Wall stickers and wall graphics not staying on the wall seems to be a common problem people experience. Very frustrating when you decided to decorate your office or shop and after researching on the web you purchase the "ultimate" wall graphic to suit your space, you install it and pat yourself on the back, and then......
Are your wall stickers lifting on the edges? Or are the vinyl wallpapers falling off in whole sheets?
Let's look at some of the reasons that wall stickers may come off the wall.
In this article by Cool Art Vinyl, about preparing walls for wall graphics, they list the number one reason as type of paint. Citing that easy to clean paints repel the stickers rather than helping them stick.
A second reason that might also be possible, is that the wall decals you purchased might not be made from high quality vinyl material. There are lots of decals and stickers for sale on eBay and cheap sticker websites, and if long term, quality decorating is not your goal, then these might suit you, but don't be surprised if they fall off the wall.
So what should be looking for in a wall sticker?
Top 5 tips for buying wall stickers that will stick
Tip 1: Buy from a trusted company
Companies that have been selling and installing quality wall stickers for a long time will have more experience with what works and what doesn't. Most likely they will have tested their product on many different surfaces and will be able to sell wall decals that are more likely to stick.
Tip 2: Don't buy cheap wall stickers
Seriously people, would you trust your rental or owned wall surfaces with something that is "cheap". You are asking for trouble if your primary concern is price. You could by a poster for $5 or an IkEA framed print for $20 and get a nice decorating effect. But if you are sticking directly to your walls you might want to think a little more long term about quality and protecting the wall surface. Choose wall stickers that are well made, come with wall preparation instructions and most importantly are removable.
Tip 3: Ask how they can be removed
A really important part of knowing if a wall decal will stick, is knowing how to remove them. If they are wall decals that recommend a hair dryer or heat to soften the adhesive and then remove the decal, this is most likely the best decal for long term adhesion.
Professional signwriters and sign makers use this technique to remove decals, and therefore you know you are getting a high quality that will stick if you need to release the adhesive to remove.
Tip 4: Check with your colleagues and friends
If you are a shop keeper and see a decal or wall sticker in a neighbouring shop and think it looks nice, plus it has lasted a long time. Ask them where did they get it? or ask them what the material is (if they know) and then you can look for decals made of the same material.
Tip 5: Buy small and test and then buy big
If you just don't know, then buy a small product or ask for a test piece from the wall decal company and then test it for a month before making any major investment. This way you can trust your own judgement with a product you tested.
Good luck with your decorating and remember to check your paint type and wall surfaces as well BEFORE embarking on the wall graphic journey.
Full colour wall graphics are the easiest way to make otherwise boring walls interesting. Wall graphics work in pretty much every environment, be it home, office, retail or commercial spaces.
Cool Art Vinyl recently installed some full colour wall graphics into an office space in Sydney. The new addition really adds some character and fun to the environment.
If you are interested in this sort of design for your walls, Cool Art Vinyl can manage everything, from design and printing to instillation. The studio is reknowned and located right in Sydney. All installations are managed through the studio.
We recommend you get all vinyl of this size laminated to prevent any scratches from furniture, or overall wear and tear.
Can we buy full wall graphics for use at home?
Yes, you can. Cool Art Vinyl offers a large selection of vinyl wallpaper for use in your home. The wallpaper is removable and can be applied and reapplied to spaces in your home.
If you are interested in vinyl wallpaper check out the selection here.
If you are interested in full wall graphics, please contact Cool Art Vinyl to further discuss exactly what you are looking for. It is always a good idea to call first, especially if you are unsure about anything to do with vinyl wall art. For full wall graphics we would suggest having it installed by a professional.
Contact us on 1300 281 044.
The final presentation of this installation at the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne looks fantastic.
Designer Anne-Sophie Poirier got in touch with wall art specialists Cool Art Vinyl to help produce the wall vinyl for her exhibition. Anne-Sophie designed all the graphics herself, Cool Art Vinyl produced the designs and contract installers were hired to put it all up.
Anne-Sophie chose to print her graphics on a clear media, allowing the colour from the wall behind it to shine through. The map itself measures a whopping 6m wide, and was so detailed the map itself could not be cut. If you wish to implement something like this on your wall, we suggest you use professional installers.
The wall quote measures 7m wide, and is composed of cut vinyl graphics. All graphics on display were self-installed by the team in Melbourne.
For more information see:
Designed by French born and Melbourne based graphic designer & visual artist Anne-Sophie Poirier
To get your creative juices inspired, the team from Cool Art Design are sharing a selection of work they have installed during 2013. So for 2014 think about how you can create some amazing branding in your office space. Or give them a call to discuss ideas and they can help you come with something unique for your space.
Check out this colourful wall wrap below.... Bringing photographic images into the office wall space is a great decorating idea.
For this cafe below they installed a forest pattern to lift and enhance the space. By adding subtle colour you can add warmth.
Or for a full punch of colour, check out this colourful wrap that is die cut along the top edge...
if a full wall block of graphic is too much for your space, then something like the below installation of multiple canvases themed for the space might be an option for your office decorating...
Or this style of graphic below where you use die cut vinyl but carry it across a long corridor to create a continuous piece of colour...
And remember that graphics don't have to be reserved for walls only. Graphics can be for glass partitioning, for floors, doors and even ceilings. See some ideas below for bringing graphics onto a variety of surfaces...
Get thinking and bring your ideas to the guys at Cool Art Design and they can whip up some cool interior graphics in 2014.
