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Common Laundry Room Wallpaper Problems

If you're looking to redecorate your laundry room, choosing an appropriate wallpaper is a good place to begin. Laundry room wallpaper presents specific challenges that must be addressed to avoid catastrophe. In many homes, the room that holds the washer and dryer undergoes rapid changes in temperature and humidity. Most wallpaper professionals recommend a humidity variance of about thirty to fifty percent. A room with a greater variance than that should be treated with extra care as it can lead to bubbling, buckling, peeling, or could even cause wallpaper to slide off the wall if temperature and humidity fluctuations become extreme. Luckily, there are a few simple tips that can prevent issues with laundry room wallpaper before they begin. 

For rooms with changing temperature and humidity (this applies to bathrooms as well as laundry rooms), avoid delicate or porous wallpaper materials like silk, grass cloth, or velvet. Over time, these can dry out and lift. Solid latex or canvas-backed wallpapers are better suited to humid or alternately hot and cold rooms. They are more durable and easier to clean, not to mention more likely to stay put for years to come. Paintable laundry room wallpaper is another great option, since it can be freshened up when needed without having to go through stripping and reapplying new wallpaper. 

When it comes to color and pattern for small spaces like laundry rooms, keep in mind that lighter colors and smaller patterns can help open up the space. Avoid damask patterns, dark colors, or photorealistic prints that may lose their luster over time. When hanging wallpaper, using fans to ensure air circulation will help wallpaper adhere better and dry faster. A wallpaper professional can help you select colors and patterns you feel great about, while offering helpful suggestions about materials, backing, and tips to keep your laundry room wallpaper looking great year after year. A little insight and planning can help your laundry room be anything but dreary. 


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