How to Choose Your Perfect Wallpaper

It’s true that a choice of wallpapers can be daunting and in this article we are going to tell you how to exactly choose the right wallpaper for you. Many types of wallcoverings are available. Each requires slightly different preparation, application, and finishing work according to its characteristics:

You can find these types:

  • Standard papers are inexpensive and generally easy to hang. Just be careful not to tug on the paper too hard as you position and reposition the sheets on the wall.
  • Vinyl-coated papers have a paper backing and a paper surface that’s sealed with a liquid vinyl. This seal makes the wall covering washable, which means that you can safely sponge it off with soapy water.

Solid sheet vinyl wallcoverings consist of vinyl bound to a cloth or paper backing. These wallcoverings are the most rugged, stain resistant, and scrubbable and make an excellent choice for kitchens.

Vinyl wall coverings are the best choice for a beginning wallpaper hanger. Not only are they the easiest type to be hung, but they’re also easy to live with — they’re durable, soil resistant, and easy to clean. They’re even easy to remove.

  • Foils papers are good choices for small rooms with little or no natural light. The wall surface must be in nearly perfect condition, however, because the wallpaper’s shiny surfaces accentuate any imperfections.
  • Grass cloth, hemp, and other cloths-on-paper are richly textured, woven coverings with laminated paper backings. All are good choices to cover less-than-perfect walls, but they are expensive and relatively difficult to hang.
  • Flocked papers have raised, velvety patterns and are good choices for covering walls that have minor surface imperfections. Washable flocks are easier to install than nonwashable ones, but both are expensive, and installation generally requires a pro.


The two primary differences on the backsides of wallcoverings and what they may mean to you are

  • Pre-pasted or unpasted:Perhaps the most obvious difference on the backside of wallpaper is the presence or lack of paste. The vast majority of in-stock wallcoverings are prepasted. You activate this factory-applied adhesive by applying a pre-paste activator or by dipping the paper into a water tray.
  • Dry-strippable or peel able:This feature will be a greater concern down the road when you, or the next occupant of your home, want to remove the paper. Dry-strippable paper peels off in its entirety. Peel-able paper peels off but leaves behind its paper backing. This backing can be papered over (assuming that it’s in good shape) or removed with a wallpaper remover solution before painting. Keep in mind that strippable wallpaper or the paper backing of peel-able wallpaper is easily removable only if the substrate was properly sealed before the installation.


There is no doubt that the most important factor in choosing wallpaper is choosing a pattern you like. You also must make sure that the pattern works in the particular room which you plan to paper. Here are some basic aesthetic guidelines:

  • Vertical stripes or patterns make the ceiling appear higher.
  • Horizontal stripes or patterns seem to widen a room and bring ceiling down.
  • Large patterns generally don’t look good in a small room because they tend to overpower the space and make it seem smaller. A large, open pattern looks best in a larger space.
  • A mini-print or a paper with a small pattern or geometric design suits smaller dimensions.
  • Dark colours make a room seem smaller.
  • Wallpaper with a light background makes a room look larger.

Here are the tools which you might need for wallpapering. Enjoy it