Wall murals gained their popularity in the last century and to this day they firmly hold positions in the design of many houses. After all, thanks to its qualities, wall-paper, expanding the space, can not only greatly decorate the room, but also hide the layout flaws. To understand what are the wallpapers and how to make the right choice, you will be advised by experts.
Advantages and disadvantages of using photo wallpapers
Wall murals have a number of advantages over other wall coverings:
- easy to clean;
- do not fade and do not lose color over time;
- depending on the picture can affect the visual perception of space.
The only drawback of the photo wallpaper is the relative high cost of the web, which does not allow changing them too often. However, this modest minus can easily be eliminated by choosing a coating with a neutral and stylish pattern.
The chromaticity, as well as the image on the photo wallpaper, play a very important role in the visual perception of space. If initially we are talking about expansion, then the use of warm or bright colors is excluded. It is better to give preference to blue, violet, blue or even green.
If we talk about the use of photo wallpaper in the interior of the bedroom (the photo will be an excellent example for inspiration), pastel colors are acceptable, such as beige or very delicate pink.
Helpful advice! Choosing photowall-paper, do not forget that colors should be combined with all other interior items.
Contrasts can also be a good solution to the lack of free space. The right combination of light-colored walls and a dark floor and ceiling can make a room wider. True, with significant visual loss is the height of the room.
For a small square room or kitchen wallpaper suitable with a large image of a single object in the center. So the room will be visually longer. This can be seen by looking at photos of interior ideas in the kitchen. Wall mural with a perspective or an unusual pattern almost always looks advantageous.
Helpful advice! In order for wallpaper with a perspective pattern to look organic and not out of the general context, select the elements that will link them. These can be decorative stones (similar to those shown in the picture) or similar floor covering.
Black and white wallpapers perfectly fit into any interior and make the room more stylish. However, when choosing colors, it is necessary to pay special attention to the plot, since such a panel will strongly attract the eye. Specific images are not the best option for small rooms. Much more suitable traditional photo of a pretty street or some plain landscape. Naturalistic black and white photographs – your main landmark in the choice of pictures.
Texture is an important criterion for choosing photo wallpapers. Depending on the texture, the canvas can affect differently the space, expanding, or, conversely, visually reducing the room. For this type of wall covering there are several options for textures: flax, dust and canvas.
Consider the most advantageous uses of these surfaces:
- texture “flax” is best combined with all kinds of landscapes and photographs of nature;
- “Dust” looks best on bright large images, such as flowers;
- Texture “canvas” is most often used for photographs depicting architecture.
Speaking about the expansion of space with the help of photo wallpaper, you need to understand that large-sized drawings in combination with the texture of “dust” is unlikely to help you achieve the desired result. A large object in the foreground will exceed the size of the furniture, thus narrowing the space.
The following design tips will help you to properly use the wallpaper that expands the space:
- if the problem of crowding is very acute and it is necessary to visually increase the space of the room, webs with a glossy surface are well suited. In the interior of the kitchen, wallpapers of this type occupy a special place, since the reflection of objects in the wall covering creates a feeling of additional space;
- special attention should be paid to the drawing depicted on the surface. Objects or stripes located vertically, visually “pull” the height of the ceiling. As examples, you can see photos of photo wallpaper of the night city in the interior;
- Great for decorating the canvas, imitating the continuation of the room. The windows and doors depicted on them will give a feeling of additional space outside the wall, for example, in the hallway. Photo wallpaper in the interior is a good demonstration of how successful this solution can be;
- for rooms located on the sunny side, it is better to purchase cool wallpapers. This will make the room a little darker, but it is these colors that best expand the space. The presence of a horizon line in the figure is a prerequisite for small rooms.
Helpful advice! In order for the wallpaper to really affect the perception of space and visually expand it, it is necessary to free the wall from all furniture that can cover the drawing.
There are many variants of the pattern, and, of course, the wall-paper in the interior of the bedroom should be chosen on a different basis than, say, wall-paper in the interior of the kitchen. Photos and recommendations of experts will help you to make the right choice in order to design any room advantageously.
