3. Think from fun to formal. Wallpaper can be used in different ways, whether in a more traditional way like a living room or in a way that is fun and festive like in a children’s room or playroom.
4. Consider removable wallpaper or decals as alternative to traditional wallpaper. This option allows spaces that are interesting and bold in which the decoration can also be reused.
5. Frame wallpaper as art. This is a popular design trick in which large pieces of wallpaper can be framed like art.
6. Avoid using bold, statement wallpaper in small rooms. Small rooms are naturally closed in by dark colors or overwhelming patterns. Instead, opt to use wallpaper sparingly in small spaces like as an accent wall.
7. Consider texture. Wallpaper isn’t just about color and pattern, but texture as well. These days, wallpaper can include such interesting elements as beading and fabric.
8. Don’t be afraid to incorporate metallic elements such as gold or silver, which can help add a touch of glam and elegance.
9. Consider overscale patterns when looking to select statement wallpaper, which can help make a bold design statement.
10. Work with what you have. One of the biggest mistakes is to use it to introduce colors or patterns that may be incongruent with the current color palette or design scheme in a room. Instead, consider using wallpaper as a unifier to help keep your decor cohesive.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at email@example.com or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com .