When it comes to my house, I’m a total commitment-phobe. And what could be more problematic for someone with commitment issues than wallpaper?
Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of wallpaper. It instantly adds a punch of color to a blank wall and it’s somewhat simple to apply. If it’s done the right way, the end result can tie an entire room together in a matter of hours.
The part I don’t love about wallpaper is that it’s permanent. As in, when I decide I want to redecorate my living room in a year, it will be a pain in the you-know-what to strip the stuff off. Not to mention, potential homebuyers won’t be too keen on the idea of dealing with the hassle and mess of removing it. So, what’s a girl to do when faced with the question: Wallpaper: do or don’t?
Truth be told, there is no cut and dry answer. It’s really a matter of personal taste, how long you plan to stay in your current home, and how frequently you like to change up your look. Think about it this way: When you’re at the drug store browsing for a new hair color, do you reach for a home highlighting kit with confidence, or do you play it safe with a semi-permanent box no more than two shades darker than your natural hue?
If you chose the former, read on for a few wallpaper dos and don’ts before picking up that putty knife. Oh, and for those who chose the latter, don’t worry. Removable wallpaper exists for girls like us.
1) Do pick wallpaper you absolutely love. If you decide you don’t like it, you can’t paint over it. Plus, the misery of removing it is comparable to picking off a no-chip manicure.
2) Start small. While you’re still getting your technique down, do try wallpapering a small area like the inside of a cabinet or bookshelf.
3) If you don’t plan to stay in your home for longer than five years, do go with neutral, subtle wallpaper that won’t send potential buyers scurrying to the next house.
Tip: For a hand drawn illustration designed wallpaper with a smooth style, try Abigail Borg.
1) Don’t go with that purple Moroccan print in the master bedroom unless you’re prepared to either remove the wallpaper or offer your future homebuyer a credit for paint.
2) Not into that psychedelic, trippy look? Me either. Don’t wallpaper an entire room in a bold pattern. Stick to one accent wall and paint the other walls a complementary shade.
3) I’m all for the DIY movement, but unless you’re absolutely sure you know what you’re doing, don’t attempt to hang wallpaper by yourself. You can’t undo crooked, saggy wallpaper. Swallow your pride and hire a professional.
It’s entirely possible to use wallpaper without making your home look like the set of All in the Family. If you plan to stay at your current abode for the long haul (or if you’re prepared to get very familiar with a wallpaper steamer), you have more options than ever for adding some “oomph” to your walls.