When you think of wallpaper, the first word that springs to mind may not be ‘stylish’. In fact, it may be the exact opposite. Plenty of us have memories of the very ‘retro’ stylings of wallpaper in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Fortunately, the world of wallpaper has come full circle and the modern day interpretations offer plenty to consider for the would be renovator.
We’ve rounded up our top 4 reasons as to why you should consider wallpaper for your reno as well as plenty of colour and texture inspiration for your Pinterest board!
4 reasons why you should consider wallpaper for your reno
1. It’s incredibly durable – Wallpaper could also be known as the bulletproof wall covering. Vinyl wallpaper is made with a vinyl layer to provide additional protection from bumps, belts and blows from furniture, kids and children. Fabric backed vinyl is the most durable of the bunch, thanks to its dense backing. It’s also completely washable and will often outlast your design scheme (meaning that it may need to be replaced at some stage down the track). Fabric backed vinyl is usually best suited to living areas as its composition means that it doesn’t breathe and can hence trap water and moisture leading to mould and mildew.
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2. It allows you to play around with colour, patterns and texture – While paint offers a huge variety of colours and finishes, it hasn’t yet mastered the technology to offer patterns and textures. Wallpaper on the other hand offers a huge range of patterns and textures which can be customised to fit your space. ‘Mixing and matching’ paint with wallpaper is the ideal way to get the best of both worlds while including an eye catching feature wall or special space.
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3. It’s on trend – Whether it’s the Pantone colour of the year (Greenery) or the latest and greatest in texture, wallpaper offers the opportunity to embrace a trend relatively quickly and easily. Take for example, cork. Cork was named as one of the ‘trends to watch’ for the cooler months (and a great way to ‘warm up your interiors‘). Integrating cork into your decor is straight forward with the new breed of cork wallpapers which are not only functional (they can be ‘pinned’ onto) but can also improve the acoustics in your home. Genius!
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4. Longevity – While good quality paint will last, comparison studies have shown that wallpaper will outlast paint, with some estimates finding that it can last five times longer than paint under normal conditions. This not only means you’ll be able to ‘decorate and forget about’ but also impacts your long term budget which can be impacted by the cost of repainting every couple of years.
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