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A brief history of wallpaper

A brief history of wallpaper.

Some of the first few wallpapers were hand painted. However, the most popular way was using a woodblock painting. Wallpaper first gained popularity in Renaissance aria in Europe. This was because before wallpaper they only used Tapestry to brighten up the walls. However, only the rich could afford them. Wallpaper gained popularity as it was the cheapest option to brighten up a room.

England and France were the leading countries in European for manufacturing wallpaper. One of the earliest known wallpaper was found on the back of a London proclamation in 1509. However, It was not until the early twentieth century that wallpaper was a common and popular house decoration across the western world. 

Wallpaper in the modern century has developed into more than just roles that were printed in large batches with only a few patterns to pick from. Now wallpaper can be art, photos or hand made illustrations. You can not only pick from thousands of different designs, you can make your own!

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Samples

Samples

We always want our clients to have the best possible experience and to walk away as happy as possible with their choice of wallpaper. This means we always encourage people to get samples to make sure they are getting the right material, colour and pattern for their space.

Most people get samples to test out what colours will look like or see if the pattern itself will work in the space. But there are many other reasons why it’s so important to get a sample, even when you are sure of the colour and pattern. The standard material is a little transparent and dark colours on the wall may show through. We often get people not sure if they need to use our block out or standard wallpaper because their walls are verging on being slightly too dark for the standard. If they get a sample they can test from themselves if they don’t mind a little colour showing through or if they want a more solid colour. Getting a Block out or standard sample can also help if you have textured walls as well.

If you are getting a custom colour we highly recommend getting a sample first as the colours can look very different on a screen compared to in person. Getting a sample is also a great way to test if the finish on your walls is Wash and Wear or Egg Shell. We can not guarantee that our product will stick to these finishes. If you are not sure what paint finish you have on your walls you can tell by sticking one of our samples on the wall for 48 hours. If it is still on by the end our wallpaper will work well.

Most of our samples are made in the true size as the final product. Some patterns and images may be too big to fit in the 210mmx297mm piece so we shrink them so people can get a feel of the design. If you are ordering the sample for a play kitchen or a doll house, we can make the design smaller for you as well.

Don’t take the risk. Buy a sample.

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Add stone or brick wallpaper to create the industrial look in your home.

Add stone or brick wallpaper to create the industrial look in your home. 

The industrial style is taking the country by storm. Especially with the rebuild of Christchurch. Every new building that is popping up has iron, timber and brick exposed. This is seeping from the commercial to the residential areas. Adding black finishings and subway tiles or exposed brick in the kitchens. This on-trend style can get expensive very fast though.

A great alternative to add the industrial style is to use our wallpaper to create the look of a brick or stone wall without all the hassle. You will be surprised how real it looks. This adds the look of texture into the room without having to deal with all the work or long term effects of having an exposed wall.

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What is the difference between our wallpaper and others?

What is the difference between our wallpaper and others?

The biggest difference between traditional wallpaper and BC Magic Wallpaper is that our wallpaper has a self-adhesive backing. With traditional wallpaper, you need to apply a paste between the wall and wallpaper, which is a hard process that you normally need a tradesperson for. Once applied, traditional wallpaper is permanent. It is a long and hard process to get traditional wallpaper off the walls and you have to repaint the surface. BC Magic wallpaper comes off the second you pull it away and leaves the wall clean and in tack.

Unlike most other wallpaper companies you can bring your own design/photo to us and we will print it. Or if you like a pattern but do not see it on our website then we can create it for you. Unlike other companies, we will charge no extra for custom designs and we are more than happy to send many of many emails to make sure everything is perfect for you.

Another big difference with our wallpaper compared to traditional wallpapers is that we do not make the wallpaper in rolls but panels. Why is this? We like to make our wallpaper as DIY friendly as possible. Having the wallpaper in smaller panels makes it a lot more manageable for people to handle. A job is never too big if you split it up into smaller jobs.

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Animal themed nursery

Animal themed nursery

We have many different animals themed wallpaper that people go crazy for. When you have a baby or young children this is the age where you can pick more adventures patterns for them that spark creativity and imagination. Check out some of our animal wallpapers below for some inspiration.

 
The Dinasor allows your child to look up and let their imagination go wild. Our wallpaper is not permanent either meaning when they start to grow up in 10 to 15 years and want a mature room you can pull it off the walls instantly. It’s no hassle at all and takes less than ten minutes. So why not go bolder and adventurous while they are at the age where you can.


The Safari pattern is one of our most popular animal patterns. It is a fun way to teach your child animal sounds and noises. Grey is the most popular pattern as it is gender neutral and works well with any colour you put with it. We can also do custom designs. If you see an animal print that you like on the Shutterstock website you can send it through to us and we can change the colours, take away or add things to the pattern. We can make it perfect for what you envisioned for your child’s room.