Whatever you need to put on your wall—lining paper to vinyl—we can tell you the benefits, and the best paste to get it stuck up there.

Lining paper 

Plain lining paper is designed to cover poor wall surfaces before they are papered. Sold in five thicknesses, heavier and thicker paper is less likely to tear.

Paste Use cold-water or all-purpose.

 

Woodchip 

Useful for covering uneven walls, this paper has two layers bonded together with a sprinkling of wood chippings between them. Paint with emulsion. Rough to the touch, so not suitable in children's rooms or in narrow passages.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water, heavy-duty or ready mixed.

 

Standard wallpaper 

Quality varies with price: cheap paper is thin and tears easily, especially when damp. It is also more difficult to hang. None of these papers is washable, so avoid using them in kitchens.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water or ready-mixed.

 

Duplex paper 

The top surface—often with a relief pattern—is bonded to a backing paper. It is strong, easy to hang and holds its shape. Easier to hang than other relief wallpapers.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water, heavy-duty or ready-mixed.

 

Paste-the-wall papers 

Available in a wide range of colours and designs. They are easy to hang (and strip off) and can be wiped clean. Paste the wall, not the paper.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water or ready-mixed.

 

Relief wall coverings 

Heavy papers, such as Anaglypta, embossed with a pattern during manufacture. Suitable for uneven walls and ceilings. Can be painted.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water or ready-mixed.

 

High relief wall coverings 

Made from material that feels like hard putty. Many designs available. Lincrusta is more durable than other relief wall coverings.

Paste Use cold-water, heavy-duty, ready-mixed or Lincrusta adhesive.

 

Vinyl 

PVC layer, with pattern or texture, bonded to paper. Durable and washable.

Paste Use all-purpose or ready-mixed (both with fungicide) or vinyl adhesive.

 

Hessian 

Available as just a roll of material, or bonded to a backing paper that keeps it from sagging. With unbacked hessian, paste the wall, not the material.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water, heavy-duty or ready-mixed.

 

Silk wall covering 

Silk, bonded to a fine backing paper. Expensive and delicate; joins are always visible. Best in small areas.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water or ready-mixed.

 

Japanese grasscloth 

Made of real grasses, bonded and stitched to a fine paper. Joins are always visible.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water, heavy-duty or ready-mixed.

 

Cork wall coverings 

A fine veneer of cork, stuck to a plain or painted backing paper. Colour shows through the holes. Apply paste to the wall, not the paper.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water, heavy-duty or ready-mixed.

 

Metallic wall coverings 

Foil bonded to a paper backing. Use only on perfect walls, as any unevenness will spoil the effect. Paste the wall, not the covering.

Paste Use all-purpose or ready-mixed (both with fungicide) or heavy-duty.

 

Flock wall coverings 

Fabric pile, bonded to backing paper. Hang as standard wallpaper but try to keep splashes of paste off the surface. Expensive, but effective.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water, heavy-duty or ready-mixed.

 

Special effects wall coverings 

Papers and vinyls in a wide range that give the effect of wood, stone or tiling. Used to create optical illusions. Can be overpowering, and more expensive than standard coverings.

Paste Use all-purpose, cold-water, heavy-duty or ready-mixed.

 

Green wallpapering

Several manufacturers make environmentally friendly wallpapers using a range of materials and methods. Some are made from sustainably sourced wood and use water-based inks, others from recycled paper and even flax.

Paste them with natural non-toxic methyl cellulose wallpaper paste, an adhesive mainly obtained from wood pulp and cotton.

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