Wallpaper is SO not the 70s anymore! Today’s wallpaper selections are clean, simple and modest. Wallpaper can be a great alternative to traditional paint, especially if you’re looking for a unique design.

If you’re not entirely sure about wallpaper, consider that it can be used in conjunction with paint. See, you can have the best of both worlds! For instance, some wallpapers can be painted so that you’re able to add texture while incorporating your favorite paint color. Or, you can choose to paint a room a lovely hue while using wallpaper as a border.

Let’s take a look at why you may want to consider wallpaper for your home makeover this coming year. Wallpaper is a top choice for decorators and homeowners, and once you read why, you’ll have to agree!

Supreme Durability

If you have kids or pets in the home, you know that keeping your walls untouched and pristine is nearly impossible. Paint can be finicky, as you may have already experienced. Some brands/types are better at handling wipe-downs, but some will leave behind a mark where the paint was rubbed. Also, any type of chip, scrape or hit will need to be repaired and repainted.

Wallpaper is a durable choice for families and busy households, particularly vinyl wallpaper and coated wallpaper. There are also many patterns that are forgivable and hide marks well. But, not all wallpapers are more durable than paint, so it’s important to weigh your options. For instance, some wallpapers are made from thin papers and are on the delicate side, while others like those made from grass cloths are not wipeable.

Longer Lifespan

Another important aspect to consider is how long your investment will last. If you’re going to put time and money into your home, you want it to bring long-term value – and peace of mind. Painting can benefit from a refresh every few years, but wallpaper lasts 10-15 years. Today’s selections are well-made and won’t fade or crack, so you can enjoy a brilliant wall for years to come. Although wallpaper tends to cost more up front, you get more life out of the purchase compared to paint.

Design Possibilities

You probably have no idea as to the many options for wallpaper that are available to you. Wallpaper comes in endless colors, styles, designs and textures, so you can achieve any look you want. It can be used on one wall (with the rest of the walls painted) or you can select two different types of wallpaper for one room. Wallpaper borders can be placed on the bottom, top or middle of a room, or strips of wallpaper can be added vertically for a nautical-type look.

But wallpaper gets even cooler than that. Wallpaper can be scented, glow-in-the-dark or magnetic. It can feature a chalkboard surface that can be written on with chalk, or a whiteboard finish that works well with dry erase markers – perfect for playrooms and classrooms. Some wallpaper styles feature a metallic finish, others a corkboard finish that can be used as a bulletin board. The possibilities are truly endless.

As you can see, wallpaper is a strong contender to put on your walls. It’s durable, long-lasting, beautiful and unique. No wonder why it’s hot for 2015!