All About Interior Wallpapers That You Should Know.

Important Things To Know About Wallpaper Before Applying In Your Interiors.

Mar 23, 2015

Wallpaper is a kind of solid used to conceal and embellish the interior walls of homes, offices, cafes, government buildings, galleries, agencies, and other buildings; it is one of the aspects of inland beautification. It is typically vended in rolls and is placed onto a wall using wallpaper fixative. Wallpapers can emanate simple as "lining paper”, texture with a systematic reiterating pattern or less usual nowadays, with alone non-repeating oversized design carried over a set of sheets.

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  • Wallpapers provide electrifying appearance to your room, from pastoral to traditional and from amiable realm look to the elegant contemporary one. You just need to make a right choice for the anticipated appearance.
  • They style each room of your house; just use a distinct pattern of wallpaper in each of your rooms.
  • The eye-catching designs of wallpaper give interesting charisma to your room which makes it more alluring.
  • They are reasonable way of embellishing home. You have to finance much lesser amount of money as compared to paints when you opt for wallpapers.
  • You don't need to spend a lot when you need a change frequently.
  • When you modify them, you also do not need to do a lot of cluttered work because strippable wallpapers peel off easily.
  • Small rooms can look larger.
  • They can be used to hide the imperfections in room. For instance, small holes in dry wall.
  • Toned furniture with wallpaper can make you room unimpeachable and impeccable.
  • You can get innumerable designs available in the market. 

Types of Wallpapers in terms of material used -

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  • Solid sheet vinyl wallpaper are printed on a pure vinyl solid and are usually stamped to give them a comfy textural effect. These wallpapers are quite long-lasting and are usually scrubbed, making them easy to clean and maintain. They are also peel able.
  • Non-woven Wallpapers is an unconventional technique that was introduced to the market over eight years ago and is fast becoming the preferred substrate for wallpaper. Being Made up of a fibrous material, Non-Woven Wallpapers are easy to install and even easier to remove! They will dry-strip from the wall, usually leaving the wall even and scuff free. Many Non-wovens are vinyl free making them an eco- friendly wallpaper option.
  • Grass cloth Wallpapers are hand hewed and exclusive. They are made up of natural and exotic materials harvested throughout Asia. Grass cloth crafts a natural and highly textural look on walls. Mostly Grass Cloth Wallpapers are made up of pure natural materials making them environment friendly. It is endorsed that stains on grass cloth wallpaper can be attended with clean water and a damp white cloth or sponge.
  • Paper Wallpapers printed on paper are not common, but they are still present in the market place. Paper wallpapers are environment friendly and showcase flat inks and designs very nicely, but due to the delicate nature of paper these wallpapers have proven to rip easily during the removal process.
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  • Innovative wallpaper patterns are commonly imitated from sketches purchased from a staff designer or freelance wallpaper designer. The artist puts the design on tracing paper and finishes at least a partial pencil sketch. The marketing and design staff will then decide if the paper is the accurate "fit" for a definite gaze or line. If the design is acknowledged, the artist produces a full-scale colour sketch in various hues and palettes.
  • When printing pattern is selected, the design is well tuned to fit the requirements of process and then the pattern is sent to screen maker. The pattern is repeated and according to given colour size. When okayed the paper is commercially printed in large runs.

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Standard sizes of WALLPAPERS

In the wall-coverings industry, wallpaper is printed in two main widths i.e. 21" wide and 27" wide.

  • A single roll of 21" wallpaper is approximately 16.5' long.
  • A single roll of 27" wallpaper is approximately 13.5' long.
  • A double roll of 21" wallpaper is 33' long.
  • A double roll of 27" wallpaper is 27' long.
  • Each double roll is twice as long as a single roll.
  • A single roll of 21" or 27" wallpaper would only yield one 8 or 9 foot drop.
  • A double roll of 21" or 27" wallpaper will yield three eight or nine foot drops and sometimes you can get four from a double roll of 21" wallpaper.
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Printing Techniques on WALLPAPERS

Wallpaper printing practices comprise of

  • Surface printing
  • Gravure printing
  • Silk screen-printing
  • Rotary printing
  • Digital printing

Wallpaper is prepared in lengthy reels, which are hung vertically on a wall. Patterned wallpapers are designed so that the pattern "iterates", and thus portions cut from the same roll can be hung next to each other so as to continue the pattern without it being easy to see where the joint between two pieces occurs. In the case of huge complex patterns of images, this is normally achieved by starting the second piece halfway into the length of the repeat, so that if the pattern going down the roll repeats after 24 inches the next piece sideways is cut from the roll to begin 12 inches down the pattern from the first. The number of times the pattern repeats horizontally across a roll does not matter for this purpose. A single pattern can be delivered in several different colours.


