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Choosing the Perfect Wallpaper

calander Jan 29 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

One of the most exciting aspects of owning property is deciding how you want to design its interior. And for better or worse, the possibilities are virtually endless. For much of the 20th century, wallpaper was a staple in many American homes, offering protection and decorative variety without the hassle of painting. Of course, this trend has mostly gone away, giving wallpaper removal businesses a major opportunity.

But just because wallpaper isn’t in vogue doesn’t mean it’s off the table for your interior design. Indeed, there are many ways to implement wallpaper and other wall coverings in your home without dating it one bit. Let’s explore how to choose the perfect wallpaper for your needs.

Material Considerations

The word “wallpaper” might imply that these coverings are simply made from paper, but in reality, wallpaper can be composed of various materials. The classic type most of us are familiar with is vinyl wallpaper, but wallpaper may also be built from fabric, glass, and even organic materials like bamboo.

Different materials vary in cost, durability, ease of installation, texture, insulation, design possibilities, and more. For instance, fabric options tend to cost more than mere paper due to their insulative qualities, aesthetic value, and durability. The material you choose will depend on your priorities and needs.

Color Scheme, Pattern, and Theme

When choosing colors for home interior painting, you want to pick hues that complement the rest of the room in question. You should approach your wallpaper design philosophy in the same way. Indeed, you might go for a single color for your wallpaper.

Of course, wallpaper makes it easy to do more than just pick a single color. But just because you can go all out with colors and patterns doesn’t mean you should, necessarily. If you want to incorporate lines, patterns, and/or textures, stay within the parameters of your overall color scheme and theme. Even if you want your wallpaper to stand out, you don’t want it to be overbearing, out of place, or unwelcoming.

Accent Your Interior

On that note of standing out, consider the aesthetic function you want your wallpaper to serve. Do you want to cover all four walls of your space? Or, do you want to highlight or accent a single wall using wallpaper?

Applying wallpaper to a portion of an interior is a bold way to accent a room. You can achieve something similar via interior home painting (i.e. painting one wall a different color than the other three), but wallpaper simply gives you more ways to make a wall pop. If your plan is to only install wallpaper on a single wall, make sure you don’t purchase more material than is necessary.

Wallpaper or Faux Finish?

So far we’ve only discussed the major differences between paint and wallpaper for interior design. But there’s another option as well: faux finishes. Visually speaking, these finishes ride the line between paint and wallpaper. On the one hand, interior painting services are required to apply these artistic paint-based finishes. But like wallpaper, faux finishes are meant to represent other materials and designs, such as marble, wood, and fabric.

If you want the best of both worlds, you might find that faux finishes are the best choice for your interiors. Keep in mind that these finishes often cost more to apply than wallpaper or simple paint, however.

Hire the Right Team for Handling Your Wallpaper

Whether you’re looking to put up or tear down wallpaper, team up with a company that’s committed to completing the job properly and on time. At Nash Painting, we can help you hang or remove your wallpaper. We’ll even help you choose between colors and design options to help you achieve the interior of your dreams.

Painting is in our name, but we’re more than your average Nashville painters. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!