Your flat doesn’t look cozy anymore? That’s no problem! Hold off on buying new furniture and rearranging the interior. Try to change wallpaper. Here are a few design tips which will help you choose the right colour and wallpaper pattern which would best suit your rooms.
Colour and Pattern
You can create various visual effects with the help of wallcoverings. A skilful use of colours can make your room seem larger or smaller. Black, white, blue and violet create a feeling of more space in the room. Red is usually associated with wealth and luxury, orange and yellow add extra comfort to big rooms. A tasteful mix of shades of red perfectly suits living rooms, halls and kitchens. Deep violet is often characterized by psychologists as a creativity color. Orange cheers you up, and warm yellow colours create a feeling of coziness and warmth.
The smaller the room is the lighter colours are to be used and the smaller wallpaper pattern must be. Just the opposite goes for large rooms – deeper colours and big patterns are preferable. In turn big patterns work especially well if they are of sensitive soft colours.
Wallcoverings with vertical stripes are perfect for rooms with low ceilings (2.5 – 3 m) as they make the ceiling seem higher. Rhombic patterns add a sense of width. Light warm coloured wallcoverings are appropriate for dark rooms: you may try light citric, light golden or light beige...
If the windows of your room face south you can add some visual interest to your interior by using vivid colours such as golden orange, navy blue or terra-cotta. Deep colours will absorb abundant light.
An interesting design solution is recommended for narrow rooms with high ceilings: divide the height of the room in three parts. Hang darker wallpaper on the lower parts, leaving the upper part for light wallcoverings.
Light coloured wallcoverings with subtle patterns are best suitable for cottage houses, they will also help you hide uneven walls.
It is recommended to choose wallcoverings with bright patterns for rooms with many corbels and ceiling beams (these are usually a characteristic feature of old houses) – in this way you can create an interesting effect and distract the attention from bows.
Mind the colour in interconnecting rooms – the colour change must be soft and smooth. For example you can hang golden wallpaper in the living room, light yellow in the bedroom and light brown in the lobby.
You should also bear in mind that new wallcoverings must match your furniture in colour and style – wallpaper is much easier (and cheaper) to change.
It is widely known that green sets one at ease. It works well everywhere, but it’s especially good in children’s rooms. An interior in green colours creates a fairy-tale atmosphere.
Blue lamps are often used in bathrooms as they highlight the shining of tiles. But blue light would certainly be not the best decision for kitchens. Kitchen interiors are usually designed in light colours such as light blue or sea-green – these colours are preferable because they create an impression of space and coolness. Bright colours like green and navy blue will bring an interesting accent into small kitchens.
Soothing colours create an ideal backdrop for expensive things. Sophisticated furniture will look perfect on a light grey background. Pale green and blue make the room appear bigger.
Wallcoverings and Room Space
Wallpaper pattern is an important tool for creating dimensional effects depending on room size.
Low ceilings will seem higher if you choose wallcoverings with vertical stripes. This effect can be emphasized if the ceiling is of a pale colour.
If you want your room to appear lower, you should use a horizontally striped pattern. This effect becomes stronger if the pattern doesn’t reach the ceiling. You can decorate the wallpaper edge with a border. The same effect may be achieved if the ceiling is darker than the walls and downward lighting is used.
Wallcoverings can help you create a sense of depth in a small room if you use the following trick: the rear wall must be of a colour that visually recedes into the background, for example calm blue or sea-blue, other walls are to be decorated with light coloured wallcoverings. You can also apply wallpaper with lengthwise stripes to the ceiling to create this effect.
Small patterns on a light background create an impression of more space in a small room. You can also choose a rhombic print or apply wallpaper with a large pattern to the wall which doesn’t have doors or windows.
Large rooms will seem smaller if you use deep colours, large patterns and diagonal stripes in your interior – it will help you create an effect of narrower space.
How will your home look like? Will your rooms be comfortable and homy or cold and annoying? Everything depends on you and your choice of colour and pattern of wallcoverings. We all know that colours surrounding us have a huge impact on our well-being, mood and attitudes. Our tips will help you express your individual style and create a unique interior even if you’re not a professional designer.