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How to Choose Wallpaper for Your Home

If you know me at all, then you know I LOVE wallpaper! I recently updated my living room to give it an update, too. Here’s how I did it…

If you know me at all, then you know I LOVE wallpaper! It adds so much personality and warmth to any space, and with all of the peel-and-stick options available these days, you no longer have the “I need to love it for 10 years…I can’t decide” or the “my landlord won’t let me do wallpaper” excuse anymore. Make your space what you want it to be! And, with the help of our friends at Spoonflower, I recently updated my living room to give it an update, too. Here’s how I did it…

Scour the Website
The process of choosing a wallpaper from a site that has so many options can seem overwhelming. Luckily for you, I have selected a bunch of my favorites at Spoonflower to help you get started. I love that when you purchase the wallpaper, you’re supporting an independent artist! When you’re diving in, use search terms and categories to help narrow things down for you. I knew I wanted either something abstract or a floral, and I loved the idea of something blues and greens, but also wanted to check out some neutral options.

A Few Things to Consider
What color palette do you want? Do you like smaller or larger scale patterns? How big is the wall or room you want to wallpaper? If the wall is big, you want to look at larger scale patterns so that the pattern doesn’t feel too small and busy or repeat too many times. Also, if you want color, consider what other items are in the room and what colors they are in so that the colors complement. I will always encourage color…don’t play it too safe!

Order Samples and Tape Them Up
Once you get samples, they come in a foot height and the width of each panel of paper. It allows you to see the true colors and the scale of the pattern in real life. I taped them up on my wall to live with for a few days to see what I liked the best.

Mock it Up
If you have the ability to make a mock-up either on computer or even with cutting out the printed pattern from the website and taping it to a photo of your room, that can help you to visualize it even more. I mocked up some of my top choices so that I could compare their scales and how they would look from a distance when on the wall. I found the top left to be too big and the bottom ones to be too small in scale. The top right one was just right and had the right amount of color that I wanted while still working with my existing furniture and artwork.

Shown here (left to right, top to bottom): Blocks by Cecilia Mok, Shibori Wing Spots by Nouveau Bohemian, Butterfly wallpaper by Holli Zollinger, Leaves by Eva Matise. All designs can be found here!

Order and Install
Now comes the exciting part! You’ve made your decision and this room is about to look amazing! If you order peel and stick wallpaper, you can choose to install it yourself (I would get a friend to help) or hire an installer if you’d prefer.

To help make the process a little easier for you, you can find a dozen of my favorite wallpaper designs from Spoonflower right here!


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