Quality Paint and Wallpaper Brands
Quality Paint and Wallpaper Brands: What to Look For

Decorating your home is an exciting process that allows you to express your unique style and taste. However, this process also involves making important decisions, especially when it comes to selecting quality paint and wallpaper brands. Choosing Quality Paint and Wallpaper Brands makes all the difference in the world for great results.

Hello everyone! I am David Cook with Dfranco Painting and Wallpaper here in Huntley, IL. Understanding what to look when choosing a paint contractor, type of paints, and manufacturer of wallpapers can be difficult. The right products with the right painter can be a game-changer for your home painting project. It. significantly impacting the final look, durability, and longevity of your decor. So if you ar ein the Elgin, Pingree Grove, St. Charles, or Crystal Lake areas (to name a few)-This article serves as a guide to help you navigate your way to the best paint and wallpaper brands in the market.

Understanding Paint Quality

We Primarily use Sherwin Williams Products for most of our interior painting and exterior painting projects. However we also use Benjamin Moore/JC Licht for Wallpaper adhesive, wallppaer products, interior paint, gel stains and hybrid urathanes.

The quality of paint is determined by two key components: pigments and binders. High-quality paint typically contains more pigment and binders, providing better coverage and durability.

Pigments provide the paint with its color and opacity. The better the pigment quality, the better the color consistency, coverage, and durability.

Binders are what make the paint stick to the surface. Higher-quality binders adhere better and are more resistant to issues like peeling, chalking, or blistering.

Paint Brand Features to Look Out For

When choosing quality paint brands, consider the following features:

  • One-Coat Coverage: Top-quality paints often require fewer coats to fully cover a surface, saving you time and money.
  • Durability: High-quality paints stand up better to cleaning and don’t fade, ensuring your walls look great for years to come.
  • Low VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are harmful chemicals found in paints. Quality paint brands offer low or zero-VOC paints, making them safer for your home and the environment.

The Right Paint for the Right Room

Different rooms have different paint needs. For example, kitchen and bathroom paints need to withstand humidity and frequent cleaning. High-quality paint brands offer specific products tailored for different room requirements.

Understanding Wallpaper Quality

Similar to paint, not all wallpapers are created equal. The quality of wallpaper can be determined by its material, print quality, and durability.

Wallpaper Materials

The type of material used in the wallpaper largely determines its quality. Different materials are suitable for different conditions and uses:

  • Vinyl wallpapers are durable and washable, making them suitable for high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms where moisture and spills may be common.
  • Non-woven wallpapers are breathable, helping to prevent issues with mold and mildew. They’re also tear-resistant and easy to remove, making them ideal for high-traffic areas or rooms that may require more frequent redecoration.
  • Natural fiber wallpapers, made from materials like grasscloth or silk, offer a rich, textural aesthetic to a room. However, they require more care and are not as resistant to damage or staining as synthetic wallpapers, so they are best for low-traffic areas that remain relatively dry.

Print Quality

When we talk about print quality in wallpaper, we are referring to the precision of the printing process as it relates to design clarity, color definition, and pattern repetition. High print quality ensures that your wallpaper will have a professional, aesthetically pleasing appearance, and it often indicates a more durable and high-end product.

Let’s delve deeper into what print quality in wallpaper means:

  • Clarity of Patterns: High-quality wallpaper will have distinct, crisp patterns that are well-executed, with sharp lines and clear details. This means that the design printed on the wallpaper won’t appear fuzzy, blurry, or indistinct. It requires high-resolution imagery and precision printing techniques to achieve this level of clarity, which is often a sign of a high-quality product.
  • Well-Defined Colors: The colors of a high-quality wallpaper should be vibrant and well-defined, meaning there shouldn’t be any unintentional fading, discoloration, or blurring between colors. The color should be consistent throughout the pattern and should not bleed into adjacent areas of the design.
  • Pattern Repeat: This refers to the distance between the start of one pattern and the start of the exact same pattern again. In high-quality wallpaper, the pattern repeat should align perfectly from one strip to the next during installation, creating a seamless look. If the pattern repeat does not match up, it can cause a jarring visual effect and disrupt the flow of the design. This match-up is crucial for intricate patterns or designs that need to flow seamlessly across the wall.


A quality wallpaper should be durable, easy to clean, and resistant to fading.

High-quality, durable wallpaper should not tear, scratch, or puncture easily, meaning it should be able to withstand everyday interactions without significant damage. Durable wallpaper is especially important in high-traffic areas like hallways, kitchens, or children’s rooms, where the wallpaper may be subjected to more physical contact. 

