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Wallpaper Buying Tips
Wallpaper has been making a come back in recent years. It can
be used as a great decorating trick to make rooms look bigger
and ceilings look higher, but get it wrong and you can be left with
the opposite effect.
The size of your room should inform what design you choose.
Wallpaper can be used to open up a room and create the illusion
of space, to do this you will need to select a light coloured paper.
Vertical stripes are a really useful way to add height to a room
and pastel shades make walls look wider. If in doubt, a pastel
shade with a subtle stripe will broaden a room and add height. On
the other hand, if you have a small room a large print will make
the room appear smaller. You can get away with a bold print
however, if you limit the print to a feature wall and use a neutral
shade on the other walls.
The type of paper you choose
should also be informed by the quality and shape of your walls. Properties with irregular walls
(especially older properties), or those with unconventional angels should avoid stripes and geometric prints, as these
styles will emphasise flaws. In many cases walls that are in too bad condition to paint, without being re-plastered first,
can be papered with a good quality thick wallpaper – often a lot cheaper than re-plastering and then painting.
Feature walls are more popular than ever, however, a feature wall should not be created simply by covering it in
wallpaper. It should naturally be a feature – your eye should be lead to it even without wallpaper. Wallpapering a feature
wall is a good option if you’re on a budget or want to use a very expensive print. Another option is if you want to use an
expensive print, or you’re worried about it overpowering a room, is to use wallpaper in a small room, such as a downstairs
cloakroom. For the very nervous, papering inside a cupboard is a great way to use a bold print that you wouldn’t feel
brave enough to use otherwise.
Before you buy wallpaper you should get a number of samples and hang them around the room you intend to use them
in. You need to see how the light in the room affects the design and how they look at different times of day.
To work out how much wallpaper you will need:
1. Measure all of the walls and multiply the width by the height of each wall in feet
2. Add all measurements together to work out the total square footage
3. Deduct for windows and doors
4. Check the roll label to find out how much square foot coverage the roll gives. Ensure the roll coverage is more than
the total wall square footage
5. The general rule is to order one roll more than what you need
A good tip is to buy all of the rolls you need at the same time because rolls from different product runs may have
variations – before you purchase the paper make sure the batch number is the same on every roll. It’s better to buy
too much than too little, or you risk having to buy more at a later date which is potentially from another batch – you can
always return any unused rolls.
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Wallpaper allows you to create the atmosphere of your choice and add life to
an otherwise ordinary room. Wallpaper is great for rooms with less than
perfect walls and is usually easy to clean with soap and water.
Wallpaper can be traced all the way back to Renaissance Europe.
Historically, wallpaper was created in order to replace the expensive
wall tapestries that were so common. As the trend grew, different
wallpaper patterns became available.
People enjoyed plastering their walls well into the 1980's when
wallpaper suddenly became boring. Wall paintings quickly took the
place of the former paper. Drab and flowery patterns simply didn't
entice the average consumer during the Eighties - then again, who
can blame them?
Within the past two to three years, wallpaper has begun to
resurface. Modern wallpaper is quirky, colourful, and chalk-full of
divine design. As more and more consumers grow tired of regular
old paint, wallpaper is quickly gaining in popularity.
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Article compiled by Mr Bhai Angullia
Managing Director of LaminateFlooring.sg
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