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What Are The Costs of Wallpapering?

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Are you planning on remodelling or renovating your house? If you are, you might be considering wallpaper, which has re-entered the style space this year. Available in a wide range of colors, textures, and prints, replacing old wallpaper or installing it in order to improve the property’s overall appearance could add value, attract more buyers and boost your home’s appeal.

The costs associated with wallpaper depend on the type you choose and whether you are planning to paste it to the walls by yourself or hire an expert.

As a general rule, wallpaper is most likely going to cost more than a coat of paint, but it can add a lot of character to your home. Choosing to paste wallpaper on a feature wall, or on a whole room will also dictate the final costs. Regardless of the type of wallpaper that you choose, our experts recommend that you take into consideration the following:

1. There are many different types of wallpaper

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The technique of wallpapering was first developed in 200 B.C. China, where they used rice paper to decorate their interior walls. Since then, the techniques associated with wallpapering have come a very long way.

If you are considering decorating your walls with wallpaper, it's important to know that the most popular types are solid vinyl wallpaper, which is a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms due to its water resistant properties..

Can't decide whether to take the DIY route or hire a professional. If you choose to do it yourself, we recommend going for the peel and stick-type, which does not require you to prepare the glue and to apply it on the back of the wallpaper. However, you will still have to prepare the walls before you apply the wallpaper. If walls are greasy or dirty, it will not stick properly. If wall preparation is skipped, wallpaper will start to peel off over time, or you may notice small air bubbles appearing underneath.

One of the most popular types of wallpaper today is the photorealistic wallpaper, which can really enhance and exaggerate room ambience. This type of wallpaper is extremely versatile, as it can imitate any texture, and it can render breathtaking landscapes such as nature scenes, or city skylines. By using the latest technologies, certain wallpaper suppliers can use high-resolution photography in order to create good quality photorealistic wallpaper.

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Another popular wallpaper choice is the grasscloth wallpaper, which is made solely of natural fibers. This type of wall decoration has a specific texture and it looks natural and elegant. Grasscloth wallpaper also comes in a wide range of colours.

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If you are looking for a more eye-catching wallpaper, you can go with the flock wallpaper, which was extremely popular centuries ago, but can still be used to create a stylish and luxurious atmosphere. This type of wallpaper comes in different colours and patterns and has a velvet-like texture. If you are into vintage decorations, flock wallpaper should be a consideration.

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2. Choosing the perfect wallpaper can be challenging

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There are thousands of wallpaper styles, which is why choosing the perfect one might be more challenging than you would expect. However, you can narrow down your choices by:

  • Determining whether you want to wallpaper a whole room or just create a feature wall.
  • Deciding what the budget for wallpapering will be. Did you know that if your budget is tight you can remodel your home for less than $2000?
  • Choosing colours that will suit the existing interior of your home.
  • Thinking about the pattern that is most appropriate for your home. Busy and intricate patterns might make small rooms look even smaller.
  • Keeping in mind that vertical patterns will make your ceiling appear taller.
  • Going online and searching for ideas and making a list of your favourite styles.
  • If your budget allows it, consulting an interior decorator can also be a good idea.

3. The costs of wallpapering can vary

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Now that you have decided to decorate your walls with wallpaper, there are two main aspects that need to be considered: the wallpaper costs and the costs associated with its installation.

If you decide to install the wallpaper by yourself, you can avoid spending any money on the installation process, but the end result might not be quite what you were expecting.

The general costs of wallpapering can be anywhere between $10 and $100 per meter depending on the type of wallpaper, its texture, its style, and its brand. Before choosing your wallpaper, you should have measurements for walls.

After determining the width, you should divide the number by 53cm (standard wallpaper width), and find the number of rolls that you will need. This will help you make a general idea of the amount of money that you will have to spend on the wallpaper. Keep in mind that only after you have chosen the wallpaper that you will use, and have discussed with the supplier, will you know the final costs.

Did you decide to hire a wallpaper installation team instead of installing it yourself? Contractors will charge different rates depending on a project. Wallpaper that is surface printed is generally the easiest type to install. Flock wallpaper or grasscloth wallpaper are considered more difficult to install and will cost more. 

More often than not, wallpaper installation contractors charge somewhere between $30 and $50 per hour, but these rates might vary. Certain jobs will take much longer than others, as solid walls can be covered rather quickly, but cutting around doors and windows can slow down the process. Installing wallpaper on a single wall will also be significantly cheaper because it is a much quicker job. According to our specialists, covering a single wall can cost between $200 and $300.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the costs of wallpaper. If you are thinking about remodeling or renovating, and wallpaper is what you are going for, you can use our platform to find a professional tradie in no time!  

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Topics: Home Improvement

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.