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How to Select Hand-Painted Wallpaper for Interior Design

June 25th, 2024

Vahallan's Fortuity Pattern

When it comes to interior design, the right wallpaper can transform a space, adding character, warmth, and a unique touch that sets your home apart. Hand-painted wallpaper, in particular, offers an unmatched level of craftsmanship and artistry. However, selecting the perfect hand-painted wallpaper for your interior design project requires careful consideration. 

Here are some key factors to keep in mind to ensure you choose a high-quality piece that complements your interior design beautifully:

Consider Size & Scale

The size and scale of a wallpaper pattern plays a crucial role in the overall aesthetic of a room. Large, bold patterns can make a statement and work well in spacious rooms, while smaller, intricate designs might be better suited for more intimate spaces.

It's important to measure your walls accurately and consider how the pattern will repeat across the surface. Oversized patterns can overwhelm a small room, whereas too small a design might get lost in a larger space. Balancing the scale of the wallpaper with the room's dimensions is an essential part of choosing the perfect wallpaper pattern for your interior design project.

Use Colour Strategically

Colour is a fundamental element in interior design, affecting the mood and perception of a space. When selecting hand-painted wallpaper, consider the existing colour scheme of your room. You might want to choose a wallpaper that complements the dominant colours in your furnishings, or opt for a contrasting shade to create a focal point. 

Think about how the colours will interact with natural and artificial light throughout the day. Muted tones can create a serene atmosphere, while vibrant hues can energize a room. We recommend ordering samples of the wallpapers you are considering, hanging the samples on the walls you would install them on, and observe the colours throughout the day to get a sense of how they might change in different light.

Vahallan's Sendai Pattern

Orchestrating Ambiance

Different colours and patterns evoke different emotions. Soft, pastel shades and delicate patterns can create a calming and soothing environment, ideal for bedrooms or relaxation areas.

On the other hand, bold and dynamic designs might be perfect for spaces where you entertain guests, such as the living room or dining area. Reflect on the purpose of the room and the emotions you want to evoke when choosing your wallpaper, as the right design can enhance the room’s function and overall feel.

Complement Your Furnishings

The perfect wallpaper enhances the furniture and decor in a space. Consider the style, colour and materials of the furnishings when selecting hand-painted wallpaper. If you have modern, minimalist furniture, a wallpaper with a simple, elegant design might be the best fit.

For more traditional or eclectic spaces, you can experiment with more elaborate and detailed patterns. On the other hand, you can also use wallpaper to contrast with the style of furnishings for creative and unique results. The key is to ensure that there is a balance in the various designs, which comes down to choosing a wallpaper that works with the furnishings of the room.

Vahallan's Mindoro Pattern

Textural Enhancement

Texture adds another layer of depth and interest to a room. Hand-painted wallpapers often have a rich, tactile quality that can enhance the sensory experience of your space.

Consider the texture of the wallpaper and how it will interact with other textured elements in the room, such as upholstery, rugs, and drapery. Smooth, glossy finishes can add a touch of sophistication, while more textured surfaces can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.


While trends come and go, investing in a timeless design ensures your wallpaper will remain stylish for years to come. Look for patterns and colours that have enduring appeal rather than fleeting fashion.

Classic motifs, neutral palettes, and high-quality materials contribute to the longevity of your wallpaper. By choosing a design with timeless elegance, you can enjoy your hand-painted wallpaper for many years without the need for frequent updates.

Add a Personal Touch

Selecting high-quality hand-painted wallpaper is an art in itself, requiring a thoughtful approach to size, scale, colour, emotion, furnishings, texture, and timelessness.

By carefully considering these factors, you can find the perfect wallpaper that not only enhances your interior design but also adds a unique and personal touch to your home. Whether you’re creating a serene sanctuary or a vibrant social space, Vahallan’s hand-painted wallpaper can elevate your design and make a lasting impression. For example, you can read about how the Adorn Design Group is incorporating wallpaper into their designs here.

Here at Vahallan, we pride ourselves on our outstanding client support. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need further assistance with your interior design projects.

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