When we think of decorative wallpapers, the image that comes up in the minds of some of us is that of old houses. That is because wallpaper as a décor is more associated with old houses, and we seldom see relatively new homes decorated with wallpaper these days. Of course, there are still a few houses out there where the walls are plastered with wallpaper, but it is more likely that what was used is digital wallpaper.
Digital wallpaper is a cut above the usual flowered wallpaper that you will find in your grandmother’s house. You often do not see these digital wallpapers sold in a typical home improvement store. That is because digital wallpapers are custom wallpapers printed with a wide-format printer.
Digital Wallpapers for Modern Homes
As mentioned above, digital wallpapers are not like the stuff you will find in old houses. More often than not, the homeowner designed the wallpaper him- or herself, using colors and patterns of his or her own choosing. The homeowner may also opt to avoid a pattern altogether by having a custom wallpaper printed out to look like a full mural.
These modern digital wallpapers can indeed make your walls look interesting. You do not even have to cover the entire wall with the wallpaper. Instead, you can paint your walls and hang the wallpaper on a certain portion to create a decorative panel. The wallpaper panel can break the monotony of your wall as well as complement whatever pictures, paintings or wall ornaments that you will put up on your wall.
Printing Your Digital Wallpapers
You can easily have your custom wallpaper printed even if you do not own a wide-format printer. All you need to do is to pick out the design that you want and then bring it to the printing shop. You can download the design from the Internet or create your own using graphics software like Photoshop or Illustrator.
In case the printing shop does not have the necessary medium available for printing your digital wallpaper, you can go to a home improvement store to buy a roll of blank wallpaper. You can also opt for fabric wallpapers if you do not like the smell of vinyl.
When you go to the printing shop, ask what kind of materials they work with when it comes to printing wallpapers using a wide-format printer. Some digital wallpapers are printed with either solvent ink or UV-curable ink; both can have a very unpleasant smell, and it is possible for this smell to last for weeks. You may also need to check out your local building codes in case you are prohibited from hanging anything printed out with solvent ink in your home.