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SELECTING A WALLPAPER
It can be tough knowing where to start, especially if it's been a while since you last decorated or of course if it is your first time decorating. If you need ideas to help you choose a paper, take a look at my Wallpaper Pinterest Board. You can then create your own board (keeping it private if you wish) and save any papers that catch your eye. You will find after just a short time you will have quite a collection. Ideally you need to get down to between 3 and 5 wallpapers and order samples of these. Any more samples and you may never decide.
To narrow down your selection you need to -
Eliminate any that aren't practical. You may be attracted to the pink glitter, but will your pets and children?
Choose what you can afford. Everybody loves the expensive designer papers, but if that leaves you without a nice sofa to sit on, there is little point in buying it. Get rid of choices that will clash with any existing furnishings. It's cheaper and easier to find a wallpaper you love than to replace all of your furniture. Once you are down to just a few, order samples. Most of the time these are free and A4 sized. If you can, order a larger sample, especially for those with large pattern repeats. A great way to see how the wallpaper will look in your chosen room is by using augmented reality. The new app from Graham & Brown lets you visualise any of their papers in your room. The app is available now in the app store and will be available later in the year for android.
WHOLE ROOM OR FEATURE WALL?
By far the most popular choice is to wallpaper one wall, making this a 'Feature Wall' or 'Focal Wall'. Don't be put off though. I, for one, like to buck the trend. Why not two walls, one opposite the other? Or if you have a chimney breast you can either paper that or any alcoves next to it. Or even both! If you aren't using wallpaper around the room, it is best to wait until you have samples of your paper and then you can choose a colour to complement the paper and order a tester pot of paint to try on the other walls. If I am booked for your decorating I can help with all of these things. I will order samples, provide a matching colour palette and any tester pots as part of your service.
DO I NEED TO USE LINING PAPER?
Lining paper is the ideal surface for your wallpaper to adhere to as both the back of your wallpaper & the surface of the lining paper are made from the same porous materials. Lining paper can help to disguise uneven walls & darker / lighter patches on your bare wall surface. Also lining paper will help reduce the shrinking of wallpapers. It is recommended that your walls are lined horizontally rather than vertically as this will help to minimize the appearance of joins. The type of lining paper you will need will depend on the condition of your walls. Standard lining paper is graded by thickness from 600 to 2000: with the worst condition walls needing 2000. For severely damaged walls, the next step before getting a plasterer in is Fibreliner. This is a premium lining paper that is hard-wearing, covers cracks and reinforces walls.
PAINTABLE BLOWN VINYL / EMBOSSED WALLPAPER
Paintable wallpaper has a patterned, textured surface that easily disguises imperfections and makes updating the look of your walls quick and easy. There are hundreds of designs in use and in production. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to these papers, Click Here to view the board. If you need to match an older paper, the board is a good place to start and I will add more as I get chance. If you are still struggling, please send me a photograph and I will be happy to help.
Woodchip is a relatively inexpensive wallpaper consisting of small chips of wood on the finished side of a basic paper base. They are ideal for hiding small defects in walls/ceilings and are usually finished by applying paint after the paper has fully dried. The downside is usually not apparent until the time comes to remove it!
HOW MANY ROLLS OF WALLPAPER WILL I NEED?
The standard width of most wallpaper is 52 centimetres and a length of 10 metres. Extra wide papers are usually 70 centimetres. Check pattern book / label details before estimating the amount of rolls needed. You can use the chart below to calculate how many STANDARD (52cm) rolls to buy for each wall or room. This assumes a free match, so always add an extra roll for larger pattern repeats. This is a guide only! For all clients requesting a decorating quote, I will be happy to measure the room and give you a more exact number of rolls. I also found an online calculator which lets you input the pattern details and find out the number of rolls required. This is useful only if you know which wallpaper you are buying. Find the calculator here.
WHAT IS A PATTERN REPEAT AND A PATTERN MATCH?
Pattern Repeat is the distance, usually stated on the roll label in cm & inches between where the pattern is printed on the roll again (repeated.) Pattern Match is simply where the wallpaper joins at the edges of the roll e.g if the wallpaper was a flower design & half of the flower is visible on each strip, the pattern match is the place where you find that one half of the flower meets the other half of the flower.
WHY DOES MY WALLPAPER COME OFF THE ROLL UPSIDE DOWN?
Many wallpapers come off the roll the correct way for ease of hanging, however it is common practice for wallpaper manufacturers to roll either way depending on which is the most efficient production method. It should never be assumed that because a manufacturer rolls one way for one design that this manufacturer will roll this way for all designs. It has been wrongly believed for many years that a wallcovering comes off the roll with the top of the design going to the top of the room. This has absolutely no official foundation and is not a recognised procedure under European legislation on manufacture.
WHAT TYPE OF WALLPAPER CAN I USE IN A BATHROOM?
Vinyl wallpapers resist moisture and are splash-proof and are therefore suitable for use in the bathroom. No wallpaper is recommended for use in direct contact with water, such as to line a shower. Look for the 'Washable' and 'Scrubbable' symbols to identify suitable wallpapers (See Wallpaper Symbols below).