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Self-Adhesive vs. Traditional: What's the difference?


One of the most common perceptions about our wallpaper is that both materials are the same and the only difference is application. However it is not at all like that. This time we have decided to demonstrate you the main differences between Livette’s self adhesive and traditional wallpaper.  We have chosen Delicate herringbone design  from Scandinavian collection and Bunny Butt design from Bright and cheerfull kids wallpaper collection to show you the main variations between self adhesive and traditional materials.
Self adhesive vs traditional material comparison


First is quite obvious. Self adhesive basically explains it self in this point. In very simple words it works as a giant sticker. The self adhesive material consists of two parts - the wallpaper itself and backing paper. To install this kind of wallpaper you have to gradually pull back the backing paper, while applying the wallpaper. 
Self adhesive wallpaper installation
With the traditional wallpaper it is a different story. In order to apply this material you will need glue for non-woven wallpapers and another twist - it has to be applied to the wall, instead of pasting the wallpaper. The glue or paste has to be applied for each panel individually, so it doesn't dry out while you apply the panels.
Traditional wallpaper application

Texture and finish

There is also differences in the texture. The peel and stick wallpaper is fabric based material, so it accordingly has fabric texture. At first glimpse it is actually not very noticeable, however it is there. The traditional wallpaper, on the other hand, is non-woven paper based material, that has no texture whatsoever. It is completely smooth. One thing that is in common for both is the matte finish.
Texture differnece between self adhesive and traditional wallpaper


When the two materials are compared the color difference is quite obvious, as you can see in the picture below. Self adhesive material is crisp white, the traditional is little bit off white, I like to call it a milky white. However, if you don’t have the two to compare they are both simply white.
Texture and the background color also effects how the colors sit on the wallpaper, so the same colors on different materials will in most cases look little bit differnetly. As you can see in the picture below, the traditional material sample seems a bit more vivid, the self adhesive one looks little dimmed in comparison.
Color differences on self adhesive and traditional wallpaper

Pattern scale

As the example below perfectly demonstrates the pattern scale is also not the same on both materials. This happens due to the fact that at the moment the standard width of each material is different. So basically the pattern is made to sit on 19” panel and is stretched to fit the 25” panel. So on the traditional material pattern is simply bigger in scale.
Pattern scale comparison of different wallpaper materials
I hope this article explained and demonstrated the differences clear enough and helped to make your wallpaper choice easier. If you still have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us

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  • Hello, Jessica!

    Thank you for your comment! By many recommendations from professional wallpaper installers, we always recommend choosing Roman PRO line products for our customers as well. What we would suggest for best possible results, is to reach out directly to Roman PRO customer service and inquire which specific product they would recommend for your walls given the adhesive used on our self adhesive wallpapers is acrylic-based, and based on the type of wall paint you currently have or have planned to use.

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  • Do you have a primer you recommend for your self adhesive wall paper? My walls have recently been painted with Benjamin moore regal collection semi gloss paint. Thank you!

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  • Hello, Lindsay B Meyers & Erin M., thank you for leaving a comment! :) Our self adhesive wallpaper is removable, however a lot depends on the condition of the wall itself and how the wall surface has been prepped before. For best results, we always recommend priming the wall before installing wallpaper, to ensure better adhesion and removal of the wallpaper.

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  • Dear, Karleigh Johnson, by recommendations from professional wallpaper installers, we suggest using Roman PRO wallpaper adhesives! :)

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  • Do you have a wall glue that you recommend with your traditional wallpaper? Thank you in advance :)

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  • Hi – Is the self adhesive wallpaper removable?

    Lindsay B Meyers on
  • Does the self adhesive ruin the surface beneath, like regular wallpaper?

    Erin M. on
  • Hello, Robin!

    Thank you for your comment! :) And we have to say that if you’re going for the perfect final look, it is never recommended to install wallpaper over an already existing wallpaper.

    Best regards,

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  • Can your self adhesive wallpaper be installed over existing Flat vinyl wallpaper ?

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