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How an experienced custom wallcovering installation company can transform your home or business premises
Hiring a reputable custom wallcovering installation company is vital if you want quality results that will enhance the appearance of your house or business while improving your chances of increasing the value of the property should you decide to move home or relocate your commercial enterprise.
In the home, a professional installation of custom wall covering can reflect your personality and lifestyle, creating a mood-enhancing atmosphere to enrich your quality of domestic life.
In the office or other business premises, a new wallcovering will refresh and re-energise the workspace, fashioning an ambient environment that will impress staff and wow visiting clients.
Unlike paint, a wallcovering boasts a textural dimension that can add a rich, luxurious feel to rooms in any home or commercial premises, providing a subtle or striking backdrop, depending on your tastes. In the hands of an interior designer, wallcoverings can make a room come alive with vitality or provide a relaxing setting to create a haven of tranquillity.
In the 19th Century, wallpaper became a popular means of concealing shoddy plasterwork or cracks in a wall; now, the function of wallcoverings is chiefly decorative. In the home (and some small businesses), wallpaper is primarily fitted in low-traffic areas to add an aesthetic quality to a room and express individual style.
Other types of wallcovering are more popular when it comes to enhancing the appearance of shops, restaurants, offices, and other business sites, while protecting walls from scuff marks and other damage. Some of these wallcoverings are also used in homes.
How to choose a customised wall covering installation company in Singapore
The inherent properties of wallpapers and other wallcoverings – texture, color, and design – can help to radically improve the appearance of any room. There’re many different types of custom wallcovering on the market. Taking care in your choice of wallcovering is the first step in adding a touch of class to your rooms and potentially raising the value of your property.
The equally-important second step is to check out wallcovering companies and decide which one is best for you. Don’t be guided by price alone; a cheap quote could mean shoddy workmanship. Look for a custom wallcovering contractor backed by a team of interior designers and with a proven track record in wallcovering installation.
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Different types of wallcovering
Besides wallpaper, common types of wallcovering include cork and cork veneer, natural and synthetic textile, wood veneer, wall tiles, and acoustical. Let’s look at each one of these in more detail…
Cork and cork veneer
Cork wallcoverings provide a naturally-decorative and contemporary alternative to more conventional coverings. They come in tile or roll form in a wide range of patterns, styles, and shades to match any style of decor and furniture, while adding warmth and character to any room.
Left in its natural state, with no staining or surface treatment, cork provides subtle but elegant ornate effects. Cork wallcoverings, provided they haven’t been pre-waxed, can also be colour-stained to compliment surrounding decor.
Cork can have a functional application too, when, for instance, used as a pin board, without damage to the cork – perfect for offices and children’s bedrooms and play areas.
Cork veneer is trimmed from cork blocks or planks and laminated to form a layer that may be plain or coloured.
Natural and synthetic textile
Natural textile wallcoverings, as the name suggests, are fashioned from natural fibres and are made in an assortment of widths. They can be fine or rough in texture, depending on the look you want to create, and are usually laminated to a backing, typically acrylic or paper, to improve stability and stop the adhesive seeping through to the surface.
Synthetic textile coverings, woven or non-woven in appearance, were introduced to give the visually-appealing impression of natural textiles, plus the added bonus of stain and scratch resistance. These products are usually installed with a paper or acrylic backing.
Wood veneer wallcoverings are mainly laminated to fabric backing and come in sheets 45-60cm wide and up to 365cm in length. They’re used mostly in offices and conference rooms and are known for their extreme flexibility and stability, while being eco-friendly and economical.
Glazed ceramic wall tiles are ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. They’re highly durable, resistant to dirt, stains, and odours and can be cleaned easily. Wall tiles are also cost-effective and come in a huge variety of styles and options.
Acoustical wallcoverings are designed for use in any place where the need for sound reduction is paramount, such as meeting rooms, restaurants, offices, theatres, and auditoriums, as well as hallways and foyers. These products chiefly comprise man-made fibres and are tested for their sound-absorption qualities.
There’re other, more offbeat, ways to really make your walls stand out. If you like the idea of bringing the outdoors indoors, a wallcovering of real stone cladding or panelling might be right up your street. You can also get wallpaper that looks like stone but keeps the surface flat.
Another alternative to the more traditional wallcoverings can be achieved by covering an entire wall in fabric.
How to avoid common problems in wallpapering
If you’re thinking about carrying out a wallpapering job yourself, whether residential or commercial, you need to be aware that a DIY wallcovering installation can be prone to some common problems. Here are a few tips from the professionals to help you get it right.
- As in all painting and decorating tasks, preparation is key in wallpapering. The bare wall should be sanded, any cracks filled, and then sized/sealed to prevent the plaster surface from drawing moisture out of the wallpaper paste.
- Use an adequate amount of adhesive but don’t lay it on too thickly; make sure you paste the edges.
- A dull blade can tear wallpaper, so use a fresh blade with every strip.
- When hanging the paper, don’t start the papering process near the focal point of the room. And to avoid gaps at the seams, overlap the wallpaper.
- Once on the wall, smooth out the paper from the center.
- Rinse off the wallpaper and wall after hanging to get rid of excess paste.
Wallcovering installation specialists also stress the importance of taking precise measurements and recommend ordering 15-20% more wallpaper than you’ve estimated you need, depending on the intricacy of the pattern.
Finally, save scraps longer than 30cm for future repairs.
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Why choose Kepha Design and Contracts
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The expertise of Kepha Design and Contracts in Singapore in wallcovering installation can save you a great deal of time and hassle, and ensure you don’t make costly mistakes with your home or business wallcovering project.
Our experienced team of interior designers will help you to visualise how your custom wallcovering will look when it’s in place, in the context of its surroundings. Kepha can advise you on the comparative merits of the many different types of wallcovering available and help you to select quality materials that will ensure your specific requirements are satisfied.
Our highly-skilled wallcovering specialists will then carry out the installation to the highest standards.
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