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Wallpaper Buying Guide - FAQ

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ALL ABOUT WALLPAPER

Once a marker of traditionalism, wallpaper is back with a contemporary twist. Give an old space a new look with wallpaper! Lowe's has all the info you need to make an informed choice right here, right now.

Why Wallpaper

Why Wallpaper?

  • Today's wallpapers are extremely simple to hang and remove, and even easier and less messy than paint.
  • High quality wallpapers are so strong they come off in full strips; you'll have no trouble hanging or removing it! Steamers, strippers and chemical solvents are a thing of the past. Today's non-woven high-performance wallpapers or vinyl wall-coverings are easy to put up and to take down.
  • If you're a novice DIYer, non-woven wallpapers are easiest to work with: they don't expand or contract, so there's no need for "booking" or folding to let it expand. What you see is what you get!
  • Say goodbye to your grandmother's pastel florals. Everything from subtle tone-on-tone to textured to larger scale patterns is now available.
  • Give your space a new look with colour, pattern, and texture. Make a statement with simulated wood paneling, brick, stone, or grass cloth.
  • Give your walls and furniture character with watercolour florals, tone-on-tone patterns, metallics, large scale graphic prints and much more!

Types of Wallpaper

PRE-PASTED WALLPAPER PRE-PASTED WALLPAPER

York Wallcoverings Peelable Paper
Pre-pasted Classic Wallpaper in Teal/Gold

PRE-PASTED WALLPAPER

York Wallcoverings Peelable Paper
Pre-pasted Classic Wallpaper in Teal/Gold

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PRE-PASTED WALLPAPER has a layer of dried paste on its back surface which is activated with moisture by submersion in a water trough or by contact with a pre-paste activator. This type of wallpaper eliminates the trouble of purchasing and applying paste separately.

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NON-PASTED WALLPAPER NON-PASTED WALLPAPER

Graham & Brown Bohemia Romany Wallpaper

NON-PASTED WALLPAPER

Graham & Brown Bohemia
Romany Wallpaper

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NON-PASTED WALLPAPER, also known as
PASTE-THE-WALL WALLPAPER, requires wet paste to be applied to walls during installation. This type of paper requires the use of a paint roller or pasting brush for applying pre-mixed adhesive to walls before affixing the wallpaper panels.

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WHAT KIND OF WALLPAPER DO YOU NEED?

Kid-Friendly

Fabric Wallpaper

Fabric wallpaper is made of a textured sheet of fabric that is laminated, usually with vinyl. It's easy to clean, scrubbable, and highly durable, making it a great choice for high-traffic areas or homes with kids. It can also hide surface imperfections, so install it over rough walls (for example, in older homes).

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Moisture-Resistant

Non-Woven Wallpaper

Non-woven wallpaper is made from a blend of natural and synthetic fibers, making it breathable and washable. Breathability contributes to reducing mould and mildew in humid or moist areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Non-woven wallpaper also doesn't expand or contract, ensuring accurate and easy application—perfect for beginners.

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Light-Resistant

Vinyl Wallpaper

Vinyl wallpaper is moisture-resistant, like non-woven wallpaper, but it's also easier to remove or strip if you should ever want to change your décor. Moreover, vinyl wallpaper is light-resistant, so a window-facing wall won't fade over time. Due to its reflective surface, vinyl is a great material for shiny or silky patterns and colours.

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