Consider the use of the following specialized wallcoverings:
Whiteboard wallcovering: Allows the use of special dry erase markers for presentations or notes. Though predominately used in commercial settings, this type of wallcovering would also be excellently suited for a child’s room.
Magnetic wallcovering: Allows the use of magnetic appliqués for presentations. Though predominately used in commercial settings, this type of wallcovering would also be excellently suited for a child’s room.
Electromagnetic shielding wallcovering: Used in commercial applications to reduce the amount of electromagnetic interference associated with many industrial applications such as computer rooms.
Scented wallpaper: A wallpaper comprised of fibers that naturally give off a soothing fragrance such as lavender or jasmine. Deodorizing wallpaper: Wallpaper infused with charcoal particles which act as a natural deodorizer.
Acoustic wallcovering: Though traditionally associated with commercial applications, these are more commonly utilized in homes with expensive surround sound systems or home theaters. These wallcoverings are specifically engineered to absorb sound energy.
Glow in the dark wallcovering: Create a funky black light environment with fluorescent wallpaper.
Cork wallcovering: Useful as either a bulletin board, a natural sound deadening material, a natural wallcovering, a textured wallcovering, or a combination of its many functions.
Metallic or organic wallcovering: Imagine the impact of real copper or mica flakes as a wallcovering.
Leather wallcovering: Consider the unparalleled warmness that only be obtained with a leather wallcovering.
Modern wallcoverings contain aesthetic appeal unmatched by painted surfaces. Consider painted surfaces in their various states as compared to wallpaper:
Flat Color: One room, one color.
Accent Wall: One room, one color except for one uniquely colored wall.
Textured Paint: Paint containing a media to give it texture.
Custom Paint: Mural designs using paint.
Faux Finishes: Custom paint designs that add pattern and depth.
While most people are familiar with these major painting techniques, many are uninformed as to their counterparts in wallpaper. As well, few know of the unique features that one can only obtain with wallpaper.
Flat Color: Though not particularly popular, there are single color wallpapers available.
Accent Wall: Can be achieved by utilizing wallpaper on one wall.
Textured Paint: There are many varieties of textured wallpaper from plain to ornate.
Custom Paint: Wallpaper manufacturers have a wide variety of mural wallpaper.
Faux Finishes: Most popular faux finishes have their wallpaper counterparts.
Historic Aspect: Imagine a Victorian style house without wallpaper.
Digital: Computer generated designs custom printed onto wallpaper.
Photographic: Consider creating custom wallpaper using family photos.
Bridging Material: Using this special blank wallpaper, one can eliminate the costly and messy removal and repair of an unattractive textured or damaged wall surface.
Faux Surface: Applying an expanded texture wallpaper followed by paint is a way to replicate the look of an expensive tin ceiling or intricate molding with a greatly reduced cost.
Natural Surface: Discover the luxury of natural fibers on the wall such as jute, grasscloth, or bamboo among others.
Fabric Walls: Cover your walls with your favorite fabric. Fabric may be hung as it comes off the bolt or backed and coated for increased durability as a true wallcovering.
Wood Surfaces: The application of wood veneer wallcovering in a variety of species adds formality at a fraction of the cost of a traditional wood paneling.
Paint vs. Wallpaper
Cost Analysis by Canada Wallcoverings Corp.
While few people would debate the aesthetic excellence of wallcoverings over paint, some might be surprised to learn that, over time, vinyl wallcoverings are also a wise economical choice. According to the latest Hite Report, developed for The Bell Systems by Jim Hite, lifecycle analysis shows that wallcoverings now last five times longer than paint, under normal usage conditions. Most vinyl wallcoverings can retain their original beauty and performance characteristics for at least 15 years, whereas a painted surface must be cleaned more frequently to maintain its appearance, and generally requires repainting approximately every three years.
