The Benefits of Wallpaper
By Jennifer Black
Nothing makes a statement like wallpaper. Since Oprah announced on her television show that “wallpaper is back” and Time Magazine called wallpaper “hip” and the “latest passion” of interior designers, plain walls seem a bit boring.
Now is the time to consider today’s new designer wallpaper and wall decor products, which combine advanced technology with striking designs. It’s like switching from traditional to high-definition TV: You won’t see walls the same way ever again.
With so many design options in the home decorating industry today, why use wallpaper in the first place? Because wallpaper is the single most effective way to change a room's decor. It creates detail and adds depth, texture, pattern, instant style and a burst of color to a room.
It also sets a theme, from classic, traditional and Victorian to contemporary and country. And while wallpaper has an astonishing historical relevance, it is completely chic in today’s home fashions.
Wallpaper allows you to:
An Economical Choice
Wallpaper also is economical. While other wall treatments may seem inexpensive, you have to consider their durability. Many of today’s wallpaper varieties have a life of 10 to 15 years.
In addition, wallpapers today are pre-pasted, vinyl and scrubbable and may be cleaned with soap, warm water and a gentle sponging—a must in the active family’s busy life style.
Wallpaper also adds value to your most important investment: your home. Retail studies show that a tastefully decorated home can obtain a 10- to 15-percent increase in property value
Wallpaper provides certain air of quality and richness not found in uncovered wall. It covers flaws in the wall surface that paint can’t and is an excellent fast-fix for those selling their home. Wallpaper offers a wide range of subtle patterns and colors to neutralize the interior to fit anyone’s style. And it protects the wall surface from marks made by today’s busy family.
Spread Some Personality!
Wallpaper also allows you to add an architectural element to a room without hiring a general contractor.
Try creating a chair rail with a wallpaper border. Use a full-wall pattern cut into proportionate shapes to make a framed panel effect up a wall.
Draw attention to a fireplace or make a focal wall by installing a strong pattern. Or use a scale-to-size pattern to make your room appear larger or smaller. All it takes is a little imagination.
You can use wallpaper in any room of your home. Today’s wallpaper collections are user-friendly, featuring a host of coordinating patterns, borders and color palettes that create a unified design theme throughout your home.
And as a new style emerges, wallpaper designers capture, it, define it and present it in a variety of color and pattern choices. So spread some personality in every room!
Jennifer Black is the in-house design consultant for Eade's Wallpaper & Fabric, www.eadeswallpaper.com, in Olean, N.Y.