Wallpaper - we all love to hate it, but let's be honest, many of us secretly covet certain types, styles and looks. The biggest problem most people have with wallpaper is that putting it up is a lot of work for a look that we may tire of within a few years - and it's even harder to take down.
However, wallpaper is another relatively simple wall treatment that gives any home a polished, professional look and a cozy feel.
According to the Wallcovering Association, there are four basic and commonly used wallpaper categories.
This "breathable" wallpaper is best suited for living areas because they are low-moisture rooms.
The decorative surface on this type of wallpaper is a solid sheet of vinyl, so it's scrubbable and peelable. It also resists moisture, stains and grease, but it's not very durable and won't hold up against hard physical abuse.
Made of solid vinyl, it has high washability, scrubability and durability.
Paintable wallpaper is a new trend in wall coverings. It goes up like any standard wallpaper but is meant to be painted. You get the pattern you like with the benefit of matching your home's color scheme to a tee.
Wallpaper borders are simply long, narrow strips of wallpaper used to edge a wall, ceiling, doorway or window. Borders can be made from vinyl, fabrics such as cotton or linen, foil, silk, dried flowers and grass, painted stencils and much more and are often placed strategically along walls to lengthen or tighten a room. Wall borders are also commonly placed mid-point along walls to accentuate wainscoting or wood paneling, and narrow borders are effective for outlining windows and doors.