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Wallpaper for your Home

If you are looking for a more textured, patterned, or intricate look than you can get with paint, consider using wallpaper. The variety of patterns is seemingly endless, so you are almost sure to find the look you want (just remember that patterns go out of style and that there can be a slight variation in color between lots, so make sure you buy enough wallpaper for your job with a little left over in case you later need to make a repair).

Material

When choosing wallpaper, you will need to choose the material it is made from, and each has its own characteristics. Vinyl, vinyl-coated paper or cloth, fabric, textiles, foil, and Mylar are the most common. Vinyl or vinyl-coated coverings are recommended for the first time, do-it-yourselfer because they are the easiest to hang, clean, and remove.

Adhesive

Wall paper is either self-adhesive, pre-pasted, or dryback. The easiest to prepare is the self-adhesive kind because, like shelf paper, you just peel over the protective paper to expose the adhesive. Pre-pasted wallpaper is the most common and must be dipped in water or a special solution before it becomes sticky. Dryback papers, as the name suggests, have no adhesive, and so you must apply wallpaper paste.

Permanence

In case you ever want to redecorate (and as a courtesy to future owners), you should

also consider how easy it is to remove the paper. If a wallpaper is "strippable," it can be pulled away from the wall by hand leaving little or no film or residue. "Peelable" wallpapers,on the other hand, may leave a thin paper layer on the wall when removed.

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