Washable Wallpaper – A dream design on a solid foundation. 210+ (Photo) for Kitchen, Bathroom and Toilet
Washable wallpapers were an absolute hit when they first hit the market – and that hasn’t changed now. They are comfortable, versatile and practical. Compared to others, they have many advantages that really look better than others. More details later in the article.
Features of choice
The design of synthetic wallpaper patterns is extremely versatile. Imitation materials under a rock, wood, tiles, skin create a realistic atmosphere, introduce structure into the room. This unusual wall decor provides many advantages and can be used in a variety of environments..
PVC is suitable for rooms with high levels of humidity, for example, for kitchen and bathroom rooms. But it is also suitable for intensive use, in places such as corridors, stairs or baby rooms. It can be used even in dry basements. In commercial, business or public spaces, bright vinyl has replaced fiberglass, which was ubiquitous before..
Washable wallpaper became an absolute hit
70s design was rich in plastic and synthetic materials like no other decade in history. Today, original 70s vinyl wallpaper – with vibrant colors and vintage patterns – is sought after by many collectors..
People soon discovered the practical aspects of artificial wall treatments and enthusiastically used them in their homes.. They opened up hitherto unknown possibilities: the bathroom, kitchen, corridors have now turned into luxurious design spaces, with the help of washable and durable synthetic material..
Brick wall print
Vinyl wallpaper in the form of tiles or interesting stone, wood imitation varieties became very popular in the 80s, they provided even more design possibilities. The plastic coated ones were easy to handle, washed well, making them the obvious solution for areas prone to moisture or dirt.
Decades have passed, but the washable wallpaper remains. Continuous development of new designs and pattern ideas continues to increase the popularity of this timeless classic.. Among their characteristics are also resistance to wear and tear.. Wall decoration with this material will continue to be popular in places that are prone to damp and dirt..
Glass fabric wallpaper is an environmentally friendly product. They are woven using glass yarns of various thicknesses and densities, and then impregnated to hold their shape.. The final pattern can mimic different types of knits.
In the interior of the kitchen
Such walls, in addition to being environmentally friendly, also have a number of other useful characteristics:
- do not burn, do not support fire;
- durable, shock-resistant;
- possibility of repainting.
The main advantage of fiberglass is its safety, which distinguishes it from PVC, which emits poisonous gas when burning.. The glass does not contain any flammable substances. It also maintains a good indoor climate, as it is able to “breathe”, contains clay, sand, quartz and other natural ingredients..
Fiberglass wall decoration will be a useful solution for pet lovers. Resistant to sharp claws, teeth and pet lifestyle.
The main disadvantage of such wallpapers is their relatively low moisture resistance – they can be washed, but they are not suitable for wet rooms..
Two kinds of vinyl wallpaper
Wallpaper made of polyvinyl chloride (the same slang “vinyl”) are solid and vinyl coated. The latter are also often called acrylic. The former are made entirely of PVC and coated with recycled paper or a combination of cellulose and textile fibers. And PVC is applied only as an additional protective coating.
Visually and structurally, both options provide almost unlimited design options. Deciding which one to choose depends entirely on practical preference..
Drawing in the form of kitchen utensils
With the paper version, glue is applied to each roll and then left to absorb. With non-woven wallpaper, the glue is applied directly to the wall, no soaking time is required. The roll can be applied to the wall as soon as it has been cut to the desired length. In addition, PVC can be very easily removed, since they are removed entirely from the wall, leaving no traces, without the need for preliminary impregnation..
Papers are available with the following specifications:
- “Remove after soaking”.
- Remove dry.
Nonwovens have additional functional features: they retain their shape, regulate humidity, correct minor unevenness. PVC coated paper is less moisture resistant, but the sealed vinyl surface does not allow any moisture to pass through anyway.
Do not allow any moisture to pass through
Regardless of the backing material, vinyl is inherently moisture repellent. The synthetic surface for decoration comes in many varieties, such as smooth, textured or embossed.
Polyvinyl chloride and other synthetic materials
The surface material of vinyl wallpaper is polyvinyl chloride, PVC. Often, several similar terms are used interchangeably:
However, there are some technical differences..
This print always looks stylish.
Synthetic materials can be classified into three main groups:
- duroplastic (or ractoplast);
Polyvinyl chloride is a thermoplastic substance derived from vinyl chloride. It belongs to the group of thermoplastic resins (together with polyethylene and polypropylene). In addition to PVC, the surfaces of synthetic wallpaper can be made from other substances of the main group, for example, polymethyl methacrylate, polyvinyl fluoride or ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer..
