While paint is always a prime option for making the quickest and most inexpensive updates to indoor walls, hiding imperfections, and enhancing a design. Wallpaper is another option that is becoming more and more popular due to it's various colors and textures. It has long had a bad rap due to the hassle of removing it and its outdated look over time. But if you want to add an extra layer to your home design, wallpaper is an option to consider. Applying wallpaper to your dining room or formal living room might be exactly what you've been looking for.
There are several companies like Graham and Brown, Mitchell Black, Sherwin-Williams, Wayfair.com, Target, and Home Depot out there that produce wall paper and textured wall coverings. Choose any texture including grass cloth, fabric, burlap, wood grain, and even foil. Burlap has become extremely popular these days appearing everywhere from high-end furniture to the wreath on your front door. When shopping for wallpaper, remember that it can come in various sizes and may be precut and custom ordered. The most recent wave includes the peel and stick wallpaper, which is a go to method for a do- it -yourselfer. I've talked with many clients who have tried the peel and stick and have loved it. I'm also planning to add wallpaper to a couple of my upcoming projects so stay tuned.
Check out these jaw dropping wallpaper designs we love!
Graham and Brown, UK, Contemporary Floral Print
Sherwin William's grass cloth by Phillip Jefferies
Mitchell Black's Plume - Marine & Teal Wallpaper - JULIANNE TAYLOR STYLE
Also check out these tips directly from Sherwin- Williams on how to prepare and apply your wall coverings.
If you don't feel comfortable hire a professional. If the surface was painted prior to 1977, check to determine whether the paint contains lead. Lead may be harmful. Do not remove or sand paint without contacting local health officials for information on lead paint testing and safety precautions.
New walls: must be thoroughly cured, dry and primed.
Previously painted walls: Fill cracks or holes with patching paste, then sand smooth. Spot-prime the patches and prime all walls to be papered with <!---->Sherwin-Williams PreWallcovering Primer<!---->.
Walls with old wallpaper: Remove, patch, sand and clean. Be sure the old adhesive is gone and the walls are completely dry. Prime walls with <!---->Sherwin-Williams PreWallcovering Primer<!---->.
Prepare the room: Paint ceiling, windows, doors and trim, if needed. Paint 1-inch onto walls to avoid any gaps between the paint and wallpaper.
Choose an inconspicuous spot for your starting point. The edge of a door frame is a good choice. This is where the first and last strips of wallpaper in the room will meet and those strips won't match perfectly. That's why it's important to find an inconspicuous spot.
From the starting point, measure the width of the wallpaper minus 1/2". Tack a chalked plumb line to the wall near the ceiling. When the weight stops moving, hold it tightly at the baseboard and snap the line so it leaves a chalk mark down the wall. Or, use a 4-foot level to make the line.
Snap a new plumb line before beginning each new wall.
Lay a drop cloth on the floor in the area you're working because hanging wallpaper involves a lot of water or paste.