How to choose the right wallpaper

Even some fifty years ago, the use of photo wallpapers was an innovation and a curiosity. However, not everyone could afford such a refinement: it was difficult to find a high – quality photo for printing, and it was expensive to buy ready-made ones. But for half a century, much has changed, and now wallpaper has become an affordable material that can transform any interior

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What is a photo wallpaper?

It seems like a simple question, but it has a catch. In fact, a photo wallpaper can be called any high-resolution image that is printed on photo paper and will be used for pasting a large surface: first of all, walls, as well as ceilings, doors, windows, cabinets

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What kind of wallpaper to choose?

As usual, photo wallpapers are divided into several types. Depending on the tasks, they can be vertical or horizontal. And according to the material that serves as the basis, there are paper, non-woven and vinyl on a non-woven basis

Paper ones are characterized by a low price and a large selection of colors and patterns. But this type has the most disadvantages: the color quickly loses its brightness and you can not wash such wallpaper.

Non-woven fabric is a paper-like material consisting of a combination of natural and chemical fibers. These wallpapers are easy to glue, they do not form bubbles, they are not afraid of dirt, they can be washed, and they are also considered the most environmentally friendly. Also, non-woven fabric is distinguished by durability, and the structure of the wallpaper allows them to "breathe", protecting them from the accumulation of moisture and fungus.

Vinyl wallpaper is a non-woven base on which a vinyl film is applied. This wallpaper is easy to glue and join in the process. They can be washed. In addition, they are durable and resistant to mechanical damage

Which texture is better?

The texture of the wallpaper is the structure and appearance of the surface. Yes, and it is different for photo wallpapers. Therefore, you can not limit yourself to the "ordinary picture", but choose at least under the plaster, at least under the tree.

The smooth texture means that there is no additional embossing on such a surface, it is smooth and even, which is suitable for high-definition images with great detail

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Imitation of a plastered wall: wallpaper with this texture has small roughness on the surface, similar to the relief of plaster. On these Wallpapers will look beautiful in any landscape or other paintings.

Sand, frost, straw-the structure of such wallpaper resembles the application of small particles of the material that they imitate on the canvas. You need to take care of them carefully so as not to damage the surface, but they can help hide defects.

It is believed that the wallpaper should be applied only on perfectly smooth aligned surfaces, so that the picture looks beautiful. However, now designers use photo wallpapers to hide or emphasize the deformations of the wall, depending on the purpose and features of the interior

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Where will we glue it?

Now, thanks to new materials and protection from moisture and dirt, photo wallpapers can be used in any room.

For the kitchen, wallpaper with a washable smooth surface, with a large pattern, is suitable. For the bedroom and children's room, it is better to choose a non-woven base, and for the living room and hallway — any, as long as they are combined with the interior.

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How to choose a pattern and color?

First of all, when choosing, you need to think about what architectural solution you need to achieve, and who will spend time in the room. The interior that you want to decorate with photo wallpapers should not be overloaded with decor and accessories. Its main detail should be a photo-panel or wallpaper.

Try to make the tone of the walls in the interior with wallpaper was neutral shades, it is wrong to use very bright and rich colors. A small room will be decorated with photo wallpapers of light, pastel shades with large monochrome elements, and dark tones with an abundance of small details will bring disharmony to a small room. Wallpaper with perspective (for example, a road going into the distance, a garden alley, a staircase leading up) will also add space to a small room


Now manufacturers offer a lot of unusual wallpapers, for example, with a backlight or a 3D effect. Or you can place them in a special frame made of stucco


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Of course, after choosing the wallpaper, you need to paste it correctly. Photo wallpapers can be produced in a single roll or divided into several, depending on the size. If the presence or absence of seams is particularly important, be sure to check this point with the seller. Also, depending on the material, you need to choose a different glue, which can also be applied either to the wall or to the wallpaper itself. But that's another story altogether