When choosing wallpaper for a room there are two main factors to consider The Wallpaper Material & Design.
Wallpapers are constructed from different types of materials that effects their strength, longevity and appearance. Materials like vinyl are hard wearing and are useful in areas that get marked frequently while others like Blown vinyl have a raised finish which adds texture to a wall.
Most Printed papers are 'light fast' but it is always worth checking for the Sun or Half sun symbol otherwise the pattern can fade within one year.
The image below left shows good Paper Joints (left of the tree), below centre Curved & Straight Cuts on Vinyl paper and Below right shows the flexability of Non-Woven Paper around a toilet system.
John's Guide to Wallpaper Materials.
Here John has created a simple guide to help you understand the properties of different types of Wallpapers.
Vinyl wallpapers are robust materials and great for awkward and difficult angles or where stress factors apply. These papers are resistant to grease and moisture and are great for bathrooms and kitchens.
Blown Vinyl Wallpaper
This is a Modern paper that gives depth from its raised pattern. It is also useful in covering blemishes in wall surfaces.
The non-woven wallpapers have long cellulose & Textile fibres in the middle and the walls are pasted rather than the paper. Special additives are used provide strength and absorbency when wet.
Paper and Fabric Wallpaper
These types of wallpapers need more careful handling as the material is not as strong as vinyl or non-woven paper. The softer paper however does allow for a wide range of printed designs & patterns
Lining paper from grade 1000 upwards is a superb material to cover blemishes and give a perfect surface for either paint or wallpaper finishes.
Wallpaper as we know today has been in use in buildings for over 400 years. The earliest known wallpaper fragment in Europe was found in Christ's College in Cambridge, England and dates from 1509. The Victorian era saw the introduction of machine-made wallpaper which often had garish designs that were now available to many households by the 1920's over 400 million rolls of wallpaper were sold.
The Wallpapers below left is an actual fragments of Art Nouveau wallpaper dating from around 1900-1910 found on one of John's jobs. The wallpaper below centre is a classic 1970's design which is no longer in print. The Wallpaper below right is a modern design by Osborne & little called Mandara from the Metropolis collection.
Wallpaper Manufacturers & Suppliers
There is a huge range of wallpaper available today. Wallpaper is usually used on all the walls in a room but it can also used as a feature wall as with Mural with the other walls painted in a complimentary colour. Below are some recommended Wallpaper Manufacturers & Suppliers to give you some ideas.
Osborne & Little was formed by two brothers-in-law in 1968. Peter Osborne and Antony Little who opened a small shop in London's Chelsea and found success with their award-winning first collection of exquisite hand printed wallpapers. Osborne and Little's product range includes fabrics, furniture and accessories as well as wallpaper.
Graham & Brown was founded by Harold Graham and Henry Brown in 1946. By the 1970s they were one of the largest independent wallpaper manufacturers in Britain. They introduced washable vinyl wallcoverings and were one of the first companies to work in conjunction with high-profile designers such as Julien MacDonald & Hemingway Designs.
Morris & Co. create authentic versions of William Morris (1834–1896) designs alongside new interpretations, using new printing and weaving technology to create fabrics and wallpapers with timeless appeal.
Wallpaper Direct has a large range of
Wallpapers from all of the leading brands.
It is a really useful way to easily browse
Murals direct offer lots of different scenes
from woodland to beach scenes. They are
used mainly used as a feature wall to
create an impressive feel.