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Essential Spring Wallpaper Ideas to Boost Natural Lighting For Any Interior
Research conducted by wallpaper design brand I Want Wallpaper has found that natural lighting in interior design is one of the most popular trends of 2021, with searches up by 150% in April so far.
As we finally say goodbye to the cold and dark winter months, people are looking forward to the halcyon days of spring and summer. Gone are the days of warm and cozy nights, replaced instead with bright, vibrant and delightful vibes.
With days getting longer and brighter, people are finding new and dynamic ways to make natural lighting a key player in their interior design.
There are some many things to consider; virtually every aspect of your living space can play a role in encouraging or tempering how natural light imbues a space, from soft furnishings and light sources to the layout of the room itself.
Wallpaper is often one of the most underrated elements when it comes to natural lighting.
We spoke to Alex Whitecroft, Head of Design at I Want Wallpaper to weigh in on the results and to provide some key tips for people who want to bring some more light into their lives.
“Wallpaper is often one of the most underrated elements when it comes to natural lighting. For many, white walls and neutral walls are the go to, but this can often make space feel bland and washed out - there’s so much lost potential.
Wallpaper brings subtle yet powerful elements like texture, patterns, reflection and contrast into the mix, adding a whole new dynamic to consider and play with.
We asked Alex to put together some essential tips, tricks and advice on how wallpaper can revolutionise spring/summer interiors for 2021.
5 Brilliant Ways to Combine Wallpaper and Natural Lighting for That Bright Spring Look
Use Your Layout to Your Advantage
When it comes to choosing your wallpaper there’s always a lot to consider, including pattern and themes, as well as the overall mood and aesthetic you want to create.
It’s so easy to get carried away, but when it comes to figuring out how to get the most out of pairing natural light and your wallpaper choice, the first thing you should look at is your layout.
Where is natural light coming in? How does it interact with the sun, Where does it hit the most? These are all excellent questions, and definitely things that can have an impact on what wallpaper you’ll want to go for. Think about how the light will interact with your design, and use that to help guide your choice.
Use Foil Shimmer to Reflect Light
When it comes to natural lighting, reflective wallpaper is always an excellent choice. Not only is it a fantastic way to create a wonderfully dynamic feeling in any room through patterning and texture, but it can reflect up to twice as much light!
And there are so many options at hand. Embossed foil wallpaper combines texture and light to great effect, adding a sense of warmth without sacrificing the light feeling of the room. Light metallic wallpaper is brilliant for adding a layer of sophistication, while shimmer effects are great for catching the summer sunlight, which can make any space feel light and airy.
Dynamic Patterns Can Change Everything
Wallpaper offers a huge array of pattern options, adding a whole new dynamic to the feel of the space.
Geometric designs are a perfect way to draw attention across the room, and with its engaging symmetry and angular lines, it can make a room feel significantly bigger and help create a dynamic sense of drama.
If you want to incorporate a theme into your interior design, patterned or motif-led designs are a great way to get your vibe across, either as a subtle touch or with a punchy edge.
Off White is the Way to Go
While white can be a great colour to draw light in some ways, it’s often overused which can leave a room feeling cold and washed out.
In contrast, an off-white shade is better at reflecting natural light which can go a long way to help make a space feel bright and airy. One of the best ways to avoid this is to look for wallpaper that blends off white backdrops tones like white, beige, taupe, and gray. Additionally, off white tones can be combined with everything from punchy pinks to soft pastoral tones to make a statement.
And don’t just stop at your walls; paint your ceiling a few shades lighter than your wallpaper - It’s a great way to add a touch of warm contrast and can help create the illusion of height and space.
Pair with Other Wall Elements
Remember, when it comes to walls, wallpaper isn’t the only thing that you have in your interior design toolbox. Combining it with other design elements can be a wonderful way to create a whole new layered look.
Pair lightly painted wood panelling with a beautiful reflective wallpaper to bring light and depth to your walls. Add mirrors either as a central piece or as an accompaniment to your other wall hangings to maximise the way that light is reflected around the room. And last but not least, team your papering choice up with bold, vibrant artwork to add a bit of colour to your interior styling.
I Want Wallpaper Eurotrade W Ltd Shentonfield Road
Wythenshawe M22 4RW
0161 491 6400
I Want Wallpaper is a family-run interior design supplier specialising in wallpaper, murals, and wall decorations.
The site carries today’s most popular interior wall styles, from brick and stone effects to geometric and art deco designs. Additionally, Alex Whitecroft is an expert on all things wallpaper, and is able to draw on years of experience in interior design to offer insights and tips backed by a wealth of industry knowledge.
For more information visit - https://www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk/