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How to Buy Wallpaper

Add texture and color you will love to any room with this advice.


  • Step 1: Determine the room to wallpaper Decide which room you want to wallpaper and measure the walls, top to bottom and side to side, to determine the square footage you need.
  • Step 2: Take pictures Take pictures of the room and collect pictures from magazines that appeal to you and inspire you to decorate.
  • Step 3: Collect samples Collect fabric and color samples of paint, upholstery, and wall coverings that will be used in the room.
  • Step 4: Start shopping Start shopping. Leaf through wallpaper sample books to determine the texture, color, and design that will compliment your room.
  • TIP: Shop in stores before shopping online.
  • Step 5: Order samples Order large samples and hang them in the room. Study them at different times of the day and in different lighting conditions.
  • Step 6: Choose your favorite Select your favorite and comparison shop. Shop in stores and online to find the best prices and customer service for achieving your room’s new look.
  • FACT: Did you know? Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf invented the first machine that printed wallpaper in 1785.

You Will Need

  • Room that needs updating
  • Measuring tape
  • Camera
  • Magazine samples
  • Fabric and color swatches
  • Internet access
  • Time to shop

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