Picking a wallpaper can be nerve-wracking! For a wall covering that can last for more than a decade, especially from reputable makers like Brunschwig and Fils wallpaper, choosing the right design can seem like a lifetime decision. But it shouldn’t be!

The ABCs of Wallpapering

Let us talk you through it. It should be as easy as ABC.

  • A. Pick a design

Although designs are personal and you can never go wrong when following your gut, it wouldn’t hurt to read and research a bit. Check out the latest and up and coming trends. Identify what’s in and what’s out. This can help with availability issues as stores would tend to have more of the hottest products in the market and not carry those that are growing cold.

The design should also be room appropriate. Big, bold colors and patterns might not be the way to go for a relaxing bedroom but might be perfect for the living room where you’re entertaining guests or in the nursery to liven up the room where your toddlers are playing.

However, all these in mind, the design that you pick should reflect your personality and not the industry’s. Which colors interest you? Which patterns excite you? What do you like? Figure out the answers to these questions and you’ll be able to pick out the right design for you out of a myriad of seemingly limitless options. Designers Guild wallpaper is a great place to start.

TIP: If you like a specific design, tape a considerable size of the pattern on your wall and live with it for a week or two. That way, you can get a feel of how it would be once the whole house is covered with it and decide on whether or not you’d want to commit.

  • B. Choose the material

Nowadays, wallpapers come in all shapes and forms. Modern wallpapers are made with a host of materials that have their own uses. Determining what material to choose largely depends on which room the wallpaper will be used for.

Vinyl is the most common wallpaper material for use in homes. There are two types of vinyl wallpapers: vinyl-coated and solid vinyl.

  1. Vinyl-coated wallpapers are easy to clean using a sponge and soapy water. It has a paper backing and a paper surface that is sealed with liquid vinyl when installed.
  2. Solid vinyl, on the other hand, is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens because they are completely water-proof; however, this type is harder to remove.

Other materials like flocked and foiled can look great when applied properly; however, they are more expensive.

TIP: Take note of your wallpaper’s backing paper. If you’re intending to constantly change wallpapers, it is best to go for wallpaper with non-woven backing as they will be easier to strip.

  • C. Measure the space

Finally, you’ll need to measure the area you’ll be putting the wallpaper on. People usually ask which is a better deal when it comes to determining how many rolls of wallpaper to buy: single rolls or double rolls.

The question is immaterial! What matters is getting accurate square footage measurements. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Measure your walls and multiply the height by the width to get the total area.
  2. Add all the wall measurements.
  3. Subtract measurements for doors, windows, etc.
  4. When buying the rolls, check the amount of square foot coverage and make sure it’s more than you need.
  5. Purchase an extra roll for safety.

All set? Remember, in the end, what matters is how you like it! Go out there and make your house more like a home with Brunschwig and Fils wallpaper and the right design!