Wall paper

United States
July 30, 2010 1:10pm CST
Does anyone still use this in their home as a wall covering? I know when we bought our house it was caked in layer upon layer of wallpapers. I have thought about putting up a cute preprinted border in the kitchen. However, I've seen them look shabby in professional buildings over time and I personally don't want to try to remove any more of it then I have to. Do you have any wall paper in your home? wich rooms? do you like it?
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@Guit08 (597)
• United States
30 Jul 10
I don't have any wallpaper in my house, everything is either just wood or painted. Like you, my house had layers and layers of strange wall paper when I first moved in! I think that borders can be fine, but walls full of images/patterns can look tacky or strange.
• United States
1 Aug 10
And some of it I think yellowed a lil bit in time too. We only have one spot where you can see it anymore everything else has been removed and painted over.
@Guit08 (597)
• United States
3 Aug 10
Yes, it's always nice to take all of the wallpaper out and add your own touch and look to the place. By the way, I can't stand the smell of wall paper remover though! :/ For some reason it just smells awful to me... However if you want to get rid of the wall paper you have to use it! :)
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
31 Jul 10
It just about kills me that the former owner of my house painted over all the wallpaper! Of course, he didn't know that someone like me that loves old things would buy his house. There is some wallpaper left in the kitchen, tan and white, from about 4 feet from the floor to the ceiling. The 4 feet is rather ugly blond paneling that is very old--I want to redo the kitchen and tear that stuff out sometime, maybe next year. I'd like to paint it a light, cheery green! My house was built in 1923 so just about everything here is old, outdated or out of fashion but I love it that way except for the kitchen!
• India
31 Jul 10
hi dragon54u, ur right old is gold
@AmbiePam (49883)
• United States
30 Jul 10
I live in an apartment right now, and I'm not permitted to put up wallpaper. But when I lived with my parents, and we first moved into their current house, I was sixteen. So my mom told me to decorate it any way I wanted. I chose a border and it looks great, 13 years later. My mom is glad I chose a pattern that doesn't look like a teenager picked it.
• United States
1 Aug 10
Yeah that's one thing I didn't like abt apt living you couldn't paint in the apt & some places wouldn't even let you put a nail in the wall. It's always good to pick a pattern that is simple and would look nice for a while rather than something trendy that would be outdated within a couple years.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
30 Jul 10
I had it put in my bathroom, wish I hadn't...
• United States
1 Aug 10
The orig owner of our house had it in the bathroom as well. It was all half hanging off the wall.... so atleast that was one room for easy removal & the only easy room I might add.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
30 Jul 10
I used to have those borders and I loved the way they looked.. but I have nothing here in this house except plain white paint, and the kid's colorings of course, lol. I won't do anything to my walls until my kids are old enough to stop coloring on them.. which could be a long time because I think my 7 year olds still write on the walls (I know my 4 year old doesn't know how to spell yet and I've seen his name written in a few places, lol).
• United States
1 Aug 10
Yeah we have the same problem too. The girls need a good painting in their room but I too don't want to spend the money if they can't bare to keep their crayons on paper or in coloring books... it gets so annoying. In particular finding art work behind their bedroom door.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
30 Jul 10
I think wall paper covering is becoming a thing of the past. We don't have any in our home and I don't even know anyone who does. I think it had gradually fizzled out. It's a pain to deal with anyway.
• United States
1 Aug 10
I agree I think it has fizzled out. Though you still see it in some office buildings though from time to time & not usually in the best of shape anymore.
@GardenGerty (101763)
• United States
30 Jul 10
This house came with wall paper in many rooms. I do not like it. As for the borders, you can get some that are easy to strip. I prefer paint.
• United States
1 Aug 10
I would say this house too came with wall paper in every room but the bedrooms. Thank heavens for that it took us a week to steam off just the hallway before we moved in.... talk about a tedious process!
