Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wallpaper: Choosing and Hanging

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Like printed fabrics, wallpaper comes in a massive variety of colors and styles. Choosing the right paper is often best left to a professional interior designer. He or she will know just what weight, style, and color is right for a particular setting. Although many people have tried to install wallpaper themselves, it is still most often better to choose a professional installer for the job.

The wallpaper must be applied over a clean, smooth wall that has been prepared with an oil-based sealer or preparation suggested by the manufacturer. Wallpaper should never be applied over existing wallpaper or a painted wall that isn’t properly prepared. Lining paper is often a good choice to ensure a smooth, even surface for the chosen wallpaper. Many more expensive screen-printed papers come untrimmed and must have the edges cut straight and smoothed before installation.

Machine-printed papers are by far the most available types on the market today. These papers use a photogravure or rotor-press printing technique, are low in quality, and are very cheap.

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Screen-printed papers are the choice of most professional interior designers and offer crisp, unique designs in multiple colors. The cost of the paper will depend on the number of colors in the paper, as each color must be run and dried before the next color is applied. This silk-screen technique uses patterns cut into a silk screen, over which a layer of gel has been applied to block ink. Each color chosen to create the pattern requires an additional screen to be cut. The technique is manufactured either with machines or by hand. These papers are generally untrimmed.
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Hand-printed papers, also referred to as block-printed papers, use individual blocks, to which ink is applied. The blocks are then pressed onto the paper. This technique istime-consuming and costly.

Natural-fiber papers, such as grass cloth, burlap, and jute, are paper backed, then applied to the surface just like any other paper.

Double-width papers are also available [Our Store], usually for commercial applications


There are no standards in size and shape of a roll of paper, but generally, wallpapers come in an American roll, which is usually twenty-seven inches wide and five yards long. These are most often sold two or three rolls to the piece and are referred to as double or triple rolls. European rolls are twenty-one inches wide and eleven yards long. These are also usually packed and sold in double-roll bolts. When measuring for wallpaper, know what type of roll you will be using for the installation.

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