Express press service
Looking to give your new walls a visual punch? Or give an old room a new makeover? Look no further than good old fashioned wallpaper. Experts agree that after being sidelined for quite some time now, wallpapers are once again in the spotlight.
From vintage florals and botanicals to contemporary geometrics and abstracts, today’s wallpapers come in a plethora of designs, patterns and textures. Convenient and hassle-free, they’re a great way to add an element of sophistication and uniqueness to your space. “You can have your room ready in three to four hours without any dust when using wallpaper,” says Neha Jain, interior and wallpaper expert, UDC Homes, adding, “They are also cost effective because you have multiple options to choose from. from Rs 50 per square foot to Rs 1,500 to 2,000 per square foot depending on type, design and quality.
There are several ways to use wallpaper, the most common being to cover all four walls of a room. This adds a feeling of warmth and character at the same time. You can do whatever you want with large prints, but for smaller pieces avoid dark colors and small prints. Large sparse prints and prints with horizontal stripes create an illusion of space and are therefore suitable for small rooms. Also, if you have a low ceiling, opt for vertical stripes to give your room a “taller” look.
If you are a fan of the sober and chic look, choose to cover half of your wall. If you choose to use the bottom half, paint the top half of the wall a complementary color and hang the art there. If you’re using the wallpaper on the top half, opt for a darker wall paint on the bottom. You can also use it on a single wall to create a feature wall.
Want to be bold and unconventional? Consider installing two wallpapers on the same wall. Just make sure the patterns and colors complement each other. Also, some companies have released wallpapers that look like murals, which is all the rage today.
Before pasting the wallpaper, it is essential that the underlying wall is well primed. Make sure it is an oil based primer as it is ideal for Indian weather conditions and helps the wallpaper stick longer. When installing, always make sure the pattern lines up correctly and not randomly. It is important that the borders and seams are not visible.
In order to clean the wallpaper, it is recommended to gently wipe it with a damp cloth. If you see the edges of your wallpaper coming off, contact your dealer as soon as possible and have it repaired. If left for a month or more, the paper will become very tight and it will not be possible to re-stick it on the wall.