Sitting in your living room one day, you look around and the first words that come to mind are “ho-hum.” So, maybe it’s time for a bit of redecorating. But a quick glance at your finances suggests there is only room in the budget for one major redesign. You’re not unhappy with the furniture, so you decide the best way to make an improvement that’s striking enough to notice is to redo the walls. You have a variety of options – fabric wall coverings, wallpaper, and painting, to name just three.

Of all the possible wall treatments you might consider, fabric probably offers the most dramatic results – with probably the highest cost and the most complex installation. You can buy fabric that’s expressly designed for walls, or find your own. If you want to purchase the fabric yourself, it’s a good idea to speak with a home improvement professional to ensure it will stand up. The advantages of a fabric wall covering are several. Cloth makes a great sound muffler, it’s durable, and it gives a room a richness and warmth that no other kind of wall covering can. You can find cloth in just about any color or pattern, so it’s easy to achieve a particular look or conform to an existing one. On the downside, fabric walls are one of those home-design projects that aren’t really DIY-friendly. If you want upholstered wall coverings done right, you’re likely going to have to hire a professional, which will add to an already hefty cost.

Wallpaper is definitely a more economical option if you want to decorate your walls with something other than color. With wallpaper, you have the benefit of a wide range of patterns, styles, and colors – and of course if you want to get a little more spendy, you can have custom wallpaper made up using a photograph or your own design. Textured wallpaper can also be a thrifty way to evoke the richness and depth of fabric without the expense. Wallpaper’s chief disadvantage is the difficulty of installation. Once it’s on the wall you’re pretty much committed, so if you put up something and then come to dislike it, you’ll be in an unenviable position.

Of course, there’s still much to be said about that simplest and most cost-effective redecorating material: paint. Painting a wall is easy enough for a child to do, and nowadays, paint colors come in virtually every shade under the sun, and even those colors that exist only in your imagination. It’s also a quick and easy way to make sure your room décor keeps up with your tastes.

So if you’re thinking of redecorating your walls, you have more options than you may realize. Just be sure that whether you go with fabric wall coverings, wallpaper, or the ever-reliable paint, you find something that creates a space in which you want to spend more time – not less.

Wolf-Gordon can supply all your fabric wall coverings and other home designing needs. Visit in person at one of the following showroom locations: Los Angeles Showroom Pacific Design Center at 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite BM5 Los Angeles, CA 90069; Chicago Showroom Merchandise Mart at #10-161 200 World Trade Center Chicago, IL 60654; or visit http://www.wolf-gordon.com/. To obtain samples or for general information, call 800-347-0550 or email info@wolf-gordon.com.