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Jane Hamilton, property expert
ONCE shunned in favour of plain white paint, wallpaper is firmly back in fashion.
Searches for it online have quadrupled in the last year, with a range of styles including floral, regency and geometric adorning the homes of interior designers and influencers. But choosing the right style isn’t easy, so here’s how to get started.
Buy before you try: Just like painting a wall with a test pot, ask for swatches of wallpapers you like and pin them to the wall. Look at them at different times of day and in different light to see how they enhance the room.
Pick your print size: Smaller rooms suit smaller prints while bold styles work best in larger spaces.
How many walls? A single “statement” wall looks lovely in a bathroom or as a focal point in a bigger room. In period homes, try papering either above or below the dado rail. Want a big impact? Paper all four walls. Or a new trend is the “fifth wall” which is papering the ceiling while leaving the other walls painted. It sounds wacky but looks amazing in the right space.
Prepare properly: Before you start, use a scraper to test how many layers of paper are under the surface wall covering. If there are more than two, remove extra layers. Always add lining paper for a professional finish.
Wallpapering for the first time? Avoid fiddly patterns which are tough to match up.
Kids or pets? Consider wipeable wallpaper. Most wallpapers come with a “washability rating”, ranging from “spongeable” to “highly scrubbable”.