The Ultimate Guide to Wallpaper
The Myth that is Wallpaper
Say the word wallpaper to lots of people and they shudder! The word can conjure up images of garish flock walls in an ‘80s curry house, or a musky wall covering in an aged aunt’s front room. Do not fear, over recent years there has been a revolution in the wallpaper world, and now, we designers are spoilt for choice with an incredible array of fantastic wallpapers in every contemporary colour and cutting edge finish. We wanted to share just a few of our insider tips on how best to select and include wallpapers in your 21st century home.
Vinyl - Yes, we said vinyl!
Vinyl wallpaper has become so sophisticated these days, even the experts find it hard to tell when a good vinyl is used in place of a standard wallpaper. Why Vinyl? Vinyl wallpapers are an excellent long-term choice. As well as being a budget friendly option, they are hard-wearing, wipe clean and family friendly. In addition to that, they won’t fade with sunlight and are water and vapour resistant, which makes them ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. Here however, we’ve used vinyl wallpapers as the back drop in both these bedrooms. Available in lots of contemporary colours, we used a muted palette to add a sense of calm to both of the spaces. In one of the bedrooms, we railroaded the paper (by which we mean we used it horizontally), to create the illusion of a wider space in a compact loft room.
Grasscloth - our favourite luxury option
Environmentally friendly; made from hand woven natural grasses such as hemp, bamboo and sea grass, grasscloth wallpaper easily adds texture to a space and can be used to create a sense of warmth and luxury. Be warned, though, when it is hung you will see the grain in panels, that’s because it is a natural product and so the match will not be perfect, but that is all part of the charm of grasscloth wallpaper.
Clever solutions to adding wallpaper to your scheme
Be brave and be inventive with your use of wallpaper! We’ve been known to use it solely behind the joinery of shelves -adding a sense of luxury and depth to a room, not to mention also being a financially savvy solution when you have a low budget to work with. We have also used panels of wallpaper inset into joinery doors giving cupboard fronts colour & texture that could not be achieved by using timbers or lacquer.
Wallpaper can be a work of art
Beautiful wallpapers can even be used as artwork, and often look lovely in a frame as if they are a work of art. And, while we’re talking about wallpaper being multi-functional, what about using your left-over scraps for wrapping paper? That way, nothing goes to waste.
Feature Walls work too
If you are not brave enough to wallpaper a whole room, wallpapering just one wall is a nice and easy way to introduce some pattern to a room, without it becoming too overwhelming on the eye. We recommend when doing this that you decorate the rest of the room in similar tones, and to match the colour scheme of the room to the base colour of the pattern you’ve chosen.
A few practical tips
· Always consult a decorator to ensure you don’t over order. If you give them the width of the wallpaper rolls, let the expert tell you how much to order.
· Always ask the supplier which adhesive to use, as this varies from wallpaper to wallpaper and it is best that they supply it if a specialist adhesive is needed.
· More exclusive wallpapers may need to be hand trimmed before they are fitted. There are specialist wallpapering companies who do this as it is beyond the skill set of most normal decorators.
· Always get a cutting of your wallpaper choice before you order it and stick it on the wall of the room you will be hanging it in. The light in different spaces can really affect how you see the colour of the wallpaper, so make sure that the one you choose works in your space.