Benefits of Wallpaper

Benefits of WallpaperTo paint or not to paint – that is the question.  Perhaps you’ve stood gazing at the walls in your home trying to decide how you should revitalize your rooms.  A new paint color or stick with the same old-same old because it works with your home décor?  Do you want to stray to the look of wallpaper?

So, what could convince you to choose wallpaper instead of paint to adorn the walls in your rooms?  Why not look below to see some reasons while you should eschew paint in favor of wallpaper.

Not everyone has the patience, or the budget, to incorporate wallpaper into their home décor.  Face it, if you have a high area of traffic, or children, the wallpaper might get torn or worn, and, even if you saved part of a roll for the sole purpose of touch-ups when or if the wallpaper is damaged, you must take into account, that the wallpaper fades and won’t match, thus replacing it therefore can become time-consuming and costly.  Is this true or false?

Wallpaper Design Trends

Wallpaper Design TrendsWallpaper is to your walls what clothes are to your body.  So, why not take the care to “dress up” your walls and beautify them?  There are many wallpaper types and designs available, so you needn’t be relegated to using a boring or staid wallpaper covering and just changing up the color to suit the type of room.

If you’ve perused the home decorating sites for wallpaper design, or, taken the time to browse through those very large wallpaper selection books in a paint supply store or big box home improvement store, you’ll notice the many types of wallpaper designs that are available today and weren’t available the last time you papered your home.

Today’s wallpaper application is much easier than days gone by, and you don’t need as much time and patience to get the wallpaper hanging job done, but, if you’re not successful in matching up prints and “guestimating” how many rolls of wallpaper are needed for the project, you just might want to consider having a professional contractor here in Summit, New Jersey help you out in this regard.  Not only are they skilled in modern wallpaper design, but in doing a professional job as to wallpapering your home.

Types of Wallpaper

Types of WallpaperThere’s a large section in most big-box stores just devoted to wallpaper selection.  There are usually big tables and comfy chairs and lots and lots of those heavy wallpaper books.  Unless you perused a few wallpaper design sites before you arrived at the store, you’d better have had a big meal first, because you’ll be there for a long time.

You might remember your parents hanging wallpaper back in the day.  It was often a two-person job, tempers flared and sliding the paper through the shallow dish of mucky paste and then slapping it on the wall just right to match up the prints, was nobody’s idea of a good time.  Back then wallpaper wasn’t pre-pasted.  Then you’d scratch your head trying to figure out just how many rolls would do the job without running out of paper.  It was no wonder more people chose painted, rather than wallpapered, walls.

One didn’t change the wallpaper design too often as it was a royal pain to strip the old paper off to the bare walls, then prime and ready it for the new wallpaper to adhere properly.  Today’s wallpaper styles are varied and the application types are much easier to use, so that a novice could wallpaper their rooms, or, for a truly professional job, simply rely on a contractor who specializes in wallpaper installation right here in Northern New Jersey.

Different strokes for different folks

There are a world of wallpaper types, textures and styles, and there’s one to fit the décor of any room in your home.  Let’s take a look at some of the most-popular types:

  • Expanded vinyl wallpapers describes the wallpaper which is used by most homeowners. The process for creating this wallpaper is simple – the design is printed on a paper backing and then treated with a vinyl topcoat.  This wallpaper may be used in any room, is easy to install, or remove and is washable.
  • Fabric-backed vinyl wallpaper is excellent for high-traffic areas and kids’ rooms due to its durability. The wallpaper is backed with a woven fabric, not paper, and is considered very durable – even scrubbable.   It may also be installed directly over rough walls.
  • Embossed wallpaper is a three-dimensional wallpaper designed to hide imperfections with its slightly raised and textured effect. It can be installed over damaged walls  and works well in any room, and is scrubbable if done carefully.
  • Flocked wallpaper is in the same family as embossed wallpaper. It is likewise three-dimensional and has a velvet-like textured design printed on paper backing.  Flocked wallpaper is more suited for bedrooms, living rooms or dens – even a half bath, but not anywhere in which it might come in contact with steam or water as that will destroy the delicate flocking.  It is not highly durable, nor scrubbable.

Plain  Wallpaper Design

  • Foil wallpaper is an elegant way to add polish to your room. But beware, this shiny metallic wallpaper consists of polished ground metal, so any attempt to cover wall imperfections will be problematic as it will enhance all blemishes on the wall.  This type of paper works well in kitchens and bathrooms and may be scrubbed lightly.
  • Natural fiber wallpaper is made from bamboo or grass cloth and is very delicate and should not be used in high-traffic areas or rooms where there is steam which could cause curling or water damage. The wallpaper, which is constructed of bamboo reeds or vines, comes in many variations of colors and textures.   These natural-textured wallpapers look great in any room, but one with steam or water which could damage the delicate fibers.
  • Vinyl fiber-look wallpaper is just as it sounds – a faux look to the preceding type of wallpaper, but it is way more durable, and even scrubbable and therefore may be used in any room you desire. Just like their natural counterpart, there are many colors and textures available, though slight variations.

