Using Wallpaper to Camouflage Flaws

Wallpaper Flaw Disguise

Using wallpaper, you can successfully (and easily) mask the flaws of an irregular or ugly wall in your home or office.

Whether you need to mask an entire room or a small, isolated area, wallcoverings and accessories offer an easy and affordable alternative to extensive drywall or plaster work.

The secret to camouflaging flaws with wallpaper lies in the design you select, but excellent preparation is the true key to success.

Texture and Pattern

If your walls have an irregular texture, cracks or other physical flaws, you’ll never hide them with smooth, solid-colored wallpaper.

Instead, select a paper that offers a three-dimensional texture or pattern. Select a heavier, more substantial paper, but avoid reflective surfaces such as metallics.

Textured, paintable vinyl patterns are extremely popular today among the interior design crowd, and these papers are exceptionally well-suited for masking flaws in your walls. Because you can select patterns to match a variety of drywall and plaster textures, and because you can paint them to match your existing walls, no one will ever know your secret!

Borders, Medallions and Murals

If papering an entire room doesn’t suit your taste or décor, you can use wallpaper accessories to hide a problem that’s limited to a small area or single wall.

Medallions are perfect for creating a dramatic focal point in the room while covering a discoloration or other wall problem. For a more pervasive problem, a large mural can hide a multitude of sins.

Careful Wall Preparation

Although wallcoverings can mask unsightly problems well, diligent prep is still necessary before hanging the paper.

Any large cracks or splits in the wall (if you can slip a quarter into a wall crack, it’s large) must be repaired. Otherwise, they will continue to expand, and as a result, you might end up with popped seams and other annoying problems.

Simply use joint compound to fill the cracks. If the crack is larger than a half-inch, use drywall tape and mud. For holes that exceed three inches in diameter, you can get a drywall patch kit at the home or hardware store.

Correct Products

Remove any nails or screws, then thoroughly clean the wall. Use sizing, blocking or other wall-prep methods as recommended by the wallpaper manufacturer.

In the most extreme cases, consider adding a layer of wall liner first, then papering over it. You can purchase rolls of liner at most home improvement stores.

At Wallpaper Warehouse, we offer a wide variety of wallcoverings and accessories to meet your needs. Whether you want a single accent wall or wallpaper for your entire home or office, you’ll find thousands of options to choose from.

Visit our online wallpaper store today. You’ll find a wealth of helpful information on using wallpaper to transform your space.

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