Versace Wallpaper Review – Greek Key Black
By Mike Gregory
I have been a professional decorator for many years and have hung a very wide range of wallcoverings over that time. Designer wallpaper is generally a joy to hang and looks great. I came across Versace Wallpaper for the first time in my career a few weeks ago and had to put pen to paper about it. My client had paid nearly £60 per roll for the paper and it was crap! Sorry, I know that doesn’t sound very professional, but it just was. I’ll take you through the paper, plus the problems I encountered. If you’re thinking about using it, avoid it at all costs.
The pattern was Greek Key in black. Product code 935234, non-woven wide vinyl. I used the recommended paste and lined the walls prior to installing the paper as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
The first issue, the instructions specify a “free match”, utter dross! There is a swirling pattern that needs to line up in order for it to look symmetrical. That would be easy enough, but this Greek Key pattern has a boarder on each side so you’re trying to match a pattern which is 6 inches apart. You have to mark each piece before hanging. Fair enough, annoying and difficult to hang but doable.
The next issue was the joints. It is a black glossy paper which shows every seam in white!! £60 a roll paper and the seams stand out like a sore thumb!! It looks crap, I had to colour the end of each roll with a black crayon before I could hang it and I still couldn’t hide them. Same goes for any splices you have to make (overlap the paper and cut through both to make what is supposed to be the perfect join). With this it stands out a mile. Window reveals looked appalling.
Next issue!! You can not get any paste whatsoever on the front of this paper!! Normal procedure dictates after hanging a drop, you wipe down any finger marks of paste seepage on the seams. This paper has loads of little lines embedded on the pattern, meaning any paste gets trapped where it shouldn’t. Wiping it down with a damp sponge will only make it look worse!! You just need to be careful when you’re hanging it in the first place.
Last but not least, It shows up every imperfection on the wall!! Luckily, I made a good job of lining the walls, but even then, get a speck of dust behind the paper and it stands out a mile. If your walls are in bad nick, then forget it!!
I pointed all this out to my client, spent extra time on the job and got it looking ok (I still wasn’t happy). I just feel my client got ripped off when she bought the product. How can something so poor be so expensive?? I know people will pay for the name “Versace”, but come on!! No wonder it gets slated on the Decorators Forum UK!!
If you have a larger budget to spend on wallpaper, you can do a lot better than going with Versace. Don’t pay the big bucks on a designer name unless the quality is there. Have a look at Harlequin or Sanderson instead.
Versace Wallpaper Review – Avoid if Possible!