Although many consider it to be the latest design trend, wallpaper has never really gone out of style. It is a tried and true design classic that has evolved. Today’s wallpaper offers an extensive variety of colors and designs as well as functional durability. If you’ve been hesitant to incorporate wallpaper into your interior design plans, you may want to reconsider. Wallpaper can have a major impact on a space and the possibilities are endless.
Give it a Trial Run
Willing to give it a try but that little swatch of wallpaper isn’t enough for you to envision a whole room covered in it? When considering wallpaper, it’s a good idea to work with an interior designer. Many designer wallpaper companies don’t make their products available to the general public – only to interior design professionals. In addition to having access to these exclusive wallpaper collections, At Home Custom Interiors can order large swatches as part of your design consultation. This will make selecting the perfect wallpaper much easier.
Taking the Plunge
Once you’ve found the perfect wallpaper, it’s time to decide how to implement it into your design. Of course, you can just cover all four walls of a room with it but it’s important to keep in mind that isn’t the only option when decorating with wallpaper.
Covering a single wall with your chosen wallpaper is a great way to create a focal point in a room. Once you decide which wall you want to feature, then pull colors out of the wallpaper for the remaining walls and other decorating elements in the room. Some manufacturers also offer fabrics with the same designs as their wallpapers. You can have pillows, window treatments, or even a piece of furniture graced with the same design as your wallpaper.
Who says you have to cover a whole wall? Decorating with wallpaper panels can create dimension and provide just as much impact as a feature wall – maybe more. When using wallpaper panels, it’s a good idea to go with the rule of three. You can have all three panels covered with identical wallpaper or have the center panel covered in a bolder print, flanked by a more subtle print on either side. Wallpaper panels are a great alternative to a headboard in the bedroom or as a backdrop for the sofa in the living room.
Spice Up Your Wainscoting
Decorating with wallpaper above your wainscoting can take this subtle and somewhat traditional design element to the next level. You can choose wallpaper with an equal traditional design or give that wainscoting a bit of flair. Top it off with wallpaper that has a modern design and a coat of paint in an untraditional color. No wainscoting – just a chair rail? You can use wallpaper as your wainscoting.
Over Your Head
Wallpaper on the ceiling? Why not? Think of the ceiling as the “5th wall”. It can be a great place to make a statement in the right setting. Wallpaper with a print on the ceiling can add dimension to a room. It will draw the eye up. Coupled with a striking light fixture, a wallpapered ceiling can add a bit of drama to the room’s design.
Going All In
When decorating with wallpaper, people often worry that doing all four walls will be too much or make it hard to decorate. However, that’s not necessarily true. If you choose a wallpaper print that has three main colors, this can become your color palette for the rest of the room’s design element. Carefully blending the colors and prints together can make for a truly stunning interior design. You can also use a solid color wallpaper with texture, giving your walls a subtle dimension and providing a neutral backdrop for the rest of your furnishings and design elements.
Or you can throw caution to the wind and go bold. Maximalism is a design technique that mixes bold prints and saturated colors for dramatic design. Make a statement by combining bold wallpaper with equally-daring fabrics and vividly colored accessories. There can be a fine line between perfectly orchestrated maximalism design and a room full of overbearing design elements. Maximalism is a design concept best implemented by a professional.
Decorating with Wallpaper – Consult with the Professionals
If you’re still feeling cautious about wallpaper, try it in a small space. Wallpaper can be a great choice for a powder room, a mudroom, or even your walk-in closet. If you have kids or pets and are worried about durability, stop worrying. Many wallpapers are washable, making them practical as well as beautiful.
Decorating with wallpaper can be a DIY project but it is a design project best left to the professionals. My team and I can guide you through the entire process – from choosing the type, color, and design of your wallpaper to coordinating it with the rest of your design elements. We’ll combine your inspiration with our expertise to bring your vision to life. Not sure what your vision is? We can help you figure it out.
At Home Custom Interiors offers professional wallpaper services from consultation to installation as well as a complete selection of professional design services. My team and I love helping our clients find the perfect combination of colors and patterns to create a look that is uniquely theirs. We carry designer wallpaper from Thibaut, Schumacher, Kravet, and more. There are so many possibilities when decorating with wallpaper. Ready to get started? Let’s talk!