With home and garden shows under way across the country, homeowners are beginning to turn their thoughts toward spring and summer projects. If you’re ready for a change in your home, one of the least expensive, most effective improvements comes with changing the appearance of the walls. For some, this means putting up wallpaper, but for most, the better option is paint.
If you already have wallpaper, the first step for any change will be to remove it. That process not only can be messy, but also quite tedious. Depending on how it was applied – and often the current owner won’t know – removal may involve chemicals and stripping tools. Regardless, care must be taken to protect the wall from gouges or other damage. In fact, for many, the pain of removal is the main reason they don’t want to install it.
Another drawback of wallpaper is that it may not stay up over time. If the room is too humid or too dry, the adhesive holding the paper in place can begin to fail. Moisture in a bathroom or kitchen, for example, will cause it to dissolve and the wallpaper will slip away from the wall. At the other extreme, where a room gets excessive sun and heat, the adhesive may dry up, and this can cause the wallpaper to crack and lose its connection to the wall.
Wallpaper does offer some wonderful attributes. If you have a badly damaged wall, it can cover it over. Most modern materials allow for scrubbing. And it come in thousands of images and designs to satisfy a broad range of tastes.
Paint, however, captures the best attributes of wallpaper, and once you’ve removed the old wallpaper, it’s definitely the better option. With all the possibilities in colors, textures, finishes and designs, fresh paint can give the appearance of wallpaper without the costs and complications.
If the wall has been damaged, a professional painter, like those of Fresh Coat, can either repair the damage to smooth the wall or paint the surface to camouflage the damage. Paint allows for those types of adjustments.
Paint colors are unlimited, so often choosing the color comes down to personal preference. It may be that there is a piece of furniture or a covering that provides color options. An adults-only home may opt for lighter shades whereas those with children or pets may want colors that can tolerate a bit more discoloration.
Finishes also can alter the appearance and durability of paint. Semi-gloss and high-gloss paints, for example, can handle scrubbing and are most suitable for trims and doors. Satin, eggshell or flat finishes generally are applied to walls because their less “shiny” appearance better masks any imperfections in the wall surface. These finishes, however, don’t tolerate excessive scrubbing. It’s best to test in an inconspicuous place if you want to try to remove a child’s drawing or a pet’s dirty marks.
Faux finishes and customized designs allow for extraordinary effects. Painters can use lines to draw boxes, strips, diamonds or similar images. They also can use paint to showcase architectural features or to divide spaces within the same room such as kitchen and dining room. They’ll also work with professional artists to provide them with the foundation colors upon which they plan to create more complicated images.
Paint textures also allow for some unique offerings in the home. For example, sand- or straw-like materials can be added to paint to provide a tactile experience. And chalkboard paint actually dries to take on the characteristics of a chalkboard. That space could be ideal for a child’s room or for the message board in the family kitchen.
Whatever your vision for your home or office, painting professionals can help you achieve it. Chat with them during your next visit to a home and garden show.