Bright and appetizing pattern, suitable for the kitchen
For bathroom and toilet
Until recently, many bathrooms were tiled from floor to ceiling. It was considered a beautiful and practically justified solution. Tiled walls are really easy to clean. Any moisture remained on top of the tiles and did not lead to mold on the walls.
Wallpaper then was not of the same quality as it is today, which basically made it unsuitable for wet rooms.. But today, the trend is moving away from cool tiles to brighter, more stylish solutions.. Patterned motifs can create a more expressive atmosphere – from the ocean to the spa of Ancient Egypt.
In fact, you can create any mood by choosing the right pattern or pattern. Let’s illustrate this idea in the following example..
A drawing that will create a bright mood
Due to sea and water blue the color takes on deep shades, often with an admixture:
Textured or patterned bathroom wallpaper in these colors transforms white walls into magical, mystical underwater worlds or the endless expanses of the Atlantic. Such a room will become a refuge from stress and life upheavals..
AdviceThe combination of blue and white and red creates a classic nautical palette, often paired with striped wallpapers.
It doesn’t have to be a well-defined pattern. An abstract motif or texture embossed in riotous blues and greens, also suitable for an ocean-inspired bathroom. On the market today you can find, for example, turquoise leather-like wallpaper with realistic embossing reminiscent of fish scales; baroque and retro patterns in nautical colors.
Combining colors correctly
Motion wallpapers depicting lines, waves or water bubbles create subtle or strong dynamic effects.
Use in a toilet or bathroom means there will be high levels of condensation. As a result, the wallpaper used must have certain characteristics in terms of adhesion, water resistance and detergency..
Both types of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coated wallpaper prevent moisture penetration and are suitable for bathrooms. However, non-woven bathroom walls are often the preferred choice due to their shape retention and water resistance..
The degree of washing in this case is also different for different wallpapers: sometimes medium, high resistance to washing, scratches. They can have smooth or textured surfaces, a wide variety of patterns and motifs. Many renowned designers value this high quality and water repellent surface material when creating new favorite bathroom trends..
The washing step of the wallpaper is really different.
Alternatives to vinyl
When choosing a different surface material, you need to consider that all wallpapers used in bathrooms must be sealed with a sealant to protect against moisture and condensation. This can be achieved by applying a special latex paint.
The paint should be applied with pinpoint precision so as not to miss a single part of the wall.. Even the smallest untreated stain can have some effect on the appearance of the walls.. However, delicate surface materials are not suitable for the latex paint sealing process..
Small kitchen in a loft style
Applying wallpaper in bathrooms
Patterned wallpaper can be used on one or all bathroom walls. All areas that are in direct contact with water or exposed to moisture / condensation (shower, sink, toilet, etc.) must be protected, as even water-repellent wallpapers cannot withstand this impact.. Modern splash-proof facing tiles are limited in their respective areas, do not take up much space. Consequently, there is a lot of free space for wall design applications..
Old, irrelevant tiles can also be hidden behind water-repellent wallpaper. Here, in order for the result to meet expectations, some preparation will be required. For example, a wall surface can be smoothed with tile adhesive. Alternatively, you can attach to the wall drywall, to prepare it for wallpaper. For vinyl in bathtubs, a mixture of special wallpaper paste and dispersion glue is used to increase the strength of the adhesive.
Kitchen – delicious wallpaper recipe
Modern kitchens have long lost their reputation as a purely functional area, so they are often decorated with wallpapers that can emphasize the individual taste of their owners. But here, too, you need to take into account several basic characteristics and design rules..
Colors are tools for creating a certain mood, atmosphere in a room. Typically, kitchens require lighter and more stimulating colors.. Darker shades should only be used sparingly. However, wall décor with black as the main headset can provide a great visual contrast to white walls. The effect will be modern and stylish..
Colors are tools for creating a certain mood
Kitchen wall colors can have a subconscious effect on our energy, creativity, appetite.. Yellow, reds, oranges will be the most successful kitchen colors. The more intense and brighter the shade, the stronger its effect. Purple is a creative, magical color – great for aspiring culinary masters and food adventurers.
Wallpaper for the kitchen with cool light shades of blue, gray or silver metallic color for a sophisticated effect living room, especially in combination with modern kitchen furniture, equipment. Green kitchen wall decor brings freshness to the room.
