Wallpaper Made of Paper

Paper-based wallpaper usually consists of two layers of paper. The outer layer is embossed and printed in colour.

The inner layer serves as a supporting material and, during renovation, it remains on the wall surface after the outer layer has been removed (for quality products that allow such separation).

Structured (Relief) Wallpaper

A paste with dye is applied to the supporting material of structured wallpaper. Thus, light and shadow creates an interesting three-dimensional effect on the outer surface profile.

Most structured wallpaper can be washed and is insensitive to light. When being removed from the wall, its outer layer peels off which facilitates later renovation.

Vinyl Wallpaper

This wallpaper consists of a supporting material that is firmly bound to the vinyl layer. The front side is printed, smooth or embossed. Vinyl wallpaper is used particularly in areas that require exceptionally robust surfaces.

Non-woven Wallpaper

The supporting paper layer of non-woven wallpaper is replaced by a special fleece. Suppliers offer non-woven wallpaper both in a finished version and in one that must be painted after it has been hung to the wall.

Non-woven wallpaper is quite simple to hang. Paste is applied directly to the wall surface instead of the reverse side of the wallpaper. The wallpaper is laid directly into the bed of paste without observing a soaking time. It is dimensionally stable because of the non-woven carrier and therefore soaking time is no longer required.

Wallpaper with a base also covers small cracks on the wall surface. When renovating, it can be completely stripped off the wall.

Offset Match

This is sometimes called a half-drop. The match is obtained by halving the repeat.

Straight Match

The pattern matches straight across the width.

Free Match

No matching required, lengths can be cut straight from the roll without wastage.


Either printed with water-fast colours or thinly coated with PVA. Paste on the surface can be safely removed by gentle use of a damp sponge.


As spongeable but with more protection. Will withstand more wiping after light soiling.

Super Washable

As spongeable but well protected with PVA. Suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms or kitchens.


Normally only applies to vinyl wallcoverings used in areas with heavy water.

Good Light Fastness

This means the wallcovering should retain its original colour for a considerable amount of time, but can’t be guaranteed on any permanent basis.

Moderate Light Fastness

Beware!! This product may well fade or discolour in areas of direct sunlight.

Paste the paper

This product needs to be pasted as this is not ready pasted or a paste-the-wall product.

Ready Pasted

To be hung by immersion in clean water according to instructions

Paste The Wall (NON-WOVEN)

Uses a special backing paper that does not expand when it gets wet. As it doesn’t need to soak, the paste can be applied directly to the wall, cutting decorating time by half.

Dry Strippable

Should peel cleanly from the wall in a dry state.

Wet Removable

This will not dry peel.


The top skin of the decoration should peel cleanly away, leaving the backing (if still secure) ready for further decoration.

Design Repeat Distance Offset

The circumstance of the printed rolls, half of which represents the wallcovering drop (where applicable). This is very important information for calculating the number of lengths available to a roll and this will give you the total quantity you need.

Direction of Hanging

This can be found (but rarely) on the selvedge of wallcoverings that have been untrimmed or it may be on the reverse of some products. In other respects, on a label it will mean do not reverse the lengths.

Reverse Alternative Layout

Mostly applicable to plain effects and necessary to minimise the risk of side to side shading.

Coordinating Fabric

This does not necessarily mean a matching fabric and even when your design is the same, your colours may often vary because of some different techniques in printing.