A small space like a powder room is so easy to overlook but with it being the room that most guests will end up visiting, why not make it wow? An easy go-to is wallpaper. It completely transforms a space, including the smallest of rooms. James Wheeler is showing you how to take a bathroom from boring to mega fab and spilling his tips for picking wallpaper. See even more from Rustic White right here.
Tips for Wallpaper Selection
1. Pick What You Love
My first and foremost rule for selecting wallpaper is to pick what you love. Don't be afraid to take a risk! Wallpaper is a great way to experiment by trying something new, like a design that you might not normally pick for the rest of your home. I love wallpaper in bold colors and patterns in small spaces, like powder rooms, entryways and even headways in a bedroom.
2. Consider an Accent Wall
With all of the choices in wallpaper on the market today, some options can be quite expensive. If you fall in love with a wallpaper that happens to be outside of your budget, consider using it on a ceiling or pairing it with another wall treatment, like wainscoting. I love wainscoting paired with wallpaper with a metallic finish, as it reflects light beautifully.
3. Go Natural
If your style is more neutral and you tend to shy away from pattern, consider grasscloth or sisal wall coverings. They have the ability to add rich texture and dimension to a space, are available in a variety of hues to compliment your interiors, are a great alternative to standard painted walls and are the safest option if you're trying wall coverings for the first time. As an added bonus, they are perfect for concealing less-than-perfect walls. I love using grasscloth or sisal wall coverings in dining rooms, living rooms and master bedrooms.
4. Coordinating is Key
When shopping for wallpaper, bring samples of your existing design: upholstery, draperies, paint colors and even floors, to ensure coordination. Think about the look you're trying to achieve and seek options that compliment that look. Wallpaper can be purchased from an endless array of sources, so keep these samples handy.
5. Customize Colors
If you find a wallpaper you love, but it doesn't come in the color you're looking for, see if the manufacturer will work with you to create it in a custom color. Many papers are digitally printed or screen printed, which makes it easy for a manufacturer to create a custom color way (for a small fee) that compliments your design.
6. Leave it to the Experts
Once you've selected your wallpaper, hire a professional installer. They will gladly measure your space prior to ordering and installation, which will ensure you have the correct amount on the day of installation. This is also important as dye lots can vary, so you'll want to ensure you've ordered all you need for a seamless installation. Professional installers can also recommend the best way to hang your paper, as expensive wallpapers can be backed with linen and removed easily without damaging the paper or wall (which means it can be easily removed and re-laminated for use in another space or home).
And while we're on the subject, we scoured the SMP archives to bring you the softest, boldest, chicest, and sleekest wallpaper prints that are guaranteed to make a statement. Whether your tastes in decor tend to be lavish and bold, sleek and modern, or almost exclusively romantic and shabby-chic, we know there will be a print or two in the slideshow below that will catch your eye.