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Brighten up your room with wallpapers

india Updated: Jul 24, 2010 13:54 IST
Roma Arora

From florals, geometric patterns and cartoon characters to jungle themes and vintage designs, wallpapers come in huge range of styles, patterns and colours. So, put a stamp of your personality on the walls.

What’s hot
There are many options and patterns of wallpapers available in the market. The metallic finish looks great on large walls and the digitally printed wallpapers are a hit. These can be customised by changing the pattern, colour or background to match it with the décor of the room.

Use fabric wallpapers for a rich and warm look. “You can use wallpapers almost everywhere. The embossed wall coverings look nice as they give a different texture to the wall,” says interior designer Neha Mehrotra.

Styles for rooms
Even though you’re bound to get tempted but don’t go over the top with wallpapers. “For small rooms, opt for light coloured wallpapers like pink, green or blue with small patterns. Go for bold and big, bright motifs and designs incase of large living rooms and drawing rooms. For kid’s room, stick to some cartoon, fairytale or jungle theme. Small patches of wallpaper are also available, which can be used as stickers on one of the walls.”

When using something bold and striking like stripes or other geometric designs, use on just one wall to make it look like a theme wall.

Wallpapers in kitchens and bathrooms add vibrancy to those spaces. “Wallpapers can add colour and unique pattern to the walls of kitch-en and bathroom. These areas remain humid and moist all the time, so use wallpapers that are durable and water resistant. Vinyl coated wallpapers work perfect for kitchens and bathrooms as they are moisture resistant as well as stain and grease resistant,” suggests architect Shresht Kashyap.

Take care
An important thing to keep in mind is, that the wall should not be damp or moist otherwise the covering will swell up and peel off easily. Repair them before hand if such a problem exists.

“Clean them with mild soapy water and a sponge. Then pat dry with a clean, dry towel to get rid of any moisture. Also, vacuum it regularly. Use a broom wrapped with soft cotton or a vacuum cleaner with soft brush for this purpose,” adds Kashyap.