Wallpaper isn’t just a trend of the past, it has made a huge comeback in the last few years. Stylish prints have essentially replaced the painted accent wall. During the 1970’s through the 90’s, wallpaper was plastered from floor to ceiling. It was a messy job to apply to surfaces and when it fell out of style, removing wallpaper was a monumental pain! You may ask, why then would this product ever make its way back into our homes? The answer is simple, trends tend to cycle around again, but this time it has been improved upon with better designs, simple application, and easy removal!
With new technology, designers are able to print tasteful styles of wallpaper. Whether your preference is floral, geometrical or industrial, you will find nearly anything you are looking for. Some companies will even create custom murals and art to fit your wall’s exact dimensions. If you love the look of tiled walls, wooden shiplap, or herringbone brick, no need to go through the trouble and expense of installing that heavy accent. Now you can get modern wallpaper to mimic that exact look by installing a few rolls of paper!
Old wallpaper required the installer to soak the paper to activate the glue on the rolls. It was a long and tedious process, not to mention very messy. Now it is a much more pleasant experience. Today there is a peel-and-stick application process along with a paste-the-wall technique. Peel-and-stick is similar to putting up a giant vinyl sticker, super clean and easy. The paste-the-wall style, requires that you paint an adhesive to the surface and hang the dry wallpaper. This is a huge improvement to the old-school methods.
Removing old wallpaper has probably been the biggest issue with the product. After a long and tedious day of peeling and scraping, you were left with a mound of ripped pieces of paper and a wall to retexture and paint. Hallelujah, those days are over! With a good quality modern wallpaper, it is a cinch to remove and some products are even reusable. Wallpaper with a non-woven backing can be peeled off dry and may only leave a little bit of water soluble paste that can be wiped off with warm soapy water.
The wallpaper industry has made great advances in design, application techniques, and removal processes. This has allowed consumers to experiment with the interior of their homes and to change things up more often. Wallpaper gives a home some individuality and style. Believe it or not, it’s here to stay for years to come!