When it comes to interior styling, wallpaper is not a dirty word to be thrown in with velour couches and shag-pile carpet! In fact, contemporary wallpaper is the smart, modern way to add space, interest – and value – to your home.
“Wallpaper is a great way of bringing multiple colours and tones into a room rather than committing to one single paint colour,” assures Melbourne-based illustrator, Mairead Murphy, who recently launched a range of delectable wallpaper designs. But its benefits don’t stop there, she adds. Clever wallpaper choices can enlarge and enlighten a stale space, create an eye-catching focal point and possibly make you rethink a room renovation!
Follow these expert tips below to makeover your own home with wallpaper.
Beyond the paint
Here are four wallpaper trends to get carried away with:
4. Wall as art
6 essential tips to choosing wallpaper
1. Don’t order online
“Always order a swatch of the actual paper to look at in your space,” suggests Mairead, as she warns that papers will look different in real life and will change depending on the light you have in your room. “You might like the way the pattern looks in photos but not the texture of the paper. It’s always best to check with a sample.”
2. Work with what you have
Have a look at the colours and textures you already have in the room and even if you are going to give the room a little lift with some new fabrics, unless you are using the wallpaper as the basis for a complete overhaul, you will need to work in with colours and furniture you have.
3. Prep makes perfect
Make sure you have a well prepped surface ensuring all old paper and glue is removed and any new plasterwork is primed.
4. Style to scale
Choose a pattern that fits the scale of your room. "Working out how many repeats you will get across your wall will give you a good idea of how the scale works," Mairead suggests.
5. Take in the view
Think about where else in the house you might see the wallpaper from so it becomes a feature from various vantage points within adjoining spaces.
6. Create space