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Lining Paper Grades Explained

There are a whole range of specialist tools and also a range of lining paper grades. But how do you know which grades are the best for you to use?

Lining paper? 600 grade? These terms can be pretty baffling to a novice DIY-er. Paint is available in different types relating to the finish and intended usage.

Below we go through the uses and different lining paper grades from 600 to 2000 lining paper.

What is lining paper?

Before we talk about grades we’re just going to establish, for anyone who’s unsure, what lining paper is. It’s a wall covering, similar to wallpaper, but designed to be hung before putting up wallpaper. Doing this will make a smoother surface to hang wallpaper on. It can be used on relatively smooth walls (600 grade) or to cover over more serious wall imperfections (2000 grade lining paper).

600-1000 Grade

These are the thinnest lining paper grades available. They’re designed to be used on walls that are relatively smooth, with the aim of providing a better surface to hang wallpaper or apply paint to. You can use it to cover hairline crack or very minor imperfections.

1200-1400 Grade

These are thicker lining papers that can be used to cover more pronounced imperfections. That might mean pits, dents, bubbles or mark that would show through wallpaper if you didn’t use lining paper to smooth over. As well as being thicker to 600-1000 grade papers, they are also stronger, meaning they’re more durable and hard wearing.

1700-2000 Grade

The thickest lining papers are 1700-2000 grade. These are more specialist liners designed to cover over more serious dents, scratches and stains. If you have walls with stains such as nicotine, smoke staining or graffiti, then lining paper 2000 grade is the lining paper to use. It’s also used in many period houses to smooth over older plaster jobs.

So that’s our guide to the different lining paper grades and what situations to use different ones in. And one final thing to remember, lining paper can be used on ceilings as well as walls.


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Rasch Wallpaper – Achieve A Colourful Design

Trends move with the seasons in interior design just like they do in fashion. Neutral colour schemes and magnolia were all the rage a few years ago, but now it’s all about colourful wallpaper that gets across more of the home owner’s personality and tells a story about them. The Rasch wallpaper collection has a number of designs that are part of this trend. Below we take a look at three Rasch wallpaper designs that can help you achieve the look.

Tired of London, tired of life.

Amongst Brits and visitors alike, London with it’s rich history, iconic buildings and strong sense of identity, is much loved. Rasch have commemorated this with a series of designs based on London including one based on the London Underground map and another featuring iconic red Routemaster buses and phone boxes. With designs based on such timeless icons, the result is a look of sophistication and charm.

New York, New York

NYC is one of those places that’s on virtually everyone’s ‘to visit’ list, if they haven’t done so already. Just like with London, Rasch have designed a series of wallpapers based on the Big Apple. There’s one based on the iconic skyscraper littered NYC skyline, and another based on the New York Subway map. Both use striking yet subtle colours to create non-overwhelming designs that work well in modern homes. We recommend using it on a feature wall to add a big city feeling to any room in your home.

Urban Poetry

Recents years have seen an increasing acceptance and interest in graffiti as an artform. While at first covering your walls in brightly coloured stencil designs and mock brickwork might seem a bit OTT, consider that these designs are no more colourful than many traditional floral wallpaper designs, just a modern, urban take on them.

We hope reading about these Rasch wallpaper designs has helped you decide to look beyond the conventional next time you decide to redecorate your home. Let your inner style show itself!


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Damp Proof Wallpaper – Stop Damp ruining your home

Many homes in the UK suffer from damp, especially those that were built before damp proofing was considered during construction. Having damp walls can seriously affect the livability of your home, but there’s no need for it to do. We’re going to take a look at how you can damp proof walls with damp proof wallpaper.

What causes damp?

It’s important to understand the underlying problems causing damp in order to deal with it. What is meant by damp is essentially moisture in the air or ground that can’t pass through the walls of your property. This could be rising damp, coming from the ground outside or beneath your home, or it could be moisture from inside your home that can’t find a way out and condenses on walls and windows.

Ways of dealing with it?

There are a range of options for dealing with damp, the one you should choose depends on the type of damp. If you have an issue with rising damp or moisture from outside, then the best thing to do is get a damp proofing course to give you a barrier between external damp and the surfaces of your home. This is stop damp from getting in. But if the problem is with damp originating in your home, then the solutions are more lightweight. First, make sure you home is well ventilated so moisture can escape – open air vents and windows. You can also try using damp proof lining paper and damp proof wallpaper.

