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Journal

February 5th

How to pick out wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a comeback in designer homes. You can add warmth and change the look of an entire room by just wallpapering a wall. The good news is that wallpaper can be hung by the average do-it-yourself homeowner.

The best way to pick a wallpaper is to decide where it’s going first, and then factor in the durability. A fragile paper might work in a master bedroom, but may not be a good idea in a  children’s bathroom or a back hall.

Wallpaper comes with a variety of price tags and ranges from about $12 up to $200 per roll. More involved textures or natural products that have been backed with paper for hanging tend to be far more expensive and are best hung by a professional.

If you like the natural look, but you’re on a budget, check out the great new vinyl papers available. They look like the real thing for a  fraction of the cost. Vinyl is easier to hang and will last much longer than a natural product.

The best way to know how much paper to order is to ask the sales representative. They know their product and how it measures.  You should always order extra just in case you need it.

Finally, if you love a wallpaper but aren’t ready to redo a whole room, try buying a sheet and framing it for an easy way to get the look you love.