Modern Wallpaper in South Africa

Modern Wallpaper in South Africa

Wow, Modern Wallpaper is sooo much easier than it used to be! Advances in materials and printing technology have enabled so many different types of wallpaper: from stronger Coated Paper Standard Wallpaper all the way to Self-Adhesive Wallpaper (like custom printed Peel & Stick Wallpaper)! We even have 3D Paintable Wallpaper or Bling your space with Shiny, Glitter and Embellished Modern Wallpaper in South Africa.

Wallpaper has come a long way since the 70’s!


Wallpaper can be Super Easy to Install

Installation is where wallpaper companies have really spent their time developing their technologies – they understand that your time is limited and it should be easy to install and remove. The only catch is that the ease of wallpaper installation is directly proportionate to the cost of the wallpaper. In the majority of cases, you can easily tell how easy it is going to be by the price of the wallpaper. So, the main difference between the types of wallpaper we offer is the method of applying the wallpaper – whether its using paste on the paper, paste on the wall, activating the paste with water or no paste whatsoever!

Wallpaper Material Options (and installation overview):

The vast majority of wallpaper (and mural) products on our website are printed in bulk in the UK which makes them very cost-effective. The sizes, designs and material choices differ depending on the manufacturer so unfortunately, unless we custom print wallpaper (see last option below), we can’t change the available material options.

Each Manufacturer has product specific wallpaper installation instructions inside the package you receive but here is some more information on the differences in Material and their installation:

Bulk Printed Wallpaper Material Options:


Custom Printed Wallpaper Material Options:


Bulk Printed Wallpaper Material Options:

1.) Standard (Traditional) Wallpaper:

Most Cost Effective, a little Messy and requires Patience

Even our Standard Wallpaper is easier than it ever was. The paper does not tear as easily and many clients comment that is was much stronger than they expected it to be. Our Standard Wallpaper requires Wallpaper Paste* (optionally add to cart on with the wallpaper you are ordering). The method of installation is called “Paste the Paper” and you literally apply the paste to the back of the wallpaper before hanging. This method requires a process called “booking” where you softly fold the edges of the paper onto itself (for at least 5 mins per panel) to make sure there is also paste on the corners and edges. The reason for all this extra work is due to the fact that paper will expand when liquid is applied to it (i.e. paste) so without that time to soak, the wallpaper would shrink on the wall and there would be gaps between the panels.

Its a little messy and requires patience – but well worth the extra effort to not have gaps between panels.

Here is a video on how to install Standard Wallpaper:

2.) Soak and Stick (Pre-Pasted) Wallpaper:

No Paste required, but also a little Messy, some are Scrubbable

Our Soak and Stick Wallpaper range is a pre-pasted wallpaper, which means it already has adhesive on the back of the paper. All you do is activate the paste by dipping the wallpaper into a tray of water or spraying with a spray bottle. The paper also requires the “booking” and resting process after the paper has been soaked in water.

It is also quite messy but you don’t need to mix the paste – but you will need a tray and the booking does take time.

Here is a video on how to install Soak and Stick Wallpaper:

3.) Easy Premium (Paste-the-Wall) Wallpaper:

Quicker and Easier Installation/Removal plus Washable

If you really want modern wallpaper, then our Easy Premium Wallpaper is the way to go. This wallpaper has a laminate coating which not only protects the wallpaper, makes it washable, helps withstand average steam but it also cuts your installation and removal time in half! When using “Paste-the-Wall” wallpaper, the wallpaper paste* is applied directly to the wall before hanging each panel. The laminate coating stops the paper from absorbing the paste, so there is no expansion or shrinkage (no booking required). It also comes off in whole panels so removing is much easier easy.

This method is much less messy, a much quicker and easier installation and removal – plus washable.

Here is a video on how to install Easy Premium Wallpaper:

* Our Wallpaper Paste is a 100% natural product (compared to chemical/synthetic paste) so much healthier in the actual room and much softer on the skin.

