Using wallpaper in home décor is a good way to disguise flaws in walls, add color and texture, and unite elements of your living room. However, trends in wallpaper have changed over the years from the consistent floral patterns you may find in older homes. Wallpaper styles for the 21st century and beyond use more subtle colors and patterns to keep them from becoming quickly outdated or monotonous. When decorating with wallpaper, look for simple designs that will enhance the look of your living room.
Stripes may not sound like a subtle wallpaper design, but if they are created using the right colors and design, they will greatly impact the room. Horizontally striped wallpaper will make a wall look longer, and vertically striped paper will make a wall look taller. Vertically striped wallpaper should be used in a living room with low ceilings to make it look taller. The paper should feature stripes that are a very similar color to the base color of the paper, or even the same color with a different finish. For instance, the base can be a matte gray with shiny gray stripes in the same color. This will prevent the paper from looking overly patterned, and will instead give it an elegant feel.
Victorian prints add an elegant feel to a room. Victorian prints should be used when decorating with wallpaper if you have an elegant, ornate Victorian style in your living room. Victorian print paper can also be used in a room with very simple furniture and décor to give it just a slight Victorian feel. Victorian print wallpaper in neutral or muted colors should be used, because the pattern itself is very busy. Similar to using stripe wallpaper, paper with a pattern that is very close to the base color of the paper, or even the same color with different textures, will give the paper a very subtle, elegant look.
Geometric wallpaper is a popular wallpaper style for modern decorating styles. While this type of wallpaper will give the room a very creative, striking look, it also may become dated quickly, depending on the paper you choose. To keep geometric wallpaper fresh, wallpaper should be applied to only one wall in the room as a focal point. Surrounding walls can be painted in a complementary or matching color. The color rules that applied to the Victorian and striped patterns are very important when it comes to geometric wallpaper. The geometric shapes should be communicated using texture as opposed to color. For instance, a complementary geometric pattern would use squares all in one color that rotate between matte and shiny finishes.
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