When most people think of damask wallpaper, the visuals of Victorian England, high tea, generally come to mind.
But this beautiful, ornate design shouldn’t be solely relegated to homes with crystal chandeliers and period furniture. Believe it or not, damask wallpaper can fit with numerous home styles and complement modern décor.
So how do you choose the right wallpaper without hiring an interior designer? First, let’s examine some basic rules.
ROOM SIZE, SHAPE, AND FUNCTION
When considering the type of wallpaper for your home, look first at the room or rooms you’re considering. Do you have a large room? Small room? Is it a playroom or a dining room? The answers to these questions will greatly determine what type of damask print you choose.
For smaller rooms, choose minimal patterns and lighter colors. Large patterns and dark or vibrant colors can make a small room border on feeling claustrophobic. You don’t want your walls to overwhelm the rest of the room. Walls should be a complement, not the focal point.
The exception to this is if you’re planning to have an accent wall. When only covering one wall with damask wallpaper, consider the overall look and feel you want to achieve, and choose a pattern that accordingly enhances your room. Accent walls are meant to ‘pop,’ so larger patterns and stunning colosr would not be out of place.
Whether you’re looking to wallpaper your master bedroom or a child’s playroom, choosing patterns and colors can go in several directions. First, look at the size of the room. In keeping with the general rules for choosing damask wallpaper, the larger the room, the bolder the pattern you can use. Smaller rooms should have smaller patterns on the walls. Nurseries and toddler rooms look best with light colors and small patterns.
Large master bedrooms can afford bolder patterns and distinctive colors. Guest bedrooms should have colors and patterns that cater to a more neutral and peaceful environment, rather than creating a statement. If you have more than one guest room, have fun choosing different styles and “feels” for each.
LIVING ROOMS AND FAMILY ROOMS
Living rooms and family rooms are perfect places to showcase unique damask patterns. Large living rooms and open floor plans that connect to the kitchen or an entertainment room are ideal for larger, bold designs that help tie in the overall look and feel of your home. Be sure that your pattern and color choices complete your style instead of detracting from it.