The above is simply a general overview of wallpaper installation, we suggest reading the Wallpaper FAQ’s for more detailed information and advice on Wallpaper and Installation.

Custom Printed Wallpaper:

We now also offer Custom Printed Wallpaper and Murals which are tailor-made for you – so choose your own design/image, exact wall size and material option. This Bespoke Wallpaper is more expensive (usually around 2-4 times the price) compared with the bulk-printed options.

Custom Printed Wallpaper Material Options:

1.) Tapestry Wallpaper (highly recommended)

Easiest to Install, Durable, Scrubabble, Re-usable – great for High Traffic Areas.

230gsm woven polyester – great texture and feels like strong fabric.
Made in South Africa from 40% recycled PET bottles.
Long-lasting, scratch resistant and perfect for high traffic areas.
Non-toxic, durable and water resistant.
No shrinkage or movement with weather changes.
Easy to install with wallpaper paste.
Extra washable and scrubbable.
Reusable so take it with you if you move.
Can be installed on top of any colour paint.
Inks: the inks are water based and non-toxic (UV Greenguaard Certificate). NO FADE GUARANTEE and Sharp with vivid colour.
Production Lead Time: 7-10 Working Days.
Size: Supplied in 1.77m wide panels.

2.) Matt Laminated Self-Adhesive Wallpaper

Strong, Ultra Smooth, Sticky Back Wallpaper – but does NOT stick to Washable Paint

200gsm Vinyl, economical, soft calendered PVC film featuring a special low-tack adhesive that enables the graphic to be removed easily.
Clean with mild soap-and-water solution.
Very specific about paint types that it can adhere to: smooth wall painted with an average PVA paint.
Not suitable for: “Washable”, “Scrubbable”, “Stain Blocking” or “Sheen” paint coatings. Aged, flaking or poorly maintained paint, Patched areas that have not been properly primed and painted, anywhere close to heating and air conditioning vents or registers blowing air directly at graphic edges.
Inks: the inks are water based latex inks (meet GREENGUARD criteria for low emitting products and is tested to the GREENGUARD standards*).
Production Lead Time: 3-7 Working Days.
Size: Supplied in 1.35m wide panels.

3.) PVC-Free Wallpaper

Healthiest Wallpaper, Perfect for Hospitals and Kids Rooms

165g Ultra Smooth PVC-Free Wallpaper.
Free of PVC so perfect for sensitive environments like hospitals, children’s rooms, schools and care facilities.
Pre-pasted (soak and stick water-activated paste) installation.
Slightly translucent (10%) so it should be stuck onto a white wall for best results.
We suggest sticking onto a very a smooth wall (as you can see the imperfections underneath).
Flame retardant: Class A approved fire certification.
Washable with Mild Soap.
Inks: the inks are water based latex inks (meet GREENGUARD criteria for low emitting products and is tested to the GREENGUARD standards*).
Up to 20 years display permanence indoors (away from direct sun).
Production Lead Time: 3-7 Working Days.
Size: Supplied in 1.35m wide panels.

4.) Textured (Sandstone) Wallpaper

Luxuriously Thick that covers Slight Imperfections

290g Textured Wallpaper – Sandstone Finish.
Non-woven Wallpaper with strong paper base.
Paste-the-paper application with wallpaper paste.
Will hide slight imperfections/roughness in the wall and can be installed on any colour paint.
Washable with Mild Soap.
Inks: the inks are water based latex inks (meet GREENGUARD criteria for low emitting products and is tested to the GREENGUARD standards*).
Production Lead Time: 3-7 Working Days.
Size: Supplied in 1.35m wide panels.


*HP PVC-free Wall Paper printed using HP Latex Inks is listed in the GREENGUARD product listing for low emitting products and is tested to the GREENGUARD standards. This paper is not GREENGUARD Certified. The GREENGUARD environmental Institute is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) authorized standards developer that establishes acceptable.