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Angie's List: Wallpaper as a Work of Art

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-24 08:00:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - When it comes to decorating your home, some ideas just keep coming back time after time. Wallpaper is one of those things rolling back into fashion. But in our Angie’s List report, we learn that what’s hot today is an investment in art.

When you think about wallpaper, you probably don’t think “fine art.” But Walter Knabe does. He and a handful of others across the country create screen-printed wallpaper. Their craft dipped in popularity a few years ago, but it’s on the upswing now.

Knabe said one thing to consider when investing in wallpaper like his is that walls aren’t the only frame for it. Lots of people are papering their ceilings to give an unusual accent to their space, something highly popular in the Victorian era.

Like most fine art, this kind of wallpaper isn’t cheap. And given its price, Angie Hicks says you might want to rethink whether this is a D-I-Y job.

For most of us, picking out the wall paper design is much more fun than installing it. Experts say it’s not uncommon for them to have to spend time repairing walls and doing extra prep work because of damage by well-intentioned D-I-Y-ers.

Uniquely crafted wallpaper might be out of your price range, but the good news is that similar mass-produced, wallpaper is more readily and economically available.