Using Wallpaper to Create a New Look

By: Annie Deakin

Before you decide to go painting the walls in your house, think about your options. If you're about to redecorate your home, make sure you have all of your bases covered. It's great to get new furniture and accessories to alter the way your home currently looks but you don't always have to go out and buy an entirely new suit for each room you're hoping to change. There is an easier way to make a big difference in your home's look. Wallpaper can be a quick and inexpensive solution to your issues with redecorating.

Sometimes people think there's nothing to do but paint their walls in order to make things look fresh and new. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Wallpaper will create a brand new look and turn your tired, old room into a sparkling fresh one. Most wallpaper that is used in homes today is vinyl coated over paper. It's actually called strippable wallpaper although there seems to be quite a bit of controversy over whether or not it really is strippable.

You can find many other types of wallpaper like silk, linen and grass cloth. You'll see these used frequently in higher end homes and also homes on the ocean. Many times, high humidity can cause issues with vinyl coated wallpaper and people opt to use the grass cloth, instead. Either one will give you a beautiful wall or walls.

Long ago when interior designers ruled the world, no one really used wallpaper to completely overhaul their homes. You would typically see wallpaper being used in bathrooms and other rooms where people were trying to cut back on noise and other issues.

Now, interior designers have taken a back seat to the blue collar, hard working do it yourself hero. You will see these weekend warriors in droves, every weekend, at your local hardware and home improvement stores. They have big plans and they're going to wallpaper something, you better believe it.

No more do you see the fluorescent colored flowers that our parents seemed to love using back when we were kids. Now you'll see bold colors and intricate patterns as well as some very simple striped patterns. You can find virtually any style of wallpaper, if you know where to look. You can morph your Victorian styled living room into a room of the future with just a few rolls of 27 by 27 foot vinyl coated wallpaper.

Babies seem to be getting a lot of focus where wallpaper is concerned. Nurseries and childrens rooms seem to be the most frequently wallpapered rooms these days. You can find designs of all of your kids favorite cartoon characters, movie logos and much more. It's not uncommon for moms and dads to repaper their kids rooms every few years to keep up with their growth.

Save yourself time and money, create a plan of what you want your room to look like, set a budget and then start shopping for wallpaper. In no time at all you will have transformed your home into a whole new living space!