If you're a fan of HGTV shows like Property Brothers or Fixer Upper, then you've no doubt noticed that wallpaper is making a comeback.
Wallcoverings can bring a room to life in a way that paint can’t easily match — whether they’re bold modern designs, elegant hand-painted papers or textured grass cloth. And with the range of products (at all price points) expanding in recent years, now is a great time to give wallpaper a try.
Things to consider:
- Which room will you be wallpapering?
- Whole room or accent wall?
- In three words, how do you want your space to feel?
Where to use wallpaper:
Wallpaper in a powder room is always a great idea. You can go for something fun and daring that would otherwise be too much in a larger room. Nooks, niches and closets offer a welcome surprise and are a good way to start small. Also think of wallpaper or a textured wallcovering in any space where you need a bit of oomph and a clear focal point, such as the bed wall in a master bedroom. Wallpaper can also add a touch of class to a formal dining area.
Tip for kitchens and baths:
Wallpaper can be used in the kitchen or bathroom as well; just be sure the product you choose has a coating that will protect it from moisture. It’s also safest to avoid applying wallcoverings directly in a “splash zone.”
Know Your Material Options
Wallpaper - Wallpaper is typically paper printed with a pattern and coated with vinyl or another finish for durability. Vinyl-coated wallpaper is easily wiped clean, making it a good choice for heavy-traffic areas, as well as humid spaces like the kitchen and bath.
Handpainted Wallpaper - A specialty of companies like de Gournay, hand-painted wallpaper is custom-made to fit the space. This premium wall treatment is an investment akin to original artwork and is best for low-traffic spaces like a formal dining room or master suite.
Grass Cloth Wallcovering - Natural grasses and plants, such as jute, bamboo, sisal and silk, are woven together with thread and attached to a backing, often of rice paper. This heavy covering requires a strong adhesive. Grass cloth can stain, making it best for low-traffic areas.
Silk Wallpaper - Hand-painted or solid colored silk is attached to a wallpaper backing, combining vibrant color with a luxurious texture. Delicate silk wallcoverings should be used in low-traffic areas.
Other Wallcoverings - What with flocked wallpaper and textured wallcoverings that have the look and feel of leather, wood and more, the possibilities are just about limitless.
Historic Wallpapers - If you live in an older home (such as an original Victorian or Craftsman) and would like to make design decisions consistent with its period and style, there are wallpaper companies that specialize in historic reproduction and historically inspired patterns.
While you certainly can tackle hanging wallpaper yourself, there are often unexpected issues - the walls may not be straight, the ceiling might be higher on one side of the room than the other. Wall surfaces often are imperfect. A professional will know how to prep the wall before papering.
Of course in a new home, you've pretty much got a blank slate. If a wallcovering fits with the design vision for your new home, your PATCO design / build team can bring in the right professional with the experience to deliver beautiful results!