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Wallpaper Central Autumn Trophy

Wallpaper Central are happy to announce that they will be headline sponsor of the Formula Ford Autumn Trophy at Oulton Park International circuit on 12th October 2013. The event will now be named the “Wallpaper Central Autumn Trophy”

The Autumn Trophy will be based on 2 races each for Post 89 and Pre 89 Formula Ford race cars and the winner of the Trophy in each class with have scored the best results over the 2 races.

All the 4 races will be shown on Sky Sports over the coming weeks.

Martin Short, Managing Director of Wallpaper Central said “We heard about the event and decided it is a great fit with or business. Having the event shown on Sky Sports is also a big bonus for us as we look to expand our growing online wallpaper business”

To attend the event please check out – www.oultonpark.co.uk

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Christmas Opening Hours

Just a reminder to all our customers that on the 24th December, all orders must be placed before 12pm. We will then be closed on the 25th – 27th December.

We will then be back open with our normal delivery times on the 28th – 31st December however, orders must be placed before 12pm. We are closed on the 1st January and then open as usual.

We would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from all of us at the Wallpaper Central team.

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Decor resolutions

It’s that time again. Time to make the same resolutions you make every year in the hope of not breaking them within a fortnight. So, for 2013, let’s make some decor-based resolutions you can stick to.

Decorate at least one room this year

Despite your plans, you didn’t do it last year. Or the year before that. The longer you leave it, the more rooms start to demand your attention. Before you know it, the whole house needs doing. Break the job (and cost) down. Pick a room to redecorate – and stick to the plan.

Declutter

Once the new wallpaper’s transformed your room into a palace of chic opulence, keep it that way. Give the new design room to breathe. And if that means finding a new home for those 200 porcelain pigs, well so be it.

Try something new

You like magnolia. It’s clean and simple and doesn’t get in the way. And painting the wall is so much easier than wallpapering. Can we suggest that, if you’ve been painting the wall for the last decade, you’re home is probably ready for a change. All those feature walls we keep talking about? Now’s your chance. Don’t be afraid to add a dash of boldness, vibrancy and excitement to you wall. And if you need to kick some ideas around you’ll find us on 01254 582735.

Fall in love with your home again

It’s more than a place to store your ‘stuff’ and rest your head at night. Redecorating can make you see the home you thought you knew in a completely different light. These are, as we keep being told, times of austerity. Yet a little time and a few rolls of wallpaper can make your home a livelier, more exciting place to be for the rest of the year. And all for less than the price of a weekend away.

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Table decorations


Wallpaper of the month? That’ll be this beauty from Fine Decor. There’s a wonderful Victoriana vibe to this paper. It has a deliciously classic feel, brought bang up to date by a striking use of colour and texture.

The candelabra motif is created in metallic gel which gives the wallpaper real boldness. The colours have been chosen for maximum feature wall effect- the teal, red and silver practically begging for matching cushions and curtains.

But what we really love about this wallpaper, especially at this time of year, is what it signifies. Family gathered round the table. Warm nights in front of the fire. Candlelight, sparkle and glamour. It is that rarest of things – a wallpaper that looks as if it could have been designed with Christmas in mind, but which doesn’t actually feature anything overtly Christmassy.

That means it will complement the Christmas decorations when they’re up, and will still look striking (and appropriate) once they’re down again.

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5 Christmas decor dangers

We have mixed feelings about Christmas decorations. For all their glittery, sparkly loveliness, it’s your wallpaper beneath we feel sorry for. So here’s a quick guide to decorating your home for Christmas, without putting the decor you enjoy the rest of the year in jeopardy.

1.    Sticky tape and wallpaper

They don’t mix. Ever. At best, you’ll get away with the odd gummy patch on your wall. At worst, when you remove your decorations you’ll take strips of wallpaper with them. If you have to use sticky tape, confine it to woodwork and give the surface a good wipe with soapy water once the decorations are down.

2.     Drawing pins

There’s a knack to ensuring your wallpaper doesn’t look like a dartboard. If you’re using drawing pins, hide them in concealed places. We suggest the tops of picture rails, the undersides of dado rails and the bits of door surround no one ever sees.

3.    Tack

Try and keep all tacks and gums away from your wallpaper. Oils from the tack can discolour the paper beneath, and there’s always the danger of removing tack and taking some paper with it. As with drawing pins, try and keep the tack to the unnoticeable areas of your woodwork.

4.    Candles

Who doesn’t enjoy the sight (and smell) of candles at Christmas? To protect the decor, use smoke-free candles. Alternatively, each time you light a candle, choose a different spot for the candle holder to avoid the build up of any sooty residues.