Alternative ideas The painted wall look

  • Borders are used in combination with complementary wallpaper or directly onto painted walls. Their sizes vary by widths, and, of course, by the various designs, and they may be used in combination with wallpaper or directly onto painted surfaces. Many people assume wallpaper borders are strictly for the top of the wall or ceiling lines; this is a misnomer because they are often placed around windows, doors and baseboards as well.  They are very easy to install and are washable.
  • Photo or quote wall murals are sections of a photo, usually divided into quarter panels for easier installation. The photo mural may be one of your favorite pictures, or a thematic mural which may be chosen from a website that specializes in different sizes or shapes.  You can even have your favorite quotations, which, like the photos, you simply upload to the site and they take care of the rest.

Red is for Boys and Blue is for Girls

Red is for BoysIn these modern times, one must be ever-cautious to ensure whatever flows from their mouth is politically correct.  There are always new views and edicts on old topics, i.e. same-sex marriage is now allowed across this country, yet most of the time we still adhere to the principle that pink is for girls and blue is for boys.  Perhaps if we were a more-progressive nation, we would take a stand and say “all babies’ accoutrements will be gender neutral” and leave it at that.  Can you imagine the audacity of such a statement?  It would be quite the uprising, I should think.  After all, haven’t we believed in that pair of pastels for our progeny forever?

A short history

Well, it might seem like this pair of politically correct pastels for babies and tots has existed forever, but the keepers of historical data and photographs advise that in the late 1800s, both male and female toddlers were adorned in frilly white dresses.  According to the website, the shift toward pink and blue began with the advent of pastel baby clothes which were introduced in the mid-19th century, but, surprisingly, the colors weren’t gender-specific at first.  In fact they were flip-flopped to what is current today. advises that:

  [a] Ladies’ Home Journal article in June 1918 said, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Other sources said blue was flattering for blonds, pink for brunettes; or blue was for blue-eyed babies, pink for brown-eyed babies.




Less than a decade later, in 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing sex-appropriate colors for girls and boys according to leading U.S. stores.  In Boston, Filene’s told parents to dress boys in pink.  So did Best & Co. in New York City, Halle’s in Cleveland and Marshall Fields in Chicago.

Pink versus blue debate

The pink and blue debate continued, when finally by the 1940s, manufacturers finally came to an agreement and settled on pink for girls and blue for boys.  Whew!  Skip ahead a few decades, however, and the women’s liberation movement was going strong and suddenly the word “unisex” crept into the definition of babies and youngsters’ clothing circa late ’60s and ’70s.  It was all so confusing.  Pretty soon the popular pastel was yellow – it caused less consternation that way.  Next pink and blue gained a resurgence in the mid-’80s, with the development of prenatal testing, and parents-to-be and baby shower attendees could outfit the unborn baby with gender-specific items.


Today’s proud parents are not inclined to follow the fads of yesteryear.  Not that they are all free spirits, but they want their baby’s room to be just as trendy as the rest of the house.  “Pfft to pastels” they say as they eschew that pale pink and blue and even the more neutral yellow.  They seek to liven up the room with as non-traditional colors as possible.  And what might that be?

Get the nursery ready

What about bright and bold colors for the nursery instead of the humdrum pastels that have been used for generations?  Are vibrant colors too bright for that room?  Will they affect the baby?  After all, the wee one will spend many more hours than you will in that room.  You know that the vibrant look might get old fast – in fact older than your little baby laying in its bassinette.

So, deciding whether to infuse vibrant colors into your infant’s room is not a new concept by any means.  Yes, other parents have agonized over this decision, just like you have.  These are common questions asked of interior designers and there is substantial scientific debate about whether color affects infants.  There is a lot of evidence that demonstrates color affects adults.  For example, did you know most fast food restaurants are red and yellow, like catsup and mustard?  That is appropriate and purposeful since those two colors will make us hungrier.
Blue is for Girls
Science has determined your baby may not perceive colors correctly for a while, but certainly, as they grow older, and marketing executives have proven, color does affect every one of us.  The color theory applicable to using blue and red for girls and boys is expressed below and hopefully gives you insight on why you don’t have to stick with putrid pink and boring blue if you don’t want to.

Red – Scientists say that red evokes passion, excitement and emotion.  It is bold and attracts a lot of attention.  While it can work in a nursery as an accent color, do avoid it wall to wall.  Right now red is the hottest color and may invoke volatile personality traits to stand out.

So, bottom line… if you painted your little boy’s room in fire engine red, he might just continue those “terrible twos” forever.  Banish that thought!

