Good, Better, Best: Wallcoverings

When it comes to digitally printable wallcoverings, you’ve got more options today than ever before. You’ve got a lot of decisions to make — do you want a self-adhesive, a pre-pasted water-based application, or a traditional wall paper paste job? And what kind of finish is your customer looking for? A basic satin for a temporary mural … or a glamorous gold metallic? You’ve got these questions, and we’ve got a few answers to get you started.

In this edition of Good, Better, Best, we’re looking at three different wallcoverings for various applications and installation needs. LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric, HP PVC-Free Durable Suede Wall Paper and LexJet Premium WallPro all track around the same square-foot price, and they’re all latex- and/or solvent-compatible, so they won’t need an extra protective coating, unless you decide to add it. Each one could be the “best” answer for the application, but we approached this ranking in terms of longevity and variety.

LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric

GOOD: LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric. This is a customer favorite for temporary wall murals. Just like the name suggests, it’s a two-step process. Print it and stick it, thanks to the pressure-sensitive adhesive. With a clean, sheen finish, colors really pop on Print-N-Stick, and the fabric texture makes it easy to handle and the special adhesive is very forgiving — making it simple to reposition it and fix installation mistakes. If carrying inventory is an issue for you, Print-N-Stick is also a great solution to stick to windows, metal, wood and even floors.

HP PVC-Free Durable Wall Paper

BETTER: HP PVC-Free Durable Suede Wall Paper. This HP product is formulated to pair with latex inks, which work together to create a scrub- and scratch-resistant surface that stands up to high-traffic areas, like hotels and restaurants. It also carries multiple environmental certifications, including the Type II as well as  FSC®, REACH and UL GREENGUARD GOLD, which make this odorless, mold- and mildew-resistant wall paper a great choice for sensitive environments like schools and hospitals. The wall paper is finished with a pre-pasted glue that can be installed with a simple water technique. Watch this video to see how easy it is to install and remove.

LexJet Premium WallPro 

BEST: LexJet Premium WallPro. We offer a glamorous line of finishes in our LexJet Premium WallPro line, such as Smooth Silver and Glint, Linen Pearl and Silver or Gold Mylar. These finishes offer versatility in décor style and visual impact – from subtle, elegant finishes to eye-catching, dramatic wall murals.  The high-end vinyl wallcoverings meet stringent environmental standards and work well for corporate or commercial spaces, as well as residential. They’re compatible with latex, solvent, eco-solvent and UV-curable inks, giving you the option to use your preferred print technology.

To learn more about wallcovering options, contact a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

Create a Faux Effect Wall Paper with LexJet Premium WallPro™

We love it when multiple market trends converge — and especially when we can help make them come to life. One recent industrial décor trend, the use of natural materials in interiors such as brick, steel, leather and wood, will continue in 2018 and beyond according to a recent article in House Beautiful Magazine.

Achieving that look by installing new tile or stripping back a wall to brick is messy and expensive. That’s why designers and DIY enthusiasts are turning to faux effect wallpaper. LexJet Premium WallPro™ can be used to digitally print wallcovering with all the style of natural materials in an array of seven realistic looking finishes to complement any design. From wood, to brick or tile, LexJet Premium WallPro™ wallcoverings can create a completely new, realistic texture on walls and may have your customers questioning reality.

Wallcovering printed to look like cork.

We visited Sarasota, Fla., interior retail showroom, Blu Home, where we met owner and interior designer, Chelsea Dunbar, to find out where wallcoverings have been and where they’re going.

Just 10 to 15 years ago, faux painting on walls and columns were all the rage, with painters spending hours creating marble, wood or brick effects with paint. Today, it’s hard for designers to find skilled painters for those jobs. “When the economy crashed, a lot of them left the market,” Dunbar says. Not to worry though, printed wallcoverings are a quick and less-expensive way to “make it look contemporary … and feel high-end,” she says. “Wall paper has gotten so much cooler — and it’s become a replacement for faux painting.”

Digital wallcoverings can make walls look like they’re built from wood.

