You will agree with me that wallpapers are becoming part and parcel of interior wall design. If you are on the market for wallpaper, it’s important to understand the different types available, and some of the main highlights of each type. This article explores the most popular types of wallpapers on the market. The classification is based on the material used, and the style.


This is a blend of synthetic and natural fibres, the same used to make gauzes, teabags and filters. Non-woven wallpapers are the most popular because they are cheaper and also, easy to apply. To install non-woven wallpapers, apply glue on the walls evenly and install the paper seam to seam. Introduced just recently, these wallpapers are also best for digital wallpaper printing as they remain rigid in both wet and humid environment, so it doesn’t have a problem with the inks. Another advantage of non-woven wallpapers is that they are tear-resistant.


This is another popular type of wallpaper material, and even though it’s been here for ages, its popularity is dwindling. Paper wallpapers are available in a variety of patterns and colours so you won’t lack something to spruce up your walls. Please note, paper wallpapers are different from lining paper wallpapers. The latter is used to cover wall imperfections in readiness for painting or installation of decorative wallpaper.


These contain a backing layer which can be fibre or paper and a plastic coating. Vinyl wallpapers are durable, and very cheap. They are also highly customisable and can mimic any surface – from concrete to red brick walls or marine background. Vinyl wallpapers can be great for bathroom decoration, and kitchens as well as they are water-resistant. That also means mam=intenance is also easy as they are washable.

Metallic Wallpapers

Also known as foil wallpaper, metallic wallpapers are created by applying a thin sheet of shiny foil. These wallpapers are best known for their reflective properties, making them best for lighting up dark rooms. Aluminium foil is the most commonly used material here though plates are also used. These wallpapers are very durable and easy to maintain as they are washable.

Prepasted Wallpaper

This is not a type of wallpaper, but as the name suggests, it doesn’t require glue. It comes with dry paste at the back, and all you need to do is wet the glue. Please note, prepasted wallpapers can be any of the above and are not the same as self-adhesive wallpapers.

There you have it folks, the main types of wallpapers. Other wallpaper options include murals wallpapers, photo wallpapers, grasscloth, bamboo, paintable wallpaper, fibreglass, and flock, just to mention a few. Which one is your favourite, and why?

Author craig
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