Wallpaper: Choosing the Right Pattern (and Place) For Your Design Style

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Gone are the days of your grandma’s plaid wallpaper. Today, wallpaper is as stylish and sophisticated as the people using it, taking high-end design to a more unique level. Take Neil Patrick Harris and David Burka’s Harlem Townhome for example: their den features a Andrew Martin wallpaper as a backdrop to colorful magic memorabilia, anchoring the space.

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You can get custom designs via digital inkjet printing (yes, that includes metallics), high-tech patterns that block phone and Wi-Fi signals, or even seismic wallpaper with fiberglass reinforcements for earthquake protection. But for today, let’s focus on the designs.

Here’s your wallpaper 101: how to find your perfect pattern—and where to use it.

STEP 1: DETERMINE WHERE WILL YOU USE IT
Are you planning to create a statement wall in a large room already bursting with color? Maybe you’re lining the back of a bookshelf or livening up a hallway. Wherever you plan to use wallpaper, the most important considerations are size and lighting. Tip: The smaller and less lighting there is in a space, the lighter the print should be.

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STEP 2: CONSIDER COLOR
Over-scaled, dramatic prints, whether used in small doses or on one or more walls make a strong visual statement. Adding color elevates monochromatic spaces and adds contemporary sophistication to more colorful designs.

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STEP 3: UNDERSTAND DESIGN OPTIONS

Geometrics, Prints & Patterns
An important consideration with geometric shapes is the size of the pattern.

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Wallpaper: Choosing the Right Pattern (and Place) For Your Design Style #caesarstoneus(Photo credit: HGTV)

Floral Fixation
Some floral patterns are bold, while other are more subdued. The most important consideration is to focus on. Interplay with light.

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Scenes and Murals:
For a more regal, romantic aesthetic with a contemporary touch, try traditional patterns in a vibrant color. Alternately, creating a mural or scene with wallpaper adds an element of sophistication.

Wallpaper: Choosing the Right Pattern (and Place) For Your Design Style #caesarstoneus

Modern Metallic
Metallic wallpaper is an excellent way to add dimension and modern sheen to a space. Subtle metallic accents will also add extra light to small spaces.

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Wallpaper: Choosing the Right Pattern (and Place) For Your Design Style #caesarstoneus(Photo credit: Haute Look via Pinterest)

STEP 4: MAKE YOUR OWN RULES
All this being said, rules were meant to be broken. Here are some stunning ways people have gone outside of the box with wallpaper

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