A Guide to Modern Wallpaper

If you pay any attention whatsoever to home design trends, you have probably realized that wallpaper is having a major moment. While older wallpaper typically featured kitschy motifs and oft-mismatched borders, today’s styles are sleek and modern, making them the perfect way to update any room in your home. As you read this guide, you will discover a few of the factors you ought to evaluate before purchasing wallpaper for your next interior remodeling project.

Learn about the types of wallpaper – Nowadays, wallpaper styles are classified by two features: the material they are made from and the sort of adhesive they have. You need to consider what your wants and needs are before you can figure out which type of wallpaper is right for you.

If, for example, you are restoring a historic South Carolina home, you might want to go with wallpaper made from real fabric. This was popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, so it is historically accurate in many cases. If, however, you’re a parent with young kids whose main concern is durability, non-woven, pre-pasted designs that are engineered with families in mind are a great choice.

Decide what print style you prefer – There are three wallpaper print styles on the market today. The first, which is called “straight match,” has a pattern that runs widthwise across the paper, continuing over the seam onto the next strip. The second, known as “random match,” is arguably the easiest to hang because the pattern doesn’t have to be lined up in any specific fashion. The final style referred to as “drop match,” is the toughest to use, as it requires the pattern to be perfectly lined up both vertically and horizontally in order to look right on the wall.

Consider permanent v. temporary options – Because home decor is big business in this day and age, even people who live in apartments and rental houses typically want to be able to really make their spaces their own. Due to this, more and more wallpaper manufacturers have begun creating temporary styles that simply stick to walls with removable adhesive. Before you purchase any wallpaper, you need to decide whether you want a permanent or temporary option.

Know how much you need – Every roll of wallpaper is intended to cover a certain amount of square footage, usually between 25 and 28 square feet. You can purchase double rolls from some brands. If you’re not sure how many square feet you need to cover during your wallpaper project, some online calculators can help you figure out how many rolls to purchase. Most homeowners buy at least one extra roll of wallpaper just in case they run into any problems.

Overall, wallpaper is a fun, low-maintenance way to completely change the look of a room without spending a fortune. If you’ve never installed wallpaper before, make sure you watch tutorials first or hire a professional to hang your new paper for you. It is also an excellent idea to read reviews of any wallpaper brands you are thinking about purchasing prior to making your final decision. Some manufacturers produce higher-quality products than others, so familiarizing yourself with all of the choices you have is wise.

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