About Wallpaper

“The fastest way to transform your space”

To assist you in deciding on what Wallpaper will suit your needs best here is a brief overview of whats available and where it is best suited to be applied for your personal requirements

Choosing the wallpaper that is best for your wall may be the most difficult part of your wallpaper hanging project because deciding on a nice pattern is not the only thing you have to worry about. There are many types of wallpaper. The following list details the different types and some info about them:

Common Wallpaper – It is good for areas of moderate wear, dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms, usually has a paper texture feel. Generally not suitable for high traffic areas or bathrooms

Vinyl Wallpaper – is a good all-purpose wallpaper It can even be used in bathrooms, kitchens and children’s bedrooms. Some are made with mildew resistant compounds. It is very durable and can stand up to some degree of scrubbing and moisture. Many of the printed murals are printed on a vinyl, which makes them perfect for most applications.

Foil Wallpaper – is an interesting touch for small spaces. It is made from metal foils in various patterns. This type of paper is not always easy to work with. It can be unforgiving if it gets wrinkled or folded and has a tendency to reveal any defects in the wall behind it.

Flock Wallpaper – is great for decorative highlights and more formal areas such as dining rooms. It is the type of paper that has raised “velvet” patterns. It was originally made by gluing waste product from the wool industry onto paper. Before applying, vacuum up the loose flock particles. Use this over lining paper to make sure of a smooth surface. Although flocks are washable they can be damaged by rubbing and scrubbing.

Grass Cloth – is an exotic covering that is actually made from a weave of grasses. This is best for areas that see very little wear and where small hands will not be constantly fingering it. Because it is made from grass that is sometimes dyed, the colors can be inconsistent. Joints will be highly visible.

Fabric Wallpaper – is made from textiles (cloth). It is sometimes laminated to regular paper. It is not always easy to keep clean or prevent staining.

Most wallpapers come in rolls between 51-53cm wide, though depending on the manufacturer, 68-70cm or 91,5cm rolls, and much the same the narrower rolls (53cm)are usually 10m long, and the wider rolls(91,5) 7,35m long. It is critical to make note of the roll width, length, and pattern repeat. This is usually well indicated either on the roll label or in the order book, this will be important to establish how much paper will be required. Nevertheless, with the waste due to matching, this will generally cover about  5 m of wall space.

Wallpaper like many other manufactured items is undergoing a revolution. New materials, coatings, adhesives, backings and more are constantly being developed. Better flocking, faux grasscloth, and all manner of new looks are constantly becoming available. Murals have been available for sometime. Wall coverings can also be made of leather, felt, burlap, or silk. Some would say there are almost too many choices.

Once you have chosen from among the different materials, manufacturers, and patterns, it is important to make sure that the rolls you buy are from the same batch. Because it is difficult to mix the colours printed on the wallpaper the exact same way every time, wallpaper is printed in “runs”. Where the same blend of colours are used throughout. If you buy wallpaper from different runs, you may find small differences in the hues of different sheets, which may make for some awkward matching between strips of wallpaper.