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Hello, we welcome you again, we love to have you back on our website, we hope you are ready and very receptive to take note of the best tips that we will give you on the subject that concerns us today. Throughout this article we will be talking about wallpaper.

It is not a product that is exactly current or new, our memory has them present in grandparents' houses, aunts and uncles, old houses and vintage films, where they appeared as part of the decoration almost without exception. They used to be very flowery in those days and are still in use today but have been updated in line with the times.

If you have the same concern as us and you are thinking about buying wallpaper to decorate your home, you are in the right place, so come with us because we will be reviewing all the details about this product, what is it, what are its advantages, what are its disadvantages, etc.




The most important thing

  • Originally known as wallpaper, as in ancient times it was painted by hand, wallpaper is a decorated paper with different designs, colours and textures that is placed on the walls, with the aim of giving a different style to the original wall, influencing the decoration of the home.
  • There are many classifications of wallpaper that could be given, either in terms of styles, uses or materials. We will focus first of all on the qualities of the latter and then move on to the variety that may be of interest to us.
  • To decide between the whole range of options on the market, we must take into account some factors that will help us to make the right decisions according to our needs, some of these are: textures, patterns, uses, application, cleanliness, etc.

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Buying guide: Everything you need to know about wallpaper

Wait, it is not yet time to go out and buy. On the contrary, it is time to know and take into account all the aspects related to wallpaper, because although there will surely be an expert salesperson at the shop you go to, there is nothing like having some information about it beforehand.

Choosing the right wallpaper for any room in the home is a great odyssey among the thousands of options.
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What is wallpaper and what are its advantages?

Wallpaper is a material used since the 17th century, since those times known as wallpaper. Its purpose is to decorate the interior walls of a space, the paper has illustrations, colours and even different textures creating an area with visual harmony.

Like everything, it has evolved, in this case in materials, forms of application, textures, designs and even in areas of use, as it has traditionally been used on walls, but nowadays it can also be used on ceilings, floors and even furniture.

This product plays as important a role in decoration as any other object in the house, it can give life to walls that do not have any enhancement, painting or furniture to highlight their appearance. The choice of design can be matched to the style you have chosen for your home.

It is also a highly viable option for people who rent a property and wish to decorate it to their own taste, as painting or altering the walls is not normally allowed. In this way tenants can make the place their own by decorating it to their taste.

Advantages
  • Well placed it lasts a long time
  • There are options that can be washed
  • Variety of designs, colours and textures
  • It does not damage the walls
  • Removing it is easy
Disadvantages
  • Placed in damp places, it will soon peel off
  • At the moment, it is more expensive than painting
  • Poor quality products
  • The wear and tear of time is noticeable

Paper, vinyl, fabric or textile wallpaper or foil - what should you pay attention to?

To start with the whole structuring of what is available on the market, we will start by talking about materials, then move on to types but based on styles, followed by other details. Finally, the materials are an essential basis for the paper, as its durability and spatial location depend on it.

Paper. The most traditional version of these, its composition is based solely on paper, making it a delicate option that can be easily torn. Its simplicity offers many possibilities, admitting more complex and detailed design patterns. It is even recommended for upholstering furniture.

Vinyl. This is the most commercial option nowadays. It is usually resistant to water, heat, stains, etc. It is ideal for wet or dry spaces. It can be used indoors and outdoors. They are classified as silkscreen, foam, embossed screen.

Fabric or textile. Manufactured with a support that is covered with a layer of fabric, which makes them more resistant, although this also depends on the type of fabric (linen, cotton, hemp, jute or polyester), as well as its duration and quality. Some have a layer of foam between the fabric and the paper, making them insulating against noise and humidity.

Aluminium. Metallic in appearance, it is ideal for refracting light and illuminating dimly lit rooms. They are best suited to smooth, unmarked walls as they can be easily noticed and wrinkled. It is resistant to certain agents such as humidity, high temperatures and water.

Cork. A very thin cork sheet that is adhered to the paper and which, thanks to its porosity, gives this option qualities of hardness for many years, even decades. It is a fire-resistant material that also reduces the sounds in the room, which is why it is chosen by music studios.

PAPER VINYL FABRIC OR TEXTILE ALUMINIUM CORK
Main feature Many design possibilities Flexible, easy to lay and remove Ideal for cold rooms Bright, light reflecting Sound and fire insulating
Life time 2 years Up to 10 years Resistance depends on the type of fabric 2 years average Decades
Uses Any wall without moisture Indoors or outdoors Ideal for cold rooms Rooms with low light Music studios, lounges

Purchasing criteria

We are going to talk about some criteria that are important to take into account before buying any product. The more information we have about the product we want, the better purchases we will be able to make. So, don't miss any point and take note.

