Choosing the Right Wallpaper

Choosing the Right Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a great tool that can add remarkable visual aesthetics. It’s available in an endless variety of colours, patterns, and textures, and subject to what you choose it can be either big and visually loud or soft and discreet. Another great feature about wallpaper is that it can be used in many different ways. Choosing the right wallpaper style and/or material is much more intricate than one would assume. Though bold prints are quite a most popular option among many homeowners, there are many other options to consider such as: woven grass, wood grain, metallic, birch, moiré and many more.


Colour can set the tone in a room. To make a space seem larger and the ceiling higher, choose patterns with cool-colour backgrounds, such as green, blue, or violet. Soft cool colours propose tranquillity, while intensely cool colours are fresh and dramatic. Warm colours like your reds, yellows, and oranges, live up to their name and actually make people feel warmer. These are a popular choice in colder climates and also work well in north-facing rooms. The more intense the colour, the more excitement it will give to a room.

Play with Light

In a north-facing room, dark hallway, or windowless space, look for wallcoverings that will reflect light around the room, such as patterns with light colours and those with metallic or iridescent inks. Also consider patterns with smooth surfaces, which reflect maximum light. Dark colours absorb light, making walls appear closer and the room smaller. Textured surfaces also tend to make a wall look darker.

Hide Flaws with Texture

Patterns with real or perceived texture can hide or camouflage wall imperfections or architectural eyesores. Patterns with actual tactile surfaces include grass and string cloth, burlap, foil, expanded vinyl, and even fabric. Other papers simulate the look of marble, wood, leather, fabric, even animal skins. A pattern with a layered design also creates a perception of texture.

Consider how the room is used, and how often, when choosing wallpaper patterns.

Choose a Suitable Style

For a formal look, choose large-scale patterns with dramatic colours. For a fun, bright style, pick small motifs that are open and regularly spaced, such as polka dots. Always remember the decorative impact of borders, which are available in all sorts of motifs and styles borders, quickly establish the theme of a room.

Accent the Positive

Stripes and other vertical patterns, which emphasise height, suggest dignity, vitality, and formality. Vertical patterns, including florals where the motif’s shape suggests a V or a U, will make a ceiling appear higher. Horizontal patterns accent width, suggest quietness and peacefulness, and make narrow rooms appear wider.

Scale for Success

Small-scale patterns create a feel of openness, while large-scale designs make rooms more intimate. To make an empty room look more furnished, pick large-scale patterns with bright colours and dark backgrounds. To give flat walls the look of depth, try a large, open dimensional pattern, such as a fence design.

Mix and Match Wisely

A room without pattern can bore, while a room with too many patterns can cause restlessness. When mixing stripes, florals, or plaids in a room or between adjacent areas, pick patterns that repeat the same colour or values of that colour. Wallcovering books usually group designs by colour to make coordinating easy.


Do you have a stunning wallpaper design but no way to produce it? Do you have a brilliant idea of what you want to see on your walls?  Do you have a photo or image you want to replicate on a large scale? Search no further, because here at Unique Impressions, we are able to take an image that sets your pulse racing and create something totally UNIQUE, that says everything about your company and transfer it onto any wall in your office.  You can look at our library of over 10,000 images OR let us conceptualize something for you from scratch. Unique Impressions will work with you to illuminate your walls with your own brilliance and make the most out of your space to make your brand visible. Unique Impressions are in-house manufacturers of the custom digital wallpaper, which means quick turn-around times and great pricing.

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