Combining wallpaper in the interior space is both easy and difficult.
You can do this without much knowledge and effort if you follow the proven path.
Great knowledge and design skills are not needed here – only a clear understanding of the dimensions of the room and the degree of its illumination.
It is with this combination method that I will begin the topic of combining different colors and textures in one space.
The second method is difficult for ignorant people and is available to individuals with an innate sense of a designer or specially trained in this direction))). Both categories do not need tips, so I will simply present a photo selection with explanations.
COMBINING WITHOUT ERROR
The two main mistakes of beginners: the wrong choice of color and size of the picture.
Probably everyone knows that:
- in a room with windows to the north choose warm shades for wall decoration,
- it is preferable to “dress” the southern room in cold colors,
- for the rest, any color of the palette will do.
But few people know that:
- a small room in peach tones will seem even smaller,
- white color does not always expand, as is commonly believed, but it makes the interior visually “light”,
- dark color gives the effect of “depth” therefore it can enlarge even a small room, if you choose the right texture of the finish,
- the color of the doors is selected either according to the color of the ceiling or the plinth (when it is wide),
- wide plinth and cornice – wall elements and they are not required to match the texture and color of the floor and ceiling,
- even the most a beautiful finish will not decorate an unsuccessfully located door, in this case it is better to choose the “Invisible” design option – the door– invisible without platbands, repeating the texture of the walls.
You probably noticed that the pattern on the wallpaper tends to repeat itself. The distance from the starting point of the pattern to the point from which it repeats again is called “rapport”.
Many argue that the size of the picture should be chosen based on the size of the room: large – large, small – small. This rule is general and only partially works.
In fact, the proportions of the wall on which this drawing is planned to be placed matter.
The size of the wallpaper pattern can be considered proportionally selected if at least 4 rapports fit in height. Moreover, on a short wall, such wallpapers look beautiful and expressive, and on a long wall they may seem “lurid”.
To correct this nuance, we came up with companion wallpapers that easily and naturally level the “wrong” proportions and at the same time will not allow you to go beyond good taste.
Feel free to glue the wallpaper:
- with a large pattern or without it on walls with proportions (ratio of height and width) 1:1, 2:3 or 3:4,
- vertical striped on too wide a wall,
- and decorate small pattern any of the walls.
If all the wallpapers are from the same collection and have the same background but different textures, you definitely won’t miss.
A few illustrations of how drawing can change the perception of space.
You can visually shorten the wall with vertical striped wallpaper, while on a short wall they can be completely inappropriate.
EXAMPLE: compare two pictures (below):
The wall on the right is decorated with monochrome wallpaper with a pattern. The interior turned out to be spacious, although decorated in dark colors.
The same wall, but with vertical alternating stripes, looks bright and expressive, but much shorter.
One, two or three vertical stripes of wallpaper with a contrasting texture will also correct a disproportionately long wall.
Too wide (long) wall can be “filled” with large elements, this technique will deprive it of monotony.
One of these options is wallpaper within the molding frame. Since such a decoration element has historical roots, it is made symmetrical and even additionally divided horizontally (see photo).
In modern style, a simple symmetrical arrangement is enough.
A wide vertical strip in the center of the wall (photo above) is typical of modern classics. Against the background of this element, you can place a furniture set, a fireplace, its imitation, etc.
If you like decoration in the form of a border tape or molding (photo below), try to keep it slightly above the furnishing line. For example, if there is a console table, chairs, chest of drawers along the wall, then it is better to place the demarcation line 5-10 cm (or even more) above the tallest of these items.
And vice versa, if the border is planned closer to the ceiling line, then they are guided by the highest cabinet and the top of the decorative line is adjusted clearly to its height. An alternative option is to bind to the top of the doorway.
IMPORTANT: choose wallpaper and border tape from the same collection – the same thickness and base will reduce the hassle of fitting at the joints.
TRADITIONAL COMBINATION IN A NEW WAY
Dividing a wall horizontally originally from England. The thrifty inhabitants of foggy Albion sheathed the most worn parts of the interior (corners, bottom of the wall) with wood to protect the very expensive silk upholstery brought from China and distant colonies from damage.
When paper replaced fabric and wood, the tradition of dividing the wall horizontally remained, because with high ceilings, this technique looks beautiful and harmonious. In addition, the horizontal line favorably complements the low furniture, which against the background of high plain walls will seem too small.
Today, horizontal division of walls is more common in mansions and apartments with high ceilings. Such a design either refers us to the era of romanticism, or is a spectacular technique designed to emphasize the respectability of the interior.
Selection walls, ledges, niches – an old tradition, when each convex or vice versa, interior element pressed into the wall was a third-party part of the house structure. We are talking about fireplaces, supporting columns, embedded openings or niches. All of them had their own functional purpose and were made of a material different from the material of the walls.
When wallpaper appeared, the habit of separating interior elements by texture remained. So the walls of the interior look more expressive.
Nowadays, this method is used in order to visually highlight one or another element of the interior.
Framed wallpaper came to us from the depths of eras, or rather from palace interiors. Once upon a time, walls were sheathed with expensive oak panels, and tapestries enclosed in a molding frame. Did it out of motivation, it is more profitable to emphasize the plot of fabric paintings, later silk or brocade wallpapers.
Modern designers frame wallpaper (both paper and fabric) in order to create a respectable interior that echoes the era of irrepressible luxury, but does not go beyond the bounds of decency.
MODERN INTERIORS WITH A COMBINATION OF WALLPAPERS AND TEXTURES
So the turn has come to a more complex method of combining wallpaper, based on textures, proportions and planned furniture.
Most interiors designed by designers are clearly tied to a specific content. Just these “little things”, which a simple layman acquires quite by accident, play an important role in interior design.
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