1No matter how well they have been decorated, bare walls can rarely provide the impressive look your home design requires. Painting walls frequently is a hassle but if you’re completely out of ideas for your next renovation project, why not go for wallpapers this time?

They are fun, stylish and can provide the decorative relief that can make your home design stand out. And with a little bit of efforts, you can be the envy of the neighborhood. This might be the easiest renovation project you’ve ever taken up. All you have to do is choose the right wallpaper and that’ll be enough to highlight your home’s architectural features.

First of all though, you need to know the different types of wallpapers that can help you improve the quality of your house, by adding art and texture to your walls.

Types of Wallpapers

Lining Paper

This wallpaper is applied to the walls to prepare them for being painted or before decorative wallpaper is used. It is used to cover up any minor imperfections or any rough surface on the walls. In short, It evens out the porosity of the surface and is known to strengthen the substrate. Most of the times, it’s also used to hide the previous paint job and to ease the process of applying the new coat.

For instance, the last paint was bright red and you want to go for a lighter color. For this renovation, the easiest thing to do is just use lining paper. The alternative solution would be to first remove the previous paint. That’ll be a hassle and that’s why lining paper is preferred in such situations. When using lining paper, you should remember to hang it in the opposite direction of the top paper you intend to use to accentuate your home design.

Woodchip

As the name implies, the basic side of this wallpaper consists of tiny chips of wood. This wallpaper is inexpensive but quite effective in hiding the defects and coarse surface of the walls. The finished look gives off quite a convincing result and can be enhanced by applying a fresh coat of paint after the wallpaper had dried. The quality of the finish will then of course depend on the choice of paint used before hanging the wallpaper and the new coat you applied.

Vinyl2

Pure vinyl is laminated on wallpaper or a simple lining paper. Compared to vinyl coated wallpapers, this is a thicker and more durable option. But their tough nature makes them difficult to strip off. Since they are washable, this wallpaper is ideal for places like kitchens and bathrooms.

Vinyl Coated

Printed strips of thin vinyl are pasted on a lining paper and vinyl coated wallpaper is ready to use. This quality makes them easy to hand and stripping them away doesn’t take much efforts. They are tough, though not as tough as vinyl wallpaper and are washable. They too can be used in bathrooms and kitchens. Their finish makes these wallpapers extremely hard wearing.

Duplex

This is simply two sheets of paper that are laminated or bonded together. They are durable and hardwearing, making them ideal for living rooms and bedrooms.

Anaglypta

Although the name of a brand, Anaglypta is a commonly used name in the industry for a certain kinds of wallpapers. This paper is a type of heavily embossed duplex paper, with plain paper finish. Unlike some other types, Anaglypta can be used for walls as well as ceilings.

There are numerous designs and colors available; from light and simple random lines to geometric patterns that must be aligned in a systematic manner. This wallpaper also hides away the defects and irregularities of the surface of the wall and must be painted to get a finished look.

3Embossed

Quite similar to Anaglypta wallpaper, embossed wallpapers come with colored pattern that provide a decorative finish. They can easily be painted over and there’s no restriction as to when. You can either paint them just after you hang them or make it a project for the next renovation.

How to Choose the Best Wallpaper

It all narrows down to your home design and your personal choice. As long as you’re happy with the wallpaper you have chosen and it sits well with the architectural features of your house, you’re good to go. Whatever design and type you choose, remember that wallpaper is used to enhance the appearance of the house and to highlight your home design. If the wallpaper fails to do that, all the efforts you put in the renovation process will go to waste. The best option is to get advice from qualified professionals who will not only help you decide on the best option, but will also help you save money and time.

Of course the price matters, but it will vary, depending on the design and type of your chosen wallpaper. The cost of the labour per roll should also be kept in mind when estimating the overall cost of this renovation project.

Maintenance

Most wallpapers are not immune to water damage and hence, must be kept dry and free of moisture. If you are looking for wallpapers for the kitchen or bathrooms, remember to opt for water resistant wallpapers such as vinyl.

If moisture gets to the wallpapers, they will dampen and can become lose and eventually detach from the wall, ruining all the efforts you put in during renovation. This dampening can make them susceptible to early wearing out and even tearing. Durable wallpapers will last longer but still, you have to avoid damaging them in any way. Doing so won’t do any good to your home design, in fact, it’ll just be a sore spot in your otherwise immaculate and well maintained house.

References

http://www.practicaldiy.com/decorating/wallpaper/wallpapers.php

http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/HomesandProperty/Give-your-house-a-touch-of-sophistication-with-wallpaper/689858-3786662-ccwg4fz/index.html

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