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Not Your Grandmothers Wallpaper

Not Your Grandmothers Wallpaper

By Associates in Building + Design
Published August 9, 2018

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WallpaperWallpaper is ready for its second debut. Gone are the dreaded days or installing and removing wallpaper because, thanks to the professionals in the design industry, homeowners now have ultra-stylish prints and new materials that make it chic and easy.  Wallpaper offers more personality and buzz than paint and it’s a great way to transform a room to reflect your personal style. Style bloggers, HGTV, Instagram and Pinterest are all contributing to the comeback and our ABD team is definitely seeing the popularity in Fort Collins homes.

Every homeowner wants their home to feel special and unique and wallpaper can offer both. From 80’s florals to custom prints, there are tons of options when decorating a room, however, the prints we see are vastly different from the old school design. The prints are geometrical with whimsical shapes and rich colors. The fabrics being used are textured and often three-dimensional. One home we recently remodeled featured blackbirds that had a lifelike sharpness thanks to the advances in digital printing. Another home showcased a concrete finish with a messy, hard and traditional vibe that brought the room together.

A common thread to modern wallpaper application is restraint. We encourage our clients to remodel however they are comfortable, but we also suggest using wallpaper sparingly and purposefully. Wallpaper in one or two rooms or on a single accent wall is perfect for just the right about of drama. Here are some of our guidelines for choosing, using and removing the newly found trend of wallpaper.


Wallpaper is categorized by its material and adhesive coating. Nonwoven substrate paper is often a popular choice because it dry-strips easily from the wall. Pre-pasted papers come with a water-activated adhesive backing. Both types are durable, strippable and generally grease-resistant, which makes them smart choices for those with children or pets.

When it comes to print matching, there are three types, straight, random and drop. The match tells you how to line up the pattern from strip to strip. Straight-match papers run the width of the paper and across the seam onto the next strip. Random-match papers continue seamlessly no matter what. Drop-match papers require extra planning and must be aligned horizontally and vertically on either side, as the pattern is slightly offset from strip to strip.

Cost and Upkeep

Before you buy wallpaper, you need to determine how much wallpaper you need. This gets tricky when you take windows and doors into account, so using an online calculator such as those offered online by Lowes or Home Depot is recommended. Exact roll measurements vary by manufacturer, but most cover 25 to 28 square feet. Retailers often price wallpaper by the single roll but sell only double or triple rolls.

Wallpapers are surprisingly durable and maintaining them is easy. Many designs are scrubbable paper meaning they can be cleaned with a sponge and detergent. Washable papers can be gently cleaned or wiped with a damp cloth. Depending on the type you choose, it may be grease-resistant as well!


There are two types of wallpaper to look for; strippable and peelable. Strippable paper can be removed without water or chemical and will leave no backing or residue. Peelable paper will peel off the wall and may leave residue, which can be removed with soap and water. Both options are a win-win considering removing wallpaper used to be every homeowner’s nightmare.

There are tons of new trends making their way to Fort Collins. For more information on up-to-date trends and how we can help you remodel or customize your new home, contact us at