Choosing the right wallpaper might seem like an easy job, however the many types of wallpaper out there are often ignored or simply misunderstood. In this jargon buster we provide you with an overview of the types of wallpaper available out there, and what should influence your choice on which one to buy. Don’t forget to check out our other jargon busters.
Wood Chip Wallpaper
Wood chip wallpaper is a wall paper which is fast going out of fashion, if it hasn’t already. It’s a cheaper way of covering walls but not always the most attractive. It’s made using a plain wallpaper which is covered with a fine or coarse wood chip texture, which has been impregnated into it. It can be painted and covered in a variety of colours using vinyl or matt emulsion.
Again, this isn’t the most modern of wall coverings, but it provides an easy way to cover up lumps and bumps if the plaster work underneath isn’t particularly smooth. It is usually thicker and has an embossed pattern within it but can be covered in any colour. This makes it the ideal wall covering which can be freshened up again and again without the need to replace it.
Supaglypta wallpaper is essentially a much stronger and durable type of anaglypta, it’s made from two individual layers of paper which makes it incredibly strong. This type of paper, just like anaglypta, can be repainted again and again so is good for large areas where you perhaps don’t want to have to decorate every few years. Furthermore, it’s recommended in high traffic areas such as hallways owing to its durability.
Linking paper is just that, it’s designed to line the walls before a final covering with a patterned wallpaper. The purpose of lining paper is to cover uneven or slightly undulated plaster surfaces, which if left uncovered will damage and show through the top later of paper. Lining paper is available in various thicknesses and the one you choose will depend upon the type and quality of wall you are trying to cover.
This is an expensive type of paper and usually contains a very “busy” pattern which has a velvet texture. It’s embossed and ideal for period properties such as Victorian or Edwardian homes. However, it’s recommended that you hire a professional to wallpaper with this type of paper, as any amount of paste onto the front of the paper will ruin the entire length.
Lincrusta papers are now quite outdated and similar to flock wallpaper in that they have embossed patterned surfaces, but are only usually found in period homes.
Novamura is made from a foamed polyethylene rather than being made from paper like many others. It’s very easy to hang due to the absence of paper content, however due to this it can also damage very easily if knocked and therefore not recommended for high traffic areas. The foam content means it is suitable for areas where moisture maybe a problem, such as in bathrooms.
Vinyl wallpaper is made from vinyl on the top patterned layer and paper underneath. The vinyl covering makes it wipe clean and suitable for areas such as kitchens.
Hand Printed Wallpaper
As the title says, this type of wallpaper is hand rather than machine printed. The main downside of this is the cost, it’s incredibly expensive and often only worth buying if you’re papering a very large area such as a large hall, stairs and landing or a very large sitting room. These hand printed papers are often not very durable.
Foil wallpaper is designed to add a sense of luxury to any home space. They are metalised film on a paper backing. They are suitable for feature walls and available in many different types of pattern and textures. Whilst it’s wipe clean and reasonable durable as a wall paper, it’s only reasonably thin and therefore is not suitable for uneven or poor wall surfaces, unless a thick lining wallpaper is used first.