Wallpaper has an unduly bad rep — inviting images of your grandma’s ancient, wall-to-wall floral patterns from back in the day (with the matching wallpaper borders).
Modern wallpaper is all about rolling in the deep with style–having an infinite choice of vivid colors, bold patterns and unimaginable textures to create interior accents, focal points or to transform the look of an entire room. And, installing and removing wallpaper is now much easier than ever.
What is wallpaper? Wallpaper started out as a type of paper material used to decorate the interior walls of homes, offices and other commercial buildings. Originally, each roll was painstakingly hand-painted to adorn the wall of some king or wealthy nobleman, and later it was printed by various methods until the advent of the printing press made wallpaper accessible to most households [Wallpaper Installer].
The wallpaper used today consists of a backing, ground coat, applied ink, and sometimes paste on the backing used to adhere the paper to the wall [Made How].
What are some of the cool properties of wallpaper? The range of styles and types of wallpaper currently available is astounding. You can find everything from metallics, bold florals and geometrics to textured wallpapers made from silk, linen, bamboo, leaf appliqué, wood veneer and glass bead studs.
What is wallpaper used for? Traditionally, wallpaper has been used to cover walls, ceilings and on occasion floors. Used creatively, wallpaper can make a fashionable statement in many areas of your home.
What can you use wallpaper for? The renewed interest in wallpaper of late is due in no small way to the many imaginative ways it can be applied to great effect.
Allow us to show you a few inventive things you can do with the new look of wallpaper.
Here are a couple of great examples of what can be done with your leftover wallpaper we found on Two Little Dicky Birds and BHG–covering a dresser top or lining the interior of a lampshade. Online auction sites and yard sales are also good places to search for wallpaper remnants for your DIY projects.
Try these ideas from Decor Pad and Manolo For The Home. Make a grand entry with just the right wallpaper. Or, instead of tile, sprinkle in something a bit more flavorful by using wallpaper for kitchen backsplash.
Bonus Fact! The world’s most expensive wallpaper in the world? Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich reportedly paid $23,700 per sq. meter for hand-etched leather wallpaper created by renowned artist Mark Evans (pictured above). The total cost of the Moscow-based project was $2.84 million dollars [LUXUO].
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