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 availableĀ—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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Tempaper
$19.99

Dimensions: 180L x 6W in.. Gold-on-black night sky design. Thick, durable vinyl material. Peels and sticks for installation. Remov...es easily without damage. Pattern repeats every 20.5 in.. The Tempaper Celestial Self-Adhesive Borders + Stripes is a great way to make your little stargazer feel at home in their bedroom or add an exploratory flair to your hallway or living room. This wallpaper features a black background with a glittering gold design that incorporates constellations, planets, shooting stars, and more. The pattern repeats every 20.5 in. Durable vinyl is used as the paper, helping to ensure a smooth, wrinkle-free application. A peel-and-stick design makes the paper easy to place and remove, needing no glue or other preparation. read more

Tempaper
$19.99

Dimensions: 180L x 6W in.. Distressed dino design in your color choice. Rendered from thick vinyl. Sticks to walls, door, shelves,... and more. Removal: simply peel way without tools. 20.5-in. pattern repeat. Dinosaurs are a favorite of all kids and the Tempaper Dinosaurs Self-Adhesive Borders + Stripes lets you give their room a makeover in which they're sure to delight. This set of vinyl wallpaper comes at a width that's ideal for making a border or stripes. Its removable backing reveals a press-and-stick adhesive surface that clings to walls, doors, shelves, and more. The thickness of the vinyl aids you in application, helping to prevent bunching and wrinkling. Printed on the paper is a pattern that includes T. Rexes, pterodactyls, triceratops, stegosauri, and more. Choose from available color options. Color: Kaki. read more

Tempaper
$19.99

Dimensions: 180L x 6W in.. Gold dot design with your choice of backing color. Thick, durable vinyl design. Adhesive peel-and-stick... backing. Worry-free removal. Pattern repeats every 20.5 in.. The Tempaper Falling Dots Self-Adhesive Borders + Stripes allows you to add some color and pattern to your home, office, or rented space without worrying about making a permanent change. This roll of vinyl wallpaper lets you make a border or series or stripes without needing a professional crew. The design features a golden dot pattern with your choice of available background color. This thick design makes installation easy and smooth: just peel away the protective backing and press the exposed adhesive surface to your wall, bookcase, or shelf, and walk away. The paper will remain stuck fast until you're ready to remove: then, just peel and the paper comes easily free. Color: Pink & Gold. read more

Tempaper
$19.99

Dimensions: 180L x 6W in.. Distressed dino design in your color choice. Rendered from thick vinyl. Sticks to walls, door, shelves,... and more. Removal: simply peel way without tools. 20.5-in. pattern repeat. Dinosaurs are a favorite of all kids and the Tempaper Dinosaurs Self-Adhesive Borders + Stripes lets you give their room a makeover in which they're sure to delight. This set of vinyl wallpaper comes at a width that's ideal for making a border or stripes. Its removable backing reveals a press-and-stick adhesive surface that clings to walls, doors, shelves, and more. The thickness of the vinyl aids you in application, helping to prevent bunching and wrinkling. Printed on the paper is a pattern that includes T. Rexes, pterodactyls, triceratops, stegosauri, and more. Choose from available color options. Color: Multi-Colored/Kaki. 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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Steve's Wallpaper
$29.94

Wallpaper - York Three Sisters Studio Europa Texture With Color Vol II Border Tan - This collection has features that include prep...asted, scrubbable, strippable. The main themes for this wallpaper include scrolls, acanthus. The color scheme for this pattern is Tan. Materials: Vinyl Protected. read more

Sunworthy
$14.85

Book Name : Sunworthy Pattern # : 51306080 Border Width : 5.125 inches wide by 15 feet long Design Repeat : 20.5 inch pattern repe...at Prepasted : Yes Actual border is lighter than image. CLEARANCE!! QUANTITIES LIMITED!! read more

Brewster Wallcovering
$13.85

Book Name : Mirage Pattern # : 965b80725 Border Width : 5.25 inches wide by 15 feet long Design Repeat : 20.5 inch pattern repeat ...Prepasted : Yes CLEARANCE!! QUANTITIES LIMITED!! read more

Brewster Wallcovering
$13.85

Book Name : Brewster Pattern # : 128b59903 Border Width : 8 inches wide by 15 feet long Design Repeat : Prepasted : Yes CLEARANCE!...! QUANTITIES LIMITED!! 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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