What Are the Alternatives to Using Wallpaper?

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Paint finishes are one alternative to wallpaper.

Wallpaper can be fairly tricky to hang, difficult to remove, and subject to the changing whims of home design trends. With this in mind, it's a good thing there are other options in room decoration and wall coverings to suit any style of home and any budget. Plus, you don't have to be a skilled tradesman to carry out this type of home improvement.

  1. Faux Paint Finishes

    • Wood grain is created using a twisting motion of the graining tool.
      Wood grain is created using a twisting motion of the graining tool.

      There are many kinds of faux paint finishes you can use in the home as a replacement for wallpaper. Faux paint finishes are used to mimic other materials such as marble, wood and linen. Each of these finishes involves the application of a base coat on a wall. A wood graining tool is then used to replicate wood grain with a complimentary paint. Veins are painted in and smudged in a dark color for a marble effect. A top coat is painted on with a brush in a dragging motion to produce a linen effect.

    Wall Decals

    • Wall decals are simple to apply.
      Wall decals are simple to apply.

      Wall decals are large adhesive patterns and designs applied straight on to a wall, and are a relatively new addition to the arsenal of the home decorator. Decals tend to be made of plastic, and can be matte or shiny in appearance. Designs include lettering, silhouettes and images. Some decals are made specifically for glass for decorating windows and internal glass walls, while some decals are temporary and can be removed and reapplied a number of times.

    Fabric

    • Embroidered or brocade fabric is perfect for making statement wall hangings.
      Embroidered or brocade fabric is perfect for making statement wall hangings.

      Fabric is one of oldest means of decorating walls and was often used in stately homes in England in the 18th and 19th centuries as an alternative to wallpaper. Fabric can be stapled to wooden batons, which are attached to the edges of a wall and pulled taut to mimic wallpaper, or fabric can be used to cover large box canvases to create wall art. Embroidered and patterned fabric is best to make a statement, while plain and hardwearing upholstery fabric is best for full wall coverage.

    Stencils

    • Stencils can be multicolored and layered to make different designs.
      Stencils can be multicolored and layered to make different designs.

      Stenciling is a creative way to decorate your home with an individual twist. Stencils can be bought from decorating and craft stores, or can be made at home using stiff cardstock and cut with a craft knife. Once the stencil is taped in place over the desired area, paint is stippled over the top using a brush with short, coarse bristles. Stencils can decorate door frames, ceilings or entire walls.

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