One of the most frequent rooms where wallpaper is glued is a living room. Firstly, it often requires a visual expansion of the space, and secondly, it is a great way to decorate a wall without cluttering it with unnecessary furniture.
The most common version of the photo wallpaper in the interior of the living room – photos of landscapes and panoramic shots. They are widely used to decorate modern interiors in the high-tech style of a night city photo. In the interior of the wallpaper such themes look particularly advantageous and stylish. Often you can find pictures taken from a great height.
The sea and ocean landscapes, mountains and forests, flower fields and various exotic islands depicted on the photo wallpapers are an opportunity to create another, parallel world in the room that can give you a qualitatively new holiday.
In order to make the image even more realistic, use a variety of backlighting options. It can be both the most simple and complex LED designs. Proper placement of lighting can significantly affect the perception of walls.
The first way is to place the spotlights directly above the picture. An additional wave of light will add an image of volume and realism. As a supplement, you can install a dimmer instead of a standard switch. This will allow you to adjust the power of the lighting.
The second (more complex, but at the same time, better) option is the use of LED strips. They can be placed both around the perimeter of the picture, and at its individual edges, depending on the image. But the complexity of this method implies an additional design of the niches in which the light source will be located. If such a niche is not made, the lighting may turn out too bright and the goal will not be achieved.
The most difficult design options for photo wallpaper include highlighting of individual elements, for example, the windows of the night city. Such work requires special professionalism.
In the apartments of the standard layout of one of the smallest rooms there is often a kitchen. And since all family members gather at the same time at the dinner table, the kitchen requires expansion (at least visual). And wallpapers here – your best assistant.
The first thing to consider when choosing wallpaper for the kitchen is the material from which they are made, as well as the quality of their production. The kitchen is a place where there is a lot of moisture and dirt, so you have to wash the surface much more often than in any other room.
Wall covering for such a room should be perfectly able to withstand moisture and temperature changes. Therefore, the best fit vinyl or non-woven base. At the same time, the dyes that are used to print the pattern must be moisture-resistant, otherwise the pattern may soon “float” from the water. And UV-cured inks will help the wallpaper not to fade over the entire life cycle.
Helpful advice! An interesting option for the design of the kitchen can be voluminous 3D wallpaper.
As a decoration of the kitchen, you can use the wallpaper, making of them only a kitchen apron. If the kitchen is angular, the furniture will visually appear deeper. However, remember that expanding the space only panels with three-dimensional or neutral patterns. Large bright images, on the contrary, will bring the wall closer.
Suppose that you chose a photo wallpaper that is perfect for the interior. But what to do next? Seek help from professionals or try to do everything yourself? It is not so difficult to glue wallpapers with your own hands. It is enough only to adhere to certain advice and to observe the step-by-step process.
Materials required for work:
- level or long ruler with smooth edges;
- simple pencil;
- stationery knife;
- rubber rollers for pasting wallpaper;
- two brushes of different sizes – wide and narrow;
- glue for photo wallpapers.
Particular attention should be paid precisely to the choice of glue. Modern manufacturers of photo wallpapers offer many different types of canvas, each of which requires its own suitable glue. The ideal option is to purchase glue that is recommended by the manufacturer. This will give you assurances that, over time, coverage will not begin to come off or fall behind. However, the general principle of glue selection can be formulated as follows: the thicker the wallpaper, the thicker the glue is needed.
Helpful advice! In order to achieve the perfect gluing of the canvas to the surface of the wall, pay attention to the instructions that will be attached in the kit. Do not ignore the advice of manufacturers in the work.
Prepare the walls before sticking. If the wallpaper is thin, all the bumps and roughness must be smoothed, otherwise they will show through. More dense wallpaper will be able to hide minor imperfections of the walls. The main thing – as much as possible to clean the surface from the remnants of old wallpaper, dust and dirt. If necessary, you can use a stiff brush.