4 Tips for Choosing Your Next Wallpaper
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If you’ve never purchased wallpaper before, you might be wondering where to start. How do you choose between colors, patterns and materials? How can you be sure that you’re getting the best deal from the best manufacturer? If you’re in the market for wallpaper, here are just a few tips for making your eventual decision.
1. Save Images and Clips
Start a scrapbook of photos, designs, swatches, palettes and magazine clippings. Not only will it inspire potential wallpaper choices, but it might also help you realize what styles and aesthetics you most enjoy. You might wind up having an epiphany when all of your favorite images are of flowers or geometric patterns, or you might realize at the eleventh hour that what you really want is a mural wallpaper.
2. Choose Your Material
While most wallpapers are made of paper products, you can also find them in everything from silk to imitation wood. Each material type comes with its own pros and cons, so you’ll need to do your research to figure out which one is right for you. The good news is that textured wallpapers are rapidly rising in popularity, so you’ll have plenty of options if you’re willing to branch out from traditional styles.
How much can you afford to spend on wallpaper? Keep in mind that the price per foot will only be part of your final bill; you’ll also need to ship, apply and maintain your chosen product. Some wallpapers are easier than others when it comes to long-term maintenance. Try to factor all of these potential expenses into your budget to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the line.
4. Take It For a Test Drive
Before re-doing your entire living room in sparkly silver wallpaper, request a sample from the manufacturer and apply it to your desired wall. How does it look with your furnishings? Does it stain, peel or flake easily? Does the color change as the light from the window fades during the day? These are all questions that you can only answer with a real-life wallpaper instead of an image on a screen, so don’t be shy about requesting samples for test use.
These are just a few considerations when choosing your next wallpaper. An exciting new interior design can be yours, but you have to be willing to take a risk and make a change.