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Arthouse Sophia Stripe Wallpaper in Green

The Arthouse Sophia Stripe Wallpaper in Green has been specially designed to add a splash of colour to your home this season. This eye-catching wallpaper features a modern stripe effect and comes in a stunning green colour scheme for an on-trend look.

The Arthouse Sophia Stripe Wallpaper in Green can be used to create a feature wall and is especially well suited to a living room or dining room. Complete the look with matching green accessories for a touch more colour.

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Arthouse Samba Plain Wallpaper in Silver

The Arthouse Samba Plain Wallpaper in Silver has been specially designed to coordinate perfectly with the Samba patterned wallpaper collection. This simple yet elegant wallpaper comes in a delightful shade of silver and will add a touch luxury to any room.

The Arthouse Samba Plain Wallpaper in Silver can be used throughout a room or in conjunction with other Arthouse wallpapers for a beautiful finish.

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Arthouse Sophia Stripe Wallpaper in Teal

The Arthouse Sophia Stripe Wallpaper in Teal has been specially designed to inject a splash of colour into your home this season. This eye-catching wallpaper features a modern striped effect and will make a welcome addition to your home.
In a striking combination of teal, grey and white stripes, the Arthouse Sophia Stripe Wallpaper in Teal is suitable for use throughout a room or just on one wall as a feature. Team with matching teal accessories and home furnishings for a touch more colour.

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Arthouse Bernwood Trees Forest Wallpaper – Cream

The Arthouse Bernwood Trees Forest Wallpaper in Cream has been specially designed to add a touch of modern styling to your home this season. This eye-catching wallpaper has been inspired by trees yet features a more contemporary design for a great look.

The Arthouse Bernwood Trees Forest Wallpaper in Cream can be used throughout a room or just on one wall to create a focal point. Team with matching home furnishings to complete the look.

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Arthouse Samba Motif Wallpaper – Black and Purple

The Arthouse Samba Motif Wallpaper in Black and Purple has been specially designed to add that all important wow factor to your home. This eye-catching wallpaper has a modern floral design and comes in a contemporary black and purple colour scheme.

Ideal for use as a feature wall, the Arthouse Samba Motif Wallpaper in Black and Purple will make a welcome addition to a living room or dining room.

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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.

Let kids’ imaginations run wild with Walltastic Wallpaper and Murals

In a child’s imagination anything is possible so let your kids’ imagination run wild with Walltastic Wallpaper and Murals. They can be a superhero, a pirate, a princess or an astronaut, given the slightest encouragement. And that is where Walltastic wallpaper designs can help. Their wallpaper and murals are designed with their aim of fuelling a child’s imagination and turning their bedroom into a fun and colourful environment. Let’s have a look at a few of the Walltastic designs that can bring your child’s room to life.

Knights, dragons and dinosaurs

Lots of little boys have imagined themselves as heroic knights out to defeat the dragon, or as intrepid explorers in a prehistoric world of dinosaurs. The Walltastic collection has designs to bring both of these fantasies to life. There’s the CGI design Mike the Knight wall mural featuring the Disney character Mike, his side kicks, and castle. There’s also the Baby Dino mural if you fancy a more illustrative look. The pastel colours and adorable illustrations work for boy or girl. Finally, Land of the Knights is a more graphic, cartoon design featuring ferocious fire breathing monsters.

Princesses and fairytales

Dreaming of being a princess in a beautiful dress and living in a grand castle like Snow White, Cindarella or Rapunzel has long been a little girls’ fantasy. Walltastic Murals offer a range of designs in this ilk. There’s Disney’s Fairy Princesses, the Barbie Wall Mural and a whole host of other designs.

Superheroes

If your kid loves to pretend they have super powers that they use to save the world, then take a look at some of Walltastic’s superhero wall murals.  All these designs are full of colour and adventure.

So when it comes to decorating your kids’ bedrooms, think outside of primary colours and stoke their imaginations with Walltastic wallpaper and  murals.

Saarpor Lining Paper – The Five Liners

A lot has changed in the world of home decorating since people used to line their walls with newspaper to soak up the damp and provide an extra layer of insulation. Since then, things have progressed rapidly in the field of insulating wallpaper and lining papers. One company leading the way in the innovation and design of insulating wallpaper is Saarpor. We’ll take a look at their range of five liners below.

Graphite Insulating Lining Paper

Saarpor’s most well known lining paper is Saarpor Graphite Insulating Lining Paper. Saarpor graphite utilizes the natural reflectivity of graphite to bounce heat back into your room. Saarpor Graphite Insulating Lining Paper is made from polystyrene that has been infused with graphite particles then laminated onto high quality lining paper. Its insulating effects are equivalent to 26cm of concrete.The savings on your energy costs are twofold as it not only reflects the heat already in the room, it also prevents heat escaping.