5.    Snow

It’s all so easy to get a bit carried away isn’t it? For your wallpaper’s sake, can we ask that you screen the wall (or move your Christmas Tree) while you spray it with artificial snow? That way you won’t be left with a tree-shaped snowy silhouette on your wall come January.

From all of us at Wallpaper Central, have a very Merry Christmas.

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Things that make bumps in the night (and day)

Lumps and bumps: they’re the gremlins set to wreak havoc on your decorating. When something evil’s lurking beneath your wallpaper, chances are you really could have fixed it before it ever got a chance to show its nasty face. Here’s the ghouls’ gallery:
Lumpy paste
Big lumps in your wallpaper? Check your paste. If it’s full of lumps your wallpaper will be too and no amount of diluting or mixing will help. Best ditch the lot and start again. Follow the instructions to the letter and remember to thoroughly clean your paste bucket before you make a fresh batch.
If the paste’s smooth, those lumps could be caused by…
Big air bubbles
Small air bubbles on your newly papered wall are perfectly natural and should smooth down as the wallpaper dries.
Big air bubbles, though, will need some help. Don’t wait for the paper to dry as you’ll never get rid of them if you do. Lift the paper (and the bubbles) away from the wall. Smooth the wallpaper back into place as directed by the wallpaper instructions. The more you work the air out from beneath the paper the fewer bubbles you’ll leave trapped behind.
Loose plaster
You know the sort of plaster that drops from the wall when you tap a nail in elsewhere? That’s the sort of loose plaster that will inconveniently drop behind your paper when you least want it. Don’t pretend the problem isn’t there. Fill cracks with decorators caulk, and for larger patches, replaster before you start wallpapering.
Lumps on the wall
If you wallpaper over a lump you’ll end up with another lump. There really is no substitute for good preparation. Make your sander your best friend and, once the old wallpaper’s off, start smoothing.
Grit on your paste brush
The last one’s a sneaky one. It’s so easy to accidentally drop your paste brush on the floor, then pick it up and carry on regardless. When you do, you’ll transfer the dust and grit on the floor to your paste. If you drop it, wash it.
They’re simple tips, but they’ll help ensure your finished room looks like an autumnal feast, not a Halloween horror.
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Feel Better. Strip Off

We’ve been tackling a room with hidden secrets this week. Everything looked simple enough until we started stripping the old wallpaper. That’s when we found not one, but four layers of paper beneath. We reckon the earliest was from the mid-late 70s – so retro it may well be considered cool again by now.

We weren’t impressed. In fact, as we stripped layer after layer we were cursing the once popular notion that when you want to change your room you don’t remove your wallpaper – you just cover it up.

Over the years we’ve heard lots of reasons for wallpapering over the existing paper. Here are the most common:

It creates a smooth surface

Well, it does if the wallpaper you’re covering isn’t embossed, or flock, or textured. But lining paper does the job much better and you don’t have to worry about the colour showing through.

It makes the room warmer

A perfectly valid argument. If you live in the 1950s. If warmth is really an issue you’ll find insulated lining papers do the job much better.

It provides a solid base the wallpaper paste can really key into

Depends on the paper but that’s generally not true. Wallpaper with a sheen won’t soak up any paste, giving your new paper nothing to grab onto. A more absorbent paper will suck all the paste off your new wallpaper, leaving it less solid, not more. What tends to work much better as a base for your wallpaper is a wall.

It’s quicker

Ah. Now we come to it. For all the pseudo-technical reasons for papering over the old wallpaper, there’s really only one reason for doing it these days. Stripping the old paper off is a bit of a faff.

But here’s the thing, take the time to prepare your wall properly and you’ll achieve a much better finish that shows your new wallpaper off at its best. And that will make your investment (in terms of money and time) so much more worthwhile.

It’ll make life easier next time someone tries to strip the paper, too.

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Team GB

We’re in celebratory mood. The Olympics are over but we finish with a hugely impressive medal haul. And that got us thinking: could you create a Team GB of wallpaper designers?

100m & 200m – Julien Macdonald

Not only a creator of fabulous designer wallpapers – a creator of fabulous things in general. An OBE, former creative head of Givenchy and judge of Britain’s Next Top Model. He’s a superstar of wallpaper, which is why we give him the highest profile events. So creative, he even designs his own medals. Here he’s added fuchsia to the traditional silver…

Equestrian – Osborne & Little

There’s something distinctly upper crust about Osborne and Little. They’ve been creating distinctive, stunning papers (such as the Quartz collection below) since the Swinging Sixties so we had to put them in an event that’s open to all age groups. Dashing, smart, effortlessly sophisticated? We can see them going clear in the horse-jumping and medalling in dressage.

