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How to Decide on the Right Wallpaper

Whether you are decorating your home, office, or something else, choosing the right wallpaper is crucial.  Aside from basics like color, pattern, and theme, there are materials and adhesives to consider, and factors like fading, ease of cleaning, and overall durability.  The perfect wall covering for a study might be disastrous in the kitchen.  Before you begin looking at wallpaper, take a good long look at the room itself.  How much traffic does the room get?  How much light?  Is your goal to make the room look larger or smaller?  Smaller patterns add texture while large patterns in dark or very bright colors can make a room seem closed in.  Consider whether you want to cover a single wall, two walls, or more. 


 In bathrooms and kitchens, solid vinyl wallpaper is ideal.  It's easily cleaned and will look great for years.  Low traffic rooms allow for more flexibility in materials.  Consider stringcloth or grasscloth for a master bedroom for elegance and tactility.  Before you look at wallpaper swatches, check out websites like Pinterest that offer design ideas you may not have considered.  The best wallpaper websites offer slideshows that show off the versatility of their selections.  Finally, consider your budget.  Keep in mind that wallpaper is typically priced by the individual roll, but sold in rolls of two.  Expect roughly 85% of each roll to be usable, though this will vary depending on patterns.  A wallpaper calculator will help you stay on budget.

Choosing a vendor can be just as important as the wallpaper itself.  Vendors can vary greatly in terms of selection, utility, and level of customer care.  Seek out vendors with a wide selection of wall coverings that are clearly priced so there are no surprises.  Reputable sites should offer swatches by mail and have a wallpaper calculator available for use whether you're ready to buy or not.  Selecting new wall coverings need not be a daunting task.  Once you find the right vendor, you might be amazed to see all that wallpaper has to offer.  Enjoy your new room(s)!

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