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Wallpaper Love

A Guide to the Perfect Wallpaper for Every Space



A traditional office space with warm wood tones and a fun wallpaper. Design by Dream House Studios, Annapolis, MD.

Dream House Studios



We are so thrilled wallpaper is making the “comeback” it deserves! For us, it never went out of style, but we love that it’s getting its moment to shine again! Wallpaper is a versatile design element that can add texture, color, and pattern to any space. Whether you're looking to add a bold accent wall, a stunning ceiling feature, or create a more subtle backdrop, there are many options available to suit your style and budget. In this guide, we'll explore the different types of wallpaper with examples from our own projects, how to choose the right one for your space, and tips for installation and maintenance.


Types of Wallpaper:



Portland Metallic Pewter Wallpaper by Thibaut in a bathroom with ornate gold hardware, Project Haute Designed by Dream House Studios, Annapolis, MD.
Project Haute, Dream House Studios. Photo by Lee Kriel


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This is one of the most popular types of wallpaper, especially for high-traffic areas or homes with children and pets, such as this bathroom from Project Haute. It is durable and easy to clean, making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways.

A textured wallpaper with a chic piece of art hanging on top. Project Haute, Designed by Dream House Studios, Annapolis, MD.
Project Haute, Dream House Studios. Photo by Lee Kriel

Textured Wallpaper

This type of wallpaper can add depth and dimension to your walls. It comes in various patterns and textures such as grasscloth, linen, and faux brick.


Thibaut Goa Green wallpaper in a pantry. Project Carefree, Designed by Dream House Studios, Annapolis, MD
Project Carefree, Dream House Studios. Photo by Lee Kriel. Organized by Systems by Susie.

Traditional Wallpaper

This is the classic type of wallpaper that has been around for centuries. It is made of paper and comes in a variety of patterns, from florals to stripes. We love extra bold wallpapers in pantries, like this one from Project Carefee! It certainly makes grabbing a snack more fun!


A watercolor rainbow peel and stick wallpaper installed in a little girl's room. Project Revive Designed by Dream House Studios, Annapolis, MD
Project Revive, Dream House Studios. Photo by Lee Kriel

Self-Adhesive Wallpaper

This is a newer type of wallpaper that is easy to install and remove. It is ideal for renters or those who don't want to commit to a long-term design. This peel-and-stick wallpaper mural in Project revive was perfect for this sweet girl's room. It’s ready to change out as her style changes!


Choosing the Right Wallpaper

When choosing wallpaper, consider the following factors:


F. Schumacher Mughal Leaf Wallpaper in Burnished Gilt installed in a Library. Project Haute Designed by Dream House Studios, Annapolis, MD
Project Haute, Dream House Studios. Photo by Lee Kriel.

Color

Think about the color scheme of your room and choose a wallpaper that complements it. If you have bold furniture or accessories, you may want to choose a more neutral wallpaper to balance the room. This gold paper from Project Haute gave this luxurious office a fun 1920s vibe.


Thibaut's Janta Bazaar installed in a girl's bathroom. Project Vibrant designed by Dream House Studios, Annapolis, MD
Project Vibrant, Dream House Studios. Photo by Lee Kriel

Pattern

Choose a pattern that suits your style and the mood you want to create in your room. For example, a floral pattern can add a romantic touch, while geometric patterns can add a modern edge. Wallpaper on wallpaper on wallpaper? We can’t think of anything better. This floral wallpaper from Project Vibrant made this little girl’s bathroom that much sweeter!


Cowtan and Tout Kaleidoscope Pewter Wallpaper installed in a bookcase. Project Collected Designed by Dream House Studios, Annapolis, MD
Project Collected, Dream House Studios. Photo by Lee Kriel

Texture

Consider the texture of the wallpaper and how it will add depth and dimension to your room. If you have a lot of smooth surfaces in your room, textured wallpaper can add interest and contrast. Bonus points if you use it in a bookcase as we did at Project Collected! It adds so much interest to this family’s living space!



Installation and Maintenance

Preparation

Before installing wallpaper, make sure your walls are clean, dry, and smooth. Remove any old wallpaper or loose paint, and fill in any cracks or holes.


Measuring and Cutting

Measure your walls carefully to ensure you have enough wallpaper to cover them. Cut the wallpaper to the correct size, leaving a little extra at the top and bottom for trimming.


Hanging

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for hanging the wallpaper. Use a wallpaper brush or roller to smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles.


Maintenance

Once your wallpaper is installed, it will require minimal maintenance. Use a soft brush or vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or dirt, and spot-clean any stains with a damp cloth.


Alternatively...

And if all else fails, we totally recommend hiring out! We have a specialist who hangs all of our papers to perfection! Sources like Taskrabbit are a good place to start! Just make sure you do your research and read the reviews before selecting your installer



Cole and Son's Savuti wallpaper installed in a chic bar. Project Vibrant, Designed by Dream House Studios, Annapolis, MD
Project Vibrant, Dream House Studios

In conclusion, wallpaper is a versatile design element that can add texture, color, and pattern to any space. With so many types of wallpaper available, it's important to choose the right one for your style and needs. Follow these tips for installation and maintenance, and you'll have a beautiful, wallpapered space with tons of personality!


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