color, you want to think about patterns when shopping for fabrics. The best way to mix patterns is to consider scale and form. If your wallpaper pattern has a large scale, then you want the pattern on your fabric to be smaller in scale. If your wallpaper pattern is very busy, then you will want a simple pattern on your fabric. If your wallpaper pattern combines several colors, you can contrast that by picking a tone-on-tone pattern for your fabric. Once again, a simple way to determine the best patterns is to ask for small samples (at least 2 inches square) to hang against your wallpaper. Your goal is to select fabric that pops against the background of your wallpaper. For the best result, you may want to limit yourself to two patterned fabric selections.