Types of Wallpaper

Wall Hangings – Styles and Types of Wallpaper

Lining Paper

This is a single layer of plain paper, which is used for good surface preparation. It evens the porosity of a surface and can strengthen a substrate.

Pre-Pasted Paper

Pre or ready-pasted papers have a coat of adhesive applied during the manufacturing process. The adhesive is reactivated for application by being passed through water in a water trough before hanging.


A simple type of wall hanging. A single thickness of paper with a design printed on the face.


This is pure vinyl, which is laminated to a paper or linen backing. It can be used anywhere and is well suited to service areas as it is washable and easy to clean.

Vinyl Coated

Paper with a vinyl or acrylic coating to the face. Either type of finish is extremely hard wearing.


Two sheets of paper, which are bonded or laminated together.


This is a very heavily embossed type of duplex paper. (From the Greek Ana Relief Glypta Cameo). It must be painted after being hung and is used on walls as well as ceiling. It is not recommended for use in service areas.

Anaglypta Wallpaper

Anaglypta Wallpaper


Also called foils, these papers have a large percentage of metal on the surface, predominately Aluminium or powdered metals can be added to the ground paper.

Metallic Wallpaper

Metallic Wallpaper


The design side of the paper is raised and the reverse side is hollow.


Closely woven Hessian (Hemp or Jute) is stuck to a heavy paper backing.

Grass Cloth

Made with the fibers of a honeysuckle vine being attached to a paper backing.

Printed Papers

There are two forms, ground and pulp. Ground papers are coated with paint before they are printed. Pulp is where the pattern is printed directly on the natural colour of the paper. Some decorative Ground Papers to follow.


This has a luxurious velvet feel. It is made by dusting powdered silk, wool or flock onto a tacky patterned surface paper, creating a piled effect and is back in fashion after a long break.


Patterns are made to imitate cotton chintz forms.


Printed linear veins of inter mingling colors.


A sheen is achieved on the paper from polishing or glazing the ground before putting the design on it.


A sheen is achieved by adding mica into the ground.


These have a satin or satinette ground and have a finely engraved embossing.


The pattern of this paper is applied to the surface with rollers; a photographic process has produced the pattern.


These depict a scene or landscape. They are often made of several lengths.

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