Digitally printed wallcoverings make the design process faster and easier, too. Print a desired digital file to a richly textured wallcovering vinyl, and apply with traditional wallcovering installation techniques. “This isn’t your grandmother’s wall paper,” Dunbar says. “You can do so much more with it.”

LexJet Premium WallPro™ wallcoverings are a higher grade of vinyl that’s also environmentally cleaner than other products on the market. Suitable for the most sensitive of areas such as healthcare facilities and schools LexJet Premium WallProTM digitally printable wallcovering meet EPA requirements for low-VOC emitting products.

Want more digital décor ideas? Visit LexJet.com/decor.

Introducing the All-new LexJet Premium WallPro Wallcovering

For a firm that produces large runs of custom-printed wallcovering, consistency is key, says Kim Karr, print production manager at Kalisher, which specializes in art and wall murals for the hospitality industry. For a recent update job, Karr opted for the all-new LexJet Premium Smooth Pearl WallPro™ to match the previously used wallcovering.

“Since we were working on specialty pieces for the property, we needed something that matched exactly,” she says. ““It was such a perfect match for us! It helped us ensure a successful installation and a happy client!”

Cheat Sheet: The Scoop on Our ISA Sign Expo Booth

Our ISA Sign Expo booth got a lot of buzz last week in Las Vegas. We’ve put together a cheat sheet that shows the innovative ways we used various products to create our Décor, Hospitality & Retail spaces.

On this page, you’ll discover how we maximized our new dye-sublimation solutions in the Blue Stone Grill; wall mural, banner and face-mounting techniques in our Blue Essentials room; and the latest wallcovering and canvas options in our residential space.

Plus, it’s not too late to take advantage of our ISA Show Specials, with discounts up to 30% on some of our newest and hottest products, as well as rebates on printers and equipment. Read about all the show specials on the LexJet blog. Offers valid through April 30, 2017.

Want to learn how you can use these ideas and products to expand your business? Give LexJet a call at 800-453-9538.

Monday Only: Save 30% on Select LexJet WallPro™ by York

LexJet’s award-winning WallPro™ by York line of printable wallcoverings provide a variety of finishes for any design aesthetic, from traditional to contemporary. They meet or exceed Type II requirements and are Class A fire-rated. They also meet California’s requirements for low VOC-emitting vinyl media for office and school interiors.

LexJet WallPro by York as printed by Wonderwall Studio
LexJet WallPro by York printed by Wonderwall Studio

LexJet WallPro™ by York is ideal for wall graphics and murals, and is compatible with latex and UV curable printers. Read more about the entire WallPro™ by York line HERE.

Each of the following finishes is available at the reduced price in 54 in x 150 ft and 54 in x 75 ft. rolls (20 ft rolls do not apply for the discount).

Qualifying LexJet WallPro™ by York Finishes:

LexJet Glint Smooth WallPro™ SUV 20 oz. by York: Light gold base with a satin finish

LexJet Light Silver Smooth WallPro™ SUV 20 oz. by York: Light silver base with a satin finish

LexJet Pearl Linen WallPro™ SUV 20 oz. by York: Natural bright white base with a satin finish and linen texture

LexJet Pearl Smooth WallPro™ SUV 20 oz. by York: Light pearl base with a satin finish

LexJet WallPro by York as printed by HG Arts
LexJet WallPro by York printed by HG Arts

To order, call your LexJet representative at 800-453-9538 or shop online at LexJet.com, on Monday, Dec. 19, before 8 p.m. EST.

*Exclusions may apply

Easy Ways to Start Marketing Your Décor Services Today

Whether you’ve got full décor printing capabilities, or you’re just dipping your toe into this new market, everyone will eventually need to start marketing their services to build business. We sat down with LexJet’s market development pro Rachel Gamberg to learn how to get a décor-focused marketing plan off the ground.

“Based on your equipment and current capabilities, you can identify markets that you can created product lines for and start to segment these groups,” she says. “And if you have plans to invest in new equipment, started thinking about more applications you can offer in the future.”