Green is known to have a balancing, calming effect that relieves stress. Various light or dark shades of brown remind us of coffee, chocolate or nuts – which are used in the kitchen and stimulate our senses. Brown kitchen walls are also suitable for a range of classic and trendy interior styles..
Stripes are always in trend
When combining colors, you must first of all take into account harmony and balance. As a neutral tone, white is a great partner for other colors. The motif with the image of fruits and greens refers to the theme of cooking. Collections of kitchen utensils such as spoons or plates are often used on kitchen décor.
Just make sure the patterns and colors enhance the layout, ambience of the room.. They have a significant impact on the visual impression of the height, size, brightness, mood of a room..
What else to pay attention to?
Small kitchens benefit the most from:
- light-colored wallpapers with small or delicate patterns / motifs;
- with glitter or with metallic effects;
- 3D patterns that increase space;
- with thin horizontal stripes, small classic patterns, small polka dots.
Green in the bathroom interior
Larger or brighter patterns should be limited to only one wall or part of a wall.
Structural patterns such as horizontal stripes or diagonal patterns are preferred for low ceilings. Apply wallpaper before ceiling, to achieve the effect that the drawing continues indefinitely. Delicate or thin lines are suitable for small rooms with low ceilings.
For high ceilings, use a single color wallpaper at the bottom of the wall, then a patterned wallpaper at the ceiling.
Walls with a pattern for kitchen tiles
Modern kitchens often have floor tiles only, as even the backsplash on the wall is often replaced with modern, easy-care materials that have the added benefit of being easy to install. Nonetheless, tiled walls remain a popular choice for the kitchen, as illustrated by striking examples from designers.. This latest trend is reflected in the Spanish-style Majolica tiles inspired by the world-renowned master architect Antoni Gaudí.
French style bathroom
Practical characteristics and surface materials
Since kitchens or kitchen areas are constantly exposed to steam and condensation, kitchen walls must meet certain requirements such as moisture resistance and durability..
Of course, they should wash well, since food gets on them during cooking is inevitable.. In addition, you need to consider whether the wallpaper for the kitchen will be near a fire source, for example, near a stove or table. There are many spills and stains in the kitchen, many of which can be quite tricky.
Wallpaper for tiles
According to the type of potential stains and cleaning requirements, washable kitchen wallpaper is divided into the following categories:
- water resistance;
- high water resistance;
- scratch resistance;
- high scratch resistance.
Both types of vinyl are most suitable for kitchen walls that require cleaning.. Some surface materials are not recommended for use in the kitchen as they are exposed to moisture / steam – apart from natural and textile materials, this list also contains fiberglass. In terms of sophistication and ease of maintenance, vinyl imitating leather is a stunning solution for kitchens..
Since every kitchen contains a hob and oven, this is the room with the highest risk to the home.. As a result, the preference in the kitchen should have fire-resistant wallpaper and the choice of fiberglass is justified here, the main thing is that it is not near condensation.
Kitchen wallpaper should also provide qualities such as strength and stronger grain so that minor damage does not have a big impact on the overall appearance..
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Hallway – how to create an entrance area
Have you had an unpleasant or even frightening experience of walking down a dark narrow corridor when visiting friends, acquaintances or relatives? If so, then you probably remember the oppressive feeling of claustrophobia and the desire to get to the other end as quickly as possible.. Forget this narrow, dark, intimidating hallway.
Beautiful 3D wallpaper
Hallway looks like a business card of your home, and it is the first one perceived by visitors the moment you open the door. Anyone who comes to visit you will see the design of your corridor first. And guests will instinctively base their expectations on the rest of the home – or even the personality of its residents – on that first impression..
Thus, you need to create a number of positive emotions and not give visitors an association with a dark, untidy, neglected or boring corridor. It totally depends on how you design and what impression you create for yourself, your family and guests..
There are wallpapers that visually improve and emphasize the layout, or even correct it, that are pleasing to the eye and evoke positive associations..
Beautiful floral print
Specific characteristics of wallpaper for the hallway
The corridor is a high traffic area, a walk-through room. This means that usually the decor here has to be changed quite often. As a result, one might think that wallpapers in these areas should not have any particular characteristics. However, the opposite is true. For example, the area near the door will be exposed to more dirt than any other part of the house.. Children put their hands on the walls while removing their shoes. And when repairing any other room, workers will have to walk along corridors and stairs, carrying dust and other pollutants..
Therefore, the following characteristics and features are useful for the walls in the hallway:
- well washable surface (vinyl);
- higher grammar.
