Wallpaper based on serpyanka is a relatively new finishing material that can be very interesting for everyone who wants to create a unique interior, because it is distinguished by an unusual texture and naturalness. Such wallpapers fit perfectly into classic interiors and can even be painted if desired. But, unfortunately, today this type of finish is not very common, so many do not know what are the main advantages of serpyanka wallpaper, how to choose and glue them.
This wallpaper consists of two layers: the first is a non-woven cellulose web, and the second is foamed cellulose. This composition explains the main properties and advantages of such a finish.
Advantages and disadvantages of serpyanka wallpaper
Serpyanka wallpapers have a lot of advantages, the main ones being:
high strength, which allows such wallpaper not to deform and not to stretch during gluing, and also to maintain its original appearance for a long time during operation;
resistance to sunlight;
the ability to “breathe” and let air in, so the microclimate of the room will always be healthy, and condensation will not accumulate on the walls, even if the humidity in the room rises;
a huge assortment, which includes more than fifty different textures and patterns, so everyone can choose the appropriate option that corresponds to design ideas;
naturalness and environmental friendliness, so households will not have allergies;
- ease of installation;
- wear resistance;
- wallpaper based on serpyanka can be additionally colored, so in the end you can give the room a unique look by choosing the desired texture and shade;
- fit perfectly into any type of interior.
There are not very many disadvantages of this type of coverage, but still they are:
wallpaper based on serpyanka is absolutely not waterproof, but this minus is easy to fix if you cover the wallpaper with paint and varnish on top. It is worth paying attention that it also allows air to pass through, otherwise the most important advantage of this type of finish will be nullified;
- wallpapers based on serpyanka are not very common, therefore it is not so easy to find them, but they are still found in most large construction stores, and in an assortment;
high cost, which arises from a rather modest supply on the market. However, this type of finish is very durable, so the purchase costs pay off.
How to choose wallpaper based on serpyanka?
When choosing wallpaper based on serpyanka, be sure to pay attention to the width and length of the wallpaper:
products with parameters 1.07 * 26 m are more suitable for professional decoration, and only experienced specialists can handle them. Also, such wallpapers are convenient to use in spacious rooms – the installation process will be as fast as possible;
- wallpaper with parameters 0.53 * 10 m is the standard for private consumers. Almost anyone, even a beginner, can handle gluing such wallpapers. In addition, this type of finish is great for small spaces.
Wall-paper based on serpyanka is mainly sold colorless, so it can be painted in any desired shade. Nevertheless, you can also find colored wallpapers on sale: in this case, the process of wall decoration is shortened, and you do not need to buy paint. If the choice fell on the latter option, then it is worth considering not only your own preferences in terms of color, but also the characteristics of the room.
- So, if the room is small or dark, then naturally it is better to choose wallpaper in light and warm shades.
For spacious rooms, there are much more options, but if the room is too large, then you can give it the proper comfort with the help of dark saturated shades.
- It is also necessary to take into account the side of the light and the level of natural light in the room: for a room whose windows face north, choose wallpaper in warm colors, and for southern rooms – cold colors.
Due attention must be paid to the packaging of the product: it must be complete in order to create proper protection for the material, because wallpaper based on serpyanka is afraid of direct moisture penetration. It is great if the manufacturer applies to the wallpaper a gluing instruction, which indicates all the nuances and features of work with this finishing material. In addition, the availability of certificates of quality and safety is a guarantee of the durability of the product and the fact that it is really made from natural materials.
Although wallpaper based on serpyanka is not yet very common in the domestic market, unscrupulous manufacturers are already offering products of inadequate quality. Before buying, it is better to read reviews about a particular manufacturer. In addition, too low a price should also alert. For reference: at the moment, the average cost per square meter of wallpaper based on serpyanka is $ 4.
This type of wallpaper can be used in both residential and public areas. They are perfect for living rooms, bedrooms and children’s rooms, where they are pasted over not only the walls, but also the ceiling. It is allowed to use them in hallways, but they are not suitable for the kitchen and bathroom. Wallpaper based on serpyanka today can also be found in the decoration of offices, restaurants, shops.
How to stick wallpaper based on serpyanka?
Installation of this type of finish practically does not differ from gluing paper wallpaper, i.e. a person without special training and with minimal experience can cope with this task. So, before starting the installation, make sure that all the necessary tools are available:
wallpaper and glue;
- container for diluting glue;
- a brush for applying glue;
- knife or scissors;
- pencil and tape measure;
- laser level;
- roller or brush to smooth the glued wallpaper strips.
As with the installation of any other type of wallpaper, in this case preparatory work is indispensable. The surface of the walls should be free from large cracks, scratches, flaws, although small defects can be hidden by serpyanka-based wallpaper. To put the walls in order, you will need to putty or plaster them, then sand them, you can vacuum them.
The next step is to apply a primer: you can use special compounds or dilute wallpaper glue.
Now you can proceed to wallpaper cutting. Since this material, as a rule, has a certain texture, and not a pattern, there should be no problems with aligning the pattern. Experts advise to immediately cut the required number of strips. To do this, you need to measure the height of the walls and add 4-5 cm to the allowances. So that later there are no annoying surprises, it is better to take measurements every 30-50 cm: the walls can have different heights, especially in old houses. Then, according to the measurements, it is necessary to cut a certain number of strips of wallpaper.
For your own convenience, you can pre-mark the wall: the width of the wallpaper is laid out from the corner, and a vertical line is drawn using a level. Those who glue wallpaper for the first time are advised to apply markings around the entire perimeter of the walls in order to ultimately achieve the highest quality result. It is better to remove sockets and switches before gluing.
Now you can start preparing the glue. You can choose any composition designed for heavy types of wallpaper. You need to prepare the solution according to the instructions on the package. The glue is applied both to the wallpaper and to the wall, unless otherwise stated in the instructions for the finishing material. First, the glue is applied to the canvas and left for a few minutes to soak, then the glue is applied to the wall. After that, you can start gluing the wallpaper to the wall, smoothing it with a roller from top to bottom and from the center to the edges. Excess glue is wiped off with a sponge or cloth. The next strip is glued back to back to the previous one. Excess pieces of wallpaper from above and below are cut off with a knife. Be sure to cut holes for outlets and switches.
Painting and care
Wallpaper based on serpyanka can be painted. First you need to wait for the wallpaper to dry and prepare the paint. You can use latex, acrylic and dispersion compounds, choosing any color you like. Painting walls covered with such wallpaper is no different from painting any other surface. It is enough to prepare the paint and carefully apply it to the walls in two layers using a roller and a brush. By the way, you can use a couple of colors in painting or even create some kind of drawing.
Caring for wallpaper based on serpyanka is as simple as possible: sometimes you need to wipe it with a dry rag. If you additionally applied a moisture-resistant varnish to the wallpaper, then you can also use a damp cloth when cleaning. Small stains can be erased with an eraser.
Wallpaper based on serpyanka is a rather rare type of decoration at the moment, so they are able to create a unique interior in a room. These wallpapers are environmentally friendly, natural, they are able to “breathe”, and to create the interior of your dreams, the walls can be painted in any shade. All that remains is to choose and glue the wallpaper correctly, and they will delight you with their appearance for a long time.