We talked to one of our resident wallpaper hangers David Ottenbrite who specializes in residential paper hanging for more than 28 years, about his thoughts on wallpaper and the importance of hiring a professional for your wallpaper hanging needs. Here is what he had to say:
"As many of you already know, wallpaper is becoming more and more popular by the day. The resurgence of wallpaper is partially due to two distinct factors: the amazing selection of exciting new products including murals, and the way that wallpaper is being utilized in a home.
In years past entire rooms were wallpapered now, an approach of spicing up a room with an accent wall is more prevalent. This is equally true in powder rooms, although more often a whole powder room is done to add a little variety to the whole home approach. It is amazing how the introduction of one accent wall on a main floor layout, for example, can enhance the complete floor. Don’t underestimate the ‘Wow’ factor wallpaper can achieve.
In my experience there are three types of wallpaper customer: those who can do it themselves, those who think they can, and those who shudder at the thought. The former group is simply wired to do it while the latter group is pragmatic and realistic. The middle group is the most curious. As a professional wallpaper hanger, I have been called several times by people within this group with a cry for help(!). They have seen a YouTube video or some other illogical source and attempted, with little practical understanding to do their own work. Truly, it is not as simple as it may seem in a video and, as wallpaper may be relatively inexpensive, you may consider it an investment in your home and want to be proud of it. Hence, the logic of hiring a professional.
As you all know we are living in our most valuable investment: our homes. I can’t tell you how many times I have decorated for people with the intent of selling. In other words, decorating for others rather than ourselves. We should enjoy our homes as much as our families; be proud of our homes when entertaining. Take care of your investment, and your own happiness. We all work hard, and our homes should be our comfort, our oasis. Wallpaper can add so much to this sense of satisfaction. LOVE YOUR HOME!
Wallpaper can be intimidating at first with the wide variety of selection these days, but Erin Mills Paint & Décor Centre is always available to help. If you have a picture from a magazine or website, they can find the right books or source similar papers. And, if you need help with ideas try to bring as much info as you can (pictures of the space, adjacent colours, a floor tile sample). The more info, the faster and easier the decision will be."
David Ottenbrite has been installing residential wallpaper in Oakville and Mississauga for over 28 years. While working with several designers and decorators, he has come to appreciate how wallpaper can compliment and enhance a home. When a fabulous wallpaper meets the perfect space, magic can ensue, in a way that no other wall treatment can match.
You can find more examples of David’s work at www.doctordecorwallpaper.com