Bamboo wallpapers: selection and gluing

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Bamboo wallpaper can bring a touch of exoticism into the interior of the room and preserve home comfort. In the wake of the popularity of all natural, this material is in high demand and is used to decorate living rooms, offices and hotels. With this wallpaper, you can paste over the entire wall or part of it, combining the material with stone, brick, wood, paint, plaster or paper wallpaper. Among the advantages of the finishing material are not only environmental friendliness and excellent appearance, but also excellent performance. To enjoy the many benefits, you need to choose the right bamboo wallpaper for your walls and stick it skillfully.

How is bamboo wallpaper made?

It is easy to guess from the name of the finishing material that bamboo is the main raw material for production, and special varieties are used. Its stems are cut and sent for drying in rooms with a strictly defined temperature and humidity regime, then the stems are split, and both the outer and inner part of the trunk can be used for the production of wallpaper:

  • wallpaper from external cuts gets a more interesting pattern with a pronounced natural ornament. The color can be either yellow or green, pistachio, chocolate, tortoiseshell and dark – interesting and rich shades are obtained through uneven firing. The outer part of the trunk is more resistant to ultraviolet rays, so the wallpaper gets improved performance;

  • wallpaper from the inner part of the trunk is distinguished by a smooth sanded surface, an unexpressed pattern and always light shades. The material is less resistant to ultraviolet light, so for additional protection it is coated with varnish or paint. With the help of the latter, the material can be given a darker or more saturated shade.
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The width of bamboo lamellas is usually 4-20 mm, and they are glued to a base made of fabric, rice paper or a special yew backing. The slats can be attached straight and parallel to each other, or they can be intertwined and form a peculiar pattern. In production, the prepared lamellas must be sorted by color so that the color is approximately the same in one roll and one batch of wallpaper.

As a rule, the length of bamboo wallpaper in a roll is 10-15 m, the width of the roll is from 0.9 to 2.5 m. The choice depends on the area of ​​the walls to be pasted over, and is based on the principles of minimum waste, maximum economy and speed of work. …
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Pros and cons of bamboo wallpaper

The features of production and the materials used for the manufacture of bamboo wallpaper allow us to talk about their following advantages:

  • environmental friendliness. The composition of the material includes only natural components that not only do not harm health, but are able to improve the microclimate, because bamboo has the property of preventing the development of pathogens. Such wallpaper can be used in children’s rooms, bedrooms and health care facilities;

  • wear resistance, resistance to temperature extremes and mechanical stress, which allows us to speak of a high level of durability;

  • the relative simplicity of the sticker, the ability to mount the material on a brick wall, drywall and wood;
  • easy care;

  • versatility. Bamboo wallpaper can be successfully used in any interior style and can be combined with many other wall decoration materials.
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Now about the disadvantages:

  • high cost, because it is a natural and exotic material. On the other hand, if we take into account the durability and strength, then the purchase of bamboo wallpaper can be considered very profitable;

  • wallpaper is difficult to cut across the slats, and in this case it will hardly be possible to do without a grinder. This confirms the resistance of the material to mechanical stress, but during installation it can cause some difficulties;
  • the need to use special glue;
  • the complexity of joining individual canvases to obtain a solid pattern. To simplify the task, they came up with special strips, moldings and skirting boards that are used in the joints. Another solution is to use wide wallpapers (about 2.5 m wide) and place them in a horizontal plane, mounting immediately on the entire wall or on a large section of it.
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Choosing the color of the bamboo wallpaper

On sale you can find bamboo wallpapers in different shades:

Another option is wallpaper made from lamellas of different shades that are intertwined to create a specific pattern. Finding the right shade is not as easy as it might seem – usually marketplaces only offer a few shades, so it’s best to contact a large specialized dealer. Residents of Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow and St. Petersburg offer a huge range of bamboo and other types of wallpaper WallpaperMall online store… The company’s catalog contains wallpapers of all possible types from the world’s leading manufacturers, delivery is carried out throughout the country, and samples can be found in 5 showrooms of the company located in different cities.
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The choice of a particular shade depends on personal preference and the characteristics of the room. Material of warm shades can bring warmth and comfort to a room that is not well lit or facing north. In overly lit rooms, it is better to use wallpaper of cold shades: they will bring coolness and severity.

The combination of bamboo wallpaper with other materials

Bamboo wallpaper fits perfectly into eco-style, Japanese, African, tropical and exotic interior styles, but with the right choice and combination, they can be used in any style. It is not at all necessary to decorate all the walls in the room with bamboo wallpaper – they can be used only for one wall or part of it, highlighting the area near the bed in the bedroom or near the TV in the living room.
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The material goes well with other natural coatings, incl. facing brick, plaster, paper wallpaper, decorative stone, paint and tiles. It is advisable to support bamboo wallpaper with interior elements such as furniture and decor made from natural materials, fresh flowers, bamboo blinds, paintings with floral patterns and natural landscapes. The material goes well with wood floors.