Heat Saving Insulation Polystyrene

Saarpor’s Heat Saving Insulation Polystyrene is designed to keep your home warm. It’s made from 2mm of polystyrene, which not only prevents heat loss but also insulates about noise by reflecting soundwaves. The thickness of the insulation also means that the paper will cover over minor cracks and plastering imperfections.

Sound Proof Insulating Liner

For homes that require more thorough sound protection Saarpor have developed Sound Proof Insulating Liner. It’s made from a 6mm thick combination of sound absorbing foam laminated to heavy lining paper.

The foam will absorb as much sound as 10cm of concrete.

The end result is a product that will block out everything from noisy neighbours, to screaming kids, to loud music.

Red Label Insulating Lining Paper

Saarpor’s Red Label Insulating Lining Paper is a moderate insulating lining paper made from 4mm of polystyrene and a high quality lining paper. It’s halfway between the lighter 2mm Insulating Polystyrene and the heavier Graphite Insulating Lining Paper.

Red Label Insulating Lining Paper has a double benefit when it comes to heating your home – It not only enables you to heat a room more quickly, it also traps heat in the room for longer.

It also has the added benefit of providing protection from mould and condensation so is the ideal product for homes in areas prone to dampness.

Latex Sound Proof Wall Liner

Latex Sound Proof Wall Liner’s made from 5mm thick latex foam – a modern and innovative material that provides impressive sound insulation, especially compare to thicker products.

That concludes our look at Saarpor Lining Paper – an impressive range with something to suit all types of home and budget.

Decorating ideas for boys Wallpaper and Bedroom

Popular decoration themes for young boys rooms are things like Thomas the Tank Engine, Disney’s Cars or space themed boys wallpaper. But when they become a teenager, they are likely to run a mile from these designs. Below we take a look at three different wallpaper options more suited to teenage boys’ bedrooms.

Wall Murals

Although wall murals have generally been aimed at younger children with Disney characters and generic childhood imagery, brand like Walltastic now offer wall murals aimed at older children and teenagers, so there’s options when it comes to choosing a boy’s wall mural for a teenager’s bedroom. You can choose from comic book themes , films such as Star Wars or a world map. Murals generally come in panels so they are easy to hang and remove.

Wallpaper Designs

Boy’s wallpaper designs are a great alternative to wall murals. There is a current trend for British/Union Jack themed designs – bold red, white and blue stripes work really well. This can work all around the room or just as a feature wall. A third option is to contrast two different British wallpaper designs. Another design that is popular for teenage boy’s rooms are street art brick and graffiti designs. These are great for bringing a hit of vibrant colour to the room.

Paint Effects

If you feel like getting a bit creative, then there’s no need to limit yourself only to wallpaper designs or wall murals. You can use paint to create a lot of different effects. As I mentioned before, stripes are very popular and are totally flexible in terms of colour, so you can tailor the look to suit your son’s tastes. You can mix wide and narrow stripes to create a more relaxed look. Another option is to go for contrasting woodwork. When dong this it’s best to keep the walls a neutral colour and highlight the woodwork with a brighter colour. If you don’t have woodwork, a wallpaper border is another way to liven up plain walls.

And if one of those doesn’t please them, then you might have a proper Kevin on your hands.

Take another look at Wallrock Textured Wallpaper

In the 1980s textured wallpapers, especially woodchip, were in vogue. But since then they have come to be seen not only as outdated, but also fiendishly difficult to remove. This has meant people have tended to avoid textured wallpapers like Anaglypta in recent years. But all that is now changing.

Due to leading brands such as Wallrock developing new kinds of textured wallpaper that are not only stylish on the wall, but also cover and hide plastering imperfections, textured wallpapers have begun to make a comeback. In this post, we look at some of the most popular choices in the Wallrock Texture range.

Kelsey

Wallrock Texture – Kelsey Wallpaper is a vintage design styled to look like a rustic plaster finish. Think of it as like Artex but with the mess. It’s great for covering wall cracks and pits in a traditional or period styled home.

Hackthorn

Hackthorn has a more modern look – a design of uniformly placed, raised dots that create a stunning depth of texture whilst remaining subtle and understated to look at. This particular Wallrock textured wallpaper is ideal for using in a modern styled home to create a contemporary look.

Gainsborough

We would describe Gainsborough as an elegant wallpaper. Its tulip inspired design will bring an air of class to whatever room it’s used in – preferably one where you really want to put your style credentials on the wall (pun intended). Like all Wallrock textured wallpapers, it’s designed to be paintable so you can add some colour to create either a vibrant or a softer, neutral look.

If you like the sound of these three designs, then take a look at the rest of the Wallrock Texture collection. You’ll be able to find the right choice for your home, whatever room or style you’re interested in.