Don't Let These Six Myths Deter You From Choosing Wallpaper

If you're like many homeowners, the mention of wallpaper brings to mind images of large rollers, buckets of paste and an overwhelming mess. For those who haven't looked into wallpaper in a long time, this is probably the memory that persists. Wallpaper has come a long way since those days, but the myths surrounding its use haven't gone away. Here's a look at a few myths about wallpaper and the truth you should know about them.

Myth: Wallpaper is Old-Fashioned, Stuffy and Outdated

Yes, wallpaper has been around for a while, and it certainly has its history. That doesn't make it outdated, stuffy or old-fashioned though. Many of the modern wallpaper companies have embraced vivid patterns and kept up with many current design trends to produce wallpaper that's as trendy and current as you could want.

Myth: Hanging Wallpaper is Complicated, Time-Consuming and Messy

The days of sticky, messy wallpaper paste can be a thing of the past if you opt for an easy-hang wallpaper style. Many of these wallpaper products are quicker and easier to apply than paint, because paint requires protecting the area, applying several coats and letting each coat dry in between. These products stick to the walls like any traditional wallpaper, but they don't require extensive effort. You can just apply a thin band of adhesive to the wall with a roller, then place the wallpaper on the wall.

The best part about this type of wallpaper is that you can peel it off the wall in seconds by pulling at a corner. If you move, you can even roll it up, take it with you and reapply it at your new place. There's no more need for elaborate steamers and complicated removal efforts with these new wallpaper styles.

Myth: Wallpaper is Bad for the Environment

Wallpaper is usually created from paper, which is biodegradable, recyclable and renewable. You can also invest in more environmentally-friendly wallpaper products made from things like grass, parchment, cork or rice.

Myth: Wallpaper Can't Be Installed Over Other Wallpaper

If the old wallpaper is flat, you can apply new paper over the top of it. The new wallpaper will stick easily to a smooth, flat surface like that. If the wallpaper is embossed, textured or otherwise uneven, you are likely to see the pattern showing through the new paper. If you're going to apply new wallpaper over the top of old stuff, though, make sure you have a wallpaper primer that is pigmented, because that will help keep the colors from showing through.

Myth: Wallpaper Has No Place in Kitchens or Bathrooms

You'd be surprised at how well wallpaper works in kitchens. They provide a protective barrier on the walls that makes them easy to wash. This makes cleanup and wall maintenance easier than ever in your kitchen. And, since wallpapers are made to resemble almost any surface, you can update your kitchen's look with ease.

Bathrooms are not off-limits for wallpaper anymore, either. Half bathrooms, meaning those without showers, are great for most any style of wallpaper. You can even install wallpaper in bathrooms with showers, because there are vinyl wallpaper products designed specifically for high-moisture spaces.

Myth: You Can't Install Wallpaper if You Rent

While there are some landlords who don't want tenants making any changes at all to the property, most will be much more receptive to the idea of wallpaper use if you choose an easy-hang product that pulls clean off the walls when you're ready to take it down. And, applying wallpaper to the walls provides a barrier between the hazards of your daily activities and the walls, potentially protecting the paint beneath from scratches and scuffs.

As you can see, there are many myths surrounding wallpaper, many of them stuck in the times of older style paper products. If you're looking for a new look in your place, whether you own or rent, consider wallpapering as part of your renovation.