wallpaper interior design

Wallpaper: The Good, The Bad & The Pretty

Want to know the truth behind one of the biggest interior design trend for 2022? That’s right – wallpaper is back. But this isn’t your Grandma’s wallpaper. The current styles of wallpaper range from simple, to large florals, geometric patterns and even grasscloth and highly textured papers. 

Adding wallpaper to any room in your home can make a huge impact – even if the room is tiny. 

But what about all of the bad things you think you know about wallpaper. Is it really impossible to remove once it’s on? Is it a pain to install? Is it really hugely expensive?

Well, read on to find out all there is to know about wallpaper, including the best locations in your home to put it that will make the biggest interior design impact. 

The Good

Versatility

Most feature wall products are very direct in the look they offer. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing if the look you are trying to achieve has a very specific style – like adding a barn wood product in a farmhouse nook, or concrete panels in an industrial loft. 

However if you aren’t really sure what interior design style you are going for, or maybe want something a bit softer and less “in your face”, than wallpaper can give you that. 

With literally thousands of different styles, textures and types of wallpaper you are sure to find a wallpaper that will suit whatever you are looking for. 

Now keep in mind you can still find some pretty bold patterns within the wallpaper world that will knock the socks off barn wood any day. 

And let’s not forget that wallpaper can be installed pretty much anywhere without any safety concerns (think barn wood with babies?). Try installing it in family rooms, kitchens, powder rooms, nurserys, mudrooms and even on a ceiling! 

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Photo: Pacesetter Homes Secord Showhome (closed)

Ease of Use

When it comes to hanging artwork or wall décor on top of a feature wall, depending on the material of the wall product, it can be a bit trickier. But with wallpaper, you can easily hang just about anything on the wall as if there isn’t even wallpaper there. 

Depending on the style of wallpaper chosen, it is also easier to switch out the art or wall décor to a different style or shape. Especially if you’ve selected a paper on the more transitional side of the interior design spectrum. 

 

dining room furniture
Photo: Pacesetter Homes Willow Showhome 

Price

If you are looking at doing a feature wall in your home, wallpaper can certainly be one of the more price conscious options. When compared to other feature wall products such as barn wood, tile, thin brick or even a custom painted mural, wallpaper is the way to go if you are looking for a big impact at low cost. 

bohemian wallpaper
Photo: Sterling Homes Milan Showhome (closed)

The Bad (ish)

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Photo: Pacesetter Homes Secord Showhome (closed)

Install

It’s no secret that wallpaper can be difficult to install. Lining up patterns is hard enough but when it comes to a wall with many things on it – such as a powder room – that can be the trickiest. Cutting around a toilet and sink and making it look good isn’t for the faint of heart.

So why not hire a professional wallpaper installer. Having someone install your wallpaper for you will ensure 3 things:

  1. Your new feature wall will look amazing when installation is complete.
  2. You will feel peach of mind, and not all sweaty and upset.
  3. There will not be the added expense of a professional mediator after the job is done (ok so maybe that’s a bit extreme, but have you ever had to build IKEA furniture with your partner? Same thing applies here)
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Photo: Pacesetter Homes College Woods Showhome (closed)

Removal

Yes it’s true. Wallpaper can be arduous to remove. 

However the type of backing on the wallpaper will determine the difficulty level for removal. 

Traditional wallpapers are just that – paper. Meaning when removed it could (and probably will) rip easily which means taking it off in tiny pieces over a long period of time. 

Vinyl based wallpaper is a great alternative option as it is easier to remove because of the addition of the vinyl. Bonus – it’s also more durable and easy to clean! 

If you are wanting something a bit more environmentally friendly though, consider non-woven wallpaper. Non-Woven wallpapers contain synthetic fibers – more like a fabric. They are completely vinyl free and still super easy to remove. They do not tear easily and will come off in one long strip! 

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Photo: Pacesetter Homes Desrochers Showhome

Price… wait, again?

I know we grouped ‘price’ into the good category, but it also can be considered to be in the bad (ish) category as well. 

When looking to invest in a wallpaper for your home price can be a huge determining factor in your selection. 

Wallpaper prices can range from $50 / double roll to $400 / double roll. Which is a huge price range, and can be on the pricey side depending on what style of paper you choose.

But consider this. You get what you pay for. 

I cannot stress this enough. If you want a wallpaper that is durable, long lasting, environmentally friendly, feels and looks great (yes feels – there is a difference, trust me) and is easy to install and remove then spending a bit more at the start is 100% worth it.

The Pretty

This category is really just about showing all the pretty looks you can get with the wide range of wallpaper patterns & styles available.

Check out our inspiration gallery below to see how our designers have used wallpaper for interior design in our showhomes, and then head over to our wallpaper gallery to see a sample of what is available with designQ Shop, and how you can view our entire collection. 

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