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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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Steve's Wallpaper
$41.92

Wallpaper Chesapeake-Borders-Borders--X99AWRRR9B. Keywords are equipment, sports, sports equipment, sports locker, trophy. Colors ...in this pattern are Dark Gray, Orange, Pink, Tan. Alternate color patterns are X99AWRR79B;Page:97. Coordinating patterns are . Product Details: prepasted washable Material: vinyl free. Product Information: Pattern #: X99AWRRR9B Repeat Length: 20 1/2 inches. Border Height: 8 1/4 inches. read more

Steve's Wallpaper
$41.92

Wallpaper Chesapeake-Borders-Borders--X29AUUWR9B. Keywords are floral, florals, flower, flowers, hydrangeas, acanthus. Colors in t...his pattern are Medium Gray, Pink, Tan. Alternate color patterns are X29AUUW79B;Page:11. Coordinating patterns are . Product Details: prepasted washable Material: vinyl free. Product Information: Pattern #: X29AUUWR9B Repeat Length: 20 1/2 inches. Border Height: 7 3/4 inches. read more

Steve's Wallpaper
$38.99

Wallpaper Chesapeake-Borders-Borders--X49AHWRR9B. Keywords are birds, texture look, textured look. Colors in this pattern are Whit...e. Alternate color patterns are . Coordinating patterns are . Product Details: prepasted washable Material: vinyl free. Product Information: Pattern #: X49AHWRR9B Repeat Length: 22 0 inches. Border Height: 5 3/4 inches. read more

Steve's Wallpaper
$41.92

Wallpaper Chesapeake-Borders-Borders--X49AH78G9B. Keywords are animals, baby animals. Colors in this pattern are Green, Medium Gra...y, Pink. Alternate color patterns are . Coordinating patterns are . Product Details: prepasted washable Material: vinyl free. Product Information: Pattern #: X49AH78G9B Repeat Length: 27 1/4 inches. Border Height: 8 0 inches. 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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allen + roth
$44.98

Create a multi-dimensional look which is ideal for high traffic areas. Conveniently prepasted for easy installation. Product is ex...tremely durable ideal for high traffic areas. read more

Steve's Wallpaper
$31.28

Wallpaper Mirage-Timeless Textures IV-Border-XBP7877ES6 Keywords are textured, sponge. Colors in this pattern are Off White, Yello...w. Alternate color patterns are XBP7877EW6;Page:39;XBP7877EU6;Page:47;XBP7877ER6;Page:25;XBP7877EG6;Page:31;XBP7877E76;Page:55. Coordinating patterns are . Product Details: prepasted strippable washable Material: Solid Sheet Vinyl. Product Information: Pattern #: XBP7877ES6 Border Height: 5 1/4 inches. read more

Steve's Wallpaper
$31.28

Wallpaper Mirage-Timeless Textures IV-Border-XBP77RWEU6 Keywords are acanthus, flowers, flowers with stripes, vines, stripes. Colo...rs in this pattern are Pink. Alternate color patterns are . Coordinating patterns are X-P7GGW8P6;Page:247. Product Details: prepasted strippable washable Material: Solid Sheet Vinyl. Product Information: Pattern #: XBP77RWEU6 Border Height: 8 3/8 inches. read more

Steve's Wallpaper
$31.28

Wallpaper Mirage-Timeless Textures IV-Border-XBP7HRHEP6 Keywords are acanthus, textured, leaves. Colors in this pattern are Pink, ...Yellow. Alternate color patterns are XBP7HRHEU6;Page:149;XBP7HRHPU6;Page:127;XBP7HRHPR6;Page:119. Coordinating patterns are X-P7GHPES6;Page:115. Product Details: prepasted strippable washable Material: Solid Sheet Vinyl. Product Information: Pattern #: XBP7HRHEP6 Border Height: 4 1/2 inches. 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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Fabuart
$225.00 $115.99

Bring Contemporary Abstraction to your home with this large metal wall art. Available in several size, this Modern Metal Artwork m...akes it the focal point of any room or office Size: 60X28/(5 Panels). Color: Gold. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Fabuart
$189.00 $114.99

Bring Contemporary Abstraction to your home with this large metal wall art. Available in several size, this Modern Metal Artwork m...akes it the focal point of any room or office Size: 48X28/(4 Panels). Color: Gold. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Brewster
$168.00 $119.98

A dramatic charcoal wallpaper, accented in chic silver ink. This modern geometric print resembles staggered leaves, abstract and h...igh fashion. Features: Washable and strippable Pattern has a 25 3/16" repeat with a straight match Unpasted non-woven wallpaper Specifications: Coverage: 56 Sq Ft Length: 33 Ft Width: 20.5" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right) Specifications: Length: 33 Ft Width: 20.5" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right) Material: Non Woven Paper Pre-Pasted: No Product Weight: 3 lbs Strippable: Yes Washable: Yes Age Group: Adults read more

Brewster
$136.00 $93.98

This chic white wallpaper gives your walls the look of leather, with an irresistible beaded texture. Product Features: Random matc...h - no design repeat 20.5in x 33ft long roll Unpasted Washable and strippable 56 square feet coverage Specifications: Length: 396" Width: 20.5" Coverage: 56 sq.ft. read more

Brewster
$168.00 $119.98

A modern geometric print, cast in a neutral palette. Designed to resemble abstract leaves, staggered and overlapping, this chic wa...llpaper is defined by fine texture effects. Features: Washable and strippable Pattern has a 25 3/16" repeat with a straight match Unpasted non-woven wallpaper Specifications: Coverage: 56 Sq Ft Length: 33 Ft Width: 20.5" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right) Specifications: Length: 33 Ft Width: 20.5" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right) Material: Non Woven Paper Pre-Pasted: No Product Weight: 3 lbs Strippable: Yes Washable: Yes Age Group: Adults read more

Brewster
$168.00 $119.98

A pale grey wallpaper with a high relief finish. Abstract Geometric shapes are arranged to resemble staggered and overlapping leav...es, lined with stylish textured contours. Screen printing and embossed techniques add dimension to this contemporary print. Features: Washable and strippable Pattern has a 25 3/16" repeat with a straight match Unpasted non-woven wallpaper Specifications: Coverage: 56 Sq Ft Length: 33 Ft Width: 20.5" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right) Specifications: Length: 33 Ft Width: 20.5" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right) Material: Non Woven Paper Pre-Pasted: No Product Weight: 3 lbs Strippable: Yes Washable: Yes Age Group: Adults read more

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