Picking wallpaper is a very personal decision but there are a few things you should take into consideration.


Knowing what type of wall you have will help you pick the right paper and pattern for your space. If you are in an older home with lathe and plaster, your wall will need more preparation to get it ready for wallcoverings. In some cases a wall will require a liner to be applied to the wall before the wallpaper you have chosen goes up.

If the wall is a little wavy or rough, you may want to use a heavy paper or textured vinyl. These types of wallpaper can help conceal some of the smaller irregularities found in a less than perfect wall.

If your walls are modern drywall that are in very good shape, are smooth, well prepared and have no problems, then you can choose a wallcovering that is much more delicate or has a high shine.


Wallpaper is made up of two parts – the pattern which is what you are going to see on the wall and the paper that it is printed on. The most common types of paper are woven and non-woven. Non-woven papers are the easier of the two to install. They are generally a paste the wall paper and a handy homeowner may be able to hang the wallpaper themselves. Woven papers require paperhanging knowledge. If you are purchasing a woven paper, you should hire a professional installer. Know what type of paper you are buying. Ask questions so you can choose a paper best suited to your needs.


Some papers are easier to work with and a homeowner may be able to install it themselves.


Other papers are much more difficult and require a professional installer.


Certain patterns work better in certain areas.

Larger spaces or double height spaces like a two-storey entry can use a larger pattern or a larger repeat.

Whereas a smaller space benefits from a smaller pattern or smaller repeat. Although this is generally true, powder rooms can handle a large dramatic pattern because this is a good area to make a statement.

Heavily textured papers like glass bead or mica work best in lower traffic areas. High traffic areas should use a paper that is more durable.

Rooms that have walls with many angles look best when a geometric or small pattern is used. A geometric pattern will pull a disjointed wall together without overwhelming the space. A small pattern will blend well on a multi angled wall where a larger pattern would be broken up.

When using a mural, place it in a room where you can step back to view it. Murals work best as an accent wall where they can make a statement. Most commonly they are used in kid’s rooms, living or family rooms. Murals help make a room more personal and unique.

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