How to do a small living room makeover part 3.

Continuing with my small living room makeover series, today I want to show you how you can update your living room with a wallpaper. So let’s get started..

How you can change a room style and feel with wallpaper
Wallpaper is very versatile and the choices are endless. Before you even start looking at the wallpaper, you need to decide where you want it to go. Here are 3 suggestions – frame it as a feature, create one focal point wall and wallpaper the whole room.1. Framed wallpaper




2. Feature wall





3. Wallpaper all around


Photo credits: Restyles Home / Martha O’Hara Interiors / Stockholm, Sweden / Alexander Johnson / Optimise Design / Giulietti Schouten Architects / Chic Victorian / Heather O’Donovan Interior Design / Katie Rosenfeld Interiors / Croma Design Inc

Choosing a wallpaper
When you are choosing your wallpaper you need to consider the following:
1. size of your room
2. scale of the pattern on the wallpaper
3. shape of your walls
4. colour will help to create mood and atmosphere
5. pattern will help to set the style

Top tips

1. Get a largest wallpaper sample you can afford especially with patterned wallpaper.
Some showrooms lend larger samples for a refundable deposit or buy one wallpaper roll.
To see the pattern properly, you need to place at least two roll widths next to each other.

2. Place your sample on all walls in your room (not at the same time, unless if you cut the sample).

3. Look at the sample at day and night time with natural and artificial lighting.

4. Try at lest 3 different wallpaper designs.

How to calculate the quantities?
After you have chosen your wallpaper, now it’s time to establish how many rolls you need to get.
To calculate the amounts measure you need to measure the height and the widths.

Step 1.
To calculate the ceiling height start from your skirting (if you have any) up. If you chose a patterned wallpaper add the pattern repeat on to this number to get the drop. The pattern repeat number is supplied by the manufacturer. Now divide the total roll length (usually 10metres) by the drop. Round up the final number.

Step 2.
Now you need to establish the widths. Add widths of all walls including windows and doors. Divide this number by the width of the wallpaper roll (usually between 48cm and 52cm but this depends on the manufacturer). Again round up the result.

To get how many rolls you need divide step 2 result by the step 1 number. Round it up to the nearest number and this is how many rolls you need to get.

My example
Taking the example from my previous posts in this series,  I have narrowed down my wallpaper options to two wallpapers. One is plain textured grasscloth paper and the other which is patterned can be used on a feature wall. The option is to use either one of them – if using the grasscloth, I would put it on all walls or the patterned one on feature wall only, or use both as a combination.

I still want to keep the feel of the room quite soft, welcoming and neutral and grasscloth wallpaper, in this instance by Phillip Jeffries, is a perfect wallpaper to do that but also introducing some texture to the space. For the feature wall I have chosen Harlequin Arkona pattern which reflects for tone and colours I already introduced into the room. The pattern adds another dimension and breaks the geometrics on the curtains and cushions. With its slightly metallic effect it creates sophistication and takes the room to a different level, more glamorous and elegant I would say.

I hope this will give you some ideas.


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