Bamboo wallpaper in the interior of different rooms

The unique performance characteristics make it possible to use bamboo wallpaper in almost any room:

  • bedroom and children’s room, where the naturalness and environmental friendliness of materials are especially appreciated. The shade can be any, depending on the chosen color scheme and the style of the room. If the ceilings are not high enough, then it is better to glue the wallpaper so that the bamboo stalks take a vertical position; to visually expand the space, on the contrary, they use their horizontal arrangement. Bamboo wallpaper looks great when decorating the head of the bed, can be used for zoning a room;

  • living room, where a section of the wall covered with bamboo wallpaper can become a central style-forming element. Don’t forget to support this finish with appropriate decor items;

  • there is also a place for bamboo wallpaper in the hallway. Despite the fact that they can withstand decent loads and are not afraid of moisture, it is still better not to use them near the floor and directly in the area of ​​the front door – it is a pity that expensive material will constantly be exposed to negative influences. It is better to combine bamboo wallpaper with other materials suitable for wall decoration in the hallway;
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  • in the kitchen in the dining area. Since the maintenance of the coating is simple, the material will withstand all the influences that are assigned to the wall covering in this area of ​​the kitchen.
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The wide range of possibilities for combining bamboo wallpaper and a wide range of shades allowed the material to go beyond oriental cafes and restaurants and settle in ordinary city apartments, country houses, hotels and even offices.
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We select glue for bamboo wallpaper

The material is quite heavy, so ordinary wallpaper glue will not support its weight. For gluing bamboo wallpaper, you can use the following compositions:

  • a special glue designed for mounting bamboo wallpaper is ideal. Delivered as a dry composition, diluted with the amount of water indicated on the package;
  • glues based on carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), vinyl or acrylic;
  • liquid Nails;
  • some craftsmen also use maximum strength universal acrylic glue, which is popularly called crazy velcro.

The last two formulations are a pleasure to work with, because they provide increased adhesion strength, completely depriving you of the chance of error when diluting the adhesive with water.
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Gluing of bamboo wall-paper

The sequence of actions when gluing bamboo wallpaper is as follows:

  • wall surface preparation. The original surface does not have such strict requirements as when gluing thin paper wallpaper or photo wallpaper. Small cracks and irregularities are allowed, since they will be completely covered with a thick layer of finishing material. Of course, you will have to get rid of old wallpaper and peeling paint, but putty work is greatly simplified. Old wallpaper will be easier to remove if you soak it a little with water; to remove paint you will have to deal with a spatula, a construction hairdryer or solvent. The cleaned, even and dry surface must be primed;

  • bamboo wallpapers are unpacked a couple of days before gluing and placed in the room where they will be mounted;
  • markings can be made on the wall for convenience. A distance equal to the width of the roll is measured from the corner and a level vertical line is drawn using a level, the width of the roll is again measured from it, etc. It is easier to stick wallpaper along the lines obtained;
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  • cutting strips of wallpaper in accordance with the height of the wall. To guarantee the height of the room, it is better to measure at several points;

  • the selected glue is prepared in accordance with the instructions, let it brew a little;
  • the glue is applied both to the wall and to the wallpaper. Cloths of wallpaper with glue applied to them are left for 5-10 minutes, after which they are applied to the intended place and pressed, smoothed with a spatula, excess glue is removed with a damp sponge. It is undesirable to move the wallpaper after you have attached it to the wall;

  • bamboo wallpaper is glued end-to-end, even in the corners, since the material is dense and does not bend well. Across the direction of the bamboo slats, the strips are cut with a grinder, a metal jigsaw or an electric jigsaw, along them – with scissors;
  • if you wish, you can cover the wallpaper with varnish or paint – this is already a matter of personal requirements for the future interior.
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You can also use special moldings for bamboo wallpaper, they will serve as an additional decoration, as well as become an opportunity to mask the joints. For this, special T-shaped moldings are used. There are also quarter circle moldings that are designed to be used in corners.
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Caring for bamboo wallpaper is easy. To prevent the negative effects of sunlight, it is better to additionally varnish the material. If the material is to be used in the kitchen, then it does not interfere with treating it with moisture-repellent substances, but even with them, the wallpaper will only be suitable for the dining area, and not for the kitchen apron. The material can be cleaned of dust with a vacuum cleaner or a rag, washing with a damp sponge is allowed, but the use of brushes and aggressive substances is not recommended. Subject to these simple rules, beautiful and natural bamboo wallpapers will decorate the apartment for a long time.

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