Frequently Asked Questions

Being curious is good! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about our products. If you have a unique one email it to us on letsdecor@theinteriorpeople.in
Why wallpaper... isn't paint cheaper and easier?

A professional wallpaper installation may last 15 to 25 years or more with a look that you simply cannot get from paint. Wallpaper and installation are paid for once. As opposed to multiple purchases of paint and labor to over the same period. Wallpaper is far easier to clean up when compared to paint as well. Generally speaking, you can wipe up any marks or stains from a wallpaper’s acrylic or vinyl surface with a sponge. While the same can be said of modern painted surfaces, many times this leaves a shiny or dull spot where marks or stains used to be on a painted surface.

Where do I buy wallpaper?

For the best colour, price & design range, you can buy wall covers from www.idecorwala.com which is India’s largest marketplace for innovative wall decor products which even gives you the assured last mile services like Installation support & service PAN INDIA. Offline there are a few ways that you can purchase wallpaper. Interior decorators, home improvement stores, and your local paint or wallpaper stores. Interior decorators are generally the most expensive route, though they may offer the best advice as to what particular wallcoverings best complement your overall decorating scheme. Local paint, wallpaper, and home improvement stores generally save you more money, but you will need to spend time matching your wallpaper needs with your existing home decor. Some of these stores have free in-house consultants for this purpose.

What is a pattern match?

On all wallpaper, except some textures and murals, there is what is called a pattern match or pattern repeat. This is the vertical distance between one point on a pattern design to the identical point vertically. This pattern repeat is an integral part of the design. A random match is one in which the pattern matches no matter how adjoining strips are positioned. Stripes are a good example. A straight-across match is one in which the design elements match on adjoining strips. A drop match is one in which there is a vertical drop between the matching design elements. With straight-across matches, every hung strip is the same as the ceiling line. With drop matches, the number of strips hung before a strip is repeated is dependent on the type of drop match. Patterns with a significant drop match (24 inches or greater) will require additional wallpaper to be ordered.

pattern match - wallpaper

How do I measure for wallpaper?

Special circumstances (cathedral ceilings, stairways, etc.) will need a professional estimate. So, obtain exact estimates from where you intend to purchase your wallpaper. Otherwise, if a professional will be doing the installation, they will provide this service.

Wallcovering Estimator Needs

Start with an accurate measurement of the desired walls. Use a yardstick or steel tape measure. In addition, measure in feet rounding up to the next half or whole foot. Above is a diagram showing a generic room to illustrate how this estimation takes place. So, you will first add together the length of every wall that will be covered. Then, multiply this number by your ceiling height.

Wallcovering Estimator

Estimation Example
20′ + 20′ + 15′ + 15′ = 70′ room circumference
70′ x 8′ ceiling height = 560 sq. feet
560 / 25 = 22.4 single rolls
23 single rolls is how much to order

Do I need an interior decorator?

No, as long as you are willing to invest the time to browse through the wallpaper books to find the wallpaper that suits your taste. If you are unsure about what wallpapers will complement your home decor, most home improvement centers and wallpaper stores have associates who will be able to assist you. Home improvement and wallpaper stores generally sell for 10-50% (or more) off of full list price.

Can I repair a small tear?

Yes, and if done properly, the repair is practically invisible. As illustrated below, place a larger piece of wallpaper over the tear so that it makes an exact match with the wallpaper on the wall. Use a razor knife (with new blade) to double-cut through both layers around the tear. Remove both layers, clean the exposed wall area and re-paste the new piece into the area. After 15 minutes lightly seam-roll the fitted edge. Note that an irregular, wavy cut following the design in the wallpaper will make your cut less noticeable. If there is a pattern around the damaged area, attempt as much as possible to follow this pattern with your cuts, as this will camouflage the repair as well.

repair tear - wallpaper tips

What types of wallpaper are there?

There are many types of wallpaper. Wallpaper consists of a backing material and a surface layer. The backing material could one of the four major types and the surface layer could be paper, fabric, vinyl, natural textile, or one of many other types.

Should I inspect my wallpaper when I receive it?

es. When you receive it, check the wallpaper you have purchased roll by roll to ensure you have the correct pattern, color and sufficient quantity of the same lot number. There are many flaws you can spot even with new wallpaper right from the store or shipping company. Some of them include damaged edges, un-even coloring from side to side or roll to roll, or other flaws.

