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Wallpaper presents a special challenge in home décor, whether you’re removing an outdated look in rooms you want to make contemporary, or having difficulty with all of the exciting new choices in wallpaper styles for your redecorating project. Good news for Goshen, Indiana and Columbia City, Indiana residents.
Sometimes it’s both – and you want to be sure that the old wallpaper is removed by professionals before moving on to a new pattern or texture. Matthews’ Painting Company specializes in wallpaper removal, and we’re skilled in using various techniques and products to completely remove the paper and backing, as well as the glue. Once we’ve completed the job, there is a special sealer coating the walls so that they’re a clean slate, ready for repair and the fresh paint or wallpaper you have in mind.
When choosing new wallpaper products, vinyl is among the easiest to maintain, especially in rooms that work as hard as the kitchen or bath. Vinyl wallpaper has a surface that does not absorb water, and if you ever want to change it later, the wallpaper also removes easily.
“Wallpaper scarred homeowners in the past, with outdated patterns and adhesives making the entire experience cumbersome and dreaded,” says Cassie Crooke. It doesn’t have to be that way anymore.
If you’re looking at new wallpaper options to replace the old, you might be overwhelmed – but you won’t be disappointed – by the range of colors, patterns and textures. If a metallic look is what you’re after, perhaps as an accent to the metals-inspired paint colors we explored in last month’s blog, there are wallpaper products that incorporate those shiny brass or silver threads into their design work.
One increasingly popular home improvement trend is in artisanal wallpapers, which appeal to older homeowners who appreciate the fine arts as well as a younger generation that embraces the “maker” ethos and authenticity of the products.
Some artists who translate their work into wallpaper say they’re inspired by the murals and frescoes of Italy, leading to vintage designs that breathe history. Others make bold statements with wallpapers rooted in America’s urban street art, and see their work as an intersection between the expression of craftsmen and a mass-produced accessibility.
Walter Knabe, an artist whose mission is “making fine art functional,” creates wallpaper from his studio in Indianapolis. He says that completing the project isn’t just about the wallpaper you choose but also where you decide to put it. One trend he’s seeing is to put wallpaper on the ceiling rather than any of the walls, a design technique that was popular in the Victorian era but is making a bold new statement.
Another artist, Nanci LaBret Einstein of Detroit, even translates her sculptures into two-dimensional wallpaper art. Nine of her linear or abstract designs are available as custom wall coverings, reimagined from the three-dimensional work into something she considers as much art installation as it is practical.
There are embossed an embellished wallpapers too, that deliver texture and pattern with an underlying layer that’s painted over, or beads and mosaic tiles applied to the surface. They’re expensive, and many project budgets don’t stretch far enough to include original art, but the good news is they don’t have to.
Even the commercial wallpaper options at a standard home improvement store, or discovered online, create a high-quality makeover with hot trends – geometric designs are in – or more elegant traditions.
At Matthews Painting we currently do not offer wallpaper hanging services. To discuss how we can help you remove wallpaper, contact Matthews Painting today.
Matthews Painting is now expanding our interior and exterior wall, ceiling, trim, door, window and kitchen cabinet painting and staining, wallpaper removal, drywall repair, deck staining and sealing and log Home staining and sealing into the Goshen, Indiana and Columbia City Indiana areas.