Stay ahead of the fashion pack with Debona Wallpaper

Interior design is just like fashion when it comes to new trends. They change with the seasons and something that’s popular now will be considered out of date in 3 months time. So it can be difficult to make a decision when it comes to choosing a wallpaper. You want to give your house a more on trend look, but you don’t want to go for something that’ll look our of fashion in a few months time. Well the solution could well come in the form of Debona wallpaper. Their designs are timelessly stylish rather than of the moment trendy so they’ll look good now and next year.

The Pattern That Never Dies – Hands down the most popular design of all time has to be stripes. They have rarely gone out of fashion and there’s good reason for this – They simply allow you to feature multiple colours, and you can vary the stripe thicknesses to give bolder or more subtle looks.

Timeless shades of pink and silver which are popular all year round and finally a subtle lime green which is very fashionable at the moment but not so bright that it will dominate the design. This design would look just great in living rooms, bedrooms or studies.

Timeless Elegance – Damask has been around for over a thousand years. So you can’t get much more timeless than that. The detailed nature of the patterns makes them suitable for creating a feature wall, and they can equally work across a whole room. Colours are really important if you want a timeless feel. From the current range of Debona patterns the black, white and grey seems well suited to this. These shades rarely go out of fashion.

Mix and match styles – Although it might take a little getting your head around, going for a style from the past that mismatches with the style of your house can actually give it a timeless feel. A twenties art deco or seventies brown and beige design in a really modern home will create a striking feel. There are plenty for the former available in Debona’s Art Deco range. Our advice is to stick to bigger, bolder patterns if you want them to feel fashionable for longer.

The latest home decorating trend – DIY Soundproofing

If you thought home decorating was about the art of style and colour, then there’s a new development that’s bringing science to redecorating a room.

Last year it was all about using lining paper and thermal liners to insulate their homes, this year the trend is for soundproofing your home.

This post takes a look at the reasons behind the trend, how the technology works and how to use it in your home.

Why people are choosing soundproofing

More and more of us are now living in built up urban areas where lots of people have audio and home cinema sound systems, loud kitchen appliances, or even just noisy kids! One thing is sure – our environment is getting noisier, whether it’s coming from outside or your own household.

No one likes having their quiet Sunday afternoons interrupted, or being woken up in the middle of the night – so people are turning to wall soundproofing in increasing numbers.

Where in your house should you soundproof?

It’s possible to soundproof any room in a home, but the most popular rooms for soundproofing walls are:

  1. The Living Room – Soundproofing your living room can have the double benefit of not only keeping noise out so you can watch TV in peace, but also to improve the quality of the sound from home cinema and audio systems.
  2. The bedroom – Nowhere is quiet more welcome than the bedroom. Get your forty winks in peace by keeping the sound out.
  3. The Study – Create a peaceful space to concentrate on work.
  4. Laundry Room – Keep the sound of a washing machine or tumble drier from spreading to the rest of the house.

How Soundproofing Walls works

Soundproof wallpaper is now the easiest way to soundproof a wall. It is usually constructed of layers of lining paper, insulating foam of varying thicknesses and a thick layer of wallpaper. This means it insulates against noise while still being as easy to hang as normal wallpaper.

So, if you’re getting interrupted by noisy neighbors next time you read a book, watch a film, or try to sleep, consider using soundproof wallpaper to restore domestic blis

New! Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner

When only the best insulating lining paper is good enough, choose Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner. KV600 is 25% thicker than standard Wallrock Thermal Liner which means less heat escaping through your walls, and rooms that heat up even faster. When you combine these features together, you’ll find that your home is not only warmer, it’s a lot cheaper to heat as well. KV600 is 4mm thick and is pre-bonded to one of the toughest and most durable Non-Woven lining papers on the market – Wallrock Fibreliner. Like standard Thermal Liner, KV600 also offers great sound insulation, reduces condensation and resists damp and mould.

