Wallpaper still has a place in today’s home decor schemes. Patterns and colors have been updated and reflect today’s home style trends. Here are a few things to consider when using wallpaper.
Stay with the flow.
Make sure your wallpaper pattern and color represents your taste and style. If your color scheme is neutral, stay in the neutrals with your wallpaper. If your palette tends to run with cooler colors, you will want to stay with the colors based in the blues, grays, and greens. If your palette is of a warmer nature, you’ll want your wallpaper to reflect the yellows, reds, and orange tones. The pattern is just as important as the color. Is your decorating style more stark and modern? Then you’ll want your wallpaper to reflect that. In this case, stay away from busy patterns and more traditional prints. If your style leans more to the traditional, you will want your wallpaper to reflect that as well with warmer colors and inviting patterns.
Creative uses for wallpaper
Think beyond the standard floor to ceiling wall covering when planning your use of wallpaper. Install a chair rail and place the wallpaper on the upper half of the wall. Frame a section of the wall and insert a section of wallpaper as a creative and flexible alternative to standard prints or photos. Sports murals and landscape scenes represent some of the newer uses for wallpaper and are great for kid’s rooms or recreational areas. Wallpaper is also a great way to introduce texture and depth to a room. Embossed or fabric (think jute) wallpapers are great ways to add interest and are great at concealing flaws or imperfections in the way.
Do not skimp in this area and always follow the directions or recommendations that should be included with your wallpaper. While your walls do not need to be perfect (wallpaper is often used to cover minor flaws), they do need to be in good shape to receive the wallpaper. You must prime the wall with the proper product and using the correct adhesive. Make sure you check if your wallpaper is pre-pasted or if it requires a separate wallpaper adhesive paste. If it is pre-pasted, you’ll want to use wallpaper paste activator. Proper preparation will ensure two very important things – first, that it goes up properly and can be easily slid into place, secondly it will ensure easy removal when the time comes to change your style and replace your wallpaper.
There will come a time when you want to remove or replace your wallpaper. Hopefully, proper preparation was followed when the wallpaper was originally installed, but regardless the steps are essentially the same. First of all, the removal process can be messy, so make sure the floor is protected. Secondly, you’ll need to score the wallpaper with tools that are readily available at your local wallpaper or hardware store. Scoring the wallpaper allows water to penetrate to the adhesive and help to release the wallpaper for easy scraping or peeling. After you have scored the walls, you can spray warm water or a commercial solution such as DIF to soak your wallpaper. After waiting a few minutes, you should be able to begin peeling or scraping your wallpaper with a putty knife or 4-6″ in taping knife.