Post 10 -Choosing Wallpaper & Fabric


Searching for the right wall covering or fabric when re-decorating can be daunting.  There are so many options available how do you choose?

Consider the effect you would like to create.

  • Relaxed and calming
  • Vibrant and exciting
  • A fantasy world to escape the boredom of the daily grind
  • Fun and playful
  • Quirky and interesting
  • Modern and crisp
  • Neutral, Natural and inoffensive
  • A Vintage feel or historic era

What colours would help to convey the feeling you would like when you are in the room?

  • Warm colours like red and oranges might be great for a room that gets no sun – if you want to create a feeling of warmth, passion or excitement.
  • Cool greens and blues can be calming but can also feel cold if you choose the wrong shades
  • Bright colours can be stimulating and fun and great for kids play spaces
  • Clashing colour combinations can create a quirky modern look
  • Neutral natural colours of greys, taupe, muted greens and shades of white  wood give a natural feel
  • The Lesson- always get a test patch of wallpaper as colours look different in different light and different rooms

Luxurious Materials

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 Think about Texture

Wallpaper can be made from a wide variety of materials with a large variety of profiles.

  • Natural Fibers – Grass Cloth , Woven linen, create a natural soft environment
  • Silks – subtle texture and shine create a sense of luxury and elegance
  • Gold and silver leaf – applied directly or impregnated into silks or papers give a sense of opulence and  shine
  • Flocking and velvet give a warm soft luxurious feel and add contrast in combination with other textures
  • Traditional paper is often less expensive, but can be molded into wonderful shapes to give the impression of architectural wall paneling or geometric design for added dynamics
  • Vinyl/synthetic  coated wallpapers are hard wearing and suitable for kitchens or bathrooms or kids playrooms that might need regular cleaning
  • Paintable wallpapers and wall panels  give  added dimension or historic touches that can be customised with your choice of paint colour

all come in a large range of colours patterns and price points!

Textured Wallpapers

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Matching Fabrics for upholstery and Curtains?

  • choose fabrics for curtains, soft furnishings and upholstery that are complimentary to your wallpaper design or vice versa.
  • If you were inspired by a fabric – look for a wallpaper the does not clash – unless of course that is the look you are after.
  • A good idea can be to pick up and carry through a colour that is common to both.
  • Keep your eye out as many stores carry matching or complimentary fabrics and curtains.

Consider  Pattern

  • There are so many patterns available you are sure to find one just right for the effect and mood you want to create.
  • Consider Murals for your wall either Tromp Loie, or photographic
  • Not sure you want to commit? – go for removable wall tiles and create your own collage or pattern
  • Below are some examples to give some ideas  and some web sites to inspire you.


Wallpaper Patterns

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Image References & Web Sites


Traditional Luxurious

 Wallpaper Texture Specialists
Modern Irreverent
Andy Warhol’s Flavour Paper
Timorous Beasties



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