Painting the basement walls is the most traditional way to make the space look beautiful. But if you want to make a statement in your basement space, why not consider adding wallpaper? It can add character and warmth to the space while covering up imperfections in the walls.

However, keep in mind that your basement is not the same as the other parts of your home. 

Given its damp and humid condition, not all wallpaper is suitable for your basement. You need to test out several different backdrop colors and patterns. In this blog, we will discuss what you need to know about installing wallpaper in your basement.

Pros of Wallpaper

  • Easy to clean and install
  • Can be hung by beginners and DIY enthusiasts
  • Extremely durable and cost-effective
  • Lasts longer than paint
  • Comes in various designs, colors, and patterns
  • Doesn’t need retouching or repainting
  • Covers imperfections in your basement walls
  • Makes your basement feel more inviting and comfortable

Cons of Wallpaper

  • Has higher upfront costs
  • Might begin to peel or bubble when exposed to moisture
  • Difficult to remove when installed for a long time
  • Custom wallpaper designs are extremely expensive

How Much Does It Cost to Hang Wallpaper?

There are many factors that influence the cost of installing wallpaper. The type of wallpaper and basement size can significantly affect how much you’ll spend on this project. According to Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor, the average cost to hang new wallpaper ranges between $312 and $791.

Many contractors typically charge either by the hour or square foot. Labor costs range from $1 to $7 per square foot, which can go higher depending on the condition of the basement walls. Sometimes, wallpaper installers add $500 to $700 to remove old wallpaper and sand down any rough surfaces.

If you’re up for a DIY project, you can install the wallpaper yourself and save hundreds of dollars. The only costs associated will be the wallpaper and other tools. Keep in mind that a single roll of wallpaper costs between $25 to $35.

Choosing the Right Color

Basements are known to have low ceilings and little to no windows at all. Due to the lack of natural lighting, it’s important to choose the right color for your walls. Consider using lighter wallpaper colors to create an illusion of space. In contrast, darker colors yield a cave-like effect which can make a room appear smaller.

Once it is installed, there’s no turning back. So, make sure you’re picking the right colors. It’s advisable to order and test wallpaper samples first. There are peel-and-stick samples that you can temporarily attach to your basement walls. Pay attention to how the swatches look at different times of day and with different lighting.

By testing wallpaper samples, you’ll have a scaled preview of the backdrop design and check if you are good to go with your wallpaper project. This will help you decide on which color best suits your basement walls.

Choosing the Right Pattern

Aside from color, you should carefully consider the wallpaper pattern for your basement. The wall size will determine which is the right wallpaper pattern. In general, smaller-scale patterns are perfect for small basements because they make the room feel larger. Wallpaper with vertical stripes gives the illusion of height, which is needed for your below-grade space. On the other hand, bold and large prints are ideal for rooms with high ceilings.

When working on this project, decide whether you want an accent wall or a wallpaper mural. While hanging wallpaper on every wall is difficult, this creates a cohesive and uniform look in your basement. But if your goal is to emphasize an accent wall, choose a pattern that can grab everyone’s attention.

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Planning a basement renovation project soon? At Pittsburgh Basement Remodeling, we know how to transform your basement space from walls to accessories. We are your top choice for the best basement ideas and finishing services in the area. Our team has completed hundreds of projects, which is why we have mastered the art of revamping any basement space. 

With our attention to detail and expertise, you know that your basement project is in good hands. Feel free to call us today or fill out our free quote form.