Wallpaper is a stylish way to update your home decor and personalize any room. Home designs are impactful when they make a statement. Through choices of color, textures, and patterns, wallpaper provides a way to add personal flair. When selecting wallpaper, if you’ve planned and prepared it properly, it can work in any room. When selecting wallpaper for your home, there are some things to consider. The following steps will ensure you choose a wallpaper that you will live with happily.

Determine the room you would like to wallpaper;  kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, child’s room; there are factors to help you choose the suitable wallpaper according to your room and its intended purpose.

The type, size, and style are the subsequent attributes to consider when selecting wallpaper.

Wallpaper Types

When getting ready to begin wallpapering, the type of paper to suit the room should be determined first. Researching samples will help be part of the first steps. Solid vinyl, vinyl-coated, fabric, pasted, unpasted, and peel and stick. All come in a seemingly endless variety of patterns and colors. Choosing a wallpaper type must come before falling in love with its design.

Vinyl Wallpaper

The most common wallpaper choice comes in two subtypes and is popular with homeowners who plan on hanging the wallpaper themselves. You will find vinyl wallpaper in your local home improvement store.

Solid Vinyl Wallpaper

Solid vinyl wallpaper is the most appropriate choice for a room with high traffic, and that is the hub of family life and use. Solid vinyl will offer durability and will stand up to cleaning with longevity. The entryway, family room, kitchen, and bathroom will benefit from the strength of solid vinyl. While easy to clean, it is more challenging to remove when ready to update.

Vinyl Coated Wallpaper

Grease, stain, and humidity-resistant vinyl-coated wallpaper will provide ease of maintenance should you choose to paper a bathroom or kitchen. Vinyl coated wallpaper is also a good choice for rooms with a high moisture content environment. Kitchens and bathrooms are routinely subjected to water, and the coated paper will resist any damages the dampness might otherwise cause, provided the paper is not continuously subjected to water directly.

Specialty Papers

Specialty types of wallpaper are a design dream and are beautiful. However, they are more costly and are typically best and most often used as accents or on a single wall. Foil, fabric, flocked, and paper textured with natural materials cause a dramatic effect.


Artful wallpaper presents itself as if a mural has been painted on your wall. They make a bold statement but can become outdated. Paper that offers a more subtle pattern has a lower probability of becoming obsolete. Careful installation to match patterns and line the designs up with each consecutive paper panel will require precision and planning. Textured papers which give the appearance of natural and organic materials are an excellent choice when walls have damage that would best be disguised. Lighter colors will help a small space seem larger and darker colors will help to make a massive space more intimate.

If it is stripes that you prefer, the size of the room and the height of the ceiling cannot be ignored when making this choice. Vertical lines will create an illusion of a higher ceiling, while horizontal stripes will create a room that appears wider if it is narrow. Be aware that papering a busy pattern around the entirety of a room could potentially create a dizzying effect that would best be avoided. A simple pattern on one wallpaper panel could appear wavy when aligned side by side. The larger the pattern, the smaller the room will appear as well.

Measure Your Room

Know the size of your room, the height, and the width that you plan on wallpapering. Measure your room, remembering that you will not need to consider the space that doors and windows account for and always read the square footage that the wallpaper manufacturer states on each roll. If you do not measure correctly, you run the risk of not having enough paper to complete the job, and a reorder may not be an exact match if still available. When in doubt, purchasing an extra roll is a good rule of thumb, better to be safe in the knowledge of having enough than sorry if the wallpaper comes up short.

Once decisions and measurements are made, get ready to paper your walls and enjoy your new home decor!

Trust The Design Experts At DMG Design+Build

Madeline is a key member of the DMG Design+Build Team offering professional design and construction expertise. She works closely with homeowners to select finishes and materials that express their uniqueness, creativity, and style within their new or remodeled home. That includes helping you with selecting wallpaper if you desire.

If you’d like to meet with the DMG Design+Build Team, please contact us today to learn about Our Process and how we can benefit your project.