Is wallpaper, making a comeback?

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Home Stager with Abella Home Staging & Redesign

Is wallpaper making a comeback? Wall paper was very popular in the early 1900's but since then it has hit hard times. Just recently in the past, wallpaper was synonymous with chintz-loving grandma or high-end designers. But with the internet, homeowners are re-discovering wallpaper once again.Wallpaper can dress up a room or hide imperfections on the walls. As a redesigner, I love using wallpaper as accent wall. And as a homestager I have at times, recommend using paint-able wallpaper to had flaws on the walls. So what should you know before you go out and buy wallpaper?

  • What are the cost? Retails brand can run from $25 to $250 a roll. Designers can cost upt to $500 a roll.
  • Should you hire a professional or do-it-yourself? If your walls aren't plumb or the paper is high-end, you may want to consider hiring a professional. Professional charge anywhere from $30-60 a roll. Not counting the cost of the roll or the removal of old wallpaper.

Once the decision to wallpaper your room is made, the next decision is, what type of wallpaper should you use? Plain paper? Vinyls? Metallic? Nonwovens? Embossed? Or grasscloth?

  • Paper- Can be coated or non-coated. Non-coated makes stripping more difficult to remove.Usually coated with thin vinyl or acrylic film for better stain removal.
 
 
  • Vinyl- Durable sheets of rubbery plastic, laminated to paper or nonwoven backing. Stands up to scrubbing, scrapes and splashes.
 
 
  • Metallic- Metallized films and foils are laminated to either paper or nonwoven backing. Metallic can add sheen and piazza to any space but they tend to highlight flaws so be careful!
  • Nonwoven- Easy to hang and strip. Made of synthetic and paper fibers glued and pressed together.
  • Embossed- Raised patterns pressed into vinyl or paper. Great at hiding flaws in the walls. They even come paint-able!
  • Grasscloth- This is wallpaper made of strips of real grass woven into sheets. Backed by either paper, fabric or nonwoven materials. It gives a natural element into any room. Delicate, best used in low traffic areas.



Which wallpaer can be used where?
 
  • Kitchen- Vinyls stand up to the grease and moisture. Great for easy clean-ups.
  • Bathrooms- Nonwovens and vinyls. An ideal room to use bold prints, since the room tends to be smaller it won't overwhelm the room.
  • Entry Hall- Embossed vinyls, hides bumps and scuffs. And nonwoven, which are easy to remove should the wallpaper became damaged.
  • Dining Room- You can use just about any wallpaper here. Use the wallpaper as an accent wall or above a chair rail.
  • Bedroom- Grasscloth is perfect for the bedroom since it is a low-traffic area. Plus it gives it a serene effect.
Now that you are armed with all this information, go out and explore the world of wallpaper and see what you can do to a room!! 
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Carmela Abella
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Hi Janet, my favorite is embossed and grasscloth. Love the texture!! There is so much you can do with wallpaper!!

March 07, 2012 06:56 AM
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Kathy Streib
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Carmela- I actually like some wallpapers.  What I don't love are old wall papers, you know.. the ones that have been up for over 10 years.  I saw an entry done in a textured wall paper and it was so dramatic. Loved it. 

March 07, 2012 12:27 PM
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Carmela Abella
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Kathy I once heard this saying which is so true. "Design like food has an expiration date" Wallpaper will yellow as it ages, 10 yrs is far too long to be on the wall!!

March 07, 2012 12:30 PM
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Wendy Tomm
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Carmela - great post and I will admit after years of dated wallpaper and removal...I too think the 'new vogue' wallpaper is making a come back.  Rather than doing an entire room like many used to I am fine with an accent wall.

March 07, 2012 05:27 PM
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Wendy, I agree that's what I'm doing in my bedroom.

March 07, 2012 05:56 PM
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