One Sparkleize reader writes:
To add texture to my bedroom walls, I am thinking about installing some paintable wallpaper to the wall behind the bed. I’d then like to paint the wallpaper a soft sage green color.
Is there a pattern that I should stay away from? Are some brands of wallpaper better than others? Is thicker wallpaper easier to apply than thin wallpaper?
Hesitant in Hillsborough
Congratulations! Paintable wallpaper is an easy and economical way to add depth and sophistication to any room. There is no need to be hesitant! I wholeheartedly applaud your decision to add a textured accent wall to your bedroom!
It is very difficult to go wrong with patterns of paintable wallpaper, because it is the color that really matters. In your case, you’ve already selected a subtle, tasteful color that likely already coordinates well with the decor and other colors in your bedroom.
That said, here are some general guidelines about patterns:
- Large patterns tend to be better for larger rooms because they visually shrink the space and make it cozier.
- Stay away from thick stripes.
- Keep in mind that wallpaper featuring certain patterns can perform optical illusions that make rooms that ordinarily look too long, too boxy or have low ceilings appear more proportionate.
- To make sure you like it before you buy it, get samples and bring them home to try out!
- When you buy, be sure to all rolls are from the same lot so the patterns will match.
- To make the most out of the pattern you choose, wait a full 72 hours to allow the paper to totally cure on the wall before applying paint!
Here are a few of my favorite patterns:
- clouds or waves,
- cool and sleek,
- fancy “old school”,
- kinda funky, and
Don’t worry too much about the brand. More important than the brand of the wallpaper you choose is a) liking what you’ve selected, and b) the quality of the installation job!
Thick vs. thin
Thick is not necessarily better than thin, but here are a few things to consider. The thicker the paper:
- the better it will hide any flaws in the wall underneath,
- the harder it will be to remove,
- (often) the higher the quality it will be, and
- (usually) the more expensive it will be.
If you need tips and instructions on hanging and painting your wallpaper, check out this site from the DIY Network. Good luck to you!