Buying Guide: How to choose your wallpaper?
At the thread of colors
We make the wall with a stylish wallpaper! Geometric, floral, panoramic, trompe l'oeil or material effect, difficult to choose. If you fall in love with the pattern and the color, the choice of wallpaper can be more technical. Depending on the type of wallpaper, the installation technique, the configuration and its style, here are the practical tips of experts and the 5 rules to follow to choose your wallpaper.
In the house, the wallpaper no longer makes tapestry! Whether it is placed on all walls of the room for a cozy effect or on a wall for a touch more stylish decor, the wallpaper must primarily choose according to some more technical features. All explanations and expert advice to choose your wallpaper, according to its type and technique of installation, the configuration of the room and its style. Before giving way to the favorite!
Rule n ° 1: choose your wallpaper according to the type of paper
There are two families of wallpaper: wallpapers to paint and wallpapers ready to pose. The ready-to-hang wallpaper is intended for new walls or supports in good condition. We group together several types of wallpapers, such as:
- the traditional wallpaper printed on a paper support more or less thick ideal in dry rooms without large passage.
- the non-woven wallpaper made of polyester and cellulose fibers,
- the vinyl wallpaper whose decor is printed on a layer of PVC which are both perfect in damp rooms,
- or the expanded vinyl wallpaper whose volume and relief design is perfect for messy or high-traffic walls.
Without pattern connection and easy to install, the wallpaper to paint, such as the glass fabric for example which has a high resistance, is intended for damaged surfaces and ceilings.
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Rule n ° 2: choose your wallpaper according to the laying technique
It is easier to put a thick wallpaper on a damaged wall, than to restore it with a paint. Still need to choose the right laying technique ! For Christine Somon, wallpaper product manager at Castorama, "If you want to avoid cluttering with a wallpaper, you have to forget the traditional wallpaper and prefer for example a non-woven wallpaper or an expanded vinyl wallpaper. They are thicker, stronger and easier to install, no more tempera, just put the glue on the wall, unroll the wallpaper directly on the surface and cut it down with a cutter. It is also easier for the fittings as it can be installed as you go and adjust, not to mention that it is revolutionary to the installation as well as the removal since everything comes off in one piece. the tenants. "
There are also other types of poses, more confidential, such as the pose of a adhesive wallpaper, which remains difficult on large surfaces but that can be considered on smaller surfaces by playing for example on geometric shapes to form patterns. Or laying a magnetic wallpaper, whose base is placed on a wall, and which allows to change the scene at will. But the pose is quite technical is asking the help of an experienced poser. Just like wallpapers with LEDs, which shine and are noticed lately with their small lights encrusted in the decoration.
Rule n ° 3: choose your wallpaper according to the room, its configuration and its characteristics
Even if we do not cover the entire room and we tend to dress a single wall with wallpaper, we must take care to choose its wallpaper depending on the room and its characteristics as says Christine Somon, Product Manager Wallpaper at Castorama: "In the bedroom or in the living roomwe can afford everything. By cons in damp rooms as in the kitchen or in the bathroomit is necessary to use a very thick expanded wallpaper, or vinyl with a thin layer of PVC, so that the wallpaper is leachable while being resistant to moisture. It's the same in a hallwayyou have to bet on a resistant wallpaper like non-woven wallpaper. On a damaged wall, to avoid coating cracks, you can opt for fiberglass, since its highly technical composition makes it possible to reinforce the wall. "And if one chooses to line only a single piece of wall, you just have to choose the most interesting wall to put the wallpaper on, such as the wall that is most visible when you enter the room.
Rule n ° 4: choose your wallpaper according to the color and patterns
If the choice of wallpaper must above all be a favorite, in terms of the combination of colors and patterns, there must be consistency with the entire room, or even the apartment. The favorite must be guided, as Nathalie Cohen, head of the shop Au Fil des Couleurs in Paris says: "It is absolutely necessary to take into account what is on the ground, like a dark parquet floor or a light tile by for example, to determine the color according to the fabrics and curtains, to review the furniture so that it stays balanced, for example, a 1950s-inspired wallpaper will not be chosen if there is a rustic cabinet in the room If you take the part of upholstering the whole room, it is better to prefer a cozy pattern that will bring density to the room on a light background to give an impression of space.The stripes are also ideal for playing on the volumes of a room, horizontally, they lengthen the wall when vertically they bring height.As light colors that tend to give depth and dark colors, on the contrary to bring closer walls with a wallpaper, we can rectify the spaces and restore balance in the room ".
Rule n ° 5: take care of the bath of colors to choose your wallpaper
The color bath, or bath making wallpaper, is very important. According to Christine Somon, wallpaper product manager at Castorama: "You have to be careful to buy the rollers with the same bath number and the same letter to avoid disappointments and color variations that can change from bath to bath. Another important point not to neglect and which will not only condition the final rendering but will also facilitate the installation: the glue that we must absolutely choose according to the type of wallpaper, special non-woven wallpaper for example, it will avoid unpleasant surprises, such as blisters or premature aging of the wallpaper that will tend to come off the wall faster ".