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Wallpaper Buying Guide

Wallpaper can add eye-catching pattern and texture to your walls that's just not achievable with paint. Use this buying guide to find the best type of wallpaper for your home's walls and ensure a successful installation.

Types of Wallpaper

Types of Wallpaper

Several types of wallpaper are available—and some types are easier to hang than others. In general, you'll need to decide if you want wallpaper with adhesive already applied or whether you're comfortable applying the wallpaper paste yourself. Keep in mind that some wallpaper, especially high-end fabric and natural-fiber options, are only available nonpasted, or without paste pre-applied. Here's a look at the primary types of wallpaper available.

Prepasted Wallpaper

This type of wallpaper comes coated with adhesive. You'll need to activate the paste with water or a special activator from the manufacturer.

Self-Adhesive Wallpaper

With this type of wallpaper, you simply peel off the backing and stick the paper in place. It does not require any wallpaper paste, water, or an activator.

Nonpasted Wallpaper

Also called dry-back wallpaper, this type of wallpaper requires you to apply a special adhesive or paste to the paper or wall in order to hang it. Therefore, it is a little more difficult to hang than prepasted or self-adhesive wallpaper.

Wallpaper Borders

Most wallpaper designs include a coordinating border, which can be used in conjunction with the wallpaper or on its own. Borders can be prepasted, self-adhesive, or nonpasted.

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Lambs and Ivy
$19.99
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US-Mattress not only carries the Lambs and Ivy Jake Wallpaper Border, but also has the best prices on all Lambs and Ivy Accessory .../ Decor. read more

York Wallcoverings

Shop for Wallpaper at The Home Depot. Deer, with their white tails prominently on display, rest and feed in the birch tree forest.... Supple fur, glossy noses, and spectacular antlers are shown to advantage in the late afternoon sunlight. The distinctive markings on the birch trees provide a unique background, and if you look closely you will see a pretty blue jay perched on a slender branch. read more

York Wallcoverings

Shop for Wallpaper at The Home Depot. Sunlight streams through the clear lake water, highlighting the beautiful bass swimming in t...he depths. Fallen logs, river stone and grasses complete the water habitat. Bring the quiet beauty of your favorite fishing day into the sanctuary of your home. read more

York Wallcoverings

Shop for Wallpaper at The Home Depot. Painted ponies and sleek stallions traverse the shallow waters of a misty stream. This quiet... mural is painted with a soft beauty that equals the splendor of the horses. Scenic, lush landscapes alive with natural beauty, textural elements, rustic, organic and warm for the relaxed lifestyle of the American home, these are the hallmarks of lake forest lodge. read more

Product Features

Product Features

When shopping for wallpaper, you'll want to consider more than just color and pattern. Look for features that will make it well suited for the area where you'll be using it. For example, you might want to look for a scrubbable or washable wallpaper for kids' rooms or a moisture-resistant paper for bathrooms. These are a few features to consider as you are comparing wallpaper choices.

Washable

Some wallpaper with acrylic coatings can be washed with a sponge when a light cleaning is needed.

Scrubbable

This type of wallpaper can be scrubbed with a brush and mild detergent if it gets stained.

Stain-Resistant

Opt for wallpaper that resists stains in high-traffic areas, such as kids' rooms, kitchens, and hallways.

Moisture-Resistant

These splash-proof wallpapers work well in bathrooms and kitchens. However, they aren't waterproof, so they shouldn't line the walls of a bathtub or shower area.

Removable/Strippable

This type of wallpaper is easy to remove without the use of water or chemicals.

Textured

Embossed or textured papers feature a raised design that can be used to hide imperfections in a wall.

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The Wallpaper Company

Shop for Wallpaper at The Home Depot. The Wallpaper Company seamless purple etched fossil stripe vinyl. Made from extra thick mate...rial which makes hanging and removal easier. Eliminates any visible seam lines and has a deep emboss for a realistic look. Extremely durable surface for high traffic areas. read more

The Wallpaper Company

Shop for Wallpaper at The Home Depot. Wallpaper can transform a room quickly and easily. Today, wallpaper is the hip new approach ...to cover your walls, a way to express your individuality. It? s so versatile; you can wallpaper all four walls, one accent wall, the ceiling or create a large over scaled piece of artwork by framing it. With patterns that go from formal to fresh with over-scaled motifs, raise textures, and modern palettes there is an option for all tastes. The Wallpaper Company seamless citrus speckled linen texture is made with extra-thick vinyl for durability. Great for high-traffic areas, the wallpaper has a deep emboss for an authentic appearance and is designed to eliminate visible seam lines on walls. read more

The Wallpaper Company

Shop for Wallpaper at The Home Depot. The Wallpaper Company lime speckled stucco texture vinyl made from extra thick material make...s hanging and removal easier. Eliminates any visible seam lines and has a deep emboss for a realistic look. Extremely durable surface for high traffic areas. read more

