5 Things to Know Before Adding Wallpaper
Dramatic or delicate in design, wallpaper transforms a room like no other surface treatment so get to know the basics
Contrary to popular belief, wallpaper is not forever.
In the past, wallpaper adhesives were made of wheat paste, which didn’t dissolve easily and made getting the paper off the wall very difficult. Today, both the sticking and the stripping process is made easier with the use of cellulose-based adhesives, which are activated by water.
As an interior designer, I know the value of hiring an experienced person to install wallpaper. Using such a professional ensures that the right steps are taken to prep and prime your walls. It also ensures that the paper will be applied to last – but be easy to remove should that day come.
Learning about your walls (and perhaps also the history of your home) is the easiest way to avoid problems.
Making sure that your walls are properly prepped to receive the wallpaper is half the battle.
By treating the walls before the paper is applied, you ensure proper bonding – and the ability to align the seams with perfection. You don’t want the wallpaper to move, peel or pull at the seams over time.
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When it comes to choosing your wallpaper, it’s helpful to know that there are different types of backings, some of which are easier to remove than others.
The visible side of most residential wallpapers are vinyl, which is highly durable and easily washable, making it much lower-maintenance than you might think.
When it comes to cost, however, woven and non-woven backings are more expensive, leaving paper-back in the lead for the budget-minded.
What makes you hesitate about installing wallpaper in your home? Or have you had a good experience with it? Tell us in the Comments.