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Wall Coverings

Wall coverings are coming back—in every style. From contemporary to traditional, the variety of offerings today are beautiful, artistic and can add visual pizzazz to your home. But before you can hang up wallpaper on an accent wall, in the nursery, or elsewhere in your home, you need to prep your walls. Here are some helpful tips.

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Eclectic Bedroom by Pittsburgh Interior Designers & Decorators alisha gwen interior design

If the room currently has old wallpaper on the walls, you have to remove it. If the old wallpaper is fabric-backed or strippable, you can carefully pull it from the walls. Start by gently pulling a corner of one strip at the baseboard until the entire section peels away. Some styles leave behind a paper backing, which needs to come off next by wetting the surface with DIF remover and scraping with a broad knife.


A broad knife will help scrape off the excess paper backing


For non-strippable wallpaper, removers are available that soak onto the old wall covering’s surface. Before you begin, be sure to turn off electricity to the room, cover outlets with tape, and protect the floors with drop cloths or towels.

You may want to score the surface of the wallpaper first to help the liquid remover penetrate more quickly and then apply the remover. Once the paper is loose, you should be able to remove it with a wallpaper scraper. Any paste residue that remains needs to be washed off with DIF stripper plus a rinse with clean water. If you see signs of mildew, it needs to be removed with equal parts bleach and water and allowed to dry.

Next up is removing outlet plates, vent covers, and other items that can be removed. Wash painted walls with a solution of trisodium phosphate, rinse it with clean water and allow it to dry. Repair any holes or cracks and prep the walls with either Uniprep (for surfaces with a sheen) or Wall Prep (for flat paint). If it’s new sheetrock, apply two coats of primer.

Check out this list of tips for even more helpful hints from the professionals. Get rid of your old paint or wallpaper and put up some new wall coverings to add new style and flair to your home.

Need a little inspiration in decorating this fall?  Fall is like all seasons in that it holds uniqueness in its colors and overall feeling.  Winter is sparkling and magical, Spring is bright and new, Summer is colorful and free, and Fall… Fall is warm and cozy!

This year we are hearing that big bold patterns will be big in wall coverings.  Don’t be afraid to go with bold colors either. They can liven up a room that may need an “awakening”!  Or stick with colors that may be more subdued but have a lively pattern.  Try using them like you would an accent wall with a striking color to catch the eye, or in a dining room below a chair rail.  Have fun with it. Grasscloth Resource Collection Wild Flora Collection

Many of our locations carry wall paper books for you to browse.  Whether you like bold patterns with metallic finishes, or natural fibers and grasses, find what inspires you!

~Melanie Gibbs