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Incorporating Graffiti Wallpaper into a Teenage Bedroom

Graffiti is a bit like Marmite, it is one of those things that you either love or hate. Regardless of whether you like it or not, it is a growing trend in both the art scene and the interior design world – particularly popular with the youth of today. With an increasing number of brands starting to offer graffiti wallpaper like Muriva Graffiti Brick Wallpaper or Debona Graffiti Wallpaper, we thought that we’d help answer some of your questions about how to utilise graffiti wallpaper in a bedroom.

Can graffiti bedroom wallpaper be used tastefully?
The answer to this question is yes – in the right design, graffiti wallpaper can not only provide a bold, eye-catching look but it can also appear sophisticated and tasteful too. The overall result all depends on your use of the wallpaper and your overall styling.

How do I choose a colour scheme?
Graffiti bedroom wallpaper comes in a wide range of colours. Take the Arthouse Street Wise Graffiti Wallpaper for example, this comes in a moody black and grey colour scheme with just a hint of teal and yellow colouring. The Rasch Urban Graffiti Wallpaper on the other hand comes in a more vibrant colour scheme incorporating red, blue, yellow and more. The key to getting the look right is to strike a balance between what your teenager wants and what you like. Don’t just choose the first graffiti wallpaper you find, instead look around at the different designs and colour schemes and choose one that meets your tastes.

What accent colours should I use?
When it comes to choosing accent colours for other walls or woodwork, less is certainly more for a tasteful look. All the graffiti wallpaper designs work well with white. However if you want to select a bolder accent colour, look at the design of the graffiti wallpaper you have chosen and select the shade that appears the least in the design – that can make a perfect accent colour for other areas of the room.

How do I know how many walls to use it on?
As graffiti wallpaper is typically very busy in design, it is actually best used on just one or two walls. For the best effect in large bedrooms, choose two walls that meet and paper both in the same wallpaper for a great effect. Smaller rooms may be overpowered by covering two walls in the design so opt instead for just papering one wall.

What type of flooring goes with graffiti wallpaper?
When choosing flooring solutions for a graffiti themed bedroom, look for something clean and simple in design.  Light to medium wooden flooring is perfect or choose a light, plain carpet to avoid the chance of it clashing with your graffiti wallpaper.

How do I complete the look?
To complete the look and create a stunning graffiti inspired teenage bedroom, choose accessories in your accent colour. This will help tie the look together. Keep bedspreads and curtains plain and simple, again in just one of the accent colours for a more coherent look.

So now you know how to create a tasteful teenage bedroom using graffiti wallpaper, choose your favourite design and start decorating today.

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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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Walltastic Circus Wallpaper Mural

The Walltastic Circus Wallpaper Mural has been specially designed to add a splash of colour to any child’s bedroom. This striking wall mural has been inspired by the drama and awe of the big top tent and features all your circus favourities.

In bright, bold colours, this children’s wall mural is sure to add interest to any child’s bedroom. The Walltastic Circus Wallpaper Mural comes in 12 panels which can easily be applied to the wall to create this stunning circus scene.

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Brick Wallpaper – The Latest Trend for Urban Homes

When it comes to making a bold style statement in your home, there are a number of ways to do it. For this season, there is an unexpected trend entering the interior design world. Blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living and inspired by urban streets, the trend is for homes to be adorned with brick wallpaper. Here we look at where the trend originated, exactly what it is and how you can achieve the look in your own home.

What is brick wallpaper?
Brick wallpaper might sound like an unknown concept but it is actually exactly what you think it is – wallpaper that has been printed to look like bricks. The designs vary between the different designers who are offering this wallpaper. The most traditional looking design features rustic red bricks whilst other variations include grey brick wallpaper and slate effect wallpaper like Fine Decor Slate Wallpaper.

Where did the trend originate?
The trend for brick effect wallpaper isn’t a completely new look. Brick wallpaper was a concept that originally came from the US in the late 1980s. It was a period of rebellion, people going against trends and striving to create modern, contemporary spaces that showed that individuality. Brick walls were pioneered by loft owners in New York who wanted to make bold statements that were still in keeping with their urban, inner-city environment. They decided to turn their backs on what they considered to be boring wallpaper and paint effect and leave their brick walls natural for all to see. For those who didn’t happen to have exposed brick walls in their home, they opted to recreate the look with brick effect wallpaper. The trend has only recently re-emerged as people again try to embrace city living within their own homes.

How can I achieve the look in my home?
The look is really easy to achieve in your home. Brick effect wallpaper is available from a number of wallpaper manufacturers including designs such as Muriva Loft Brick Wallpaper and Fine Décor Rustic Brick. The trick is to choose just one wall and use the brick effect wallpaper to create a feature wall. The easiest way to do this is to choose a wall that is already used to frame something – the wall the TV or fireplace is mounted on in the living room, the wall the headboard is on in the bedroom or the wall behind the cooker in a kitchen. Simply apply the wallpaper using the correct wallpaper adhesive and you will immediately have an outdoor brick effect inside your home.

