Instead of using standard styles of wallpaper, it is possible to create your own custom papers that can add your unique style to a room. There are numerous ways to achieve a wallpaper effect by using custom methods, including digital prints as well as stenciling painted walls to simulate the look of wallpaper. It is possible to wallpaper an entire room using a custom wallpaper approach, or simply add a decorative accent to the room by creating the effect only on one wall, or on a portion of a wall. Either way, it will add a lot of interest, style and personality to the room.
Making your own digitally printed wallpaper can be a fun way to add a lot of personalized style to a room. Digitally printed papers can be created by using your own designs, scans of other types of artwork or natural materials such as leaves, or images that you can find on the Internet which you are allowed to print for personal use. When printing your own digital wallpaper, the best method is to use a large wide format printer. Since most people don’t own these types of high-end printers, taking the digital files to a print shop is often the best way of getting the paper printed. Do some research to see if you can find a print shop that handles digitally printed wallpaper, as they will have the supplies that produce best results, such as rolled blank vinyl coated paper. When printing on this type of material, print shops usually use UV-curable or solvent based inks.
Hand-Stenciled and Painted Wallpaper
Creating custom designs with stencils is another way to produce a custom wallpaper finish on your walls. Although you can stencil designs directly onto painted walls, it is also possible to do the stenciling on plain wallpaper for an interesting effect. One type of wallpaper that works especially well for custom stenciling is the variety which is specifically designed to be painted. This type of paper often comes in interesting textured surfaces that can be further enhanced with creative stenciling effects to create a one-of-a-kind decorator finish. In addition to using stencils, other painting techniques can be used to create a wallpaper effect, such as applying the paint with rags, crumpled paper, natural sea sponges or other materials commonly used to create painted faux effects on walls.
Paint by Number Wallpaper Patterns
One interesting and easy way of creating your own custom patterns on wall, simulating the look of custom wallpaper or wallpaper murals, is to use an overhead projector to project, trace and then paint a pattern, design or mural on the wall. This method can make it easy to create even complicated designs and artwork, kept in perfect proportion, created in whatever size you need. Simply trace the projected pattern lightly with a pencil, either directly on painted walls or on plain paintable wallpaper, to create a custom look that will rival that of wallpaper.