7 October 2022

One of the easiest and best ways to bring instant character and color to your room is, yep you guessed it, the perfect wallpaper. And it doesn’t have to be tricky, you just need to know what you’re trying to achieve. Do you want your space to feel warmer, larger, brighter or more cohesive? Here’s a few tips to help you find the best option.

Photography by Molly Culver Photography  Design by BANDD/DESIGN

What’s the Goal

Wallpaper has the ability to change the look of either a cold or warm space. If you want to brighten up a dark space, think about choosing wallpaper that reflects light or patterns with light colors or even metallics. It can help “lift” the room.  If you are wanting a more intimate space, choose darker colors that can absorb light. 

Accent or Background

Think about what you ultimately want the space to say – think about what you’re going to be adding to the walls. If you have art you want to showcase, then think of choosing a smaller, simple print. If you want the wallpaper to make the statement, then by all means, go bold! You an build the layers using texture around the room to complete the look

Photography by Molly Culver Photography  Design by BANDD/DESIGN


Large scale patterns tend to make spaces look more intimate and smaller. While small patterns create an open and airy look. To open up your living room, choose a light polka dot, or small floral. A large pattern can create depth and dimension on flat walls.

Photography by Molly Culver Photography  Design by BANDD/DESIGN


It is important to decide how you want your space to feel. If you are designing a teen space, you might choose a smaller pattern that is bright and colorful.  If you have a powder bathroom, you can go with a more bold, deep pattern with rich colors for an elegant look.

Photography by Molly Culver Photography  Design by BANDD/DESIGN

Test Drive

Choosing a wallpaper can feel like a very overwhelming decision.  So I always suggest previewing samples and take a proper test drive in the room. Pay attention to the lighting, the other pieces in the room – does it look and feel cohesive? Let it marinate for a few days, if you still love it, you’re probably ready to commit. 

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