Finishing materials manufacturers are relentlessly refining the various options for creating finishes in modern spaces. New types of raw materials, improved properties, improved characteristics, a wide range of options. But, no matter what actual methods of creating decoration in a living room are offered by manufacturers, wallpaper has been and will remain the most popular design option for rooms with different functionalities. Modern wallpaper linens have high technological properties; they can be used in rooms with high humidity, temperature extremes and a high risk of contamination and mechanical stress. Wallpaper can be washed and cleaned, even using household chemicals. And there is no need to talk about a wide range of color and texture solutions at all – the choice is so great that it’s time to get confused in a store of finishing materials. In this publication, we would like to acquaint you with current ideas for creating decoration using wallpaper in a wide variety of rooms of a modern home – from the hallway to the bedroom..
Benefits of using wallpaper for interior decoration
It is not for nothing that wallpaper has occupied the highest places in the top lists of current finishing materials for many years. Whatever options for creating a finish are not offered to us by manufacturers, and wallpaper canvases have a sufficient number of advantages:
- the widest choice of color palette, patterns, ornaments and various prints;
- the ability to choose a textured surface;
- ease of application of finishing material, the possibility of self-assembly even in the absence of experience;
- with wallpaper, you can quickly refresh the interior of the room or completely change its appearance;
- highlighting the accent wall is not difficult; by combining wallpaper and other finishing materials, you can create interesting, unique interiors;
- high aesthetic qualities;
- the ability to create finishes in rooms with a high risk of contamination – wallpaper that can be washed and even cleaned;
- modern canvases do not fade in the sun, they are able to withstand temperature drops and fairly high humidity;
- the ability to use absolutely environmentally friendly materials (natural fabrics, paper and cork wallpaper);
- wallpaper can be printed with any image to create a truly unique design;
- with the help of wallpaper, you can imitate various surfaces – from wood trim to brickwork;
- a wide range of costs (the ability to find an option for any repair budget).
The choice of material for wallpaper
The choice of wallpaper for a particular room is influenced not only by the color palette chosen by the owners and the style of interior decoration, but also by many other factors. Considering that the choice of wallpaper in modern stores is incredibly wide, it is necessary to prepare for a hike for finishing material and weed out at least inappropriate options. So, the following criteria will influence the choice of wallpaper for pasting a room:
- the choice of the technological properties of the canvases will depend on the functional purpose of the room and the characteristics of its microclimate (it is obvious that wallpaper with different characteristics must be purchased for the bedroom and hallway, but there are also universal options suitable for rooms with a wide variety of functional potential);
- the size and shape of the room (in a small room it is not advisable to use canvases of a dark color or with a large print);
- the level of natural illumination – the number and size of window openings, the location of the room relative to the cardinal points (affects the choice of the color palette);
- the style of interior decoration and the selected color scheme, the presence of accent surfaces.
Wallpaper canvases are made of various materials and can differ significantly in their technological qualities. The most widespread among our compatriots were the following options for the execution of wallpaper:
Vinyl and non-woven wallpaper are similar in their properties – equally strong, wear-resistant, durable. Most often, for pasting the walls of a wide variety of rooms, vinyl wallpapers on a non-woven basis are purchased. Such canvases can be produced both for painting and contain a drawing or ornament. The rational ratio of price and quality pushes the majority of Russians to give preference to this type of wallpaper – the ability to clean surfaces allows the use of canvases in rooms with a difficult microclimate and the risk of wall contamination (hallways, kitchen and dining rooms, corridors and even bathrooms).
Walls with vinyl wallpaper can be repainted up to 5 times, refreshing the finish or radically changing the image of the room. Even after many manipulations, the surfaces do not lose their aesthetic qualities. Another advantage of vinyl and non-woven wallpaper is that you don’t need to apply glue to it – it only covers the walls. This approach ensures maximum ease of installation. The risk of canvases breaking or smearing the pattern, damage to the texture of the material is practically excluded.
For the decoration of living rooms and bedrooms are often used textile wallpaper. High environmental qualities and luxurious appearance compensate for the rather high cost of the material. But significant drawbacks in the form of the impossibility of cleaning the wall surfaces impose a certain prohibition on the use of textile fabrics in rooms with a high level of risk of contamination. In classic interiors, you can most often see velor, velvet wallpapers used to create an accent surface or to paste over all walls of a room. To create a design in a modern style, cotton and linen fabrics are more suitable, which become the embodiment «comfortable minimalism».
Wallpaper have not lost their popularity. Most often, printed canvases are used to create an accent wall. The variety of themes and high quality of the image allows you to create a unique interior for a room of any stylistic direction. Photo printing can be applied to almost any material – canvases can be textured, matte or glossy, have a protective film against moisture, dirt and mechanical damage.
Also, you can select all in a separate view. metallic glitter wallpaper, on whatever basis they are produced. The luxury of golden, silver or copper sheen can bring a touch of luxury to even the most trivial interior. Therefore, canvases with a metal pattern are used both to create an accent wall and to decorate all vertical surfaces of a room..
