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Jul

How to Choose Wallpaper – A Buying Guide

Want to buy your wallpaper online? There are several considerations you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing which wallpaper to buy.  Use the following  tips to successfully order from an online wallpaper store.

Begin thinking about the effect you want your wallpaper to achieve before you start browsing. The myriad of wallpapers styles available can be daunting and can lead you off track. Many an hour have I spent perusing online wallpaper shops!

 

To choose a suitable wallpaper design think about the space its going in. Wallpaper with small patterns may get lost on a large wall and wallpaper with a large pattern will be wasted on a small wall or a wall with lots of cuts like in a powder room.

Take into account the architecture or style of your home and the room its going in.

Colour can set the mood in a room. So if you are hanging wallpaper somewhere calming like a bedroom chose a wallpaper colour that is calming like pale blue, soft greens or a lavender.

Darker, intense colours will add drama and are best used in an appropriate room like a dining room or a popular wallpaper trend at the moment; a media room.

Next is to think of when buying wallpaper online is what the wallpaper is made of.

The main wallpaper types are; vinyl, non woven and Grasscloth.

Vinyl is a great wallpaper for a high traffic area or an area that may need to be wipable, as vinyl wallpaper is generally washable, scrubbable or wipable.

A non woven wallpaper is a great all round wallpaper that is easy to hang and easy to remove as usually strippable.

Wallcoverings that are made of natural fibers such as sisal, grasscloth or bamboo can not be wiped clean and give a more rustic effect.

A metallic wallpaper is striking and reflects light into a room but is only suitable for walls that are perfectly smooth as they show up all imperfections in the wall unless you will be lining the wall with lining paper 1st.

 

Ok so you have chosen a wallpaper; how much do you need to buy?

Most wallpaper is sold by the roll. (Alternatively is by the metre.) There are different size rolls so always check the description of your chosen wallpaper for the length & width of the roll. You will also need to see if there is a pattern repeat.

Use a tape measure to measure the width and height of each wall or surface. Its then a matter of working out how many drops you will get from a roll. See below a case study of 1 flush wall.

Wall is: 5m wide by 2.4 high

Roll is: 52cm wide by 10m long

52cm goes into 5 = 10 times (10 drops needed across the wall length)

10 divided by 2.4 = 4.1 (rounded to 4 drops in a roll)

10 divided by 4 = 2.5

Rounded up to 3 rolls to order

Lastly when buying online check to see if shipping is included & how long shipping takes. If it is coming from US you can expect a 5-6 week lead time. If its coming from Australia 2-3 weeks is usual.