Sunday, 12 October 2014

Interior Design Hobbies: Know your Wallpaper

Wallpapers come in an overwhelmingly ample variety of colors, patterns, textures and designs. As an amateur re-designing your own home, it’s important to understand the differences between wallpaper types so you can make the best choice for your walls. A bad wallpaper can ruin the entire look of your room, making it look stuffy, cheap or out-of-place; not to mention, the wrong types may tear down after a few months. On the other hand, picking the right wallpaper can be the starting point to creating a beautiful room that will show good aesthetic design from the get-go. It’s time to learn our wallpaper types!

Vinyl wallpaper

Vinyl wallpapers are the most durable and easiest to clean of all types of wallpapers. They also happen to be fire-retardant, so they are a good option for a kitchen backdrop. There are four main types of vinyl wallpapers, each with their own characterizes: solid vinyl, paper backed vinyl, fabric backed vinyl and vinyl coated. Generally speaking, vinyl wallpapers are easier to handle and cut and the design is printed on the plastic surface layer. Steamy rooms such as kitchens and bathroom and areas were heavy wear is expected are the perfect place for vinyl wallpaper.

Non-woven wallpaper

Non-woven wallpaper are the latest trend in decorating due to their affordable prices and high quality. They are made of a blend of natural and synthetic fibers, which makes them breathable and long-lasting. This in turn, eliminates vapor lock and avoids the growing of mold and mildew on the wallpaper, which makes them another great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, or regions that happen to be very humid. They are strong and tear-resistant, and most importantly for many clients, they are eco-friendly. Their increasing popularity has made them one of the top choices for wallpaper designers such as Graham & Brown wallpaper, one of the best known and respected designer brands.

Flocked wallpaper

Flocked wallpaper is one of the oldest types of wallpaper around, having been used many centuries back. They can be seen in regal and aristocratic homes of the 17th and 18th century,
and adorn many of their walls. Originally made to imitate textile wall coverings and velvet, it’s created by gluing a wool-based powder to fabric, which produces a luxurious, velvet-looking effect. Today’s flocked wallpaper is made through a technologically more advanced process which makes it more affordable. Its strength is in its durability [we can still see them in perfect shape after centuries have passed by!] and its ability to repel moths, which are naturally attracted to cloth. It’s available in both a soft texture that feels like velvet, and a harder texture that feels rugged. Its best used in formal areas that require a touch of regal luxury, like the dining room.

Foil wallpaper

Foil wallpaper is unique in that its colors are exactly what you would expect of them: beautiful golds, silvers, coppers and a rainbow of shiny, royal colors. This is done by applying a thin
sheet of metallic foil to the backing of the wallpaper. They are most popular as gorgeous patterns due to the foil’s effect against a solid color. It can also be available as single colors, textured finishes and pigmented by dyes. Because of their shine, they are often considered the most striking and unique of wallpapers, adding a look of dramatic luxury to any room. However, they can be hard to hang as they are extremely thin and wrinkle easily. They also need to be placed carefully around light switches and outlets as metal foil conducts electricity.

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