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Pro Decorating Tips for Combining Wallpaper and Painted Walls

Can’t decide between wallpaper and paint for your interior walls? Good news: You don’t have to! Wallpaper and painted walls can be combined to create visual interest without overwhelming the eye. Here are some tips on how to accomplish this effectively without ending up with a look that is either too bland or too garish.

Use Patterns Sparingly

Wallpaper patterns can add visual interest to a room, but too many patterns in the same room can conflict with one another. Therefore, if you intend to use a floral pattern wallpaper in a room, the furniture in that room should not have strong patterns of its own.

Have at Least One Color in Common

One of the advantages of combining wallpaper with painted walls is that you include more colors than would usually be practical with paint alone. However, at least one of the colors in the wallpaper pattern should match the paint on the walls.

Use One Bold Color at Most

Imagine that you are choosing girls bedroom wallpaper and the prevailing color motif is hot pink. You do not want to choose another bold color that is going to conflict with that, such as fluorescent green. The other colors in the room should be more subtle.

Don’t Be Afraid of Complementary Colors

The easiest way to understand color theory is the color wheel, on which complementary colors are opposite one another. When used carefully, the effect can be very pleasing. It often works well to have one color as the base and use the other for accents. For example, if your painted walls are blue, you might want to consider a wallpaper with a pattern of small orange flowers.

Consider Your Overall Style

What is the overall interior design scheme of your home? Is it classic, rustic, or modern? You can find a wallpaper that fits into your space no matter your style, but not all wallpapers work within a particular space. For a classic style, you probably want a traditional pattern, whereas, for a modern style, you want something a little more unusual and innovative, such as a wallpaper with texture.

Use Wallpaper To Define a Space

Open concept homes are very popular, but sometimes you want different spaces to be a little bit better defined. You can accomplish this by using wallpaper to structure the space without removing the openness. For example, you can paper the walls of a dining area or living room to set it apart from the kitchen. If you have a corner that you use for a home office, you can also use wallpaper to define the space.

Get Creative

Remember that you do not have to use the whole sheet of wallpaper. For example, you can cut out wallpaper borders and paste them over a painted wall.

Wallpaper was once considered outdated, but home fashion tends to follow cycles and now it is becoming popular again. Nevertheless, it is understandable if you are still a little hesitant about it. If you aren’t ready to commit to a permanent wallpaper installation yet, consider temporary wallpaper instead. It can remain on the wall as long as you desire, whether short-term or long-term. However, if you change your mind, it is a simple matter to remove it.

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