Making the Right Wallpaper Style Choice

Sometimes, too much diversity can be overwhelming, and you often feel this when you are looking for wallpaper. Millions of online resources offer you hundreds of thousands of wallpaper styles, patterns, colors and textures. Books and video tutorials also cover this topic very well. However, you also need to make the process as efficient as possible. Here are a few tips that will help you choose your wallpaper accurately and without spending too much time shopping around.

One of the best moves is to ask for help directly from the store. You might be looking for a particular pattern or wallpaper motif, and the seller will have catalogs where he or she will help you find the right choice. Most good stores have complete index books with thousands of wallpaper styles and colors, so it is very likely that what you are looking for will be found. It also helps to know beforehand what kind of wallpaper category you want to purchase. You can get a classical wallpaper or one for the kitchen, kid’s room, textured wallpaper and so on. Obtain the main categories from the seller, and you will be able to easily browse through them in the index books.

In order to match wallpaper colors with the other elements in the room, it helps to be able either to take a piece of fabric similar to your carpet to the store so that you can compare and contrast colors on the spot, or to take an indexing book back home and make the decision there. Remember that your wallpaper will cover the largest area of the room, often around 60% or 70% of the entire room surface, so your choice is vital for the overall visual aspect of the room. Make sure that your chosen color and texture also fits with the carpet, tiling and furniture.

The single most important element in choosing a wallpaper for your home is to determine the color. As you know, color symbolism is a powerful tool for creating a certain mood. Green, for example, is the most relaxing color for our eyes, thus producing an overall effect of calmness and peace. Of course, different hues of green can trigger different emotions – a fluorescent green is not refreshing for the eyes, but it might look good in the kids’ room. Unless you have light colored furniture, dark wallpaper colors are not recommended. They tend to be more practical, since they don’t show dirt as easily as light colored ones, but they also tend to make the room darker and give it a museum-like feel.

Once you have decided on the color and texture, it is time to request samples of that particular wallpaper material. Never make the purchase on the spot. Instead, take the samples home and test them under different lighting conditions. A color that looks amazing in sunlight might be terrible under neon or artificial light. If you are really careful about choosing your wallpaper style and decorating your home, such picky tests are necessary.


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