In this session we continue talking about wallpaper. I want to show you a few more ideas so you have a firm understanding about what’s trending in 2020 and where to use these different types of wallpapers.
The next wallpaper we’ll talk about is
BAMBOO: I am very much into enviromentally friendly elements and this wall paper is definately enviromentally friendly. Handcrafted from natural bamboo and glued to paper. The only downside to bamboo is that it is delicate so really needs to be used where there isn’t much traffic or moisture and it’s not washable. Recommend it to be professionally installed.
FLOCK: Flock wallpaperhas been around for 300 years it has a distinct fuzzy three-dimensional pattern usually damask or floral, the texture is a velvet-like fiber which is glued onto a paper backing to create a dramatic printed pattern, this was known as “flocking”. It was known for it’s durability and moth proof better than the fabrics that were used back in the 1500 ‘sand 1600’s. It is expensive and hard to maintain. A luxurrious wallpaper however, is not washable and is hard to remove. I highly recommend using it in the master bedroom, accent walls or guest room, but not a childs room. The hottest trends today are vibrant and bold poka-dots in black or fushia on a metallic background.
MYLAR: This is a printed paper base with a polyester film applied on top with a shiny/wet look that looks like foil wallpaper, the only thing about this paper is it doesnt hide imperfections so a liner paper is recommended underneath and is hard to install, has a tendency to crease. The pros, it is washable and easy to remove when needed. This paper would go well in kitchens or bathrooms.
WALLPAPER LINER: Made of fiberglass or paper it is installed on walls that are too rough or has deep imperfections that can’t be fixed easily. It smooths out the wall surface so you can use wallpaper that would not apply properly or look good showing every imperfection. It is washable, easy to apply and can be used alone or painted. Apply it on badly defective walls that would take alot to fix, then use your paint colour choice.
For a shabby chic look or to add a bit of whimsy to a room, maybe a sassy pop or romantic air, wallpaper could be what brings those elements to the design. A traditional wallpaper pattern can instantly bring a formal mood to the decor.. A bold print will bring a sense of the artistic side and make a statement. A tropical leaf pattern can be very calming and be the right pick for a tropical feel, layered with painted walls that compliment the theme of the room.
Measuring and Applying
You have to be so careful when measuring for and buying wallpaper as well as selecting the look and theme you want to finish with. Figuring out how much you need for the surface area to be covered is very important, wallpaper is expensive if you buy too much. Follow this basic formula for buying wallpaper and you should be safe.
- Measure your walls and multiply the height by the width of each wall in feet.
- Add all wall measurements to get the total square footage.
- Subtract all windows and door measurments.
- Make sure you read the wallpaper label for the amount of square foot coverage the roll provides and make sure it is more than your total wall square footage taking into consideration the pattern matching measurement.
- Buy an extra roll to make sure you have enough. Mistakes can be inevitable so it’s better to have an extra roll (that can be returned) then scramble for more that may or may not be available down the line and have the right colour batch.
Note: if you run out and need to buy more, the batch (dye colour) may not be exactly the same, the hue may be lighter or darker and in certain light would be noticable. So measure right, buy what you need, 1 roll more at least. Its good to have an extra roll anyway for future repair jobs.
Wallpaper Photo Gallery
Antonia Vella Shimmering Foil Metallic
Ashberry Modern Embossed Flocked Stroud Flocked
So are you feeling inspired, wanting to add some wallpaper to bring some depth and texture into your room? I’ve inspired myself lol.
CARPETING VERSES AREA RUGS
So why would it be more advantages to have an area rug then a carpet? Let’s take a look at both. Carpeting is stationary, fixed, wall to wall. An area rug covers a specific area like under a coffee table in front of a sofa or to define a conversation area. In my opinion it is much more hygenic to have a flooring like hardwood, laminate flooring, engineered flooring or ceramic tile and use an area rug to cover a portion then cover the whole area with carpeting. When i say hygenic, I am eluding to household traffic, pets (pet dandruff), spills etc. Especially if you or someone in your family has allergies. It’s easier and less expensive to clean laminate and or an area rug.