Wallpaper with good lightfastness is important in entrance areas and staircases with windows and glass doors and therefore with an excess of sunlight and daylight.
Adjustment of the layout
Color, type, order, size of the picture, as well as structure, effects can have a balancing and corrective effect in case of unfavorable planning. Add light and space to a narrow, dark hallway, add large three-dimensional patterns to a large and spacious. Here are the recommendations for different room corrective measures using vinyl:
- A short, narrow hallway with no daylight. Stretch, expand, lighten with the background color. Base and pattern colors should not contrast too much, but belong to the same color family. Small designs are more appropriate than large or three-dimensional designs. Metallic, foil or fiberglass play with light – thus adding light to the area.
- If you want to add a very natural, warm touch to a room or hallway, you can use bamboo or cork wallpaper. The ceiling should always be of only one color and a lighter tone than the main color of the pattern..
Blue combined with brown
- Long, narrow corridor with little or no daylight. Again, light-colored walls with matte / glossy or metallic effects work best. Silky surfaces, intertwined patterns or artfully folded photographic motifs, typographic designs take away from length. Clear geometric patterns on a light background and contrasting color patterns visually shorten the room. An accent wall will also go here. This is usually a wall that attracts a direct eye when entering a house. Choose a wallpaper that looks good with doors (such as a discontinuous pattern) and a pattern that is balanced in proportion to the size of the wall surface. The ceiling should only be one color, it should match the walls, but be a little lighter.
- Large entrance hall. The large lobby provides plenty of space for massive patterns and interesting motifs that need attention. The bravest ones can mix two types of wallpaper with different patterns. Multicolored or bright, contrasting or dark colors with lighter details are also great for large hallways.
Spring mood in the bathroom
- High ceilings in the lobby, corridor. They can make walls look intrusive, “endless”. Creating separate areas is a good solution. For example, the area near the floor can have a plain textured wallpaper, while the rest of the wall can be decorated with beautiful patterns..
Low ceilings require ingenious techniques to look taller. Use wallpaper that is vertically aligned, such as vertical stripes that become less visible in the upper area, under the ceiling.
Surface structure: smooth and structured
Vinyl surfaces can be smooth or have varying degrees of texture and tactile texture. Hence, there are various methods of PVC coating. The carrier layer can be laminated (covered with a thin plastic film), printed or embossed. Another method is to apply a pre-printed PVC layer and then hot stamp. Also known as vinyl so called foam wallpaper. This is when the carrier material is processed with PVC foam to create the multi-dimensional structure of the pattern. In addition to vinyl foam wallpaper, embossed vinyl wallpaper also provides a tangible relief. Both variants of vinyl embossed wallpaper are generally referred to as textured wallpaper..
Popular on vinyl wallpaper:
- baroque patterns;
- striped or gradient;
- imitation of wood or stone;
- tile design;
- leathery look;
- beautiful landscapes and landscape motives;
- comic characters;
- cult figures;
- abstract, authentic or figurative images.
This versatility makes vinyl flexible and suitable for a range of themes and interior styles, allowing even the most outlandish design concepts to be realized. Glossy and matte effects create a sense of spatial depth and plasticity.
Cleaning vinyl wallpaper
The most deserving of the title is the washable type of vinyl or synthetic wallpaper. This is one of the main reasons for their popularity.. PVC wallpaper processing is classified as follows:
- Waterproof: Dirt and water-soluble stains and smudges can be removed with a damp cloth and a little soap and water. Oil and grease stains are not washed off. Never use degreasers on this vinyl decor.
- High resistance to water: even large or greasy stains can be removed. However, degreasing agents should still not be used..
- Scratch Resistant: For vinyl wallpapers in this category, you can use a sponge or soft brush and mild cleaners to clean.
- High scratch resistance: similar to the previous look, but with a more durable surface that is easier to clean.
Interesting drawing with bright birds
AdviceFoam wallpaper should only be cleaned with a sponge or damp cloth, any brushes can damage the foam layer. Never apply too much pressure to the surface when cleaning.
Check the information label on each roll. It contains instructions on how to use wallpaper paste or glue.. Depending on the thickness, type and structure of the surface, dispersion adhesive or a mixture of special paste and dispersion adhesive may be required.
General guidelines are as follows: the surface must be clean, dry and absorbent to achieve the desired results. Minor cracks or bumps can be smoothed out with smooth or textured vinyl wallpaper.
Creative drawing that will cheer you up