Design Your Own Stunning Wallpaper » How-to-Guide

Have you ever looked at all the wallpaper designs in a hardware store and thought none of them met your expectations? Do you ever think, “I wish I could design my own wallpaper”? Now you can! Here we share our top tips for creating professional-looking, custom wallpaper designs of your very own, to add some real individuality to your home.

Design Your Own Stunning Wallpaper » How-to-Guide

Create the perfect wallpaper design for your home

Have you ever looked at all the wallpaper designs in a hardware store and thought none of them met your expectations? Do you ever think, “I wish I could design my own wallpaper”? Now you can! While slightly more expensive compared to off-the shelf wallpaper, the personal touch you add to your home will be invaluable. Here we share our top tips for creating professional-looking, custom wallpaper designs of your very own, to add some real individuality to your home.

How to design your own wallpaper

Having a concept is a great place to start if you want to create your own wallpaper. You know your taste in home décor, and you also know the imagery that you like the best. If you need inspiration you can always find unique wallpaper ideas on the internet which you can use as a great foundation for creating your wallpaper design.

If you’re a talented artist, you can create some spectacular graphics for your walls. However, you don’t need a high level of artistic talent to design a wallpaper that complements your interior design and stamps your personality onto your room. There are plenty of design packages you can use to help you, such as Photoshop, Canva and Corel Painter.

Make your own wallpaper design with pictures

Design Your Own Wallpaper with Pictures


If you have a favourite photograph or artwork, this can make an ideal wallpaper which truly expresses who you are. A wall mural is an eye-catching feature in any home – this uses one image printed large to cover one wall completely. It’s bright and bold, and adds an instant splash of personality to a bedroom or living area. A mural can also look extremely cute in a child’s bedroom.

Alternatively, you can make your own wallpaper with a variety of pictures to create a collage. This can be a great way to collect your memories together and use them as a design feature within your home, whether this is achieved with photographs of your children, images of your friends or photos from a particular family holiday.

If you prefer, you can use a simple abstract artwork or a recurring pattern to create a wallpaper design that is subtle yet extremely effective.

Wallpaper design format specs and guidelines

Once you have decided on the imagery you want to use for your wallpaper, you now have to make sure it is suitable for printing. There are a number of elements you need to consider here:

1. Colour

If you’re viewing your image on a computer screen, it is likely to look slightly different than the finished printed wallpaper will. This is because digital cameras use the colour format RGB (red, green, blue), which is designed to be viewed on screens. However, commercial printers use the format CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) which has a slightly different appearance. Another consideration with respect to appearance would be that computer monitors and phones are backlit, this will make the proof and final product appear to be different. Before printing, we can run a test print for final sign off to help avoid disappointment in the final print.

2. Resolution

Resolution is a common term used for graphic design and printing. In a nutshell, it refers to the sharpness and detail of images. Resolution is mostly measured in dots per inch (DPI).

If you are using photographs for your wallpaper or any design for that matter, the graphics need to be as sharp as possible. To achieve this, you need to use an image that has a high number of pixels. Typically the higher the resolution, the larger print you can achieve without compromising the sharpness on the final wallpaper. We are happy to look at any image, as there is sometimes some magic we can perform to enhance if the resolution is a bit low, but ideally you should look for an image that is between 100 – 300 DPI for best results.

3. Size

You can make your own wallpaper for walls in any size you like, but it is important that the paper actually fits the wall once it is printed. This is particularly crucial with a custom wall mural, as you are only using one photograph and you need to make sure it fills the wall without any part of the design being cut off.

You will need to measure your chosen wall carefully before you have your wallpaper printed, and make sure you specify the right measurements. It is also highly advisable to add 8cm each to the height and width measurements, to allow for a bleed area.

4. Text

You might want to include text in your custom wallpaper design. This can be a great way to convey a positive message in a room which will make you feel good every time you look at it. However, if you are going to use text in your design, you need to make sure every letter is outlined. This way it will stand out and be easy to read when the finished design is printed, rather than fading into the background or being illegible.

See this video tutorial on how to outline text in Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator.

Wallpaper design tips

Even if you have no previous design experience, you can still create stunning wallpapers for your home if you follow these pro tips:

  • Keep your design simple – don’t use too many elements
  • Stick to one font if you’re using text
  • Limit the colours in your chosen image
  • Make sure your design has enough space to avoid looking too busy
  • Do some research online to find inspiration
  • Don’t be afraid to be original

Get help from a graphic designer

Designing your own wallpaper can be a fun and creative thing to do, but it can also be daunting. If you have some good ideas but you don’t feel confident creating the design yourself, you can always enlist the help of a graphic designer.

Complete Film’s in-house graphic design team are experts at creating custom wallpapers for homes and businesses. The team will work with you to bring your concepts to life and achieve stunning, unique results using your own artwork or photographs.

Wallpaper printing and installation options

These days there are so many different options for getting your wallpaper printed and installed. Will you choose an online printing company and then install the wallpaper yourself? Or will you take a more professional route?

Online printing companies are not all created equal. Some will charge a low price, but when your wallpaper arrives, the printing quality might not be high, and you could end up very disappointed with the results. Unfortunately, there is often no option for returns, as your wallpaper is personal to you and so cannot be sold elsewhere. If you do choose this route, you need to do your research very carefully, and make sure you read plenty of reviews before placing your order.

DIY wallpaper is popular, and it will definitely save you some money. However, installing custom wallpaper is not the same as buying rolls from the hardware store. This wallpaper has been printed especially for you, and you only have one chance to get the installation right if you don’t want to waste your money.

The other option is to have your custom wallpaper printed and installed by a professional company. This is likely to cost you more, but the extra spend is often worth it. At Complete Film Solutions, we have the latest professional printing equipment, so you know your finished wallpaper will be of the very highest quality. We are also highly experienced at wallpaper installation. The result will be a beautiful wall in your home, finished to the highest professional standards.

Whichever route you choose, creating your own wallpaper design can be the ideal way to give your home a unique look and feel. If this is something you are considering and you would like more information and advice, please contact our team. We are always happy to help.

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