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May 10, 2012

Wallpaper is Making a Comeback

Syndicated — Wallpaper. Just the mention of it conjures agitation for millions of homeowners. For some, it's the nightmare of trying to remove it. For others, it's the daunting task of trying to apply it.

For years now, wallpaper has been living with its bad reputation. Even interior designers, who could appreciate the virtues of wallpaper's textures and decorating qualities, declared wallpaper outdated.

But lately, with design trends changing, wallpaper is becoming less of a dirty word. In fact, it's gaining new popularity. This isn't your grandmother's wallpaper, the kind with enormous cabbage roses and gingham checks. While you can still find rolls of ditzy florals, wallpaper today comes in a variety of modern prints and textures, giving the old-school material a modern freshness.

A Little History

Wallpaper dates way back - prior to paint chips, Sheetrock or central heating. Some historians believe the earliest wallpaper emerged in the 1400s when Flemish craftsman decided to find a more affordable replacement for wall tapestries. Also popular in China, wallpaper was for centuries a way to decorate the home as well as block cold drafts.

Wallpaper in Your Home

While applying wallpaper may not be as easy as rolling on a coat of paint, it has come a long way in terms of application.

  • Pre-pasted wallpaper: The glue is already applied to the wallpaper and just needs to be activated with a wet sponge
  • Dry wallpaper. You apply the paste to the wall and apply the wallpaper over it.
  • Self-adhesive wallpaper. This works much like contact paper and can be applied straight to the wall.

Wallpaper no longer needs to be a floor-to-ceiling application. Some bold or bright prints work perfectly on a single wall or even half-wall above a chair-rail trim. Depending on the size and shape of the room, wallpaper is an easy way to add visual interest and depth to a home.

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