The Return to Decorating With Wall Paper- By: Matt Barker
As with so many other trends in home styles and decorating, wallpaper has ridden the rising and falling waves of popularity over the years. However, in recent years wallpaper has come back into style with some rich new designs and textures. Whether making your new home unique, or prepping your house for sale, wallpapering can provide great visual interest.
Rest assured, the new wall coverings available are not the same as in years gone by, though some of the designs have a distinctly retro feel. Papers range from Victorian to geometrical, from vinyls to fabrics, and small repeats to entire murals. And as with all decorating elements, there is a product for every budget range.
When setting out to wallpaper in your home, consider what style of design would look best in your room; think about what style of furniture that room has. For example, if your furniture is modern you may not want to invest in a traditional floral paper design. If your room has a lot going on in it already, you may want to try papering only one focal wall to keep it from having too much visual clutter.
If you like a monochromatic look, consider a paintable wall covering. The texture in the paper covers damaged walls that would show through a flat paper and you can paint it to match your decor. Patterns in paintable wall coverings range from Victorian to stucco to modern geometrics, giving you a wide range of effects to choose from.
If you're papering an oddly shaped space that might be a hassle to hang paper in, or are looking for something a little more unusual, there are some interesting products available in either precut modular paper that you tile on your walls, mixing and matching colours as you please, or tearable papers in stone and marble textures. These tearable papers can also be used to cover paneling and countertops.
If you have a little extra money to invest into your wall covering project, consider the possibilities of some of the more unusual options. Some designer wall covering are being produced in a wild array of materials and textures like fake fur, glass beaded paper, woven fibre, stitched paper, and others.
Remember that any time you paint or paper your walls to make sure that you clean them and prep as appropriate to get the best results. If you're unsure about wallpapering or are investing in an expensive designer paper, consider hiring a professional to hang it for you. Take a look at your local home renovation supply store to see if there are any classes available too!
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