Quality wallpaper should also be able to withstand regular cleaning without the color fading or the material deteriorating. This is especially crucial in areas like the kitchen, where potential splashes from food or drink could stain the wallpaper, or in a child’s room, where the walls might get dirty more frequently.

Another aspect of durability is fade resistance. Colors should remain bright and the patterns clear even after prolonged exposure to sunlight. Fade-resistant wallpaper is especially important in rooms with a lot of natural light.

Environmental Impact

Many quality paint and wallpaper brands are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact. By offering products with lower or zero-VOC content, paint brands are reducing harmful emissions and promoting healthier indoor environments. Additionally, lower VOC paints help decrease ozone pollution, contributing to the broader fight against climate change.

Some wallpaper manufacturers are taking steps to use sustainably sourced materials in their products. They source raw materials from responsibly managed forests or using recycled or renewable materials where possible. Sustainable sourcing helps to reduce the environmental footprint of these products by ensuring the materials used do not contribute to deforestation or overexploitation of resources.

Many brands are making efforts to improve the energy efficiency of their manufacturing processes, reducing their carbon footprints. This usually involves implementing more efficient machinery, optimizing production processes, using renewable energy sources, or even recovering and reusing waste heat from the production process.

Get Started on Your Next Decorating Project with D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper

Choosing quality paint and wallpaper brands is a crucial step in any home renovation or decorating project. It’s worth investing time to research and select the best brands that offer high-quality, durable products that will enhance your home’s beauty and stand the test of time.

At D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper, we’re committed to helping you make informed decisions about your home decor. Our experienced team is always ready to guide you through the process, ensuring you choose products that are not only high in quality but also perfectly suited to your needs and style.
If you’re ready for your next decorating project and want to make sure that you’re investing in quality paint and wallpaper brands, contact us. We eagerly look forward to helping you bring your design and vision to life.

Call us today at (847.553.1726)for a free estimate.

HAve questions about interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installations or cabient refinishing, let us know! We are here to help you love the space your in.

accent walls
Making a Statement: Using Accent Walls to Redefine Your Space

Are you looking for a great way to update a room in your home? Are you ready for new colors? Maybe your ready to try one of those amazing wallpapers you have seen on tv? Well today is your day – we are giving you the ok you need for Using Accent Walls to Redefine Your Space

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accent wall of wallapaper

Adding color can redefine the entire ambiance of a room. If you’re looking to add your personality and your style to your interior spaces, explore the power of accent walls. In today’s blog post, we’ll explore how accent walls can transform your home, creating a captivating focal point that leaves a lasting impression on both residents and guests alike.

The Impact of Accent Walls

My wife loves “living in color”, I would just paint it all one color so I can touch it up when needed. But I will admit i do like seeing the right color or accents. SO – Imagine walking into your house and seeing room that is so visually striking that it captures your attention and draws you in to see or stay longer. That’s precisely what an accent wall does. Whether it’s a bold and vibrant hue, a captivating wallpaper pattern, or an artistic mural, accent walls are designed to make a statement. By choosing the right color or pattern, you can enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your space and create a mood that aligns with your style.

Salmon colored wallpaper from Nathaniel Russel home
Salmon !

Choosing the Perfect Location for an accent wall

When it comes to accent walls, strategic placement is key. Selecting the right wall to highlight can maximize the impact of your design choice. Consider focusing on walls that naturally draw attention, such as the one behind your bed, the area facing the entryway, or the wall that frames your fireplace. By accentuating these focal points, you effortlessly redefine the flow and atmosphere of the room.

One of our favorite customers- hello Janet! loves these decorative accent walls/ceilings using the power or multi colored metallics. We have done bathrooms, foyers, and bedrooms.

2 toned painted ceiling in bathroom
Accent ceilling!

The Versatility of Colors and Patterns

One of the most exciting aspects of using accent walls is the virtually endless array of colors and patterns available. Whether you prefer subtle sophistication or bold and adventurous, there’s a perfect option for every taste. Neutral tones can add a touch of elegance and harmony, while vibrant colors can inject energy and personality. Patterns like geometric shapes, nature-inspired designs, and artistic murals provide endless creative possibilities, allowing you to personalize your space to the fullest.

