Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Very small patterns will appear almost solid from a distance. Be sure to look at the papers you're considering from the distance at which you'll see them most of the time -- across the room.
- Patterns often come in more than one colourway. Try not to be so swayed by the colour you see in an example photo or someone else's room that you overlook how you might feel about the paper in another colour scheme.
- Asymmetrical or even random patterns are more forgiving if you're doing the papering yourself.
- Consider the overall style of the room you're decorating in choosing your paper. Even if you fall in love with the wallpaper design in a sample book, a romantic floral can look odd with your chrome and leather furniture.
- Consider the size of the room, too. If you love a big, bold paper and you're papering a small room, think about papering one wall and painting the others. You can also paper one wall with the knockout print and paper the others with a coordinating, smaller pattern.