What should I be thinking about before I order wallpaper?

How good are the walls? If the walls are perfect, a flat finish wallpaper will work or a silk/shimmer effect. If the walls are less than perfect, look for a paper with an embossed or expanded surface texture. For areas that have a lot of use (e.g. hallways), a very plain finish will show marks. A textured or patterned surface is a little more forgiving.

Do you want the same wallcovering throughout the whole house or personalize the rooms? Borders are one way to add personality while maintaining continuity.

How much light do you get in the room? Remember, light colors reflect light and dark colors absorb light. Don’t be frightened of stronger colors as they can be very expressive and add &quotdepth&quot to a room. Colors affect your mood so think about the mood you want to create. For example, “Greens” are restful, “Reds” are stimulating, “Yellows” are happy and “Blues” are cooling. Think about your own color preferences or pallet – the colors you select for your clothes. Do you want your home to be tranquil and peaceful, or exciting and vibrant? Whatever the mood, it should be a reflection of your personality. Have fun with wallpaper!

If you really want to express yourself with wallpaper, here are a few ideas:

Wallpaper the Ceiling – Why not the same pattern as the walls or a coordinating paper. A little floral on the ceiling of a bedroom could look really super.

Borders – There are some wonderful borders available to coordinate your wallpaper. Run a border at ceiling height. Create a split wall with a border at chair rail height; a darker paper below and light coordinate above. Create a panel in the center of a wall with a border edging mitered on the corners. Use borders around architectural features such as doors and windows. Use more than one border thickness – wide and narrow. Run a border at the chair rail height and one at the ceiling level.

Run a border at ceiling height Create a split wall with a border at chair rail height, a darker paper below, and light coordinate above. Create a panel in the center of a wall with a border edging mitered on the corners. Use borders around architectural features such as doors, and windows. Use more than one border, they are available wide, and narrow. Run a border at the chair rail height, and one at the ceiling level.

How do I prepare my walls for wallpaper?

There are two reasons to prepare your walls before installing wallcovering. Wallcovering Preparation ensures that your wallpaper will adhere correctly to the wall and it aide’s future removal. As wallpaper dries, normally over a 24 to 48 hour period, there is a significant amount of pull as the paper contracts. If the wallpaper has not formed a good bond, it will pull away from the wall. Additionally, when the paper is later removed, it may damage the covering of the underlying surface. Proper preparation will ensure the best results from your wallcovering.

Surface Repair

The first step is to repair any defects in the wall surface. With drywall, any dents, nail holes, or surface imperfections should be filled with spackling or drywall patching compound. After the proper drying time for the particular compound you are using, the repaired areas should be sanded to leave a smooth and level surface. With plaster walls, any defects should be filled with a joint compound. As the filler dries, it draws together slightly and when dry you should go over the area again until smooth.

Larger defects have to be reinforced with joint tape. The crack should be scraped clean and moistened with water. Fill the crack with filler and place the joint tape (very thin fiberglass tape) over the crack in a vertical direction. Now, go over the tape with a thin layer of filler and carefully smooth the filler using the spatula. When the area is dry, you can carefully smooth it with sandpaper.

Once your walls have been repaired they should be cleaned of any sanding residue, grease or obvious stains. Stains may be spot treated with stain killing primer as necessary. Any moldy areas must be treated with a mold remediation solution prior to application of any stain killing primer. Especially difficult stains may require the use of oil-based primers. It is normally recommended to cover these treated areas with an acrylic primer. With the exception of primers that specifically call for sanding of any gloss finish, you are ready for priming.

Preparation for Wallpaper / Wallcovering Preparation

Experienced wallpaper installers have used different products with outstanding results other than those listed. These guidelines were developed as a starting point for do-it-yourself homeowners and are considered the best guess as to what type of product will suit your needs. This information is based on subjective, collective information from several wallcovering professionals and may not suit your particular application. It is imperative that you fully understand all safety precautions when dealing with these products and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions completely. Follow any instructions from the wallpaper and adhesive manufacturer as to what type of surface preparations are needed for effective bonding.

Any surface you wish to install wallpaper over should be primed with a good quality acrylic primer made specifically for wallpaper.