So often, aesthetics come at the cost of performance or practicality, and in architectural and interior design it’s difficult to find products that look good and are long lasting.

The Architectural Digest suggests that it is the size and layout of the room that should inform the choice of wallpaper, and not the pattern of the paper itself. Apart from that, the following five factors should be considered.


1. Layout of the room
Are there several doors or windows in a room? Are there large pieces of art that take up a lot of visual wall space? If yes, maybe there’s just not enough space left for wallpaper to have the right impact. So, if you’re only going to see a sliver or two of exposed design, the wallpaper is probably not worth it.

2. Total area of walls to cover
The larger the room and the more wall space exposed, the more expensive the job will be to buy enough wallpaper and to keep an installer on the clock to get the job done. Perhaps your money is better spent on other room accessories, and just use wallpaper to the small entrance hall instead? What is the design on the wallpaper? A large pattern
is better used on wide swaths of wall, while a small pattern is the better choice for smaller areas.

3. Humidity in the room
While water resistant wallpaper can withstand steam and humidity, the selection of patterns is more limited. Make sure you like the choices of wallpaper in this range before
deciding to wallpaper a bathroom or kitchen.

4. Is the room used by children?
If it’s possible that children will use this room often, rather use dark colors or vinyl wallpaper. Beware of wallpaper made from fabric or natural fibres that can’t be washed
or wiped clean. These will never recover from a toddler armed with a crayon or marker!

5. High-end options
A range of high-end luxury wallpaper called Kyoto, from Lemon, is a high-end wallpaper that is high-performance in terms of its engineering and design. This, says the supplier, is the “holy grail of wallcovering attributes”. A neutral but textured and elevated aesthetic lends well to endless combinations, with a myriad of flooring and furniture, allowing you to reimagine spaces by considering the interaction between all dimensions and surfaces.

6. Consider the environment
Aside from its visual and practical strengths, does the wallpaper respect the principles of sustainable building? The manufacturer of the Kyoto range mentions that its range comes with environmental benefits, making it a responsible product choice for a large scale or for multiple spaces and projects. A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) contributing product, the Kyoto range is 100% recyclable, A+ certified, phthalate free and REACH compliant (a European union
regulation that restricts the levels of chemical substances in imported products).

Respecting this attribute, a press release from large format printer system leaders, Canon, makes note of the fact that many designers are using printer technology to design bespoke interiors for their clients. Canon offers the following advice on health and safety: ‘Décor installations – whether for retail, hospitality, corporate or domestic clients – have a significantly longer lifespan than short-term promotional graphics. ‘Wall coverings, flooring and surface décor will be expected to stay in place and keep their original aesthetic
and performance qualities for years at a time. They must also withstand physical impact: repeated footfall, brushes against a wall or counter edge, hard knocks from bags
and trolleys, and so on.

‘Much like outdoor graphics, décor applications may also need to withstand extremes of temperature, UV light and wet conditions, and functional printed applications
such as table or counter tops will have to be resistant to all manner of regular use. ‘When printing for interior environments, compliance with environmental and/or health and safety standards is another important consideration. Décor prints should be free of odours, emissions, irritants and contaminants, as well as being fire retardant’.


Taken from To Build Volume 6 Issue 3 


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