How to Buy the Best Wallcoverings For your Space
November 01 2016
Among the various ways to decorate your walls, wallcoverings certainly require more commitment than most. They’re harder to change out than paint, and can be just as expensive as wall art. But if you choose your wallcoverings wisely, you’ll find yourself with a long-term design scheme you’ll love for years. Here’s how to make sure you’re choosing the best wallcoverings for your space before you take the leap.
Make Quality a Priority.
If you think about how long you’ll likely have wallcoverings up in your home, retail space, restaurant, etc., it’s not hard to understand why quality is important. For one, you’ll want something that can stand up to general wear and tear or on the other hand, something that looks even better over the years as it becomes more weathered. Plus, purchasing high-quality wallcoverings will typically guarantee that there's little-to-no color or pattern variation from roll-to-roll. Inexpensive wallcoverings can end up being more trouble than they’re worth if it means you have to repair or replace sections year after year, or if you end up having to purchase twice as many rolls to ensure color consistency.
Work with a Designer.
Wallcoverings become an instant design focal point in a room so it’s important to be sure the one you choose is something you’ll love for a while (as we mentioned, they’re difficult to simply swap out). We always recommend working with a professional interior designer if you’re planning to hang wallcoverings for a few reasons. First, a designer can help you narrow down the pattern, color, and texture that suits your style and makes the most sense in your room. And second, interior designers have access to much larger selection of wallcoverings and papers than the general public, since many designer wallcovering lines, including Maya Romanoff, are primarily offered to-the-trade only.
There’s more to choosing wallcoverings than picking the most beautiful backdrop for your decor -- there should be a functional element, too. Certain wallcoverings, like those made from vinyl, are better suited for high-traffic areas or commercial spaces, while those made from natural grasses, more delicate and better reserved for residential areas and dry rooms. Others, like fabric wallcoverings made from wool, can actually provide a sound-proofing quality, improving acoustics in a room and muffling sound through walls. Asking questions about the benefits and drawbacks of any wallcovering you're considering will help ensure it makes practical sense for your space, too.
Buy Eco-Friendly Products
Paint can be purchased in low or no-VOC forms, and the same goes with wallcoverings. Look for products like ours that are made without formaldehyde, and that can be installed with a low-VOC adhesive, as well as options manufactured with the use of recycled materials.Share