The New and Exciting World of Wallpaper – Thanks to the benefits of modern technology, wallpaper has found a new and exciting place in contemporary decor.
While, today’s digitally-printed wallpapers offer an abundance of colors and patterns, not previously available. Natural fibers provide texture capable of enhancing any space and palette.
Unlike paint, wallpaper can transform a room. It goes up quickly in most cases and hides minor imperfections. Most papers are pre-pasted and have washable surfaces, making them a great option for the well-used rooms in your home.
With so many aspects to consider, learning more about your wall covering options can help narrow the field.
Vinyl coated wallpapers are the most cost-efficient and offer a vast variety of colors, styles, and, designs. They are printed on paper then sprayed with a durable, wear-resistant acrylic coating. Due to their washability, these wallpapers hold up well to high-traffic rooms, as well as kitchens and baths.
Vinyl coated wallpapers have a median cost of approximately $40 per roll.
Vinyl coated fabric, while sounding similar to vinyl coated paper, is very different. In this option, the fabric is sprayed with an acrylic. The wallpaper design is then printed onto the vinyl covering the fabric. Since the fabric backing can absorb moisture, it is not advisable to use in kitchens or bathrooms.
Vinyl coated fabrics are readily available in a variety of styles. Made from higher quality materials, the cost averages twice that of vinyl coated paper.
Solid sheet vinyl is a single sheet of vinyl, laminated onto either a paper or fabric backing. Since the vinyl is not sprayed onto the paper or fabric backing, it is considered a stronger product. One of the benefits of using solid sheet vinyl is that it is easily removed. However, this benefit makes it an unwise choice for high-traffic, or high moisture areas. Despite the paper being more durable, it can peel off in corners and at seams.
Flocked wall coverings can add a unique, high-end look to any room. Its raised velvety pattern gives a timeless and elegant texture to walls. Since the paper can wear over time, it is not recommended in busy areas. However, they work well in less-utilized rooms, such as formal living rooms.
Like, flocked wallpaper, foiled wallpaper offers a unique, upscale look. They are highly reflective and works well on smooth, straight walls, as the reflective value highlights imperfections. The foil makes the paper more fragile and therefore more difficult to hang.
Flocked and foil papers are considerably more expensive than their vinyl equivalent.
Typically made from jute, hemp, and bamboo, natural fiber wallpaper, has a look all its own. Brimming with texture, they make a statement in any room. As a natural fiber, they are far more fragile and costly than a vinyl wall covering and require specialized cleaning. These papers are not for the family rooms or hallways.
Once you get started, hanging wallpaper goes up fairly quickly. Before you know it, your room will have an entirely new, fancy look. But before you start hanging paper, you must first prepare your walls. A properly prepped wall will improve the look and longevity of your wallpaper.
With your new understanding and a little preparation, you can transform any room in your home. The right wallpaper will fit your taste, decor, and budget while working with the needs of your room.