Winnie Murphy February 2, 2021 Space Wallpaper
When you are designing a room, most times you do not have the option of making the room physically larger, but what you can do is add visual space and make the room appear larger than it actually is. Using wallpaper to affect the look of your rooms size is an effective way to use this decorating medium. Light Colored Wallpaper Many of the rules that apply to paint and how it affects the appearance of a room also apply to wallpaper. Light colors will make a room seem larger than it is while dark colors will make a room feel smaller. If you paint a room in light color and keep your furnishings light, the walls will actually appear to recede and the space opens up visually. The same applies to wallpaper. Choose light pastels or neutral colors to visually expand the size of a room.
But you do want to include some accessories... A great way to put your room together is to add a few retro accessories that echo the style of your wallpaper. Try displaying some vintage posters on the wall or place retro light fixtures or retro clocks in the space. You can place a jukebox against a wall opposite to the wallpapered wall to balance the space. Create an interesting art piece by combining retro and contemporary items of a single theme, like a collection of fabric swatches or small mirrors. Even a classic furniture piece or two... Retro furniture that has stood the test of time with its quality and comfort works well in any space. In your contemporary living room, consider placing a classic retro furniture piece, like a wood and glass kidney-shaped coffee table or a leather Eames lounge chair. Keep it simple for greatest effect... Retro wallpaper can look great in a contemporary space all by itself. In fact, the key to successfully mixing decorating styles in a single space is to have one dominant style and to use the other style sparingly. Be careful when decorating your space that you do not have patterns that are competing or clashing with one another. Let the retro wallpaper design take center stage.
Your basic tools that you will need are: A plastic smoothing tool or a smoothing brush (I use the plastic), a sharp pair of scissors, a level, a measuring tape (at least 12), single edge or snap off blades (Lots of these), a 6" metal putty knife (for trimming along edges with your razor blade), some kind of table to paste and trim your wallpaper, a ladder (high enough to reach the ceiling without any danger of falling over, I use a 4 ladder for 8 and 9 ceilings). So, if I have not scared you off yet, let me try and explain how to install your new wallpaper. Always read the directions (I still do and learn something all the time, not to mention it saves my Butt if something goes wrong!)
The most common types of wallpaper available are: vinyl coated, coated fabric, paper backed vinyl or solid sheet vinyl, and fabric backed vinyl. Vinyl coated wallpaper is not only the most popular type of wallpaper, but is also the most durable type. Because it is treated with vinyl acrylic, it is tough, moisture resistant, and easy to clean. Therefore, it is best suited for any type of room, but is most commonly used in bathrooms, kitchens, and childrens bedrooms. Often, a more artistic license can be taken with coated fabric wallpaper. This wallpaper is exactly what it sounds like: fabric coated with liquid vinyl. However, be careful with this wallpaper-it is not at all moisture resistant, and is therefore only really appropriate for low-moisture rooms such as libraries, living rooms, or bedrooms, not kitchens or bathrooms.
Retro wallpaper can also change the mood of a contemporary space by making it more fun and homey. Used in a childrens room, it brightens up the décor with color and pattern and can create a warm and friendly space for play and rest. Retro wallpaper works best in a contemporary space when the colors are unified in the space. For example, selecting a color from the wallpaper to use as an accent color in the room helps to tie the room together. Tips for using retro wallpaper: If you dont want to turn your space retro... Furniture of the mid to late 20th century featured polished chrome, molded plastic, and laminate surfaces. Bright and colorful pieces were popular, as well as rounded or asterisk shapes. If you are able to get your hands on these pieces, having a retro themed space may very well work for you. But if you want to keep your space contemporary, retro wallpaper can still look great in a room without all the retro furnishings.
Congratulation, You just hung your first piece of wallpaper. Continue with the next piece and align it up to the one on the wall, making sure that the pattern matches. Smooth, trim, wash and towel dry. Please note that small bubbles under the wallpaper are common and will disappear when wallpaper is completely dry ( about 2 days). When working around windows and doors, take care not to tear the wallpaper at the corners. I use my scissors to make a relief cut, coming towards the corner of the door or window with my scissors and stopping right on or a little short of the corner. This will allow you to work the sheet around the corner without tearing it. Remember to keep your work table clean of glue. Have several sponges handy to wash the table, your tools, hands and the finished wallpaper. Any glue left on the wallpaper could damage the finished surface over time (several months might go by and then the print starts to flake off the front) Also make sure to clean the ceiling, crown, baseboards, cabinets with clean water and towel dry.
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