Guide To Selecting Wallpaper For Newbies

How many of us spending so much time just to pick the right wallpaper for our home?

Stop wasting your time anymore. Here’s our guide to selecting wallpaper for newbies.

With this guide, you can start decorating your lovely house in no time.

The wallcovering you choose can make a room appear bigger, warmer, and brighter and even hide imperfect elements.

Cue from Color 

Color can set the mood in a room.

Wallpaper For Newbies: To make a space appear larger and the ceiling higher, pick patterns with cool-color backgrounds, such as green, blue, or violet.

Soft cool colors suggest tranquillity, while intense cool colors are fresh and dramatic.

Warm colors — reds, yellows, and oranges — live up to their name and actually make people feel warmer.

These are a popular choice in colder climates and also work well in north-facing rooms.

The more intense the color, the more excitement it will give to a room.


In a north-facing room, dark hallway, or windowless space, look for wallcoverings that will reflect light around the room, such as patterns with light colors and those with metallic or iridescent inks.

Also consider patterns with smooth surfaces, which reflect maximum light.

Dark colors absorb light, making walls appear closer and the room smaller.

Textured surfaces also tend to make a wall look darker.

Texture Hide Imperfections

Patterns with real or perceived texture can hide or camouflage wall imperfections or architectural eyesores.

Patterns with actual tactile surfaces include grass and string cloth, burlap, foil, expanded vinyl, and even fabric.

Other papers simulate the look of marble, wood, leather, fabric, even animal skins.

A pattern with a layered design also creates a perception of texture (such as a monochromatic damask design behind a floral pattern).

Consider how the room is used, and how often, when choosing wallpaper patterns.

Suitable Style 

For a formal look, choose large-scale patterns with dramatic colors.

For a fun, bright style, pick small motifs that are open and regularly spaced, such as polka dots.

Don’t forget the decorative impact of borders.


Stripes and other vertical patterns, which emphasize height, suggest dignity, vitality, and formality.

Vertical patterns, including florals where the motif’s shape suggests a V or a U, will make a ceiling appear higher.

Horizontal patterns accent width, suggest quietness and repose, and make narrow rooms appear wider.


Small-scale patterns create a feel of spaciousness, while large-scale designs make rooms more intimate.

To make an empty room look more furnished, pick large-scale patterns with bright colors and dark backgrounds.

To give flat walls the look of depth, try a large, open dimensional pattern, such as a trellis design.

Living room in red and grey with sofa and fireplace

Mix and Match

A room without pattern can bore, while a room with too many patterns can cause restlessness.

When mixing stripes, florals, or plaids in a room or between adjacent areas, pick patterns that repeat the same color or values of that color.

Finding The Right Wallpaper

The best place to get all of your needs in Wallcovering & Fabrics is Wallpaper & Carpets Distributors (WCD).

It is located at Lot 1509, Batu 8, Jalan Klang Lama, Taman Desaria, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

WCD is currently Malaysia’s No. 1 Wallpaper & Carpet Distributor for  Korean, European, Luxury and Asian Wallpapers.

WCD offers over 10,000 designs across 450 collections of Wallcoverings.

The Wallcoverings vary from Paper Baked, Fabric Backed and Non Woven Backing which are suitable for offices, condominiums, apartments, hospitals, homes, banks, hotels and resorts.

WCD offers a vast range or Fabrics used for curtains and upholstery.

With over 50 collections, WCD also sells Sheers, Laces, Blackout Fabrics as well as Dim Out Fabrics that is suitable for homes, hospital and offices. Along with this, WCD sells Curtain Accessories like Tussels, Fringes, Metal Rods and others.

WCD, established in 1995, has since gained a reputation as one of Malaysia’s leading distributor of top brands of Wallcoverings.

It currently supplies to thousands of dealers all over Malaysia (inclusive of Sabah & Sarawak), Brunei, Vietnam, Mauritius and Singapore.

In addition, WCD also offers flooring materials such as Vinyl Sheets, Vinyl Planks, Vinyl Tiles, Carpet Tiles and many more.

With over 8 different Product Lines, over 15,000 designs, 500+ collections, WCD’s mission is to become the Number One Solution to Walls, Windows & Floors.

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