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So What’s The Deal With Wallpaper?

Wallpaper was very popular up until a few decades ago, offering more complex patterns than the clean paint jobs that are the most popular interior wall finishing option today. But the question is: is wallpaper making a comeback? So far, the answer seems to be no. With more than 25 years of service in the Naples, Florida area, we’ve had many interior painting jobs that involve wallpaper surfaces, and the vast majority of them have centered around its removal. Though depending upon the wallpaper and its condition, we can either remove the old wallpaper or paint over it.

But don’t be so quick to dismiss wallpaper altogether! Even though Southwest Florida’s demand is low, a rise in popularity could be on the horizon. Numerous articles in national publications have recently proclaimed the comeback of wallpaper in interior design. And a recent study suggests that he global market for digitally printed wallpaper will more than double by 2025. The study estimates that this global market, which hit $2.9 billion in 2020, will reach $7.5 billion in 2025. The study’s projections seem to be supported by real-world sales, given that one of the largest American wallpaper supplier—York Wallcoverings—recently reported a year-over year 20 percent increase in sales.   

Wallpaper Through the Ages

From a historical standpoint, paint has the edge over wallpaper thanks to prehistoric painting on cave walls some 40,000 years ago or so. That said, wallpaper does have an ancient pedigree given that its first known use was by the Chinese in 200 B.C. The rise of Wallpaper’s modern popularity can be traced back to the 16th century, when papering walls became fashionable by the aristocracy and gentry of England and France. Its popularity received a further boost in the 1800s when the Industrial Revolution brought about its mass production. This considerably lowered its cost, making it affordable for the working class.

By the early 20th century, wallpaper was considered one of the most popular household items in Europe and North America. So popular in America that U.S. firm Sears, Roebuck and Co. began manufacturing it. In Europe wallpaper has continued to retain its popularity, but interior paints started overtaking wallpaper as the wall coating of choice in the U.S. starting in the 1970s. While paint has definitely enjoyed a significant edge over wallpaper since then, wallpaper has been gaining in popularity over the past decade. And, according to many interior designers, this trend will undoubtedly continue for the rest of this decade.        

Paint Versus Wallpaper

The choice of whether to coat your interior walls with paint or wallpaper ultimately comes down to one’s personal style and taste. However, some other considerations you should weigh include:

  • Cost—painting is less expensive than hanging wallpaper.
  • Prep Work—wallpaper requires more than painting.
  • Application—painting is easier than wallpaper hanging.
  • Versatility—with so many colors and varieties paint has the edge, though wallpaper offers a huge degree of artistic variation and selection of designs and patterns.
  • Durability—wallpaper tends to be much more durable and longer-lasting than paint.

Consult with a Professional Naples, FL Painting Company

If you’re considering a refresh of your interior walls, or need to finish newly constructed interior walls, consult with FCI Painting to better assess your options. We have more than 25 years of professional experience in helping Naples, Florida area clients beautify their interior walls. To learn more, contact FCI Painting online, or by giving us a call at (239) 435-1001.

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We have a three unit, two story condo building that needed an exterior painting job we awarded to FCI Painting. Their proposal was reasonably priced and very detailed. Richard Foden’s came to estimate the job and took the time to explain the process, answer questions and provide recommendations (that help us in our process). We received four proposals and FCI’s stood out making our decision straight forward. FCI crew was professional and the foreman ‘Eduardo’ exceptional. On a daily basis’s he communicated what to expect, what they would be achieving and the crews next steps. Crew was courteous and cleaned up the grounds every evening. We highly recommend FCI Painting company. Thanks

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Very professional, prompt… even ahead of schedule. I will always use them from now on.

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I can’t recommend FCI Painting enough! Owner Richard Foden runs one of the finest painting companies I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. When my business moved into our new office, we started researching painters in Naples, FL and FCI came highly recommended. The commercial painters that Richard works with are prompt, thorough and professional. After working with them in a business setting, I’ll be certain to give Richard a call next time I’m in need of house painters as well.

Martin V

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Had my condo painted by FCI Painting and they did an outstanding job! They were professional and friendly.

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FCI Painting did an outstanding job for us and we are more than pleased with the results. We found the pricing to be competitive and fair. Our painter, Chris, was an expert craftsman, patched several areas of drywall that needed attention and helped us work through a problem we had with one of the colors we chose. We would definitely recommend FCI painting for anyone looking for a quality job at a fair price.

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Neil S

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FCI Painting did a fantastic job on my driveway. They were swift, neat, and very sharp eye on quality. I would highly suggest there work and I would call them again.

Tom D

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FCI did a great job painting our home! Job was done on time & on budget, no surprises! Rich was a pleasure to deal with & was very prompt when responding to a question or request. Chris, our painter, was on-time each day, always prepared, cleaned up every afternoon, worked at a good pace & super friendly. Would definitely use them again & recommend them highly!

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