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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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NoJo
$19.99
at Amazon

Go wild for NoJo Jungle Tales Infant bedding collection. The pre pasted wallpaper border comes in a double roll 30 feet in length.... Easy application directions enclosed. Fun colors in brown, ivory, rust, sage, aqua. This features an adventuresome monkey, elephant, giraffe, tiger, lion and turtle. read more

Brewster
$39.99
at Amazon

Twisted golden green scrolls lie beneath red and yellow birds in this royal red wallpaper border. This product measures to 6 3/4" ...wide x 15' long. read more

Brewster
$39.99
at Amazon

Light green scrolls swirl along the bottom of this deep green border, complete with gorgeous pink and yellow birds. This product m...easures to 6 3/4" wide x 15' long. 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.

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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York Wallcoverings
$72.85 $106.99
at Sears

Rows of perfect miniature dots line up in diagonal rows creating a whimsical chain like harlequin motif in this pretty wallpaper d...esign. Resting half way down each chain is a pretty five petal daisy and at the center of each diamond intersection rests a sweet heart within a simple circle. Open and inviting, yet with a careful eye f or detail, this wallpaper motif suits a large variety of room decors and bridges the gap from infant to tween decor. Made in the USA. read more

York Wallcoverings Peek-a-Boo Hearts & Harlequins Wallpaper
York Wallcoverings
$62.05 $81.99
at Sears

Oh so fashionable gallery walls! Turn the nursery into the height of fashion with this lovely gallery wall design. Frames of every... shape and size, sleek, ornate, rectangular or oval create fun-filled yet sophisticated design, that simply stated is wall art. Random frames display a crown or a butterfly, or an artfully typeset letter for a splash of color and whimsy. Accessories, not part of the wallpaper) Pretty as a picture in shades of gray, citrus, or pink. This delightful motif suits a large cariety of room decors and bridges the gap from infant to tween decor. Made in the USA. read more

York Wallcoverings Peek-a-Boo Picture Gallery Wallpaper
York Wallcoverings
$77.68 $111.99
at Sears

This realistic vinyl embossed brick pattern simulates the look and roughly textured feel of a brick wall with the washability and ...versatility of wallpaper. Use the four color palette to define space and add architectural detail to any room in your... read more

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Miraclebody by Miraclesuit
$36.99 $118.00
at 6pm.com

Free Shipping on all orders! A classic straight leg in a stylish print. Five-pocket jean flaunts a sleek straight leg that coordin...ates fabulously with all types of footwear. Patented hand-crafted canvas Miracle panel flattens the tummy for a trim silhouette. Contoured waistband falls 1 below the belly button. Higher back rise prevents embarrassing panty peek-a-boo. Wallpaper floral print is lasered on stretch cotton-poly denim. Pockets are stitched down on the inside to lay flat on the body. Belt loop waistband. Zipper fly and button closure. 88% cotton, 9% polyester, 3% spandex. Machine wash cold, tumble dry low. Imported. Click to see a close-up of the Miracle panel. Measurements: ; Outseam: 42 in ; Inseam: 32 in ; Front Rise: 9 1 2 in ; Back Rise: 13 1 2 in ; Leg Opening: 16 in ; Product measurements were taken using size 2, inseam 32. Please note that measurements may vary by size. read more

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Carole Hochman

CLOSEOUTS . Pretty flowers adorn the supersoft, lightweight jersey cotton of Carole Hochmanand#39;s Birds of Paradise pajamas, fea...turing a comfy button-down top and non-restrictive shorts. Available Colors: WALLPAPER DITSY AQUA, WALLPAPER DITSY PINK.... read more

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Wagner
$60.93 $82.02
at Wayfair

Wagner Power 705 Steamer Wallpaper Remover The 705 Steamer is a safe, chemical-free method to remove wallpaper. The steamer remove...s all types of wallpaper, multiple layers of wallpaper and even wallpaper that has been painted-over. The steamer uses simple tap water for operation and for clean-up. When compared to chemical strippers, the 705 steamer can be used again and again, making it extremely cost-effective. Features: -Wallpaper remover.-Remove wallpaper the right way and every time.-One gallon reservoir for 75 minutes of steam time.-Cool-touch handle for safety during operation.-11 ft steam hose for easy mobility during project.-Light weight steam plate to reduce fatigue during use.-Distressed: No.Specifications: -Power 1500 watts.Dimensions: -Overall dimensions: 12.5" H x 12.75" W x 9" D.-Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 12.5.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 12.75.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 9.-Overall Product Weight: 5.6.Assembly: -Assembly required.Warranty: -Manufacturer provides 1 year wa read more

Wagner Power 705 Steamer Wallpaper Remover 0282018
Gallery Direct
$101.95 $142.41
at Wayfair

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Gallery Direct Wallpaper II by Darvin Jones Wall Art GALD1312 Size: 40" H x 40" W
Gallery Direct
$115.88 $156.34
at Wayfair

Size: 48" H x 48" W Gallery Direct Wallpaper II by Darvin Jones Wall Art Features: -Border: 2 CLB.-Designer: Darvin Jones.-Made in... the USA.-Size (Size: 18" H x 18" W): Small 18"-24".-Size (Size: 24" H x 24" W): Small 18"-24".-Size (Size: 40" H x 40"... read more

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York Wallcoverings
$63.18 $96.99
at Sears

York Wallcoverings RB427X Typeset letters and fonts from newspaper and handprint, stamped on solid, bright, white and dark neutral... grounds bring a bold graphic nature to the current designer trend of typography and letterset. Perfect for contemporary dand#233;cor or as a bold statement counterpart to nature inspired designs when used as an accent in pearled tonal ink, this thoughtful palette was developed to be used beautifully with today's sophisticated designer styling. Features: -Risky Business collection. -Packaged and sold in double rolls. -Prepasted, washable, strippable. -Easy to follow instructions included in each roll. -Made in the USA. Specifications: -Design Match: Drop. -Design Repeat: 25.25 . -Double Roll Dimensions: 27 x 27' = 60.75 Square Feet. Color: White / Stone Taupe read more

Wallcoverings RB427X Risky Business Word Play Prepasted Wallpaper Color: White / Stone Taupe WHW1275_7203773
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