The past few years have seen a rebirth and increased popularity in wallpaper. But if you’re new to the world of wallpaper, you’re probably wondering: “What’s the best way to manoeuvre through the seemingly endless selections to best express your individuality?”
“If you’ve made the commitment to using wallpaper, there are a few things you need to know,” says Elaine Skinner of interior design company Hops and Camellias “So we thought we’d answer some of the most common questions that we regularly get asked by our customers when choosing Wallpaper”.
Q1. What is the best choice for backing paper?
Once you’ve chosen the colour and style of the pattern you want, it’s best to look for what type of backing the wallpaper has. Wallpaper with a non-woven backing will be fully strippable if you ever decide to change it. Graham & Brown’s non-woven patterns are also easy to apply with their “paste-the-wall” technology.
Essentially ‘Paste-the-wall’ uses non-woven backing paper that does not expand when it gets wet. Since it doesn’t need to soak, the paste can be applied directly to the wall, which cuts decorating time in half, compared to regular wallpapers.
Q2. What should I avoid?
If you’re wallpapering for the first time, avoid very small patterns with offset matches because it will make it harder to match up the repeat in the design. A well matched repeat is barely visible to the eye, so it looks seamless and professional.
Q3. Is it best to select a flat wallpaper or one with a textured look?
Choosing a flat or textured design is all about your personal taste and style. Textured wallpapers can give a wall some dimension and also do an excellent job in covering imperfections. Some textured wallpapers are paintable for a monochromatic look. The actual patterns of textured wallpapers are generally less detailed than a flat pattern. However, with flat wallpapers, you have the options of fine detailing in design, and using embellishments such as metallic, gloss, or mica effects. In general though, textured patterns give a more casual look to a room, whereas flat designs can make a wall more refined. If you have imperfections in your walls, but prefer the look of flat wallpaper, use a wall liner as a base layer to give you the added coverage you need.
Q4. What’s best – wallpaper sold as double rolls and single rolls?
Double roll and single roll are just industry terms; it is much easier for you to determine how much wallpaper you need, if you look at the square foot coverage the roll gives.
Q5. How do I know how much to purchase?
It’s simple! Just follow this guide:
1. Measure all the walls and multiply the width by the height of each wall in feet.
2. Add all measurements to yield the total square footage.
3. Deduct for windows, doors and other large openings.
4. Check the roll label for how much square foot coverage the roll gives to ensure the roll coverage is more than the total wall square footage.
5. The general rule of thumb is to order one roll extra than what you need. It is best to get it at the same time as the original purchase to ensure the rolls are from the same production run, so there is no variation in colour. Check this by looking at the batch number. If the batch numbers are the same, then there will be no variation in colour. The spare roll is to account for any offset matching and mistakes. PS. You can always return rolls if they go unused!
If you’d like some more tips on choosing and applying wallpaper please get in touch – we will be happy to help. We can help you choose a suitable wallpaper from our wide range of sample books, measure up accurately, order and deliver the rolls, and even arrange for one of our contractors to come over and wallpaper your room or home.