5 Steps to Choosing the Right Wallpaper for Your Room

There is a huge range of wallpapers available nowadays, in different colours, materials and patterns. So if you want to revamp your interiors, the chances are that you can use wallpaper to create your chosen look.

However, with so many choices available, it can be hard to work out which designs will work well in your home. To help you find a design that you like and looks great, we’ve put together 5 steps to choosing the right wallpaper for your room.

1. Match the wallpaper pattern with your room style

When choosing your new wallpaper, you need to bear in mind what the room you’re decorating looks like. Even if you’re planning a complete overhaul and replacing furnishings and fittings as well as décor, you need to have an idea of the room style you’re trying to create.

This is because different wallpaper designs tend to suit different room styles. If your room has a contemporary feel, consider bold colours and geometric patterns. Or if it’s more traditional, go for stripes or damask wallpapers.

2. Choose between flat and textured designs

Another decision you need to make is whether you want flat or textured wallpaper. Both types can look great, but they create quite different effects.

Flat wallpapers tend to have more detailed designs and are available with glossy or metallic embellishment. Textured wallpapers usually have bigger designs and are good at giving walls dimension and covering up any imperfections.

3. Pick a print size

It’s important to put careful thought into your wallpaper print size. Smaller prints are usually subtler, whereas bigger prints stand out and are more of a feature.

Bigger prints usually work best in larger rooms, as they can emphasise the size of your room. Smaller prints, on the other hand, tend to be best in smaller rooms, as they can maximise your wall space. However, a big print can look great in a small room if you want to create a snug, cosy effect.

4. Decide where your wallpaper’s going to go

When picking your wallpaper, it’s not enough to just know the room you’re going to put it in. You need to work out whether you’re going to put it on all your walls or if a feature wall is your aim. Plus, if you have a chair rail, is your wallpaper going to go above or below it, or both? Where you put your wallpaper will make a big difference to the feel of your room, so it’s important to get this right.

5. Work out how much wallpaper you need to buy

Finally, before you go out and buy your wallpaper you need to know how much you need. Work out the square foot or metre of your walls by multiplying their width by their length. Minus the area of any windows or doors in your walls and you’ll end up with the amount of wallpaper you need.

Make sure you buy extra just in case you mess up a sheet or your calculations are a bit off. In most cases, you should be able to return any unused sheets to the shop you bought them from.
So now you should be one step closer to finding the right wallpaper for your home. To explore your other interior decorating options, take a look at our article on painting.


Approx. £1.50 - £6 per square metre

Not including hanging

Hanging time

1 day or less

Depending on room shape and expertise

Advantages and disadvantages
  • The wide range of wallpaper designs available means you can find a unique design that suits you and your room
  • Most modern wallpapers are fairly easy to apply and remove, so it doesn’t matter if you change your mind
  • New wallpaper can make a room look fresh and smart
  • Hanging wallpaper can be tricky, especially if it has an intricate design