While the initial investment is higher, choosing vinyl wallcovering over paint can result in a savings of 30% or more over time. The following model is based on commercial usage. In home decor, the savings can be even greater. Our model is in United States Dollars and based on information from the Hite Report. The model is a 384 square foot office. Assuming that the initial cost to prime and paint is $173.00 (or $0.45 per sq. ft.), and that the room will be repainted every 3 years, the cost of maintaining this office over a 15 year period, with paint, will be $1,037.00, provided the cost of material and labor does not increase over the next 15 years. Using vinyl wallcoverings estimated at $1.69 per square foot including cost and installation, we assume a worker will wash the walls every 5 years at a cost of $0.33 per sq. ft., bringing the cost to $1.79 per sq. ft. over a 15 year period to $687.00. In dollar values, the cost of maintaining paint versus wallcoverings is $1,037.00 versus $687.00 over the same period of time. A savings of over 35%!
Follow these steps when cleaning washable wall coverings:
1. Specific cleaning instructions, including durability and stain-resistance are included on every roll of wall covering and should always be read and understood.
2. Start from the bottom of the wall and work up.
3. Gently sponge with a mild detergent in warm water.
4. Rinse thoroughly with clean warm water, using a sponge.
5. Do not use abrasive cleaners.
6. Always wipe with the seams (usually up and down)
7. Dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
8. For wallpaper that is not washable or delicate, you should clean your wallpaper with a dry cleaning sponge or a dry cleaning eraser. Grasscloths and textiles may be vacuumed with a clean vacuum cleaner brush.
There are two reasons to prepare your walls before installing wallcovering. It ensures that your wallpaper will adhere correctly to the wall and it aide’s future removal. As wallpaper dries, normally over a 24 to 48 hour period, there is a significant amount of pull as the paper contracts. If the wallpaper has not formed a good bond, it will pull away from the wall. Additionally, when the paper is later removed, it may damage the covering of the underlying surface. Proper preparation will ensure the best results from your wallcovering.
The first step is to repair any defects in the wall surface. With drywall, any dents, nail holes, or surface imperfections should be filled with spackling or drywall patching compound. After the proper drying time for the particular compound you are using, the repaired areas should be sanded to leave a smooth and level surface. With plaster walls, any defects should be filled with a joint compound. As the filler dries, it draws together slightly and when dry you should go over the area again until smooth. Larger defects have to be reinforced with joint tape. The crack should be scraped clean and moistened with water. Fill the crack with filler and place the joint tape (very thin fiberglass tape) over the crack in a vertical direction. Now, go over the tape with a thin layer of filler and carefully smooth the filler using the spatula. When the area is dry, you can carefully smooth it with sandpaper.
Once your walls have been repaired they should be cleaned of any sanding residue, grease or obvious stains. Stains may be spot treated with stain killing primer as necessary. Any moldy areas must be treated with a mold remediation solution prior to application of any stain killing primer. Especially difficult stains may require the use of oil-based primers. It is normally recommended to cover these treated areas with an acrylic primer. With the exception of primers that specifically call for sanding of any gloss finish, you are ready for priming.
Preparation for Wallpaper
Experienced wallpaper installers have used different products with outstanding results other than those listed. These guidelines were developed as a starting point for do-it-yourself homeowners and are considered the best guess as to what type of product will suit your needs. This information is based on subjective, collective information from several wallcovering professionals and may not suit your particular application. It is imperative that you fully understand all safety precautions when dealing with these products and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions completely. Follow any instructions from the wallpaper and adhesive manufacturer as to what type of surface preparations are needed for effective bonding.
Any surface you wish to install wallpaper over should be primed with a good quality acrylic primer made specifically for wallpaper.
If you really want to express yourself with wallpaper, here are a few ideas:
Wallpaper the Ceiling – Why not the same pattern as the walls or a coordinating paper. A little floral on the ceiling of a bedroom could look really super.
Borders – There are some wonderful borders available to coordinate your wallpaper. They can be used in many ways. Run a border at ceiling height. Create a split wall with a border at chair rail height; a darker paper below and light coordinate above. Create a panel in the center of a wall with a border edging mitered on the corners. Borders can be used around architectural features such as doors and windows. Use more than one border thickness – wide and narrow. Run a border at the chair rail height and one at the ceiling level.
