Types of Wallpaper Material

Wallpaper is a classic favourite among the design-savvy. Many people enjoy how wallpaper adds texture, design, and style to any room. Wallpaper is also incredibly versatile; it can be installed on any wall surface (and even your ceiling!). These benefits have caused wallpapers to, once again, become a popular choice for interior design. Yet, few people know what types of wallpaper are available to them.

Our wallpaper experts will give you a brief rundown on the different types of wallpaper. This will help you narrow down the best wallpaper types for your interior design project.

1. Paper Wallpaper

Paper wallpaper is made out of … yes, you guessed it: paper. There may be a top coating to seal the paper, but this is not always necessary.
Paper is a popular choice for photo wallpapers, a type of wallpaper that features one solid picture. The paper allows the image to be easily printed and cut, then reassembled into one large mural.

2. Paper-Backed Vinyl Wallpaper

Paper-backed vinyl is made of vinyl and paper. This type of wallpaper is made by applying a thin layer of vinyl over top of the paper. The vinyl provides durability—something that paper wallpapers do not have.

3. Solid Vinyl Wallpaper

Vinyl is one of the most widely used wallpaper materials—and for good reason. Solid vinyl wallpaper is the most durable type of wallpaper available. Its material and thickness make it easy to install and remove. It’s also moisture resistant, making it the perfect option for people looking to install wallpaper in their bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room.

You do not have to sacrifice style for durability—vinyl can be vibrant and include intricate designs. You can enjoy having beautiful and durable wallpaper in your home.


4. Flock Wallpaper

Flock wallpaper is composed of tiny fibers attached to an adhesive surface. The end result is a unique, textile wallpaper with a velvet feel. This type of wallpaper is perfect for anyone who wants to add a bit of retro fun to their space.

Note: Since flock wallpapers are made out of fabric, it is best to use them in areas with little moisture.

5. Fabric Wallpaper

Fabric wallpapers, also known as textile wallpapers, are interesting wall coverings. Rather than being made out of paper, they are composed almost entirely of fabric. The only part of this wallpaper that is paper is the back, the spot that the adhesive will be applied.

6. Non-Woven Wallpaper

Non-woven wallpapers are made out of a blend of natural and artificial fibres, creating a beautiful and natural appearance. The combination of materials also allows them to be both breathable and washable. So, if you ever have any spillage, you can easily wash off the wallpaper’s surface.

You will have to pay more for both style and functionality; non-woven wallpapers are more expensive than other wall coverings, but they are a worthwhile investment.

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7. Prepasted Wallpaper

Prepasted wallpaper can be made out of any type of wallpaper material—the only difference is that it can be easily pasted on the wall.

If you don’t want to go through the tiresome installation process, you can purchase prepasted wallpaper. All you need to do is wet the paper backing to activate the liquid wallpaper adhesive, then stick it to the wall. The adhesive will grab onto the wall, holding the wallpaper in place.

8. Anaglypta or Embossed Wallpaper

Have you always wanted a textured wall in your dining room? Applying a layer of stucco may seem like a big commitment. Instead of completely changing the surface of your wall, install textured wallpaper!

Anaglypta wallpaper is a type of duplex paper. It is heavily embossed, meaning that it is thick and raised. Most anaglypta wallpaper has intricate patterns that only stucco could achieve. The best thing about anaglypta is that it is paintable wallpaper; you can easily paint over it to change its colour.

9. Grass Cloth Wallpaper

As more people become aware of their environmental footprint, more are choosing environmentally-friendly products made from all-natural materials. If you are one of the many people looking to choose environmentally-friendly products for your home, we recommend grass cloth.

Grasscloth is a lighter colour wallpaper that is made entirely out of natural materials, allowing you to enjoy the design of wallpapers without any of the waste. The only downside to grass cloth is that it is difficult to clean. Any stains should be spot treated and dirt should be removed with a vacuum cleaner brush.

10. Metallic Wallpaper

Metallic or foil wallpaper is a bright and shining addition to your home. This type of wallpaper features polished, powdered metal and a paper, fiberglass or fabric backing. When it is hung, the metal foil will cause your entire wall to sparkle and shine.

Find The Right Wallpaper For Your Space

There are many different types of wallpaper to choose from. Whether you are looking to decorate your child’s bedroom or your living space, you will have many options available to you. We recommend that you consider both the wallpaper design and traits when shopping for wallpaper. While style is a big decision when looking for wallpapers, so is its durability and moisture resistance.


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