To really bring the look to life, team with urban accessories. Think wrought iron or stainless steel to continue the outdoor theme whilst offering durability in your home. Bold, bright pops of colour in accessories are great for bringing the room together whilst graffiti art coordinates perfectly with the urban living theme.

So now that you know all about the latest trend for brick inspired wallpaper and how to achieve the look in your own home, what are you waiting for? Start creating your urban living space today.

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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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Walltastic Graffiti Wallpaper Mural

The Walltastic Graffiti Wallpaper Mural has been specially designed to blur the boundaries of urban living. This eye-catching Wallpaper Mural has been inspired by graffiti art and will add colour and vibrancy to any room. In a delightful tag and great colour combination, it is perfect for creating a feature wall.

The Walltastic Graffiti Wallpaper Mural comes in 8 easy to hang panels for added convenience. It is ideal for a teenage or children’s bedroom.

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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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Soundproofing the Nursery

One Thing Many New Parents Forget – Soundproofing the Nursery

All expectant parents have concerns about the health and happiness of their baby. In the run up to the birth, parents focus on buying everything from cots through to nappies but one of the last elements to happen is usually the decoration of the nursery. With many being too superstitious to do this very far in advance, time is often short when it comes to decorating, especially with such an important deadline looming, not to mention one which could happen early! One factor that is vitally important for both you and you’re baby and that is often overlooked is soundproofing walls.

Why Does the Nursery Need Soundproofing?
Sleep is an important part of the growth and development of your baby and, as any new parent will tell you, routine is vital – especially when it comes to sleeping. For unsettled babies, it can often take parents hours to get them to sleep. After rocking and singing and tiptoeing out of the room, the last thing you want is for a loud noise outside or next door to wake them up – starting the entire process all over again.

Soundproofing walls is therefore really important in not only ensuring that your baby has a good sleep but that you do too. After all you’re going to need all your energy to keep up with the constant demands of the new addition to your household.

What is Soundproof Wallpaper
DIY soundproofing is now a far cry for the egg-boxed walls of the 70s. Many companies now produce specially designed sound proof wallpapers which are easy to apply and perfectly suitable for use in a Nursery.

Soundproof wallpaper is made up of a series of layers. The first is usually a layer of lining paper and is the section you apply paste to. This is followed by a layer of foam which varies in thickness depending on the brand of soundproof wallpaper you use – Saarpor Latex Sound Proof Wallpaper for example is 5mm thick. The wallpaper is then finished with a thick lining paper which can then be either painted or wallpapered over.

It is the foam layer that helps with soundproofing. It effectively blocks external noise from penetrating the room whether its background traffic noise, a television set in the other room or just noise from neighbours.

Which Walls Should It Be Applied To?
Ideally you should apply sound proof wallpaper like Saarpor Sound Proof Insulating Liner to all the walls in the Nursery ensuring that both external noise and the noise from inside your home are blocked out. This will ensure that your baby isn’t disturbed by unavoidable things like flushing the toilet or opening the front room.

So when you are considering decorating the Nursery ready for your baby’s arrival, make sure that you not only consider the colour and the layout of the room but also the fundamentals like sound proofing for an all-round more enjoyable childhood.

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Keep damp walls under wraps using Damp Proof Wallpaper

Damp walls can have a serious effect on the livability of a home, and it’s a problem many houses in Britain suffer from. If your house was built before damp proofing was included as part of the construction, it will be especially at risk. But don’t worry, there are more ways than ever for dealing with damp. Below we look at how damp proof walls can be created using damp proof wallpaper.

The root causes of damp

Damp can be caused by a number of things. Moisture in the ground around the house can seep into the walls if it has nowhere else to go. Something like a blocked gutter can also cause water to stream down a wall when it rains. Moisture from within the house can also cause damp if it becomes trapped. One example of this is in bathrooms, if there is a lack of ventilation steam from a shower or bath will condense on the walls.

Solutions for dealing with it

Just as there can be different causes of damp, there are different ways of dealing with it which will depend entirely on the source of the damp. If the damp’s being caused by something like a blocked gutter than clearing the obstruction will probably sort it out. If it’s rising damp you’ll probably need to get a DPC (Damp Proofing Course) put into the affected walls. And if the source is internal, condensation not being able to escape, it may be best to deal with it by ventilated the room and using either damp proof lining paper or damp proof wallpaper.

Damp Proof Lining Paper

On the wall Damp Proof Lining Paper looks no different to regular lining paper – it’s outer layer is made from just that, and will smooth over any bumps and cracks on the wall. But it also contains a layer of foil which creates a damp resistant barrier that prevents moisture reaching the surface of the wall and developing into damp spots.

Damp Proof Wallpaper

This has a damp proof foil layer just like Damp Proof Lining paper, but its outer layer is wallpaper and is designed to provide the visible outer finish of your walls. There are a few different brands on the market, we recommend Andertons Damp Proof  Foil Paper.

You shouldn’t need to use both of these products as only one if needed to create a barrier against damp. Whichever you use, pair it with a regular liner or wallpaper

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