This season bright bold prints are all the rage and the best and easiest way to achieve this trend is to apply wallpaper to your walls. Most people are not experts on what type of wallpaper to use so I figured I would explain some of the different types that you may find. There are 6 major types of wallpaper in residential wall coverings:
1. Vinyl Coated Paper- This wallpaper has a paper substrate on which the decorative surface has been sprayed or coated with an acrylic type of vinyl or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These wallpapers are classified as scrub able and strippable, and are suitable in most any areas. They are better resistant to grease and moisture than plain paper, and are really good for bathrooms and kitchens.
2. Coated Fabrics- This wallpaper has a fabric substrate coated with liquid vinyl or acrylic. This is generally considered more “breathable” wallpaper, which makes it best for use in low moisture rooms, live living areas.
3. Paper Backed Vinyl/ Solid Sheet Vinyl- This wallpaper has a paper (pulp) substrate laminated to a solid decorative surface. This type is very durable. It is moisture resistant and grease resistant.
4. Fabric Backed Vinyl- This wallpaper has a substrate laminated to a solid vinyl decorative surface.
5. Solid Vinyl- This wallpaper consists of a vinyl film laminated to a fabric or paper substrate. It is generally considered more durable than fabric backed or paper backed vinyl’s because the vinyl is solid or not applied in liquid form. This type of wallpaper is ideal for consumers looking for a great degree of wash ability and durability.
6. Paper- This type of wallpaper refers to wallpaper with a paper substrate/ground combination upon which the decorative layer is printed. True papers are not coated, but some may have a coating applied to seal in the inks. Because this type of wallpaper varies widely, check the label for attributes of the patter/brand you want to purchase.