Wallrock Thermal Liner

Our pioneering Wallrock Thermal Liner provides a substantial amount of ceiling and interior wall insulation and reduces heat loss from walls by up to 36%. In addition, rooms heat up substantially quicker which saves you money on your energy bills and reduces your carbon footprint year after year. Wallrock Thermal Liner is 3.2 mm thick and is made from a technologically advanced thermal insulation material, bonded to a high quality, non-woven lining paper. It also offers great sound insulation. For an even better price deal, take a look at our discounted Wallrock Thermal Liner plus 5KG Thermal Liner Adhesive value pack.

Graphite Insulating Lining Paper

The New Graphite Insulating Lining Paper from Saarpor, is another excellent product to use to insulate your interior walls and ceilings and is equivalent to adding a 26cm layer of concrete to them! It’s made from 4mm thick polystyrene permeated with graphite crystals, which is bonded to a high quality non-woven lining paper. The graphite crystals reflect heat back into the room and prevent it escaping through walls and ceilings.

Insulating Lining Paper

Another Saarpor product, this Insulating Lining Paper offers a very economical way to provide a moderate level of thermal insulation to your home. At 4mm it’s double the thickness of traditional polystyrene veneers and it also comes with a high grade non-woven lining paper laminated to it.

Wallrock R300 Liner & Wallrock Cosy Liner

Wallrock R300 Liner is 1 mm thick and has been developed by Erfurt Mav to offer similar benefits to Wallrock Thermal Liner but at a lower price. The thermal insulation material is bonded to lining paper and it delivers a moderate to basic level of heat and sound insulation. A good choice when you want an insulating lining paper that is not too thick.

Heatsaver Polystyrene Insulation 2mm

Our Polystyrene Veneer provides a basic level of thermal insulation at a budget price. It consists of 2mm of polystyrene and comes in 10 metre length rolls. This product does not come with a pre-bonded lining paper, so a separate lining paper over the top is required. (We recommend using a non-woven lining paper such as Wallrock Fibreliner).

Wallrock Natural Thermal Liner

The costs of running a home have gotten more and more expensive over recent years. Big increases in the cost of gas and electric have become an annual event dreaded by many home owners. Time for some money saving tips.

First off, reduce the energy you use on lighting. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to get the most from natural light. When it’s night only light the rooms you are using, and switch off timer switches if you go away.

Secondly, reduce the amount of heating you use. The most effective things to do are filling in any gaps around your windows, insulating your loft and wall cavities, and using Wallrock Natural Thermal Liner to insulate the interior side of the walls.

This will have two money saving effects; the room will heat up in more quickly, and less heat will escape through the walls. So less energy is needed to heat up and keep a room heated.

Wallrock Natural Thermal Liner has been produced by Erfurt Mav to stop heat escaping, based on similar technology used in aeronautics. Without wanting to go into too much detail, Wallrock Thermal Liner is made of thermal insulation material bonded to high quality lining paper. So it’s as easy to put on your walls as regular wallpaper. When you’ve done that, you can overlay it with a wallpaper covering to give you walls a personal touch. That way, the thermal liner will be undetectable. That is until you heat up the room in extra quick time, or receive your next heating bill, which should be less than previous ones.

There’s added benefits to using Wallrock Natural Thermal Liner. It can reduce any condensation, mould and damp in your walls, making your home a healthier place to be.

For all Wallrock Thermal Liner products at great prices, try GoWallpaper.co.uk

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All this might make it sound like Wallrock Thermal Liner will cost and arm and a leg, but it’s actually very reasonable. Order some today, get your home better insulated and your energy bills down.

 

Fibre Lining Paper: The Facts

Unless you’re a DIY nut, it’s hard to keep up with developments in tools to help with wall preparation, wall coverings and paint. There have been a number of new developments recently, like thermal lining paper, metallic and glitter wallpaper, eco-friendly paint and wallpaper and mould resistant paint. So lets take this opportunity to talk about one of the most popular new products on the market – fibre lining paper.

What’s Fibre Lining Paper?

