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Angie's List: Wallpaper Making a Comeback

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After fading from popularity decades ago, wallpaper is making a comeback.

But it's nothing like what you remember seeing in your grandma's kitchen.

In this Angie's list report, KULR-8's Emily Nantz shows us how wallpaper can change the look and feel of a room.

"Well she stripped some of the outer coating on the bare drywall which is a problem," says Jim Stevens, Wallpaper Contractor.

It can be a nightmare to remove and even more difficult to apply. That's why many homeowners turn to an expert when dealing with wallpaper.

"The wallpaper was hung over a bare drywall and that's something you never want to do. Even sizing won't keep that wallpaper from tearing that paper off the drywall when you go to strip it," says Jim.

Susan Colvin, an interior designer, says if you are looking for an alternative to paint, wallpaper can bring color and texture to any room. Some of today's wallpaper is also easier to remove.

"You can get pattern, multiple colors, and so there's a lot of style in wallpaper and you can express some individuality that you're not necessarily doing just with paint," says Susan Colvin.

"There is some really neat trends, but one thing hasn't changed and that's wallpaper is a commitment. Putting it up and taking it down can be tricky," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

The most common wallpaper types are vinyl and fabric.

"A lot of wallpaper is made with vinyl coatings, to make it easier to clean. Not all wallpapers are that way, but a lot of wallpaper you can actually wash down fairly well. So there are a little easier to maintain than perhaps some paint," says Susan.

Wallpaper installation can cost $10 to $100 or more per roll. Labor rates, like paper prices, vary widely by the job.

For wallpaper removal, pricing is typically based on labor and materials, but an average room can be done for around a couple of hundred dollars.