Carpeting will generally last you 10 years, thats the norm.
Rugs add artistic appeal and style due to the variety of patterns, textures, and colors to choose from. You can roll it up, store it away, and buy a new style for a design change. You can’t do that with a wall to wall carpeting. I have an area rug for Summer, one for Christmas, and one for the Winter months. You can easily decorate around your area rugs changing the room’s arrangement or appearance simply by changing the area rug, adding complementary throw pillows, a colourful throw blanket over the sofa, and a few new acessories to compliment the new colour palette.One benefit of wall to wall carpeting is the added layer of insulation and warmth it provides. As well, carpeting is more safer for the Elderly and Children because there are no edges to trip on. One of the drawbacks to carpeting is it will eventually develop wear patterns in heavy traffic areas.
Types Of Carpets & Rugs
There are a few different types: Some are more durable then others.
There are four basic types of carpet fiber:
- Nylon. Nylon being the most durable and stain resistant carpet available, when treated with stain protection.
- Polyester. Polyester is known for its luxurious look, feel and multitude of colours and styles to choose from.
- Olefin. … A synthetic fiber made from polyolefin this can be polypropylene or polyethylene. This fiber is both strong, colourfast, and comfortable, resists stains, mildew, abd abrasion as well as sunlight. It’s used in both wallpaper and carpeting, ropes, and vehicle interiors because of it’s long lasting and strong characteristic. Invented in Italy in 1957.
- Wool. … A natural animal fiber produced from sheep, it is formed in groups of wavy fibres called staples it has a springiness to it and keeps things cool or warm, also is fireresistant and soft. it’s used in many things like carpet, clothing and blankets. other wool fibers are mohair, cashmere, angora from rabbits as well as a few others we won’t mention here.
The Style Of The Carpeting
Mainly in cut pile carpets, these are tightly twisted fibers, The higher the twist the better the performance will be. it is a blend of cut and loop construction twisting cut fibers together this increases strength and durablility. Most residential carpeting have a twist of 3 and 6 per inch While some friezes have up to 8 per inch. Twist numbers should be indicated on the manufactures label but not all manufactures do. You can determine the twist by taken a strand about 1″ in length and then count the twists.
Density is the thickness or weight in a unit volume epressed in ounces per cubic yarn of the carpet a value of 3,000 or higher is ideal for resodential however commercial carpets should have a density of 5,000. This density value will be listed on the carpet as well as other manufacturing requirments. also weight is important, a higher face weight means there is more yarn and makes for longer lasting carpeting. A good level carpet has a face weight of 40% the best is 68% face weight. In choosing a carpet the important criterias are durability, weight, and style. Quesitons to ask how much traffic is in the room?
Cut pile is the style of carpeting that is sheared and exposing the ends of the carpet fiber, coming in different lengths. these cut pile styles are the most popular because they are much softer on the feet and to the touch than loop pile. The one disadvantage of the cut pile is that it wares quicker then loop pile even though the carpeting is good quality and doing what it should be doing as far as performance is concerned.This is caused by the long fibers bending and untwisting over top of the shorter looped fibers. This carpet does contain twisted fibers which helps it stand up and resist matting and crushing. It is a good choice for most homes.
Cut and Loop
This carpeting is produced by combining looped fibers with cut straight ones. This allows for geometric and abstract designs. This carpet was very popular in the 70’s and 80’s and is used in commercial carpeting like Hotels and Hospitals but in commercial style fibers. Cut and Loop carperting has become trendy once again. Patterns are much simpler and smaller today although some abstracts like wave patterns can be found. The cut and loop style carpeting has a nice appearance to it, nice texture, pleasing to the eye and fits very well in a contemporay theme. One disadvantage to these carpets is they tend to be expensive like berbers, saxonies or friezes, due to the fact patterns are woven into them. Suggested uses for these carpets would be non high traffic areas like stairs and hallways use these in bedrooms, or dens, where there is less traffic flow.
