​Creating dramatic effects with wallpaper

​Creating dramatic effects with wallpaper

By Kirsty Lindley Interiors

Wallpapers have come a long way in the past decade. The options are endless, from flocked, to foiled and even three dimensional. There is a wallpaper to achieve any desired effect. I personally love using wallpaper in smaller areas that aren’t often used as a statement. Areas such as a guest bathroom can be the perfect space to go bold and give your guests a unique and fun experience. Important notes to remember when choosing wallpaper.


Paper or vinyl

The most common materials of wallpaper are paper and vinyl. Paper is a traditional wallpaper base that can be applied to any smooth surface.  It is vital to make sure the walls you are treating are prepped and primed to as smooth a finish as possible. Paper wallpapers are quite thin and will show up any imperfection in the wall.  The second most popular is the vinyl wallpaper, which is a hardier material. It is also more practical as it can be wiped down with a damp cloth.  Vinyls often come in wider sizes which helps with installation as there are less joins to manage.



Wallpaper mostly comes in standard 10m rolls that have widths that vary from 50cm – 1m. It is important to work out the correct amount required for your wall. The easiest way to do this is to measure your drop (height of wall where wallpaper is being applied). Once you have this measurement you can work out how many drops you will get out of your length of roll. Remember to take into account the pattern repeat and note the pattern match instructions that come with any wallpaper.   You will require approximately 3 rolls for a wall 3m wide x approx. height of 2.5m. There are DIY options out there for wallpaper installation, however, working with wallpaper is quite tricky and if you have invested in a beautiful paper, I suggest leaving it to the professionals.  Once applied to the wall, wallpaper can be very hard to adjust and bubbles or mismatched patterns will ruin the effect.


Choosing your pattern

Wallpapers vary from full murals, to small geometrics, to beautiful botanicals. I suggest considering the surroundings of the wallpaper to achieve the right effect. If the paper is going to be the only statement or source of colour and pattern in the room then go for something bold in scale and design. If the paper is to complement another feature in the room then match up a colour or pattern reference to ensure that the two harmonise.

"Wallpaper is a simple and effective way of adding interest to a room." 


Choosing where your wallpaper will go

Wallpapers can be used anywhere in the home. However, a bold pattern on every wall in a large room can be a little overpowering.  Often the best effect is achieved in a smaller space or on a single wall, as a statement to add interest and atmosphere.  Adding wallpaper to the back of a bed will help to bring your scheme together. You can also create interest to tired furniture pieces by using it to back cabinetry or panels in doors.
Let your imagination run wild and enjoy the process.