Fibre Lining Paper, also known as fibreliner, is designed to be used on your walls to prepare them for wallpapering. Generally, they’re made from a wood pulp containing short fibres of wood that are compacted together to make a strong paper. When this is applied to the walls of your home, the lining paper helps to smooth the walls and will form a strong bond to wallpaper, keeping it in place.

Which Brands Produce Fibre Lining Paper?

One of the most popular brands that offer fibre lining paper is Wallrock Fibre Liner, also known as Wallrock Fibreliner. What’s particularly good about this is that it’s made from paper that has been sourced from sustainable forests, so it is an environmentally friendly product.

Wallrock Fibre Lining Paper is also resistant to peeling, which can be an issue with other lining papers. This is because, unlike most fibreliners which are made from short fibre wood pulp, Wallrock Fibre Liner is made from long fibre pulp, making it more flexible. So as walls move slightly, as they do in all homes, the lining paper moves with them without splitting or tearing. This makes using Wallrock Fibre Liner the financially sensible thing to do as it should stay in place for longer.

What Are Common Fibre Lining Paper Uses?

Fibre lining paper can be used on ceilings as well as most walls. It can be used in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, studies and under wallpaper in the bathroom and kitchen as well. It’s quite durable so it can be used in high traffic areas like hallways and stairs too. Fibre liners can be used instead of thermal liners in homes where heat loss is not a special problem.

You might expect Wallrock Fibreliner to be more expensive given it’s increased durability and long lasting nature, but it’s actually very affordable and where you consider the need to repeat purchase and re-apply cheaper alternatives it’s actually very good value for money.

Zinsser Primer and Sealers 101

Zinsser has been a staple of the DIY industry for many years, building up a reputation for designing tools that have helped people tackle any number of decorating problems. Below we have a look at their primers and sealers and show how they can be of help to you.

Zinsser Primer – There are a whole range of products that are designed to prep walls, ceilings, tiles and other surfaces for treatment or decoration. Collectively they are referred to as primers. Zinsser manufactures a range of primers which do different jobs.

Zinsser Cover Stain Primer – Primer that’s intended to work on surfaces stained with water marks, nicotine, graffiti, rust or mildew stains. If these surfaces are painted directly, the stains will probably show through the paint or leach into wallpaper, causing blemishes.

Zinsser Peel Stop Primer – This is specially designed for use on flaking, cracked or peeling paint. It will create a smooth and flat surface that is ready to take another layer of paint over the top. As well as working on plaster, wood, cement and metal surfaces in the home, Peel Stop Primer can also be used on external surfaces.

Zinsser BullsEye 123 Primer – This can be used inside and outside where damp is causing a problem, typically in laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Unlike some damp or mould remedies, it is non-toxic. It seals stains caused by mould so that they don’t leach into future layers of paint or wallpaper. It also works to prevent future mould growth.

Zinsser BullsEye 123 Plus Primer – A stronger version of the above. This is for use on pretty much any surface affected by mould and will seal in mildew and water to make the surface ready for painting or wallpapering.

Zinsser Sealants – As well as the range of primers, Zinsser also sell Zinsser Grandz, a specialist sealer and bond coat which is designed for use on porous surfaces like plaster, plasterboard, wallpaper, lining paper or filler to create a smooth surface that’s ready for painting.

When it comes to home decorating, preparation is key. So use the Zinsser primer or sealer that’s right for your home to make sure you get a professional looking end result.

How to use dust sheets like a decorating pro!

One of the main reasons for turning people off from embarking on some DIY,  is the mess it causes. There’s always the danger of paint dripping on to carpets or skirting boards, or for splattering to get on to furniture, paintings or ornaments. If you’re wallpapering, you can end up with sticky wallpaper adhesive on your curtains or sofa, whilst a spot sanding can have you finding dust on window sills and other surfaces for weeks afterwards. So all of this can be avoided if you use decorator’s dust sheets. Lets have a look at what different types of dust sheet are available and what the best ways to use them are.

