Wallpaper is a great design choice but, in the face of the other trends that take the world of interior design by storm, it’s an unsung hero. This is especially so in Indian homes which are often decked up in paint and patterns but not so much wallpaper. Wondering whether wallpaper home decor is the right choice for your home? This guidepost has the answers– from types of wallpaper to how to put wallpaper up and everything in between, it tells all.
Part A: How to buy wallpaper for home decor
Choosing the right amount of wallpaper and estimating the amount you have to buy is a tricky process. To begin, narrow your sights down to the ideal shop wallpaper by looking at application, features and material.
Types of wallpaper: By application
Contrary to popular depictions, not all wallpaper needs a lengthy, rather glue-covered process to be installed. In a world of advancements, wallpaper home decor isn’t far behind– here’s a rundown of wallpaper types sorted by application.
This variety is the traditional type. It comes as a roll of paper without any glue backing. Decorators will need to buy glue separately and layer it on the back of the wallpaper to paste onto a wall.
Just like stickers, this peel-and-paste wallpaper comes with pre-applied glue. All you need to do to get it on your wall is remove the backing paper.
Pre-pasted wallpaper home decor doesn’t need paste to be applied, which is a blessing. All it takes is water to act as an adhesive against the surface of the wall. That said, this sort of wallpaper doesn’t last as long as the others.
Types of wallpaper: By material
Wallpaper home decor is available in a variety of material options, each serving a different purpose and with its own pros and cons.
Paper wallpaper is also called lining paper because it’s often used to ‘line’ walls and hide damages. It’s the more commonly known variety because it’s one of the oldest. Colours and patterns tend to show up best on paper wallpaper; it’s also easy to remove.
Vinyl-coated wallpaper is a popular option because it’s easy to paste on walls and can be applied to damp areas without wrinkling.
This type of wallpaper is considered to most luxurious. However, it’s heavy to hang up and take down and requires a lot of paste to hold it up securely.
Types of wallpaper: By features
Unlike common assumptions that all wallpaper can’t stand the test of time, good quality wallpaper home decor comes with a laundry list of features.
If the purpose of your wallpaper is to cover up damages yet fit in with the rest of your walls, paint-friendly wallpaper is your best bet. It’s thick and often has a textured surface– both perks because it’ll hold up under the weight of any paint choice.
Homes with curious children and pets would benefit from this wallpaper option. You can wipe it down with water and a sponge to remove scribbles and stains without damaging the surface of the wallpaper.
This type of wallpaper holds up well in high-footfall areas that experience a lot of dampness and moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Here’s a pro tip– when deciding how much wallpaper to buy, it’s best to measure your walls first, round off the measurements and buy more than you actually need. This saves you from extra trips to the store should anything rip!