Angie's List: Don't count out wallpaper when redecorating

LEWISTON, ID - After fading from popularity decades ago, wallpaper is making a comeback.

But it's nothing like what you remember seeing in your grandma's kitchen. In today's Angie's List report, how wallpaper can change the look and feel of a room.

"I'm doing a lot of stripping and then painting again," said Wallpaper Contractor, Jim Stevens. "However, having said that the wallpaper is coming back. I'm wallpapering more now than I have in the last four or five years. Used to be all I did was wallpaper."

"Wallpaper is making a comeback, but it's not the same wallpaper we have thought of over the years," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "There is some really neat trends, but one thing hasn't changed and that's wallpaper is a commitment. Putting it up and taking it down can be tricky."

"They do have some that are easier to remove," said Interior Designer, Susan Colvin. "And that was one concern that people had over the years. As they put wallpaper up and they love it and then when they get tired of it, it's sometimes hard to get off the wall if it's not installed properly."

"If you don't like tedious stuff, you want to stay out of the stripping business," said Stevens. "Hanging wallpaper is a tedious process too. A lot of times you get what you pay for. A professional will put it up right and take it off right too."

"You can get pattern, multiple colors, and so there's a lot of style in wallpaper and you can express some individuality that you're not necessarily doing just with paint," said Colvin.

Wallpaper installation can cost $10 to $100 or more per roll.
Labor rates - like paper prices - vary widely by the job.
For wallpaper removal, pricing is typically based on labor and materials, but an average room can be done for around a couple of hundred dollars.