@savypat (20246)
• United States
30 Jul 10
We don't have any in this house, but this is the first house we hav lived in without it. I have removed many layers and have often then put new wall paper back on the same wall, I have lived in many very pretty rooms with wall coverings but we never got around to doing it here.
• United States
1 Aug 10
I agree it can be lovely but I think too much work for my taste.
@ellie333 (21029)
30 Jul 10
Hi SnuggleBunnies, The is only one room out of the whole house that ha wall paper on and it is a feature wall in my younger daughter bedroom which is a grafitti pattern, so hard to put up I still have to finish the awkward section behind the door but it doesn't noice unless you are in the room with the door closed, the rest of the house has painted walls that can be touched up easily if any marks get on them. I like wallpaper but only on a featurewall rather than all the way round and would ratherpay someone to putup than struggle myself again. Huggles. Ellie :D
• United States
1 Aug 10
Yes it does look like something you need to have the right knack for to put up decently. They always joke on tv & cartoons abt someone getting wallpapered to the wall or some other silly nonsense.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Aug 10
Two houses ago I had some in one of the bathrooms, but nothing since.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
1 Aug 10
I'm not a fan of wallpaper at all, so we don't have any that we've put into our house. There is still some that is up in our kitchen that we are going to get rid of when we have the money to renovate the kitchen completely. The main reason that I'm not a fan of wallpaper is because it is more difficult to change the look of a room that has wallpaper than it is to change the look of a room that doesn't have wallpaper. Besides that, I think the look of paint is a lot fresher than wallpaper.
• United States
31 Jul 10
I think if that's what you want use it. If you have removed most of the wall paper with in your house then i think you would be okay. If you are looking for resale value i would ask an apraiser or realtor for there opinion.
@SHAMRACK (8443)
• India
31 Jul 10
Dear friend, During my college days I used to have lots of wall papers from sports, movies, and other comic people. Also the man was on Gods. My room once was full of wall papers. May be I was unknowngly collecting those pictures.
• China
31 Jul 10
Yeah,in my and my parent's bedrooms,we still use wall paper.It is with small beautiful flowers as its pattern.I think it is really beautiful and we all love it.
• United States
31 Jul 10
we have some,but i'd like to get rid of it. i prefer paint. we've got the double layer going in one room,painted over wallpaper in a few more,and some stuck for dear life that's over 100 years old i'm fighting with. i don't know what my grandfather was thinking.
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
31 Jul 10
we don't use that for walls. we use that rather inside the cabinet. when we want to change the color of the wall inside the cabinet we just layered it with wallpaper. and we choose cute design so upon opening the cabinet or drawers, you will be surprised by the beautiful color of wallpaper and it makes opening the cabinet and drawers more a pleasant thing to do. we choose wallpaper with light colors or bright color so it can bring in a cheerful feeling upon seeing it. but our walls we use paint.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Jul 10
hi 3snugglebunnies when we had a house we never used wallpaper as it can look shabby and outdated too soon. I did use some new and different color schemes in paint to make the rooms come alive so to say. I think maybe a feature wall with a really nice scenic view might be okay but only on one wall.But since then we have lived in apartments so did not get to change anything.I really am no lover of most wallpaper.
@peavey (16856)
• United States
31 Jul 10
I don't have wallpaper, but I like it - at least some of it. Paint can be kind of boring, unless you get creative with colors, but wallpaper can set a mood for the room. I don't think I could put it up myself, though, so I may never use it. I can paint to my heart's content!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jul 10
I have never used wall paper out here on the Island. Sometimes yo see it in a bathroom or dining room but mostly people use colour paint or white. I use a cream flat emulsion - pearly white- as this goes well with my cream drapes and cream covered sofas (covers can be washed!). My house is small so I like a clean look - no clutter or colour except for my blue and white Spode plates on display on the walls etc. I suppose each person has their own taste. On the farm I just painted all the walls white in the house. And used paintings as my colour.