Welcome E-Mail from a Client Today re Searching for Paper On-Line

A gal e-mailed and said that she knows everyone is doing everything on-line these days, but that it’s too hard to shop for wallpaper on-line. Meaning, it’s hard to see the actual color, size, scale, quality, etc. from a blurry image on a computer screen.

I had a similar conversation with a gal with whom I visited on Sunday. She had found a lovely pattern by searching on the ‘Net, and showed me her Pintrest account with the selection.

But as soon as she scrolled to more information, I saw red flags. For one thing, while I know everyone wants a bargain, any paper that is selling for $20 or less per single roll is cause for question. The brand was another – one of my least favorite manufacturers.

The site didn’t list much information about the paper…info that I, as an installer, wanted to know, and that homeowners should be aware of…. Is it prepasted or unpasted? Is it pre-trimmed or untrimmed? Is it solid vinyl or vinyl-coated or uncoated? How wide is it? What is the pattern repeat? Is it washable? Scrubbable? Spongeable? How about strippable? Peelable? What kind of stock is it printed on? How thick is it?

I recommended that both these gals get to a brick-and-mortar store, and look at selection books with real wallpaper samples. That way, they could be sure of what they are getting. And ensured of a quality product for a fair price. Maybe not $20 a roll, but definately a good quality wallpaper.

My favorite place? Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet at Wakeforest (713) 528-5614 dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com

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