Back when you were a child, no doubt the idea of covering an entire room in glitter was a dream come true. As an adult, we don’t blame you if it’s still a decorating goal, but we also understand that you might want to do it in a more mature fashion, and the answer is glitter wallpaper.
Easy to order, simple to hang and it lasts for years; wallpaper really does tick all the boxes for the stylish and practical homeowner.
Ready to get started with your new project? Inspired Wallpaper is here to help. We have done the hard work for you and created a complete guide to decorating with glitter wallpaper, covering absolutely everything you need to know. Let’s get started!
Which colour of wallpaper should I choose?
There’s a whole rainbow out there to choose from. We’re not here to tell you how to decorate your home as we’re firm believers in personal taste and style, but here are a couple of colour-choosing tips to keep in mind.
Just a hint of glitter really can transform your room. When used on dark wallpaper, it creates a sense of drama and decadence, whilst on neutral or light colours it adds freshness due to its light-catching qualities. If you’re looking to add a touch of sophisticated glamour to your home, then glitter wallpaper is the ideal choice.
Our favourite glitter wallpaper decorating ideas
There are dozens of different ways to style your home; ultimately it depends on the look that you are trying to create. Do you want something understated and traditional? Are you making the most of the latest contemporary look, perhaps with some metallic hues? Or would you prefer to go all out with something bright and make a statement?
“Have fun!” says Rebecca Baddeley, Design Manager at Inspired Wallpaper. “It’s your home so don’t be afraid to create a look you love.”
She’s right, of course and here are a few of our favourite ideas, to help you make the most of your decorating budget and get your home looking exactly the way you want it.
Get the full sparkle effect
What’s the purpose of adding glitter to anything? To make it shine, and it’s no different when you’re decorating a room in your home.
“The way that you position lights in a room can affect the way the glitter shines, much like adding mirrors,” says Rebecca. “Direct light can create a glistening, shimmering look, whereas indirect light can give you a subtler sparkle. It all depends on the effect that you are trying to create.”
For maximum shine, paste the wallpaper onto the wall opposite a window that receives direct sunlight, as this will ensure the glitter sparkles to its full potential. Or, if you’re trying to brighten up a dull room with very little natural light, consider aiming a standing spotlight at the wall. Not only will you get the shine scattered across the rest of the room, you also get to add a gorgeous piece of furniture to be a focal point.
Create a feature wall
We’ve already talked about colour matching earlier in the guide, but creating a stand-alone feature wall is a trend that has taken off and been a really popular interior fashion for years. If you’re looking to brighten up a room, or give it a touch of something new and different, why not create an eye-catching, and glittery, feature wall?
You can never go wrong with a bright and bold colour, or a pattern that you just love. Really let your personality go and create the look that you’ve always wanted to. Whatever decorating dreams you have, you’ll be sure to find the perfect wallpaper to help you achieve them
Use a glittered textured pattern
Whoever said that glitter wallpaper had to be plain? If you prefer one pattern all around the room, there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate that with your love of glitter. From floral patterns to modern geometrics like our Chevron, these wallpaper designs are the best of both worlds.
“Wallpaper manufacturing is really clever,” Rebecca commented. “There are different ways to add glitter depending on the desired look. For our chevron pattern, for example, the glitter is encased in a clear, smooth gel which allows it to be applied to certain parts of the design for an extra embellishment.”
This highlights elements of the design which will make it really stand out when it catches the light, and will draw people’s attention to it – great if you’re looking to create a space to impress your friends and family.
How to make your glitter wallpaper stand out
We’ve been through all the basics of glitter wallpaper, but if you’re looking to make a stylish statement, here are a few more ideas for you to consider…
- Brick-effect wallpaper has become hugely popular over the last few years, and is the perfect way to give a room a loft-style living or urban touch. But if you want to bring a little glamour to this rugged look, then our glitter brick wallpaper is an excellent choice.
- Glitter wallpaper doesn’t have to be limited to your living room or bedroom. We believe it can be used anywhere, so why not add a touch of sparkle to your kitchen or bathroom? London Tile ticks all the boxes for this gleaming, fresh look.
- Think about the kind of atmosphere that you want to create in your room. For bedrooms, you may want to create a comforting ambience, so go for relaxing colours like blue and green.
Glitter wallpaper vs glitter paint
Whilst it may come in different colours, glitter paint only has one design – flat and glittery. On the other hand, glitter wallpaper comes in a whole variety of colours, styles, textures, and designs. You can find absolutely anything to fit your interior design dreams.
If you’re decorating to breathe some fresh life into your walls, then you might want to consider wallpaper over paint. Vinyl wallpapers are far more durable than paint, making them ideal for high traffic areas like the hall or the living room. Paint can be scuffed or chipped, whereas most types of wallpaper can simply be wiped down.
How to hang glitter wallpaper
When ordering your wallpaper, double check that you have measured your wall length correctly.
Then, using the handy wallpaper calculator found on any of our product pages, enter your wall dimensions. Our calculator will estimate the number of rolls you will require.
We always send out wallpaper from the same batch, but if you decide to purchase in-store, quickly check the batch number found on the label to make sure. Be sure to save any cut-offs until you’ve finished your decorating job just in case you need them – or you could even use these creatively e.g. covering wardrobe door panels.
If you’re a complete newbie to hanging wallpaper, then make sure you give our guide to hanging wallpaper a good read first to learn everything you need to know about removing old wallpaper, prepping your surface and pasting your chosen wallpaper.
Essentially you treat your glitter wallpaper the same as any other wallpaper. You can follow our handy guide, or use the instructions found on the reverse of the label.
How do you remove glitter wallpaper?
Again, glitter wallpaper is removed in the same way as regular wallpaper. If you fancy a change or are just sprucing up your home, the best way to make your decorating go smoothly is to prepare the walls in advance. Our ‘how to hang wallpaper’ guide will tell you everything you need to know.
Do you have any maintenance tips for glitter wallpaper?
You can be forgiven for thinking that glitter wallpaper would be harder to maintain than wallpaper without glitter, but the good news is that it is just as simple to look after!
There are a few bits of advice that you should follow to keep your wallpaper looking at its very best. If you take a closer look at your roll label, you’ll see a few different symbols, e.g. waves for washability, which refer to different characteristics about your wallpaper. We break them down completely for you in our mini symbol guide.