Wallpaper for walls has many distinct advantages and can complete the look of a room in ways that no other home decor can. Wallpaper can create an accent wall for visual appeal and add dimension to the room. It can replicate the look of a wooden wall or add texture to a wall. It can cover up imperfections on the wall which is worth considering if you are remodeling or buying an older home. Beyond those key benefits, wallpaper is more durable than paint. While painted walls tend to need touch-ups every five years or so, wallpaper can last for decades. If that sounds like too much of a commitment for you, especially with the changing trends and styles, don't worry—wallpaper is now easier than ever to remove.
Before you even begin shopping, decide why you want to wallpaper your walls. This initial step will help you figure out where to start. Then consider the room you want to wallpaper; the type of wallpaper you'll want to look for depends heavily on where you want to install it. Kitchens tend to fare better with vinyl wallpaper as they offer durability and can be washed. Likewise, bathrooms require a moisture-resistant wallpaper due to the levels of humidity in the room. Another general rule to keep in mind is that the smaller the room, the lighter the color of the wallpaper should be. Alternatively, larger rooms can accommodate brighter, bolder colors and designs.
Next, you should think through the permanence of wallpaper. Wallpaper is much easier to remove than it used to be, but that's only if you install removable wallpaper or self-adhesive wallpaper. Self-adhesive wallpaper, also called peel-and-stick wallpaper, lasts for three to five years, which allows more design flexibility so you can modify your home decor as the trends change or your style evolves.
Pre-pasted wallpaper is the most common wallpaper type. Known for its easy application, this wallpaper is an easy option for those less experienced in wallpaper installation. It also lasts for a few years, so if you're looking for something semi-permanent, pre-pasted wallpaper is the way to go.
Not for the faint of heart, non-pasted wallpaper is your third option. This is the most traditional type of wallpaper and while it can be cumbersome to install, it lasts significantly longer than the other types of wallpaper. If you're comfortable installing wallpaper or are considering professional wallpaper installation, non-pasted wallpaper is worth considering!