Run a border at ceiling height Create a split wall with a border at chair rail height, a darker paper below, and light coordinate above. Create a panel in the center of a wall with a border edging mitered on the corners. Borders can be used around architectural features such as doors, and windows. Use more than one border, they are available wide, and narrow. Run a border at the chair rail height, and one at the ceiling level.
I can’t tell you how many times people have purchased wallpaper and/or border and became upset because their order did not make to them fast enough because instead of ordering all of their supplies first then set a date they set the date then ordered supplies. Because of different things that can happen such as; your desired pattern being on back order, you getting a product then realizing you do not like it once it arrives, your product becomes lost in the mail, etc. you should always order supplies and products first and when you get your product and know that you love the product and it will be the perfect fit for your remodel and have all of your supplies only then should you should pick the remodel date.
Other very important things to consider are:
How good are the walls? If the walls are perfect, a flat finish wallpaper will work or a silk/shimmer effect. If the walls are less than perfect, look for a paper with an embossed or expanded surface texture. For areas that have a lot of use (e.g. hallways), a very plain finish will show marks. A textured or patterned surface is a little more forgiving.
Do you want the same wallcovering throughout the whole house or personalize the rooms? Borders are one way to add personality while maintaining continuity.
How much light do you get in the room? Remember, light colors reflect light and dark colors absorb light. Don’t be frightened of stronger colors as they can be very expressive and add “depth” to a room. Colors affect your mood so think about the mood you want to create. For example, “Greens” are restful, “Reds” are stimulating, “Yellows” are happy and “Blues” are cooling. Think about your own color preferences or pallet – the colors you select for your clothes. Do you want your home to be tranquil and peaceful, or exciting and vibrant? Whatever the mood, it should be a reflection of your personality. Have fun with wallpaper!
Summer is here and so is the wallpaper and border! We have been super busy getting our new website ready to go and helping customers pick our the best wallpaper and border for their home. Below I’ve listed some of our top sellers for this summer and I’ve attached pictures! Give us some feedback for our new website. What would you like to see more of, or less of? Give us your ideas and you may just find them on our new website! Happy wallpapering!!!
There are so many new and fascinating wallpaper designs to choose from today, many home owners are finding by adding wallpaper to a room they are creating an atmosphere that can be subtle or exciting. Adding unique wall coverings to your room can give it unbelievable character instead of all the walls being the same color. Many are adding character by creating a feature wall with wallpaper. This allows for bolder pattern and color choices. Wallpaper would be well worth your time to consider and I believe you will be glad you did.
Christmas in our family is always a loud, chaotic and absolutely wonderful time. You see between all of us we have 12 girls under 16. Yes all girls!! Our cousin will be having a little boy in February but lets be honest I feel just a bit sorry for him. Now you may be wondering how in the world can we stay sane during the holidays with this many people. Our family decide a few years ago that we would no longer exchange presents at Christmas. Instead we get together for Christmas dinner as normal and after we play Christmas themed games with the kids. We also have a craft for them to make.
Now the games can be as simple as playing board games , Apples to Apples is always a favorite or elaborate as you like. Last years games had the theme of “The 12 Games of Christmas” which had several hilarious results.
The crafts can be based on your family’s ages and talents skills. Coloring pages were used one year, we’ve made lighted snowmen out of milk jugs, snow globes (harder to make then you would think) and ornaments. This years craft is picture frames. We took a group picture of all the girls so at Christmas they will have it to put in their decorated frames.
Working in the wallpaper business I obviously use the discontinued books in a plethora of crafting ideas. This year the samples will be used as matting for the pictures or they can decoupage the frames.
We have also used wallpaper samples to make Christmas trees with varying degrees of success. Next year I think we may let the girls try making a scrapbook out of some of the paper or abstract art pieces for their rooms.
Christmas is not about the amount of money you spend on each other but the amount of time you spend with each other.