Paper wallpaper recently they are used less and less. Despite the excellent eco-friendly qualities and ability «breathe», paper canvases are not very popular. After all, they cannot be used in rooms with high humidity or temperature extremes. Drawing on paper wallpaper fade quickly enough, and the finish itself is rarely able to last more than 3 years without losing its aesthetic properties. But the low cost of paper canvases allows you to create an updated or radically changed appearance of a room in a fairly short time and with minimal financial losses..
Actual ideas in creating the decoration of a modern room
The modern style of interior decoration strives for simple and concise solutions. Unsurprisingly, most designers have a preference for solid color finishes. Light, neutral tones are ideal for small spaces that are accentuated by furnishings. Darker, deeper shades will be a luxurious backdrop for rooms with a large area and a somewhat dramatic atmosphere. For those who are just taking their first steps in the field of creating modern interiors, designers also recommend using monochromatic finishes – universal color options that will look harmonious in any space design.
Black and white print on the walls is not a new season trend, but still relevant. The graphic design, dynamism and often originality of such a wall design allows you to create a difficult non-trivial design of a room, and to decorate a room with a truly unique character.
The large geometric print, popular for several seasons, does not give up its positions. Most often, a catchy contrasting pattern is used to design an accent surface. But in really spacious rooms, you can use wallpaper with a geometric print and to decorate all walls. In such a picture, only two contrasting tones or a whole palette of colors can be used..
Another current trend is a dark accent wall. It can be either velvet or velor wallpaper in a dark color, or vinyl cloths with a slight metallic sheen. One thing is clear – such a design technique allows you to bring into the interior not only notes of drama, but also a touch of sophistication, elegance and luxury..
Wallpaper imitating certain surfaces is no less popular among modern designers. It could be the illusion of a concrete wall, wood paneling, or brickwork. Stone or wood, ceramic tiles or mosaics – any kind of imitation can be on your walls. The main thing is that such a technique should be used for the benefit of creating a harmonious image of the room..
Modern wallpaper – ideas for use
The obvious use of wallpaper in the creation of modern interiors is pasting over all the walls of a room. As a result, you can get not only a fairly reliable protection of surfaces from various factors, but also an attractive appearance of the room, an excellent background for furniture and decorative elements. With the help of wallpaper, you can quickly change the image of a room, highlight a particular zone, emphasize a significant piece of furniture or an entire ensemble.
The use of a design technique for creating an accent wall is most convenient with the use of wallpaper. In order to create a harmonious combination of accent and other walls in the room, you do not need «to invent a bicycle» – ready-made solutions are sold in shops of finishing materials, ideally matched in color, texture, pattern. But if you feel in yourself the opportunity and desire to make a choice on your own, then at your service is the richest selection of a wide variety of colors, prints and patterns. The main thing is that the result corresponds to the concept of creating the interior chosen by you, does not violate the harmony of the atmosphere of the room and helps to create a comfortable atmosphere of the room..
It is not possible to create an accent on the entire surface of the wall. In the bedroom, you can arrange a niche or strip above the head of the bed, thereby highlighting the main piece of furniture. You can also focus on the dressing area or zone in this way the workplace, dressing table. In the living room, you can use accent wallpaper to highlight the space around the fireplace, video zone. You can also create conditional zoning in a room that combines several functional segments, drawing attention to one zone and distracting from the areas that are unsuccessful or incorrect in terms of the geometry of the room..
With the help of wallpaper, you can highlight the space inside niches, in the depths of open shelves and racks with color or pattern. You can also paste over the back wall of the cabinet with glass doors with bright or just contrasting wallpaper and not only diversify the color scheme of the room, but also give «second life» old storage systems, heirloom.
Pasting the ceiling with light (almost always snow-white) wallpaper is a long-standing tradition of Russian homeowners. This is an inexpensive and reasonably quick way to create a durable finish (assuming the surface is flawless). But in modern design projects, experts recommend leaving stereotypes behind and allowing yourself the brightness, contrast and even variegation in the design of the ceiling. But it must be borne in mind that for such experiments it is necessary to have a ceiling height in the room above average, otherwise it will be difficult to avoid the feeling «oppressive» vaults on you.
Combining wallpaper with other finishing materials has long and rather successfully been used to create design projects for a room with a wide variety of purposes. In hallways and corridors, you can most often find a combination of wallpaper with wall panels. The wallpaper is pasted over the upper part of the walls, which is not subject to mechanical stress, moisture and other unpleasant factors. In bathrooms, laundries, kitchens and canteens, the so-called apron is most often made – the surface with the highest risk of contamination, exposure to high temperatures and moisture. Such areas are faced with tiles or mosaics, wall panels, painted or covered with decorative plaster. The rest of the surfaces can be decorated with wallpaper..