Blue – This color, according to scientists, is healing and subtle, and, although blue may be calming, don’t stray to a gray-blue hue because that particular shade leans toward sadness.   The men in the white lab coats will tell you that while the color blue increases productivity,  it’s fine in your little girl’s bedroom, but keep it away from a room where she will consume food.  Additionally, if your darling daughter refuses to eat, avoid blue plates!

Bottom line here… you probably don’t need a scientist to tell you that that light blue in the nursery is fine, but don’t use navy blue.  Finally, they say if your baby gets warm easily, blue is a very cooling color.  Hmmmm.  That’s a lot of possibilities, but if you are a traditionalist, you’ll probably reserve that can of blue paint for a baby boy on the way, and not a baby girl.

Should you be looking to pick out some colors for your baby’s room, instead of basing a decision on the scientists, why not rely on the expertise of an interior house painter here in New Jersey?

How to Make The Living Room Look Bigger

Make The Living Room Look BiggerThe grass is always greener on the opposite side.  I’ll bet your parents used that expression on you more than a few times while you were growing up, didn’t they?  Well, it seems that people are never satisfied and want what they cannot have.  Well, just like blonde or curly hair can be achieved from a bottle and a good stylist, you, too, can have a larger looking living room by using some tricks and secrets the interior designers use.  Sometimes things are really fixable!  In order to achieve a larger-looking living room without the expense or mess of a remodeling job, just read below to find out some tips on how to achieve that look.

Types of Glass in Interior Design

Glass in Interior DesignWhen you take a trip to the “Big City” you cannot help but be amazed at the tall skyscrapers with their multiple floors and sometimes glassed-in skywalks to cross the busy street to still another skyscraper.  It seems inconceivable to imagine just how many firms or companies, how many individual offices and conference rooms, as well as how many employees are in any one office building at any time.  Most of us think of a white-collar workplace consisting of a few conference rooms, the primo corner offices for the big shots and a series of smaller offices for the lesser executives.  The rest of the administrative staff usually are placed in what is referred to as the “common area”.  But that concept of the traditional workplace is slowing fading away and becoming obsolete as the open plan office gains a foothold.

Modern Shower Design

Modern Shower DesignModernizing and upgrading the master bathroom is one of the most popular home remodeling jobs today.  This is due, in part, to the stress factor in our day-to-day lives, and the need to have a safe haven within reach to relax and unwind at the end of a long workday.  A high-power steam shower, or a shower head that pulsates to create a pelting effect on the back of your neck, will leave you feeling ultra-refreshed with the stress of the day just swirling down the drain.  Thus, the bathroom has become a popular respite for some… a paradise placed within the confines of your home.

Types of Bathroom Mirrors

Types of Bathroom MirrorsMirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?  Well, if you’re standing there, prancing in front of the bathroom mirror with your smartphone, chances are that the person peering into that glass thinks they are “all that” and the fairest one in the land.  Mom probably told you that a little modesty was okay, but not to go overboard.  She probably also told you that the last thing you should do before leaving for work or a social event, is to check yourself out in the mirror because you should always present your best image to the world.

Education-Friendly Bedroom for Kids

Education Friendly Bedroom for Kids
This guest post was written by Shari Duddy

Shari Duddy is an elementary school teacher in New Jersey.  Shari has many years of experience in education.

You’ve heard of education friendly classrooms, but education friendly bedrooms? You bet! There is such a thing as a bedroom that engages a child’s mind and imagination, and it can do all that without making him feel like he’s sleeping in his classroom. As an adult, you think of a bedroom as a place largely where you go to sleep. As a parent, you may even look at your child’s bedroom as a place you send them when they’re acting unruly. But your child thinks of her bedroom as much more than a place to go at the end of the day to drift off and dream. She thinks of it as the place she goes to have fun, either alone or with her friends; as a place to do all sorts of childhood activities; and as a place to study her lessons for school. The trick for you is to combine all of that into a place that will be education friendly, enhancing her creativity and learning experiences. Here are some tips from elementary school teachers on how to create an education friendly bedroom for your kids that will not only help them to relax and sleep, but also to keep their minds vibrant and active while they’re awake. (more…)

Top Interior Colors for Girls

Interior Colors for Girls
Well, it’s time to paint the entire house once again, and, though you have a general idea of what colors would be perfect for each room, you decide to defer to your daughter about her choice of room color.  After an exhausting perusal of online color charts, you have proudly winnowed it down to five gorgeous shades of pink and one lavender shade with pinky undertones.  “So how do you like these honey?” you ask.  The response to your query is “gross – I hate all of them!” and she stalks out of the room.  Well, besides being sorry you even asked, and realizing now, though YOU adore pink, the only pink in your daughter’s room will be on an iPod by the singer Pink, you return to the color charts once again while grumbling that you never got an opinion on your room color growing up. (more…)