Walls in the home: Paint, Wallpaper or use Stickers as Wall Accents?
Everyone deserves to come to a beautifully decorated house every day - now you can, with inspiration and practical advice from Need Decor
When starting a renovation, you always want to refresh the interior of the house, you want to change everything: walls, floor, ceiling, furniture. And every aspect of renovation requires serious thought - which one to choose? This also applies to the choice of material for the walls.
There are many interesting options for decorating this surface. In this article, we'll look at three such solutions: wallpaper, regular paint, and wall decals.
The popularity of this material is quite easy to explain. Today people have a large selection of wallpapers in terms of price and design. You can buy plain wallpaper. For those people who want to more interestingly decorate their home, there are wallpapers with pictures of cities, natural landscapes and so on.Take a look at the Сatalog from Need Decor too.
The big plus of the wallpaper is its price. Also, we repeat that there is a great variety of wallpapers - each person will find something that is interesting specifically to him. One cannot but ignore the factor of environmental friendliness and safety for humans. And note that the wallpaper can be glued on your own.
The wallpaper also has certain disadvantages. First of all, this is the service life. This is a material that tends to fade. Wallpaper also has poor moisture resistance.
The pros of using wallpaper are as follows:
Environmental friendliness and harmlessness;
Wear resistance and strength.
An even easier way to decorate your walls is to simply paint them. Here, as in the case of wallpaper, there are many different options, only they are limited to colors and shades. But they can be combined to create interesting solutions.
The pluses include the relative cheapness. It is even easier to paint walls than wallpaper.
But this solution also has disadvantages. So, after all, the walls are bare, concrete. If, in the case of wallpaper, they hide under the paper, then the paint copes with this worse. Also, the painted walls need special care so that the paint does not flake off.
Vinyl stickers are perhaps one of the quickest solutions to transform the interior (and destroy stains). And the humidity of this decor is nothing.
Today in Need Decor I want to talk about decorative vinyl decals (stickers) as one of the simplest and at the same time effective tools for wall design. With their help, you can arrange the hallway and boring corridors, fill the space above the sofa in the living room, decorate the head of the bed in the bedroom.
Stickers are easily glued to furniture, doors, glass, interior partitions. Well, in the nursery they are simply irreplaceable! Bored stickers are not difficult to remove, they just need to be heated with a hairdryer, and then stick new ones.
With wallpapers and drawings in half an hour, you can’t achieve the transformation of the room. I also note the wear resistance of the material, vinyl stickers. You can see something interesting in our Catalog
Many are afraid to stick them on the wall themselves. In fact, there is nothing complicated. The sticker consists of three layers: the first top layer is a transparent mounting film, a sticker is in the middle, and a paper substrate is on the bottom.
The difference from the usual children's sticker is only in the presence of mounting film, it is with its help that you can transfer a complex drawing to the wall as a whole, without violating the composition.
Almost all manufacturers of stickers on the site have instructions for using vinyl stickers, this steps will help you quickly figure out the technology:
How Do You Install a Wall Decal
Step 1: Prepare Your Surface and Decal
Use a damp cloth to clean your wall. Let the wall dry completely before proceeding. This step is important because walls have dust particles and residue that could affect the adhesion of the wall decal.
You will need to allow a freshly painted wall to cure 2-3 weeks before installing your decal.
Unroll your Need Decor decal and lay it flat on a hard surface. Use the squeegee to flatten any rolls or wrinkles. Flip it over and repeat the process. If your decal curls up, you can weigh it down with books
Step 2: Position the Decal on the Wall
Use painter’s tape or masking tape to position the decal on the wall. This allows you to preview the arrangement and it’s location on your wall. We also suggest using a level to make sure the decal is straight. If you do not have a level but do have a smart phone, there are several free smart phone apps that will turn your phone into a level.
After you have achieved your desired placement of the decals, place a long strip of tape across the middle of the shortest distance of the decal(s). Then remove any additional tape that was used for previewing the arrangement.
Step 3: Transfer the Decal to the Wall
With the decal taped to the wall, slowly peel the backing paper away from one side. The vinyl should stick to the transfer paper on top. Peel until you reach the center and then cut away the base paper. (It helps to have a friend to help with the cutting but it is not necessary.) If a section of the decal remains on the transfer paper, carefully lay the transfer paper back over the stubborn vinyl, push tape down with your fingers, and try to peel it back again. Just take your time.
Step 4: Smooth the Decal
Using the squeegee or a credit card, start from the center and use a smooth and firm motion to burnish the decal onto the wall. Slowly work your way from the center to the outer edge of the decal. Remove the long piece of tape and repeat the process on the other side. Remember to work from the center outward to avoid air bubbles.
Note: If your walls have a texture on them, your decal may adhere better if you wrap your squeegee in a soft cloth. The cloth will help press the decal into the nooks and crannies of the wall texture.
Step 5: Remove the Transfer Paper
The decal is now on the wall, but the transfer paper is covering it. Begin at one of the top corners and SLOWLY peel/roll the paper down onto itself and away from the decal.
Be careful not to peel the paper away at a 45-90 degree angle as this will pull the decal away from the wall. If any part of the decal begins to come off the wall, stop and rub the transfer paper back down on that section with your squeegee or fingers until that portion of the decal adheres.
Note: If the transfer paper won’t release the decal onto your wall, take a damp sponge onto the back of the paper to moisten it and help release the adhesive.
Step 6: Special Considerations
The Weather: In extreme weather conditions vinyl might not apply as well on exterior walls or in places like a garage or tool shed.
Vinyl applies best in temperatures between 60-80 degrees. If the surface is too cold, vinyl will not stick well, and the cold temperature could cause vinyl to tear. Usually in a home this is not an issue. But, if your wall feels cold when you touch it, you may want to warm up the room first.
Wall Texture: Cozy wall decals are designed to stick to any non-porous paint (they stick best to semi-gloss but they also stick to matte and high-gloss paint). They stick best to smooth surfaces. They may not stick well to highly textured surfaces.
Try your test decal first to make sure it will stick to your wall. To achieve the best adhesion possible on a textured surface, after you remove the transfer tape, use your fingers or a soft cloth to very gently run the decal into the grooves of your texture.
** For more complicated textures or decals, use a hair dryer on (very) low to soften the adhesive while pushing it into the grooves.
- When removing, the film is heated with a hairdryer so that the glue does not remain on the surface of the furniture and the sticker is removed without traces