Choosing a Wallcovering

With so many options out there, it can be difficult to choose wallcoverings for your home or commercial building. Naturally, you want to choose a wallcovering that fits your aesthetic and décor, but that’s not the only factor you need to consider when finding the perfect wallcoverings for your space.

In general, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to decorating with wallcoverings. Light-colored wallcoverings typically tend to make a room look brighter and bigger, while darker colors tend to make a room look smaller. Additionally, large or flashy patterns may be best kept to high-energy rooms, while small, muted patterns can offer a more calming effect.

One of the first things you should consider when choosing a wallcovering is the amount of traffic the area gets. For example, a bedroom in your home likely doesn’t need a wallcovering rated for high traffic, which means you can choose virtually any type of wallcovering. However, in a playroom or in commercial applications, then you’ll need to consider what type of abuse the wallcovering will need to stand up to. A traditional wallpaper may start to look worn quickly if it covers the hallways in a hotel or in patient rooms in a hospital. Therefore, it’s important to understand the durability you need for the room when choosing wallcoverings.

In addition, for the DIY-er, then you’ll likely need to consider how difficult it is to hang the wallcovering. Specialty wallcoverings in particular can be difficult to install and may require a professional hand instead. If you’re determined to do it yourself and avoid hiring a professional wallpaper installer, then you probably want to choose wallcoverings that are fairly easy to install and don’t stain or tear easily during installation.

Types of Wallcoverings

There are so many types of wallcoverings today that it’s almost impossible to list them all. However, wallcoverings do fit into three categories based on weight and the type of traffic they’re rated for. Type I wallcoverings are light to medium weight and are good for low traffic areas, while type II and type III are generally reserved for commercial applications. Type II and type III wallcoverings are medium to heavyweight and are good for higher traffic areas. Type III are generally used in very high traffic spaces where they are sure to receive a lot of wear and tear.

Some popular wallcoverings include:

  • Wallpaper: Traditional wallpaper is made of paper and offers a flat finish and fine details. However, it can be more prone to grime and damage, so it’s best used in low traffic spaces.
  • Vinyl: There are many different types of vinyl wallcoverings, such as vinyl coated wallpaper and solid vinyl wallcoverings. These are generally more durable than wallpaper. While they tend to be glossier than wallpaper, vinyl wallcoverings are slowly becoming so close that it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.
  • Natural Textures: Natural textures include wallcoverings like bamboo, grasscloth, and rice paper They can be more expensive than other wallcovering options and more delicate. However, natural texture wallcoverings generally don’t require pattern matching efforts.
  • Foil and Mylar: These wallcoverings offer a metallic finish and are great for reflecting light and making small rooms look larger. However, they can show imperfections in the wall surface easily, so they are best installed on nearly flawless surfaces.

At ROMAN Products, we provide high quality wallcovering products for your installation and removal needs. Whether you’re a DIY-er hanging pre-pasted wallpaper or a contractor installing heavy type III wallcoverings, we have the tools, adhesives, and removers you need for home and commercial applications.