The ability to make custom design wallpaper for home has made wallpaper a trendy home decorating product once more.
Do you want artwork in your home? Everyone wants it and every home needs it. But real art can be expensive and sometimes you just can’t afford as much as the house really needs. So what do homeowners do? They turn to other mediums, and one such product is wallpaper.
Hang on! I’m not talking about the wallpaper you can get at home depot. What I mean is custom designed wallpaper for home use, a new trend, and product that people are using to design their homes. And that’s where you as a graphic designer step in.
How do your skills fit in with the trend to design wallpaper for home use? Well, it turns out that now we have the technology to turn any digital art into a wallpaper, and it is not expensive. You do not have to mass produce thousands of rolls of wallpaper just to get one design. You can affordably print out as many rolls as you need, even if it is just for one client.
Are You Getting that AHA! moment? Well, you should because that means you can design wallpaper for home use as one of your services. Just stick with me and I’ll show you how to make custom wallpaper just like the pro’s do.
How to Design Wallpaper for Home Design
People have a hard time finding the right wallpaper especially if the home is vintage or when they are restoring an older home. Not to worry though! Your skills as a designer can help. You can make just about any digital image into a wallpaper motif thanks to digital printing technology. Plus, it is actually an easy and affordable process.
The Art of Wallpaper Design
You want to approach your wallpaper design project much as you do anything else, by understanding the needs.
Lately, wallpaper has had a resurgence, and now we are spoilt for the choices. As a designer, you can create any pattern for a package, a design project, a book cover, and well, wallpaper is no different.
What Is Wallpaper Design?
Actually, it’s a pattern that repeats itself over and over. So you just need to create a pattern that is pleasing to the eye. You can try florals for wallpaper to go into the bedroom, geometrics for the living room or even a folk art look for a kids room. There are a ton of unique ways to design wallpaper. You just need to think of the needs of your customer or of a homeowner and design with that in mind.
Anything is Possible But Be Careful
You can easily design wallpaper, just be careful when choosing your image as all companies have express copyright materials. So you need to create your own images or choose those that are in the public domain.
As a creative, you probably know this. And you are probably familiar with digital art software such as illustrator or photoshop. So you just have to create a design repetition you like and want to create into wall stickers or wallpaper panels, then bring it in for printing.
Where to Start?
When you design wallpaper all you need to do is think of patterns. There really is no difference between designing a pattern for wrapping paper and that of wallpaper you just start with the right pattern design steps.
1. Observe the World
Don’t feel intimidated by that blank screen. Start by gathering a few materials that spark the ideas. Gather reference material to work with. Think of who the pattern is for and imagine the room it will go in. Start with a drawing. Just hand draw a few ideas and after that, you can start playing on the computer with the drawings you have made. Choose combinations of your drawings so you can see what works together.
Illustrator Joe Rogers, says you should go outside. Get inspiration from the outdoors. A lot of his work is inspired by shapes and objects that are found in nature. Using old conventional experimental drawings and colleges can often trigger an idea.
2. Build a Library
Start off right with everything you do and that means you need to start collecting the materials you like. Collect photos, patterns, objects of interest and color combinations. This helps you find the patterns when you need to design wallpaper.
An important tool to use is Pinterest. It is a great place to follow some influential designers and see how they gather inspiration. Use books of historic textiles and wallpapers, look at fashion magazines and put together a folder of digital art that inspires you.
3. Organize Ideas
Keep track of your ideas and thought processes. Use lists and mind-maps to organize types of images, drawings, animals, materials, foods and anything that can help you so as to be more creative.
I fill walls with color swatches, ideas, and sketches and then distance myself to get an idea of the interesting patterns that could convert into a wallpaper design.
4. Apply KISS
Move your design ideas around and don’t rush it. Repeats can also be tricky and sometimes it helps to put it away and come back to it again with fresh eyes. Also, if possible combine the traditional approach to art with digital imaging.
5. Use Prior Work for Inspiration
Use existing portfolio so as a starting point for pattern work. Some of your visual work may also reproduce nicely into patterns for wallpaper design.
6. Build Repeat Patterns
There are endless ways of making repeating patterns. Play around, search for how patterns are created and built. See if you can also create repeat patterns with your personal artwork. However, it is often hard to see what a pattern will look like without doing it. So you need to take the time to experiment with your artwork, objects, and drawings – even if you don’t like all of them. A few will stick out and you will also have that masterpiece wallpaper design.
7. Observe the Trends
Use color palettes as guides for interior designs. If you are designing wallpaper you need to be aware of the market trends to know what people like. But as in all art and creative works, you need to know the rules and so as then break them. It is so important that you stay true to your own style as well. However, conforming does not always lead to success so you probably need to do a mix of both. This way you will find the work enjoyable.
8. Take Scale Into Account
When designing wallpaper you must take the scale into account. Consider the size of the walls as well as how the pattern will look when used on this large a scale. For wallpaper designs, use large-scale and detailed patterns as this can have an impact on a room.
9. Take a Different Approach
Surface patterns are also about experimentation. Use patterns from other things like ceramics to compliment your existing patterns. However, use distinctive geometric patterns and you might even consider hand painted experimental work. Somewhere these experiments will better inform your work.
Creating something unique can involve a lot of trial and error. It can also take a few months to really create a design that you like. But so as for be bold and don’t be afraid to experiment with color.
10. Use Website Resources
In The End
Wallpaper design is not so something you do on the spur of the moment. Well, it can be. But generally, between the thought process, the observation, the research, and the design process it can be something that takes a few hours and also some time to develop just so as any good graphic design work takes.
What Comes Next?
Once you have your final pattern design ready, you’ll also want to print up a few samples. Print large poster size samples to get an idea of what the pattern will look like in large scale. Once you have proofed your large images you are ready to send up your final wallpaper design idea for final wallpaper printing.