Textures

Textures are a different and fun element with their designs and shapes, they give dynamism to the space in which they are placed. Touching and seeing them communicates special sensations. There is a great variety of textures and many of the options are easily washable.

Among the different existing textures, there are 3D textures that are also an excellent alternative to hide imperfections that exist on the wall and give a lot of realism to the design. Try not to place them in small spaces as in the long run, if you spend a lot of time in that room it can cause discomfort.

Patterns

Patterns have to do with the designs that are printed on the wallpaper, they can be vertical, geometric, horizontal, floral, minimalist, etc. Which one you should use depends on what you want to achieve.

For example, if we choose to use a vertical striped design we will achieve the intention of having higher ceilings, but if they are horizontal, we will be widening the room. The decision will depend on your taste, what fits best with the interior design of the other elements of the house and the dimensions of the space.

Uses

In previous decades, the use of wallpaper was exclusive to walls, but nowadays things have changed, creativity has provided us with the possibility of placing them in less usual places. As long as the surface lends itself to the chosen type of paper, then practically anything is possible. Some of them are:

Furniture. It is feasible to place simple wallpaper or vinyl on tables, refrigerators, cookers, wardrobes, washing machines, doors, drawers, stairs, desks and even laptops. This simple element can give life to old furniture, besides being able to cover up small damages. Use a removable paper so that when it is removed it does not damage the furniture.

Decorative lines. This involves placing wallpaper on small walls or pillars, accentuating only those spaces in contrast to the colour of the other walls. The design chosen should match the rest of the decoration, and is ideal for decorating your own home.

Decorative paintings. This consists of making pictures with a selected wallpaper design. It is an option that requires a degree of taste for handicrafts, buying the materials and getting down to work. It is an original and unique decoration.

Neutral decoration. A neutral textured wallpaper is one that manages to enhance the look of a wall without totally stealing the attention, its intention is to eliminate the flat look of a white wall, for example. White, beige or light grey tones are recommended.

As the centre of attention. Contrary to the previous point, this design seeks to attract all eyes. The design will have to do with the decoration of the rest of the home and with the taste of the occupant. It is used on larger, important walls. When placed, the rest of the room should be neutral.

Ceiling. It is not very commonly used but it is suitable to be done. This, like the previous point, seeks to attract attention, to make people turn around and appreciate the originality of the decoration. Only very dark colours should not be used, as they will make the room smaller, nor very heavy designs, which in the long run can be tiring.

Application

In the past it was more complicated to install them, it was not a task of the owners of the property, they were rather tasks that were contracted or obtained in the purchase of the material. Nowadays this service also exists, but at the same time the do-it-yourself has become more popular and the technique has become easier.

Adhesive paper. These are those that have the facility to remove the protective sheet to start pasting directly on the wall, without having to do any other additional treatment to the wall or the paper. This option is ideal if you are looking for something temporary or if you are renting a property.

Pre-gummed paper. Also called pre-glued, these are those that need an application of water or an activator on the part that will be glued to the wall. This initial treatment activates the glue and allows it to be placed on the chosen surface. This option is recommended if it will be done without the help of a specialist, as it is a quick and economical option.

Non pre-glued paper. It is the one that does not have a previous treatment, to be placed on it, it is necessary to apply glue or an adhesive. We suggest that the application is done by a specialist, or ask for advice on the best glue for this option.

Cleaning

Depending on the type of paper chosen, it will be the cleaning that must be done, the material is a key piece and should be aware of the maintenance they need, this also helps to make decisions about the purchase for the location, care and durability. The ways in which they can be cared for are:

Scrubbing. If the material is very hard, it can be scrubbed with a sponge and mild soap or detergent. A soft brush can also be used to scrub any necessary spots. Afterwards, wipe or rinse with a cloth.

Washable. These are papers that, according to their materials, allow them to be washed without scrubbing or rubbing; their hardness is medium or soft, so a damp sponge and/or cloth will be enough. The seller must clearly state this type of instructions.

Damp cloth. The most fragile ones should be cleaned with a slightly damp cloth and with great care, they are the most delicate and any sudden movement could throw it away, tear or break it. For them to look good and last they must have a very delicate maintenance.

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