Wallpaper has drifted in and out of popularity over the years, but there's a reason people keep coming back to it: choice. There are so, so many different types available, with thousands of colours, patterns and textures to choose from, that wallpaper can suit almost any room or taste.

It is important to look at the health of the room before putting up wallpaper. Any imperfections in the walls may make it difficult to get a perfect finish. You will also need to think about damp; condensation can ruin wallpaper, so if you think this may be an issue you should speak to a damp proof specialist as soon as possible.

Depending on the type of wallpaper you choose, you may need to hire a wallpapering professional, or you may well be ok with an experienced handyman.

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Before choosing your wallpaper, think about the rest of your living room. The right wallpaper will go well with your choice of flooring, furniture, decorations and so on to create a complete design.

You should also think about your natural light: certain colours and finishes shine in and will reflect natural light, which can make a room seem large and open. Warmer, darker or bolder colours on the other hand can make a room feel more intimate and cosy. 

You should take the time to look over different colours and combinations online. A professional interior designer may be able to help source particularly unique options for you.

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Types of Living Room Wallpaper

  • Printed - The most common form of wallpaper, printed designs offer a huge variety of options and patterns. They are usually ink based, which means they can be unsuitable for areas with a lot of condensation. For a more high end option, you could consider hand-printed patterns rather than a mass produced brand.
  • Anaglypta/ supaglypta - A thick and durable choice, anaglypta (or the stronger supaglypta) wallpaper comes embossed with different patterns. Though there are coloured options available, typically a decorator that chooses anaglypta wallpaper will hang it and then paint over it. These options are also great for hiding a wall's imperfections.
  • Flock - Flock wallpaper has a luxurious fibre pattern, giving it a velvety texture that can really impress. However, this options damaged easily, and so it is usually not the best option for active households.

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  • Foil - 'Foil' wallpaper is a more modern option. It is metalised, giving it a reflective surface resembling any precious metal you may desire. However, as with all reflective surfaces, foil wallpaper does a poor job of hiding a wall's imperfections.
  • Blown/ expanded vinyl - Like anaglypta wallpaper, blown vinyl comes with a raised pattern. The difference is that this option usually comes coloured and cannot be painted over. 
  • Polystyrene veneer - Rather than being a wallpaper itself, polystyrene veneer is usually used as lining. This can help protect the wallpaper beneath while also making the room feel warmer.

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Living Room Wallpaper Design Ideas

Wallpaper comes in a variety of different patterns, from simple stripes to elaborate designs that seem like they would belong in a palace. There is no need to simply settle for one colour: take the time to look online. Though you may end up paying more for a more intricately designed choice, it can add a huge degree of character and uniqueness to your living room. It can also be good to choose a theme. Why not enhance the impact of your nautical themed wallpaper with decorative pillow covers or some oceanic art?

A popular option is to use wallpaper to create a 'statement wall'. This is a wall painted or decorated differently and thus draws the eye. Choosing a  patterned wallpaper  for one wall and a simple colour for the rest of the room can create a unique decorative statement, almost like a piece of artwork.

If you use your living room for multiple purposes, such as dining or working, you should consider choosing different decorations in order to turn different areas into distinguishable 'zones'. For example, you might choose one wallpaper for the area where you watch television, and another for the walls around your family's dining table. Combined with the right choice of furniture, this can make it feel like you have turned one room into several.