Types of Paper & Patterns
Borders aren't a pattern, but a kind of wallcovering that accents your décor. They comes in almost every material that your wallpaper does. You can use a border by itself or to accent matching wallpaper. Use it as a chair rail in a dining room, to outline a staircase, or to draw attention to a pretty dormer or arched window. Borders define an area and tend to confine space, so don't use it in a small bedroom or dining area if you're trying to make the room look
Embossed wallpaper is a heavyweight, decorative paper that can be painted after hanging. Usually applied to a ceiling, embossed wallpaper is an elegant touch for a formal bedroom.
Flocked (return to top and menu)
Made from washable rayon and nylon, flocked wallpaper contains patterns cut in velvet pile. More traditional in style, it adds warmth to a formal living room and is good for hiding imperfect walls. Although rarely used today, it's very appropriate for period homes.
There are two types of foil wallpaper: aluminum laminated to paper and simulated metallic. Be careful where you hang foil wallpaper, it shows every imperfection. However, it can be a beautiful touch to spruce up a darker area of your home, a bathroom and a kitchen.
You can achieve a textured, natural look with the long, natural grass imported specifically for grasscloth wallpaper. Although the color can vary slightly (because of the natural material) and the seams are harder to conceal, grasscloth is often used to create a warm and inviting look in living rooms.
Liner (return to top and menu)
A heavy bond paper used to smooth out irregularities in brick, cinderblock, paneled, or badly cracked walls in order to provide a smooth surface for your new wallpaper or paint. Use this before painting or wallpapering a difficult wall. Wall liner comes unpasted and must be applied with a special paste. Wall liner is hung in horizontal strips unlike traditional wallpaper, which is normally hung vertically.
Of all the kinds of wallpaper, vinyl is the most versatile and durable. Best suited for areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, it comes in a great variety and a broad price range. For do-it-yourselfers, it's also the easiest to hang. There are 3 kinds of vinyl wallpapers: a vinyl sheet attached to a paper back, a vinyl sheet attached to a cloth back, and vinyl-impregnated cloth attached to a paper back. Use vinyl wallpaper in children's rooms, kitchens,
bathrooms, hallways, or anywhere in your home!
More delicate than vinyl, paper wallpaper is best for your living room, dining room, or another low-maintenance room in your home.
How Patterns Are Made
Machine-printed (return to top and menu)
This wallpaper is usually less expensive because it is mass-produced. Wallpapers printed by machine are generally printed in one of four processes: rotogravure, surface, flexographic, or rotary-screen printing.
Hand-blocked wallpaper, rarely used because of the time and expense, is made with a carved wooden block.
Silk-screened wallpaper is elaborate, more like a work of art. It's a complicated and expensive process done by hand.
Patterns can also help bring out elements of your room. Here's a list of the types of patterns we carry and the kind of effects they'll bring into your home:
Contemporary (return to top and menu)
Contemporary wallpaper comes in a diverse range of styles. It incorporates everything from simple geometric designs to bold and colorful patterns. Contemporary wallpaper will fit in any home, and is capable of matching or accenting any décor.
Geometric prints give an impression of greater space and can also be used to hide faults in the wall. If decorating a room with bed linens or window treatments, abstract or floral geometric patterns coordinate well and rarely dominate your other decorations.
Large prints can alter the perceived scale of your room. If you want to scale down a large room, use a large print on your walls and ceiling. If you want your walls to appear heightened, only hang a large print on the wall. If you want to create the illusion of roominess in a smaller room, a large print pattern can do so, if the overall color scheme is light.
Small Print (return to top and menu)
Small prints are generally used in smaller rooms, such as bedrooms or bathrooms and can do a great deal to brighten up a room.
Horizontal stripes can make a room appear wider, where vertical stripes heighten a rooms ceiling.
Traditional wallpaper has always been an American favorite, especially for those with period homes. Old-fashioned prints go wonderfully in bedrooms, easily matching fabric and paint.