You can see in this photo the twist and height of these fibers there is 6 twists.
Styles Of Carpeting:
Berber: These are hand woven carpets by the Berber people. They come from North Africa and Sahara Desert. You can tell the difference by the knotting patterns, dyes and fabric textures.These carpet origins date back 7000 years, hand spun cloth was named after the tribe. They used natural fibers to create cloaks, rugs and other items. The modern day version of these carpets are now much more plain with as solids or having flecks of colour throughout. These carpets are less expensive and popular for areas with high traffic patterns.These carpets are made of a varity of materials like Nylon, Olefin, and Wool. Berber is highly durable and stain resistant and quite affordable. Like other carpets Berber should be cleaned every 6 to 12 Months to prevent permanent traffic wear.
A Piece of Berber Tribal Fabric hand woven
Berber Carpet Of Today
Saxonies: This is a cut loop carpet. it is designed to be very dense for a soft feel on the feet. It is highly favoured for bedrooms and livingrooms. These are very plush carpets and so are at times called plush carpets. They have a very luxurious feel with a velvety look this is created by the very tightly twisting the fibers cutting and heating them to stand up straight. Saxony carpets are also made of polyproplene and are more durable and can be used in bedrooms, diningrooms, hallways, livingrooms and stairs.If these carpets are looked after they will last a very long time. However they are hard to tell the quality and show foot prints when walked on. They have a 3 tog rating ,100% bleach-cleanable, Available in 10 colours and has a 7 year warrenty.
Saxony Plush carpet
Freize Carpeting: This carpeting is made of choppy long twisted loops that gives a plush look to the surface, creates deminsion and a plush sensation on the feet it has a more formal appearance due to the thickness of it’s construction.
This carpeting is trending for 2020 it is typically a modern day shag due to it’s knobby look. It is a unique and very clean crisp look. Comes in muti colours or solid. it is typically a bit more expensive then other types of carpeting and is similar to the Berber carpet having a unique look to it usually does not shed, easily hides the seams as well as is easy to clean of messes and hides footprints. Great for stairways and hallways and is a good carpet if you have pets or children.
You can see the difference between the look of the Plush Saxony Carpet above and this Freize Carpet. Even though they have the same quality that plush, luxuious look the Freize Carpet has much lengthier loops.
As well as the above carpets there is also many Eco-Friendly carpets on the market. These are great for the enviroment. These types of carpets are made from non-synthetic fibers like the Cashmere goat-Hair Carpet by Tretford, that is undyed to eliminate the use of harmful toxins. As well as Econyl which reclaims discarded fishing nets to make Interfaces Net Worth carpets or recycled PET carpets from plastic bottles. There is aslos BREEAM Grade A+ rated by both Tretford and Interface. Its a friendly consumer fadge for floor covering with ticks off all the right boxes for being enviromentally friendly products.
Tretford;s Cashmere Goat-Hair carpeting boasts many neat criterias like: Performs as an air filter, promotes energy savings, reducing airborne dust and allergens, improving indoor air quality, faculitaing excellent indoor acoustics if needed.
Tetford’s Cashmere Goat-Hair carpeting “Jonquille 568”
These carpets are totally unique. The quality, vibrancy, distinction is unsurpassed and is incrediably soft underfoot. These natural cord fiber carpets come in 48 stunning colours. Mainly for commercial use but would be great in basements or on stairs and in hallways of a home for durability and long lasting traffic performance. Tetford claims these carpets do not flake, rot, warp, fray, unravel or peel. Their warrenty on these carpets is 5 years limited. This carpeting would give your home a very matchless and unequelled look.
No animals are slaughtered to make these carpets.
So as you can see there is so many different carpetings wallpaper ideas to choose from. It’s all in what is your style, taste, colour prference and enviroment. In my next blog we will talk about hard flooring. See you soon and happy decorating.