Top tips for decorating with wallpaper

Whether you are decorating your whole home, one room or updating your scheme with a feature wall, follow these expert tips from Niki Schäfer, managing director of Dwell-Being, to make sure you get the best results.

Whether you are decorating your whole home, one room or updating your scheme with a feature wall, follow these expert tips from Niki Schäfer, managing director of Dwell-Being, to make sure you get the best results.

Wallpaper can bring so much more to a room than paint alone – warmth, texture, colour and patterns. So transform what may otherwise be a mundane room into something spectacular.?? Choosing the correct wallpaper can be a daunting process due to the never-ending array of different colours, textures and patterns on offer. Don’t panic, the right one is out there but it’s important to have an idea in your mind, or even sketched out, of what you’re looking for beforehand so as not to be too overwhelmed.

1.    Be careful when choosing wallpaper with a pattern; a dramatic pattern can make one person feel nauseous whilst the other exhilarated. Think about how you might react when seeing that pattern and consider the tendencies of friends and family who may be visiting regularly too. The last thing you want is to make someone uncomfortable before they’ve barely passed the threshold.

2.    Wallpapers displaying optical illusions are proven to cause the eyes to vibrate, making us feel dizzy or suspicious of movement in the paper. Fortunately manufacturers nowadays are aware of such psychological effects and rigorous tests are conducted prior to production. Even so, I would double check whether a psychedelic print is really what you want to be showcased.

3.    Wallpaper designers often thrive off what a person may discover in their paper and editions of Toile de Jouy and other modern cartoon styles can hide witty depictions of everyday life. Such paper can be used to tell a story and makes an excellent feature wall. I love Timorous Beasties’ New York Toile and London Toile wallcoverings though please do look carefully before plastering it on your walls!

4.    The cost of wallpaper varies greatly in price. While you may be able to buy some rolls for as little as £10, others which are hand blocked and a unique design can escalate to hundreds of pounds for the same quantity.

5.    Choosing a one-off pattern or style of wallpaper may seem like your perfect option, but realistically the plethora of different styles available makes it rather unnecessary, particularly considering the high price you may be faced with.

6.    While patterns tend to date over the years, textured wallpaper will always contribute to a room without being too overly offensive and can add amazing value to a room. I recommend Harlequin’s Bakari collection. Murapsec and Tektura also have some brilliant commercial width textured papers.

7.    Flocking made its foray into the interior design market in the early 17th century and its comeback has been evident for some years. The benefit in having wallpaper is you can choose something bold and brave, so be daring and choose something with added WOW factor.

8.    Finally, wallpaper is the ultimate accessory for disguising flaws, whether it’s helping to adjust the perceived proportions of a room, adding a touch of sophistication and elegance or simply trying to make the room become more alive.