5 Myths That Will Have You Think Again About Wallpapers

Updated on December 6, 2018
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Most of us can agree on this, wallpapers have a bad reputation.

They've made a big comeback and upgrade in both their designs and materials.

There's a style for everyone now that they can be customized from scratch.

Below, we've listed five of the biggest myths about wallpapers.

Put your fear aside if you haven't tried wallpaper in your home yet, we urge you to try this long overdue decor trend!

Malcolm Duffin Designs
Malcolm Duffin Designs

Myth #1 Wallpaper is Hard to Remove!

With time, wallpapers have upgraded along with technology. You can now go for strippable wallpaper if that is one of your concerns. This kind of wallpaper won't leave any residue on the wall once removed. It is designed to be removed in large strips.

Vinyl wallpaper often comes pre-pasted, it's extremely easy to remove and are very durable.

There's even temporary wallpaper, this trendy decor option is printed on a high-performance paper that won't damage your walls whatsoever. They can even be repositioned! This option is perfect for renters right?!


Dwelling Designs
Dwelling Designs

Myth #2 Outdated Homes Have Wallpaper

In my personal experience, I used to mentally relate wallpapers to those TV shows from the '70s.

Most people associate them with the walls found in their grandmother's home especially the floral wallpaper patterns.

If you're going to be using a wallpaper with a lot of print I would recommend to dress up your room with mostly black or white to neutralize the boldness.

If you're really afraid of the wallpaper clashing with the other aspects of your space then use your wallpaper as an accent wall or go for a mural. Then, paint the surrounding walls in a complementary shade.

Big floral patterns bring so much style and class to any space, this is definitely one of my personal favourites to bring character to any room. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Sarah St. Amand Interior Design, Inc.
Sarah St. Amand Interior Design, Inc.

Myth #3 Wallpaper Shouldn't be Used in Kitchen or Bathroom

Definitely opt for a moisture resistant wallpaper on a bathroom application.

This day and age wallpaper can be used in any room.

There's an array of different options to fit all of your needs based on the conditions of your space.

Metallic wallpapers look especially good in small spaces and bathrooms they make a room feel bigger as they reflect light, so does a geometric pattern.

Geometric wallpaper can literally breathe life into a light and breezy kitchen it's also perfect for a home office or bedroom.

Always remember to use a geometric pattern scaled to the room in question.


Ann Lowengart Interiors
Ann Lowengart Interiors

Myth #4 Wallpaper is Boring and Expensive, Choices are Limited to Simple Patterns

The digital industry has revolutionized wallpaper designs, the most stunning imagery can now be on your walls. The variety of designs are literally endless, any kind of design can be customized.

Wallpaper designs can go in the wildest directions. There’s no better time to bring personality to your walls.

Fabric wallpapers such as silk are more expensive. They require precise matching and offer the best quality. Make sure to follow the supplier’s method for measuring your walls so that you don't over order.


Graham & Brown Wallpapers
Graham & Brown Wallpapers

Myth# 5 They’re Not Good For The Environment

There are plenty of environmentally friendly wallpaper options for every need.

Let's say you're covering a nursery, look for wallpapers that emits very low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) same warning goes for paint and natural dyes.

I would also recommend finding creative ways to use your leftover wallpaper. There are so many creative ways it can be used. This can also be a great way to unify your design throughout your home rather than disregarding your leftovers.


Martha O'Hara Interiors
Martha O'Hara Interiors

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