The Wallpaper Company

Shop for Wallpaper at The Home Depot. The Wallpaper Company seamless cream etched linen texture made from extra thick material whi...ch makes hanging and removal easier. Eliminates any visible seam lines and has a deep emboss for a realistic look. Extremely durable surface for high traffic areas. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

You can achieve a range of looks with wallpaper, depending on the material, color, and pattern you choose. But you should consider more than just whether you'll like looking at the design in the months or years ahead. Wallpaper is made from various materials, for example, and each material not only affects the look but also how easy it is to hang and maintain. The size and scope of the pattern may make it easier or harder to match up adjacent strips of wallpaper, and it may affect how many rolls you'll need to purchase. To find the best wallpaper for your room, keep the following factors in mind.

Material

Wallpaper is made from a variety of materials. The material you choose will affect how easy it is to hang, as well as clean and maintain. Vinyl wallpaper (featuring a layer of vinyl film over a fabric or paper backing) is the most popular type of wallpaper because it's durable and easy to maintain. Stronger, fabric-backed vinyl can be washed with a sponge (or possibly scrubbed with a brush) if it gets dirty, and it's easy to remove. Textile or fabric wallcoverings are made from linen, cotton, or polyester for a range of casual and formal looks; these are typically more difficult to install than vinyl wallpaper. Grass-cloth wallcoverings offer a unique, textural appeal, but they are also more difficult to hang and remove. Flocked wallpaper, which features patterns with velvetlike raised designs, and foiled wallpaper, which offers a metallic look, can brighten dark rooms, but they're more difficult to hang and can call attention to imperfections in the wall.

Color

Most wallpaper designs are available in a range of colors, so you can find just the right option for your decor. Make sure that all the wallpaper you buy for a specific room comes from the same dye lot (also called the batch or run number). This will ensure the color is the same from roll to roll.

Pattern

The wallpaper pattern determines the room's finished look, but it also influences the amount of paper you'll need to buy. Wallpaper can feature a straight pattern, where the repeating elements are lined up in a straight line, or a drop pattern, where the elements are repeated diagonally across the strip. Drop patterns are a good choice if the ceiling and walls are not perfectly square, but they will require you to purchase additional paper to make sure adjacent strips match up. Larger patterns can also require you to buy additional rolls to ensure a perfect match. Look for the wallpaper's repeat length (the space between repeating elements in the design) to help you determine the useable area in each roll, and consequently how many rolls you will need to buy.

Price

Although wallpaper is usually priced per single roll, it's often sold as double or triple rolls to ensure you have enough wallpaper for your project. Be sure you understand what is included in the price. Wallpaper made from luxurious fabrics and natural fibers are usually more expensive than vinyl. Hand-screened wallpaper usually costs more than machine-printed designs, because each color is applied separately with handmade silk screens.

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Welcome Home Gingham Wallpaper
York Wallcoverings
$69.68 $106.99
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Classic awning stripes in tonal colors add subtle designs to the room while adding overall height. The subtle gradation of color a...dds interest to the room, yet allows for a large variety of complimentary designs to work in coordination in the same place. Matt and pearled inks add another layer of interest. Made in the USA. Packaged and sold in Double Roll Bolts. read more

Wallcoverings 3-inch Stripe with Choke Wallpaper
York Wallcoverings
$73.90 $111.99
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Warm masculine wood meets modern diversity in this textured wood pattern with the look and feel of the real thing. Retro inspired ...milled panel pieces have the rich finish of luxury and the color palette diversity of true wood grain. Use it as an entire room accent or the classic backdrop to a library or den area. read more

Wallcoverings Modern Rustic Raised Wood Wallpaper
York Wallcoverings
$77.68 $111.99
at Sears

Warm masculine wood meets modern diversity in this textured wood pattern with the look and feel of the real thing. Retro inspired ...milled panel pieces have the rich finish of luxury and the color palette diversity of true wood grain. Use it as an entire room accent or the classic backdrop to a library or den area. read more

Wallcoverings Modern Rustic Raised Wood Wallpaper
York Wallcoverings
$71.98 $89.99
at Sears

Photo realistic images create the illusion of the real thing in this pattern which simulates the look of milled wood panels. Color... choices are available in seven amazing wood stain variations that will fool the eye. The warm organic feel of real wood coupled with the deep charming elegance of traditional design is sure to become a new modern classic. read more

Wallcoverings Modern Rustic Wood Wallpaper
York Wallcoverings
$77.68 $111.99
at Sears

Warm masculine wood meets modern diversity in this textured wood pattern with the look and feel of the real thing. Retro inspired ...milled panel pieces have the rich finish of luxury and the color palette diversity of true wood grain. Use it as an entire room accent or the classic backdrop to a library or den area. read more

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