Heptathlon – Sophie Conran

Wallpaper is only the start of it. Sophie Conran’s skills extend to china, glass, party planning food and chocolate. She is the multi-eventer of the wallpaper world. We can see her bringing home a heptathlon gold. And then inviting everyone round for drinks and nibbles to celebrate.

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Wallpapering for a sale !

According to recent reports, house prices are about to take a significant lurch upwards whilst interest rates drop to further record lows. If you have a little equity to play with, putting your house on the market may be about to look a lot more attractive than it has in recent times.

Since you’re unlikely to be the only one to think this way it will be more important than ever to ensure your home looks at its best when those prospective buyers come to call – and that means taking a long hard look at your decor and making some changes that will help your house sell. But when it comes to updating your wallpaper with a view to selling, which strategy will you adopt?

Go neutral

The staple advice from a wealth of early noughties makeover shows was ‘go neutral’. The thinking behind this was it’s a lot easier to imagine your own design over a blank canvas than it is to see past a garish colour scheme.

Certainly, if your colour choices are retina-scorchingly vivid that advice still stands, but replacing your feature wallpaper with something more neutral isn’t necessarily the way to go anymore.

We all took the ‘go neutral’ advice to heart so well that most homes will adopt the same approach. And if everyone’s decor looks the same then it’s an awful lot more difficult to stand out.

Show the contemporary possibilities

Showing what’s possible with a contemporary wallpaper is the alternative route. Providing you choose something relatively mainstream you’re unlikely to offend too many people, and the ones that love the look will be able to see the house in a modern, contemporary way you just can’t achieve by painting everything magnolia.

Choosing a bold feature wall can transform a viewer into a buyer

Do something

Whichever approach you adopt, the clearest message has to be this: do something. We all put up with the marks, scuffs and scrapes that accumulate on our walls after a few years of family living – we scarcely even notice them. But prospective buyers will – so it’s worth updating you wallpaper to revitalise your home, and increase those chances of a sale.

Wallpapering for a sale
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The horrible history of wallpaper

Sit back for a moment and take a look at the room around you. If it’s wallpapered, then consider that it’s taken almost 2000 years, some nasty diseases and an unhealthy dose of arsenic to reach the point where you can enjoy your wallpaper without a) going bankrupt; and b) dying. Fabulous wallpaper, it seems, has a rather less fabulous past…

The Egyptians were the first to develop papyrus but it was the Chinese who first put their rice paper on the walls in around 200BC. By AD105 they had refined the practice by using rags instead of paper and the first wallpapers of the sort we might recognise today were introduced.

In the UK, the oldest known example of wallpaper comes from Christ’s College, Cambridge, during the reign of Henry VIII, and features a pomegranate design created with a woodcut.

Wallpaper, or ‘stained paper’ as it was alternatively known, was prohibitively expensive for all but the wealthiest households. Until 1802 wallpaper could only be printed in small squares which meant that a lot of labour was required to create the wallpaper in the first place, and even more was needed to apply it to the wall. The Countess of Suffolk spent £42 wallpapering one room in the 1750s when the average cost of a house was £12.

The introduction of a wallpaper tax in 1712 made wallpaper even more expensive unless you were crafty. The tax applied only to stained or coloured papers, so for 100 years or so there arose a healthy trade in decorating rooms in plain paper to avoid the tax, and then stencilling the paper by hand once it was in place.

Manufacturing wallpaper was an unhealthy business. There appears to have been little concern over where the rags that were mulched down came from, leaving labourers with an impressive collection of diseases.

Once the wallpaper tax was abolished in the 19th Century, wallpaper became even more dangerous. As the price dropped, so more homes suddenly discovered the delights of the most fashionable wallpapers. The most fashionable papers were green, and the green that was most desired was created using arsenic. In damp houses (i.e. most of them) this created a faint garlic odour that was the telltale sign of arsenic in the atmosphere. Arsenic poisoning probably accounted for countless cases of blindness, acute diabetes, neurological disorders and deaths.

It’s taken a lot of effort to reach a point where wallpaper can be enjoyed by everyone, inexpensively, and without harm to health. So take another look at those walls, and appreciate the true wonder of your new wallpaper.

References:

Bryson, Bill, At Home, A Short History of Private Life, Doubleday 2010 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenic_poisoning

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/3305112/On-the-level-building-tax.html

http://www.wallpaperhowto.com/history.shtml