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New digital inkjet printing machineries using ultraviolet (UV) cured inks are being used for traditional wallpaper fabrication. Very small runs can be made, even a single wall. Pictures or digital art are yielded onto unmitigated wallpaper material. Distinctive installations are corporate lobbies, restaurants, athletic facilities and home interiors. This gives a designer the aptitude to give a space, the precise appearance.


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New-fangled categories of wallpaper under development or inflowing in the market in the early 21st century includes wallpaper that blocks certain mobile phones and Wi-Fi signals, in the interest of confidentiality. The wallpaper is glazed with silver inks which form crystals that chunk outward signals. The Spanish firm Think Big Factory has announced that they are developing wallpaper which also serves as a computer interface using projectors, webcams, and motion sensors for control. According to them, at the end of 2013 the hardware was complete but only 20 per cent of the software was finished.

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In 2012, Experts at the Institute of Solid Construction declared that they had developed wallpaper that can help in keeping a masonry wall from weakening in an earthquake. The wallpaper uses glass fibre reinforcement in several directions to distribute energy evenly when the walls shake during an earthquake.

Standard wallpaper glue is not enough to keep walls standing in the event of seismic activity, however. KIT therefore began working with Bayer's MaterialScience division to enhance the product. The result was a flexible yet soft adhesive that contains water and polyurethane beads. The adhesive forms to the grooves in a wall's masonry, and as the water evaporates it boosts the wallpaper's strength. The fabric was put to the test in a model home in an earthquake simulator, and thanks to the seismic wallpaper the building still stood and suffered little damage after the simulated quake.

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How to apply WALLPAPERS on walls?

Like paint, wallpaper entails accurate surface preparation before application. Moreover wallpaper is not appropriate for all spaces. For instance, restroom wallpaper may deteriorate hastily due to excessive mist. Appropriate preparation includes the mending of any defects in the drywall or plaster and the removal of loose material or old adhesives. For an enhanced finish with thinner papers and poorer quality walls the wall can be cross-lined (horizontally) with lining paper first. Accurate room dimensions (length, width and height) along with number of windows and door openings is crucial for collating wallpaper. Large drops or repeats in a pattern can be cut and hung more economically by working from sporadic rolls of paper.

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How to remove WALLPAPERS from walls ?

  • H2O (Water)

The humblest elimination option is to brush the paper with water. Water immerses in the paper and saturates the glue, allowing the paper to be peeled off. This does not work well with non-peel able vinyl, as vinyl is not porous. Yet it is still effective on many contemporary papers.

  • Chemical wallpaper stripper

Chemical wallpaper stripper can be bought at most tint or home enhancement stores. It is mixed with warm water or a mixture of warm water and vinegar, and then squirted onto wall surfaces. Several solicitations may be required to drench the existing wallpaper. Perforation can aid in the captivation of the mixture and lead to sooner removal. After the mixture has softened the wallpaper, the wallpaper can be removed easily by pulling at the edges and with the aid of a drywall knife.

  • Haze

Alternative method of removal is to smear steam to wallpaper in order to thaw the wallpaper paste. A Wallpaper Steamer comprises of a reservoir of water, an electric heating element and a tube to direct the steam at the wallpaper. The mist dissolves the wallpaper fixative, allowing the wallpaper to be peeled off. Though, caution must be taken to thwart damage to the drywall underneath. Sometimes steaming can lead to the rotting of underlying drywall or plaster, leaving a jagged surface to be repaired.

Nitika Bhatia
Nitika Bhatia

I am 4th year student pursuing B.Tech in IT from Manav Rachna College of Engineering, Faridabad. Since childhood home decoration has influenced me. So my hobby or rather first love has become my passion to decorate homes. My interest in interior designing has brought me here to share my ideas and thoughts. | more articles from Nitika

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  1. Swati says:

    Very useful information for anyone need not be a interior decorator or Architect. Even just by reading this I'm well informed about my needs and choices in Wallpapers. ??