Plastic or cotton?

Decorating Dust sheets have been around for a long time, with people commonly using old bed sheets of pieces of fabric. We don’t all have old linen to hand, so most DIY suppliers also sell specifically made dust sheets.

Not all purpose made dust sheets are made from fabric. The dust sheets found in DIY stores are more often made from a thin plastic such as polythene – like the plastic that carrier bags are made out of. These have the advantage over fabric of being completely resistant to moisture, as well as dust. It’s also a very light weight material so polythene dust sheets are easy to manoeuvre and fold or roll up. They can be used again after a shake or dust down. The only problem with this kind of dust sheet is that it can tear easily.

You will still be able to find cotton dust sheets in the shops. They’re thicker than polythene ones so you will get more thorough protection from dust, but they are not waterproof. Cotton dust sheets will usually be more expensive than polythene ones and they’re also heavier and more difficult to move around. However, they can still be rolled or folded pretty easily. The big benefit of using cotton dust sheets is that they can be re-used more often, just needing a shake or a wash.

Using dust sheets the correct way

There are a wide range of uses for dust sheets. They can cover floors, doors, door frames, furniture or whatever else you want to protect from getting messy. Here are our tips for using them like a pro:

  • Stick masking tape along the edges to secure the dust sheet in place when it’s covering the floor. This means you can walk on it without pulling it away from the edges of the rooms, and stops dust from getting underneath.
  • If you’re using one to cover a piece of furniture, tack the dust sheet in place, and if you need to use more than one dustsheet for a big piece of furniture, make sure the dustsheets overlap so there are no gaps for grime to get in.
  • When you’re packing away dust sheets the way to make sure all the dust ends up outside and not on the floor is to gently untape it and then fold into the centre of the sheet. Once you’ve done this pick up the corners and carry it outside and shake it out. 

If you use dust sheets and follow those tips, then you can make sure your DIY causes the smallest amount of mess possible.

Get Earth Friendly with your paint

We are all increasingly aware of the need to help protect the environment today, and there’s plenty you can do when it comes to paint and home decorating. There’s recycled lining paper and FSC wallpaper, to name but a few environmentally friendly home décor products already on the market,  and you can now buy paint that’s environmentally friendly from a number of leading paint suppliers. In today’s article we have a look at one brand of environmentally friendly paint, Earth Friendly Paint, and look at how to use it to achieve the latest trends.

Earth Friendly Paint

Designer paint brand Earth Friendly Paint’s products are produced with materials that impact on the environment much less than ordinary paints. The paint is classified as recycled and contains a high solid content, making decorating easy. It offers excellent coverage so it’s ideal to use throughout your home, and it’s also fast drying. Earth Friendly Paint emits a low odour compared to the harsh smell of standard paint, so it’s better for you as well as the environment.

Earth Friendly Paint’s are available in a range of finishes. Matte will give you a flat look, vinyl silk will give a more glossy finish and eggshell will result in something between the two. It’s available in twenty two different shades and is suitable to be used as trade paint.

The Latest Paint Trends

The feature wall is the latest trend in interior design. It means having one wall in a room covered in a bold, eye-catching patterned wallpaper in one of this season’s hot colour combinations, like bright blue and mushroom brown or orange and misty grey. The look is completed by having the other walls painted a flat, matte colour in one of the shades featured in the wallpaper. The wide range of shades available from Earth Friendly is great for getting this look. Their Sky Blue shade is a bright blue that is right on trend and looks great when paired with a bold brown or bright fuchsia pink or lemon yellow. If you’d prefer to go with the grey and orange colour scheme, the Heritage Ivory shade is really good at brightening up a room and looks especially good teamed with eye catching floral wallpaper.

If you’re not convinced by heavily patterned designs, you can also create a feature wall using an instance shade, such as Earth Friendly’s Chilli Red Emulsion and contrast it with a subtle shade such as Velvet Cream or Magnolia. And be sure to take a look at the other irresistible shades available from Earth Friendly.