How To Select Wallpaper Like A Pro! Interior Design Tutorial

I must confess that I love minimalist spaces, but there is no way to not be captivated when I see an impressive wallpaper. Wallpapers serve as a great method to establish main attractions, draw our focus, and provide the area with that unique and personal flair it requires.

We will review the key points about how to choose the ideal wallpaper for your room. I’ll show you some ideas and inspiration of where to place them and how to choose the best pattern for your home or in a project you are working on. I’m Revathi Gurram, an architect, and Luxury Interior Designer. 

Here you will find the design concepts and ideas you need to design spaces like a pro.

How to start? What do I need? Evaluate your space There is an infinite variety of wallpaper. Selecting the perfect wallpaper for your space can be perplexing. It’s crucial that you prefer the look of the wallpaper. Well, I would say that you should love it because it will be the focal point of the room and you will see its design every day. 

It doesn’t have a motif or colors you love, you might get tired of it easily. Nonetheless, beyond selecting a wallpaper that appeals to you, it’s crucial to take into account the room’s conditions. Primarily, this includes its size and the amount of natural light it receives. Indeed, as with any interior design project, it’s essential to assess the room before making any decisions. If the space you intend to decorate is on the smaller side, it’s recommended to choose wallpapers in lighter shades that are not overly busy with images or intricate designs. For small areas, it’s generally not a good idea to cover all the walls with wallpaper. To achieve the best outcome, it’s wise to position the wallpaper in areas that receive the most visual attention. Another key factor to consider is the balance and proportion between the wallpaper and the room’s dimensions. In small spaces, the pattern must be small to create an illusion that the wall is receding. 

There is no specific rule. It’s a matter of perception. Just use your criteria, taking into account how the pattern will relate to your space. Conversely, in spacious areas, opting for wallpaper featuring bolder designs and larger-scale patterns is an option. You might also consider applying it to multiple walls. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to include areas with solid colors for the eye to relax. Wallpaper is an effective way to highlight a wall. Before deciding on a wall for this purpose, ensure it holds significance within the room. Choose a wall that is noticeable from various angles or acts as a backdrop to key elements or pieces of furniture, like the TV stand, the rear wall of your dining area, or the space behind the headboard.

Think outside the box

Why not add interest to your ceilings? This is also an authentic way to add personality to a room. What do you think? Would you use wallpaper on the ceiling? Let me know your opinion in a comment below. After you understand your space and have an idea of what you need according to the qualities of your room, we move on the fun part, choosing the colors and motif of your wallpaper. In general, the choice is very similar to that made when speaking of traditional painting. 

Soft colors will create an illusion of openness, while also ensuring the room is brightened with less artificial or natural illumination. In interior design, you always have to think of everything as a whole. Think of a concept and stick to it. For instance, if we design a room with a minimalist style, an art deco motif is probably not the best option unless it respects the color palette. And if you’re looking to mix styles, we could consider it. Still, if neither the style nor the colors goes with the aesthetic of your room as much as you like the wallpaper, it would be best to see another option that adheres to your decoration plan. choose wallpaper that matches your home’s current decor and the colors already in use.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be an identical color. You can use a shade within the same color family, analogous or complementary colors. The key is to ensure that the wallpaper’s hues blend well with the current decor and are harmoniously mixed. Consider how the colors interact with one another in accordance with the principles of color theory. By the way, I have a free guide on how to combine colors like a pro. Guys, using the color wheel and color theory is very easy, so combine your colors in the right way.Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind to ensure your wallpaper blends well with the rest of your home’s decor.The hues you choose for your wallpaper should complement your window treatments, flooring, and furniture drapes.  Use the accent color from your color palette as the main color in your wallpaper to create drama and contrast and to be consistent with your decorating plan. For a smooth and easy transition, use the main color of the wallpaper on a wall and in other decor items. By the way guys, if you want to learn more about design, catch me on Instagram. There I share a lot of information and tips about interior design, lighting and architecture. I would love to see you there. 

Pick the right motif

I know, there are too many options for wallpaper motifs. Apart from the color palette, it is important to think about the pattern and motif of the wallpaper, to choose one that complements your type of furniture and other textures. 

Designs outline and accentuate fashion trends, so leverage them to enhance your individuality and character. For instance, if your fashion preference is Art Deco or Glam, incorporating geometric designs will underscore its visual appeal. Conversely, if your interior has a tropical vibe, with wood and natural fibers, a floral or leaf motif can work well. So, think about the style that identifies your space and select a wallpaper that highlights its aesthetics. Are you still unsure? Let’s look at some styles and some wallpaper options to get inspired. 

Know the wallpaper material

There are several options for wallpaper materials, such as printed and vinyl, to name a few. One material isn’t better than another. One just may be a better for your space and lifestyle. For example, vinyl wallpapers are resistant to humidity. 

You can even wash them, which makes it suitable for using bathrooms or kids rooms, or if you have pets, as this material allows you to keep it clean. if you opt for printed wallpaper, it’s not recommended to use in kitchens, bathrooms, or if you have kids or pets, because the ink is water-based, so you can’t wash it. Nonetheless, because printed wallpaper costs less than vinyl, it could be a wise choice for places that aren’t likely to get wet or dirty, like a closet or a master bedroom. It’s important to pay attention and thoroughly review the wallpaper’s guidelines. Determine if it can be cleaned with everyday soaps or if it needs specific cleaning solutions. That way you can choose the best one for your space within your budget. 

Also, find out about its installation, the type of glue it needs, and the maintenance that each one requires. Today, there are infinite options. Know the materials available and choose the one that best suits your budget and need. Once you determine the colors, the motif, and the materials that best suit your space, you are ready to buy your wallpaper. But wait a minute

How many rolls do I need to purchase?

Easy! Let’s see how to do it step by step. 

Step 1. Calculate the dimensions of the walls where you plan to put up your wallpaper by multiplying the length by the height of each wall. You’ll get the total surface area. 

Step 2. Measure all windows, doors, and other large openings in the wall you plan to apply your wallpaper and subtract it from the total surface area. This way you avoid buying an unnecessary amount of paper. 

Step 3. check the rolls label to see how much square foot each one covers and determine how many rolls you’ll need to cover the area. 

Step 4. a good idea is to order an extra roll at the same time as the original purchase to ensure that the rolls are from the same batch of products, so there are no color variations. It can help you in case of an error when installing it. Let’s recap what we have learned today on how to pick the right wallpaper for a room. Evaluate your space. Like all processes in interior design, the starting point is to consider the room’s conditions. Pick the colors. Consider the colors of your space and furniture in order to pick a wallpaper that will coexist with your color palette. 

Pick the right motif for the aesthetics of your space. select a wallpaper material that best suits your lifestyle, budget and space. Make sure to measure your walls before buying the wallpaper rolls. Don’t forget to buy an extra roll. Now I’m sure you’re ready to add that wallpaper that you dream of.


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