When I told my girlfriends that I was going to hang a vintage wallpaper in my living room, their first reaction was: “isn’t wallpaper out of fashion?” Please, stylish wallpaper never goes out of fashion; it acts pretty much like the colour black – it suits every occasion. Wallpaper suits every room. It is as simple as that.
I don’t know why, but there is a misconception that wallpaper is tacky and difficult to maintain. It’s quite the opposite actually. I personally adore wallpaper – it is a great design trick to add more personality to a room as it has the power to enhance any room décor. The key to get the most out of this decorative item is to choose a high-quality paper and hire a professional wallpaper hanger to install it properly. Here are my tips how to choose the right vintage wallpaper which will fit your style and room décor best.
Look for inspiration
If you don’t have any experience with wallpaper, start collecting images of rooms with wallpaper that suit your taste. When looking for vintage wallpaper for sale online or in local stores, you will come across a wide range of colours and patterns. To make the best choice, create a mental picture of your space to see whether it will look good in the particular room you plan to install it. This will help narrow down your choices for the ideal paper.
Get a sample for your home
Just like sampling paint, getting a wallpaper sample is a must. With the help of tape, hang it to the wall in the room you are decorating, and leave it there for a while. Having the pieces of wallpaper that you like in your home will enable you to see whether they match with the rest of the items in the room and see it for yourself if that is the look you want to achieve.
Know what you want
Before you start looking for vintage wallpaper for sale, take some time to decide what is your decorative goal. Do you want to add depth, texture and warmth, or add soft architectural edges? What’s even more important, decide on the tone that you wish the wallpaper to give to the room. If you are aiming for the wow effect, choose more vibrant colours and extravagant patterns. On the other hand, if you are a person who prefers to stay on the more classic side, subtle vintage wallpaper is the way to do it.
Ask for professional advice
If you aren’t exactly sure what you want and how much wallpaper you will need, contact a professional wallpaper hanger before making your purchase. Ask him/her to help you find out what would fit in your room best and how much of it to buy. An interior designer will also be able to help you. It is important that you understand that to obtain a seamless look on the walls, each roll needs to be cut and matched precisely. A professional wallpaper hanger has the skills and experience to get that done for you. You do not decorate your walls with wallpaper every day, so you might as well do it right the first time.