Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wallpaper Print for a Brand New Space

Welcome to our guide on selecting the ideal wallpaper print to elevate your space! Our comprehensive guide walks you through the process of choosing and installing wallpaper, starting with assessing your space and understanding different types of wallpaper. It explores print options, color palettes, and scale, emphasizing the importance of testing samples and more. By following these steps, individuals can confidently select the perfect wallpaper to enhance their space and reflect their style.

Essential Advice for Selecting the Ideal Wallpaper Print for Your New Space

When you are settling into a new home with undecorated space adding wallpaper can instantly transform the ambiance and style. But with so many options available, how do you choose the perfect print? In this blog post, we'll walk you through the top tips for selecting the best wallpaper print for your space, ensuring a harmonious and visually stunning result.

How to Tailor Wallpaper to Your Envisioned Design Scheme

Before diving into the world of wallpaper, take a step back and assess your room. Take note of its dimensions, the lighting it receives, and how it fits into the overall interior design scheme of your home. You can read more about this below. Additionally, contemplate the furniture that will be used within the space too. Think about the function of the space and the mood you want to create. Understanding these factors will help guide your wallpaper selection process and ensure a cohesive look.

Crafting a Moodboard for Design Direction

Start creating a moodboard for the overall design of the room. In the world of interior design, crafting a mood board is akin to laying the foundation for a masterpiece. It's the canvas upon which designers weave their visions into reality, providing a visual roadmap to guide every step of the creative process. 

A mood board is a curated collection of images, textures, colors, and inspirations that encapsulate the desired ambiance and style of a room. By assembling these elements in advance, you can set the tone for the space and ensure a cohesive and harmonious outcome. Ultimately, a well-crafted mood board is more than just a visual aid; it's a blueprint for success.

Exploring Wallpaper Varieties: A Guide to Different Types

Wallpapers come in various materials, each with its own set of characteristics. From peel and stick to unpasted, to wall murals and authentic grasscloth, it's essential to understand the differences in durability, texture, and maintenance requirements. Consider the practical aspects of each type and how they align with your needs and preferences.

  • Peel and Stick Wallpaper: A convenient and user-friendly type of wallpaper that features a self-adhesive backing, allowing it to be easily applied and removed without the need for paste or water. It's an ideal choice for temporary or rental spaces, as well as for those who prefer easy do-it-yourself decorating options.
  • Unpasted Wallpaper: Requires the use of wallpaper paste or adhesive to adhere it to the wall during installation. Unpasted wallpaper offers flexibility in terms of paste choice and application method, making it suitable for a wide range of projects and wall surfaces.
  • Authentic Grasscloth: is a type of wallpaper made from natural fibers, typically derived from the outer layer of the jute plant, sisal, seagrass, or other grasses. Each strip of grasscloth is handwoven and unique, featuring variations in texture, color, and imperfections that add to its organic charm.
  • Wall Mural: A wall mural encompasses oversized artwork or imagery. These creations can span diverse styles, subjects, and complexities, from basic patterns to detailed scenes, landscapes, or portraits.

Discovering Wallpaper Patterns, Colors, and Sizes: What to Consider

Choosing a Color Palette and Paying Attention to Scale

The choice of color can significantly influence the atmosphere of a room. When selecting your wallpaper, consider the current color scheme of the space and choose shades that complement it. Alternatively, explore the possibility of altering the palette for a distinctive and daring aesthetic, creating unique identities for each room throughout the house. Think about the emotions and ambiance you want to evoke—whether it's calming and serene or vibrant and energetic—and select colors accordingly. You can learn more about what color can do to a space back on our design studio page here. 

The scale of the wallpaper pattern can significantly impact the perception of space. Large-scale prints can make a room feel cozy and intimate, while small-scale prints can create a sense of openness and airiness. Consider the proportions of your room and how the wallpaper pattern will interact with other elements, such as furniture and accessories.

Browse Wallpaper Prints

Tempaper’s selection of wallpaper is vast and diverse, with over 300+ prints to choose from. From classic patterns to contemporary designs, there's something for every style and taste. Explore different prints and motifs, considering how they'll complement your interior design style and contribute to the desired atmosphere of the room. Don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with bold prints or subtle textures to make a statement.

Try a Sample and Utilize our Wallpaper Visualizer

Before committing to a full roll of wallpaper, test out a sample or two. Order a few samples of your favorite prints and see how they look in different lighting conditions throughout the day. Pay attention to how the colors and textures may interact with your rooms furniture and décor. Testing samples will help you make an informed decision and ensure you're happy with the final result.

Another option to help find a wallpaper print that is perfect for your space would be to use our Wallpaper Visualizer. Here you can upload an image of your space and select the print to be displayed digitally, to give you a better idea of how it might look.

Assessing Budget and Installation

Lastly, consider your budget for both purchasing the wallpaper and if a professional is recommended for installation. If you're on a tight budget, there are DIY options available for those willing to tackle the installation themselves. 

Here's a concise breakdown for each:

Peel and Stick Wallpaper:

  • Installation: Simply peel off the backing and stick the wallpaper onto a clean, smooth surface. No additional adhesive or water is needed. DIY application is recommended,
  • Budget: Prices vary based on brand, design, and quantity, but expect to pay around $1 to $4 per square foot.

Unpasted Wallpaper:

  • Installation: Requires applying wallpaper paste or adhesive to the back of the wallpaper and then carefully hanging it on the wall. It involves more steps and precision compared to peel and stick options, however can also be considered a DIY product. You can find how to install unpasted wallpaper here.
  • Budget: Costs range widely depending on the quality and design, but on average, expect to spend $2 to $10 per square foot.

Authentic Grasscloth:

  • Installation: Similar to unpasted wallpaper, authentic grasscloth requires wallpaper paste or adhesive for application. However, due to its natural fibers and handwoven texture, extra care may be needed during installation to align the patterns and seams. A professional wallpaper hanger is recommended. You can read more about grasscloth installation here.
  • Budget: Authentic grasscloth tends to be more expensive due to its artisanal quality and natural materials. Prices typically range from $10 to $30 per square foot.

Peel and Stick Wall Murals:

  • Installation: Murals can vary in installation complexity depending on the size and design. Some may require simple adhesive application, while others may involve more intricate steps like precise alignment of panels.
  • Budget: Costs depend on factors such as size, complexity, and material. On average, custom mural prices range from $10 - $20 per square foot or more.

These estimates are general and can vary based on factors such as location, brand, and customization options. It's always a good idea to research specific products and consult with professionals for accurate pricing and installation guidance. 

Choosing the perfect wallpaper print for your space is an exciting opportunity to showcase your style and personality. By following these top tips, you can navigate the world of wallpaper with confidence and create a visually stunning and harmonious environment. So go ahead, explore different prints, colors, and textures, and transform your space into a true reflection of your unique taste and aesthetic.


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