Are your walls due for a facelift? Whether you’re a wallpaper veteran or this is your first time considering it, we can help you choose the best wallpaper for any room in your home. We carry wallpaper from premium brands like Brewster Home Fashions, and Seabrook and have the knowledge and experience to send you home with a wallpaper you’ll love.
Cues from Color
The right color can make or break the mood and setting of a room. Light shades can make rooms appear more open, and larger while darker shades have the opposite effect. Backgrounds with cool colors, like greens and blues, make spaces appear larger and ceilings higher. If you’re going for a tranquil effect, soft, cool colors will do the trick. For drama, use intense shades of cool colors. Warm tones, like reds and oranges, make rooms feel cozy and can make people feel warmer. Regardless of shade, the more intense the color is the more excitement it gives a room.
Be Playful with Light
In north-facing rooms, dark halls, or any space without windows make use of the light you do have. Choose wallpaper that will reflect light around the room. Patterns with light colors and metallic or iridescent inks will also make the most of available light.
If you have areas on your walls you’d rather not be displayed, the right wallcovering can help you out. Patterns are your friend in this case. They can be textured or create the look of texture, either of which is great for covering architectural eyesores. Patterns with layered designs, like a monochromatic damask behind a floral print, will also give the illusion of a lovely texture.
Choosing a Style
You want your wallpaper to match the fashion and function of the room it will be hung in. Large patterns and dramatic shades of color are great for more formal rooms. Use smaller motifs that are more open, like polka dots, for a fun, bright look. Also, don’t forget about the impact of decorative borders. If you aren’t sure about committing to a wallcovering in a bold pattern, start with a border, instead. They are available in many different styles and can easily establish a theme in your room.
Using Patterns to Accent
Vertical patterns, especially stripes, emphasize height. This emphasis gives the impression of dignity and formality. Vertical patterns that feature a U or V shape will make ceilings appear to be higher. Horizontal patterns accent width. They tend to evoke a sense of quietness and can make narrow rooms appear wider.
You may find it helpful to narrow down your wallpaper choices by deciding if you want a large or small-scale pattern. Smaller patterns make a room feel more spacious and airier. Large-scale patterns, on the other hand, make rooms seem cozier and more intimate. Therefore, you often see small-scale patterns in children’s rooms, and large-scale in formal dining rooms or home libraries.
Finding the Right Amount
When it comes to bold colors and patterns, finding the right mix is essential. If you have too little going on visually, your room will seem dull, and boring. It may cause an uncomfortable feeling in guests as room decor is often a topic of conversation. On the other hand, too many different patterns can cause the room to feel restless and agitating. When mixing patterns, or transitioning from one area to another, choose patterns that use the same colors, or a value of the colors, to eliminate a harsh change.
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