Specialist products from Doric Anderton and this damp proof wallpaper is available from GoWallpaper.

Damp Proof Lining Paper

Damp Proof Lining Paper is lining paper that is also designed to create a barrier against damp. It’s made from a specially designed type of foil that will not let moisture pass through it. As well as preventing internal damp from building up on your walls, it will also have some effect on external damp. There are a few different brands on the market, such as Andertons Damp Proof Wallpaper.

Damp Proof Wallpaper

Like Damp Proof Lining Paper, this is wallpaper that is specially designed to stop problems arising from internal damp. It makes a barrier that prevents moisture reaching the walls of your home and condensing into damp.

So, don’t despair if you have damp in your home. Try to determine the source of your damp and, having done that, treat it with the method that’s best for your home.

 


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Meet the trend-setting wallpaper brands

Meet the trend-setting wallpaper brands

In the world of fashion, what certain trend setting designers and celebs are wearing can be responsible for the trends seen on the high street. The same thing happens in the world of wallpaper. So today we take a look at the brands whose’ designs are setting the trends for the coming season.

Anaglypta

The Anaglypta is mainly known for its textured wallpaper designs. These are very good at adding a sense of depth to a room, as well as giving your walls a tactile element. Their designs range from the subtly textured to the more elaborately patterned, and they are all designed to look great when painted. Textured wallpaper is great at covering up wall imperfections such as cracks, bubbles and pits. Anaglypta have now added dado panel designs to their range to help create an elegant, classic look in your home.

Debona

Debona are loved for their sophisticated and colourful designs. Their range this season takes in floral prints, stripes and elaborate damask. What Debona do especially well is select the colours that are most ‘in’ at that moment. This season it’s lime green and teal.

Fine Décor

Think of Fine Decor as being the wallpaper equivalent to Lady Gaga. Their style is bold, risqué and attention grabbing. Designs include their bright pink leopard print, a London street signs design as well as an illustrative ghetto blasters design.

 

Muriva

If you want to be a trend setting brand, one route to go is to be completely unconventional. This is what Muriva have done with their wallpaper range. We’ll bet that whatever wallpaper designs you’ve envisaged having in your home, it probably won’t have been one inspired by pencil crayons, glittery sequins or the Beano. So if you want something totally out of the ordinary then Muriva are your people.

 

Walltastic

When it comes to children’s bedrooms, Walltastic have got it pretty well covered. They do a great range of CGI wall murals with a similar look to Pixar films like Toy Story and Monsters Inc. They also produce designs based on Disney films, as well as their own designs.

Zissner

Unlike the other brands we’ve looked at in this article, Zinsser are specialists in designing products to help you with all your DIY needs, including wallpapering. Their products, such as wallpaper scrapers and stain blocking paint have made them trend-setters in interior design preparation.

If you’re planning to do some redecorating, now you know they trend setting brands who are worth checking out.


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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.


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All about 1200 Grade Lining Paper

Lining paper has been around for a while and recently we have seen more specialist varieties come to market, so as well as prepping your walls for wallpapering, you can now get insulating and soundproofing liners. We’ve also seen an increase in the range of lining paper grades, or thicknesses. Today we’re going to take a look at 1200 grade lining paper and when you should use it.

What is 1200 Grade Lining Paper?

As mentioned previously, lining paper is available in different grades. This refers to the thickness of the paper. The lower the grade, the thinner the paper is. So 600 or 800 grade liner is very thin and best used if you have delicate wallpaper or nearly perfectly plastered walls. 2000 grade is the thickest and is designed to use on old walls with many imperfections.

As you can probably tell, 1200 lining paper is a medium thickness liner that is versatile enough to be used in a few different scenarios. Reasons to use it when redecorating are as follows:

  • To create a base – It can be used to create a smooth surface ready for painting or wallpapering on.To smooth uneven surfaces – 1200 grade liner can smooth over minor imperfections like pits and bubbles in the plaster.
  • To disguise cracks – 1200 grade liner can also cover over hairline cracks in the plaster caused by dried out plaster or slight house movements.
  • To cover over paint – As 1200 grade liner is a medium thickness paper, it can hide layers of paint and also some marks and stains. You should make sure any stains are sealed before putting on the lining paper so that they can’t leach into the liner and then into the covering paper or wallpaper.

So there you go – 1200 grade lining paper is the versatile jack of all trades lining paper. It can be used on any wall in your home, as well as ceilings. You can get it from a number of well-known brands like Anaglypta and Wallrock.


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