I LOVE wallpaper! What, you say?! Are you scared to touch the stuff? If so, you probably had to remove it in quarter-sized pieces at some point in your life. Rest assured, this is NOT your grandmother’s wallpaper!
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I, too, have tackled the task of removing old wallpaper, and it was not something I would like to repeat. In fact, I have a bathroom wallpaper-removal project to begin soon! However, the new wallpapers available are so luscious that they are hard to resist! Flocking is back, and the colors are amazing – from lime green to fuschia to rich, chocolate espresso. New materials are also available, incorporating glass beads, textiles or sand into the pattern.
Wallpaper does have its place. If your home is of the older variety, your walls may not be in the best condition. Wallpaper is a great coverer-of-sins, and will hide imperfections in your walls. Also, many historic homes just CRY for wallcovering – Victorian homes, for example, just need that extra bit of pattern and color to make them sing. And, many contemporary spaces need warmth and interest – wallpaper can offer just the thing. And, if you use a vinyl wallcovering, you can’t beat the durability and cleanability, making it ideal for use in high-traffic areas like stairways, mudrooms and hallways.
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Remember, wallpaper does not need to cover every wall of a room to be useful. Consider using wallpaper on only one wall, as an accent. Recently, I put wallpaper on the bed wall in a client’s master bedroom. The rest of the walls remained painted, nearly the color of the background of the wallpaper. This technique added just the right touch to this 40’s style bedroom – a little elegance and pattern was just what it needed.
Newer wallcoverings are easier to remove than their ancestors; in fact, some papers are made specifically for easy removal, making them easy to change on a whim. Proper preparation of the walls prior to installation will also make future removal easier. And, if all else fails, hire a good contractor to take care of it for you! For a few hundred dollars, you can skip the whole mess.
For some fantastic wallpapers, both contemporary and traditional, check out http://www.dlcouch.com and http://www.thibautdesign.com. DL Couch offers commercial wallcoverings, with patterns and colors that can be hard to find in the residential market. And, with most wallcoverings coming in at 54″ wide, there are fewer seams to contend with!
Don't be afraid of wallpaper - there are too many yummy colors and interesting patterns and textures out there. Give it a try!