Wall quotes are decal sheets of vinyl that are applied to walls or other surfaces that are flat and hard. They are to be used as a decorative element in a room and consist of stylish quotes presented in equally stylish lettering along with occasional graphical art. They are ideal for home decoration because they are inexpensive, fairly easy to apply and removable. When selecting a wall quote for one of your rooms, one of the choices you will face is whether to select a vinyl sheet that has a matte or glossy finish.
To get a good idea of the difference between these two types of vinyl decals, look at the matte and glossy finish found on photographs – the effect is very similar. In a nutshell, the main difference is that glossy vinyl will more so reflect the light while the matte vinyl has more of a textured finish and will not shine so much when under lighting. Most people end up using matte finish since it gives a more natural hand painted look.
The choice will come down to what you want to create in the room and what is already present in terms of decoration. The choice of the quote itself will also have an impact on the choice of matte vs glossy. A flamboyant quote may benefit from a glossy treatment while a more zen and introspective quote could well be served by a matte look. It’s up to you to decide and there are many practical variables to take into consideration.
Matte vinyl usually has an adhesive stick that removes itself easily from walls. This is true even if the wall quote has been staying on that surface for many years. At the same time, it may be harder to apply matte vinyl to walls that have slight textures to them. Unless you have a perfectly flat and smooth wall, matte vinyl might not be the way to go. In a similar fashion and for similar reasons, if applied outdoors this kind of vinyl may only last for a few years. They will work well on glass, mirrors and tile, however.
Glossy vinyl has more adhesive power than the other one so it will stick better to walls that have some texture but it will also be harder to remove the wall quotes if they have been staying on a surface for some time. Depending on the quality of the paint on the wall, it may come off as the vinyl is removed.