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Want to incorporate wallpaper but feeling a bit intimidated?

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There is no question that wallpaper is popping up everywhere and is a clear design trend. Wallpaper is a great way to bring in an additional layer of design to your space, and a way to create impact. If you are feeling overwhelmed about the best way to incorporate wallpaper into your home, don’t stress. There are many different approaches whether you want to use wallpaper in a subtle way, or go all in. The safest approach is to choose a solid wallpaper that simply brings in texture but no bold pattern. Another approach is to use the wallpaper on an accent wall only, or in a small space like a powder room. If you are worried about the wallpaper pattern being too imposing on your space, consider placing the wallpaper on a wall where there is the opportunity to have the pattern broken up by furniture, art/photographs, or other architectural elements. The 3rd approach is to go all in with a bold pattern on all of the walls in a particular room. The image in this post, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Santa Barbara dining room featured in Architectural Digest, is a perfect example of really going for it. It works beautifully because the wallpaper is juxtaposed with a few very simple furniture and accessory items, allowing the wallpaper to be the featured item in the room. Here is a link to the article…

When selecting wallpaper do your research. Make sure that you get a high quality wallpaper that is applied with wallpaper glue instead of the peel and stick variety. Prints can be very personal, choose a pattern that resinates with you and make the bold move of incorporating it in your home!

Here are some tips from Kathy Kuo Home that will help take the mystery out of ordering the right amount of wallpaper…

1. Although wallpaper rolls are measured in square feet, it is important to take your measurement to the nearest eighth inch. Measure the length of each wall in inches, and then measure the height of the room from ceiling to floor in inches.

2. Add together the lengths of each wall in the room, and then multiply that sum by the height of the room. The result will be your wall area in inches.

3. To convert to square feet, simply divide your result by 144.

4. Measure out the square footage of windows, doors and other large openings, and deduct this amount from your calculation.

5. Check the roll label for how much square foot coverage the roll gives and ensure the roll coverage is more than the total wall square footage.

6. In general, we suggest ordering one more roll than you may need. It’s always better to be safe in these situations.

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