We've all worked there, or at least visited; the cubicle-maze office, lit by harsh fluorescent lights is a work environment that bespeaks of a time when Melanie Griffith, armored in her shoulder pads and stilettos, marched into her boss, demanding a raise. Let's face it though, it's no longer 1988 and if the walls of too many offices I've been in could talk, they'd be shouting "Your computers have modernized, why haven't I?"
Indeed, if you're questioning whether that mauve colored, porcelain lamp in your waiting room has come back into style, it's probably time to consider updating your office.
There are so many inspiring design choices and fun ideas in doing so nowadays. Choosing the right places to start will help you create an office where employees feel inspired to come to work, more productive and proud of where they work.
I really love fluorescent lights!" said no one ever.
One of the most important changes you can make in updating your office is in lighting. Studies done in schools show that good lighting has a direct and positive relationship on learning and results (http://sdpl.coe.uga.edu/researchabstracts/visual.html). Unfortunately, too many businesses have not received this information. In fact, poor lighting, such as flourescent lighting, can induce not only migraines but also epileptic episodes for those with the condition. Unwisely, many designers and construction companies choose this lighting as a means of cost-cutting because they are usually the least expensive option in building. When considering productivity and morale on the whole, they then become more costly than anticipated. For 30 years we have known that this kind of lighting can have adverse affects. Disruption of melatonin levels, increase in tumors, increase in breast cancer risk, affects on female cycles and stress have all been reported. http://www.fehrmanbooks.com/health-effects-of-fluorescent-lighting
Obviously, this is not a fun office environment.
Instead, think daylight, or at the very least, low-light.
Look For Natural Day Lights
This lighting is both modern and fresh and available at a few different sites with a quick search of the word. It comes as:
The lighting not only increases morale but increases health and can lessen seasonal depression. It also freshens up your space.
Also, think about recessed lighting. These lights add directional, warm lighting that modernizes a space and can add directed, focused light to areas where employees or clients relax, such as a break room, or waiting room.
Good Bye Cubicles Hello Better Morale
Cubicles really should be a thing of the past. But so many companies still use them. Why? They're not efficient. They alienate workers, cut off a room and don't create privacy. Floating glass walls break up a space, separating it by department. Better, these can also act as a dry-erase board for department meetings. One office manager I knew liked to write humorous, uplifting quotes on their glass walls. Needless to say, office mates enjoyed it.
You're afraid of an open space office plan? Not enough privacy? Consider that acoustical wall panels are much less expensive than a build-out for adding conference rooms. When placed in the right areas, these can greatly decrease sound travel and allow employees to meet for those weekly brainstorming meetings, without disrupting coworkers.
There are great design ideas out there to remodel your office. Starting with the most important factors, such as space set-up, will allow you to create an office space that is both more modern and productive.
Abi has a passion for interior design and specialises in office refurbishments. Abi recommends companies such as Cameron Barclay who feel an office refurbishment could be on the cards!
Heading into 2014, we have been looking at what's new in vinyl for graphics and this is our ideas for using vinyl in decorating.
NOT JUST FOR WALLS
Mostly for DIY residential products, everyone thinks of wall stickers and vinyl that can be applied to walls. However, more and more there are vinyls available for floors, glass and carpet. By branching out into decorating new surfaces you can truly customise your internal spaces.
Not sure if you have seen those cool chrome or metallic wraps on cars. Well, exactly the same material can be used to wrap tables, doors and even windows if you need block out. The chrome vinlys only come in silver, but the cardon fibre wraps come in silver, graphite, red, blue, gold. Fantastic for teenage work desks and entertainment consoles.
Last week as we did an installation of vinyl lettering onsite with a customer, it reminded us that we really need to share our findings with the wash and wear paints on the market.
These paints are made of chemicals that are designed to repel dirt/ dust and other contaminants from the painted wall surface. So likewise they do make installation of vinyl tricky.
Each time we install on that paint, we think it adds about double the amount of time to do the installation because you have to painstakingly ease the transfer tape off the front of the vinyl without moving the vinyl too.
Once the transfer tape is off, you can heat the vinyl with a hairdryer, soften it and then press it into the wall surface. This will assist in the vinyl staying onthe wall.
Anyway, it is something to consider, that if you are planning on fresh paint PLUS you want to decorate with wall stickers, then maybe just select a normal low sheen interior paint rather than the wash and wear variety. This is what the wash and wear paint can looks like.
A couple of other tips with regards to paint are:
We hope this helps you if you are planning on painting and using wall vinyl for decorating.
Sorry folks, the plain and simple is that clear vinyl is made to stick on glass or metal!
There are plenty of wall sticker manufacturers who are printing onto clear and selling it as a wall sticker. These are our top reasons for why this doesn't work on walls.
Top Reason 1
Clear vinyl LOOKS horrible. Possibly at a stretch you could use wall stickers which are printed onto clear as a temporary decorating item such Christmas decorating. But as a stylish and seamless decal on a wall, the clear is yuck. It looks like a sticker because of the glossy finish on the front, and then the wall is so obvious that it has this clear layer on it.
Top Reason 2
They don't stick as well as cut vinyl decals. The clear printed sticker vinyl does not contour to the surface of the wall very well meaning that it doesn't have much surface area to connect and hence will curl on the corners and fall off.
Top Reason 3
They go yellow over time. The clear vinyl because of the adhesive in the product will go yellow and look cheap and nasty (if it didn't already) and then get worse after that too.
Whenever we hear people talking about printing onto clear, and then we investigate what they mean, it is normally because they have seen a design and they assume it is printed on clear because you can't see the background. When actually the product is die cut.