Dark blue green wall paint for home theater

Creating Visual Balance

While accent walls are meant to stand out, achieving visual harmony is essential. Balancing the design with the rest of the room is crucial to prevent overwhelming the space. To strike the perfect balance, consider the existing color scheme and décor elements in the room. Harmonize the accent wall with complementary colors or patterns that tie everything together seamlessly.

Do’s and Don’ts of Accent Walls

When it comes to accent walls, the choices can be exciting and seemingly endless. A well-designed accent wall can transform a room from ordinary to extraordinary, making a powerful statement that reflects your personality and style. To help you achieve the desired impact and create a harmonious space, here are some essential do’s and don’ts for you to follow:

  • DO choose a color or pattern that reflects your personality and style.
  • DO test the chosen color or wallpaper on a small section of the wall before committing to it.
  • DO ensure the lighting in the room enhances the impact of the accent wall.
  • DON’T overdo it with too many accent walls in a single room, as it may create a chaotic look.
  • DON’T use conflicting colors that clash with the room’s existing palette.

DIY or Professional Help?

Now that you’re excited about the potential of accent walls, you might wonder whether it’s a DIY project or best left to the experts. While some might feel confident in tackling this task themselves, it’s important to consider the precision and finesse required to achieve a flawless finish.

If you’re unsure about your painting skills or the intricacies of wallpaper installation, then call us to see how we can can help. We may not know everything, but with our years of experience and a commitment to quality craftsmanship, we can bring your accent wall vision to life without the stress and uncertainty of a DIY approach- and as we like to say- Help you love the spae your in!

The Magic of Accent Walls

Accent walls are a powerful tool for transforming your living spaces and making a statement that resonates with your personality and style. With the right color or pattern, strategically placed, and complemented by the overall design of the room, your accent wall can redefine your space and captivate anyone who enters.

Whether you opt for a bold color, an eye-catching pattern, or a stunning mural, remember to maintain visual harmony and balance within the room. And if you want a flawless and professional result, don’t hesitate to trust experts like D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper for your accent wall project.

Embrace the creativity and endless possibilities of accent walls, and let your living spaces reflect the true essence of you.

D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper: Experience You Can Rely On

When it comes to bringing your accent wall vision to life, trust none other than D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper, the experts in delivering exceptional painting and wallpaper installation services. With a reputation built on 20+ years of experience, D’Franco takes pride in transforming homes and businesses in Huntley, Elgin, Pingree Grove, St Charles, and South Elgin, IL.

Whether you’re looking to refresh your home or redefine your business space, our commitment to quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service remains unwavering. 

Embrace the endless possibilities of accent walls, and let D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper help your living spaces reflect the true essence of you. Take the first step towards transforming your space with our professional expertise.

Contact us today at (847) 349-4112 for a free consultation.

Wallpapered Stairwells in Elgin, IL

Wallpaper, Wallpaper, Wallpaper! Is it cooming back, Do people still use Wallpaper, IS wallpaper even a thing? Yes to all. Today we share a a recent installation we Wallpapered Stairwells in Elgin, IL.

Hey Everyone, David With Dfranco Wallpaper, here in Huntley, IL. Today’s post is also in response to a question “Can you install wallpaper in my Stairwell?” Yes we can! It doesn’t have to be just in Elgin, as serve our surrounding areas of Algonquin, St. Charles, Barrington and Schaumburg to name a few.

Where to begin to Wallpaper a stairwell?

For this Wallpaper job in Elgin, the customer made it easy for us. The customer had already removed previous wallpaper from the walls. We had to do some repairs to the old plaster but in general it was pretty easy for us.

The walls were pole sanded, wiped down and then Primed with Roman 977 white primer.

The hardest part is always wallpaper selection. We had our customer go to JC licht in Geneva, and the had Renae help them with their paper selction. Once they selceted the paper we came out to engineeer the walls for how much paper they needed to order

How do I know how much wallpaper to order?

This is a loaded question! Wallpaper is tricky to order as each paper is unique. Each company can print the colors, widths, lenghts, type of materials as they see fit. There are no set standards with wallppaer printing. I call it the WA WA West of paper. Anything goes.

So for us to know how much wallpaper to order, we will measure each wall. We then need the wallpaper information:

  • How long is each roll
  • the Width of each roll
  • If there is a pattern repeat for the wallpaper
  • type of paper it is printed on
  • special instructions for booking time and adhesive used
  • pattern number

With this information, we determine:

  • how many strips/panels are needed by the width of the paper.
  • based on the height of each panel we determine how long each piece needs to be
  • we add for the sixe of the repeat pattern and find how long each panel must be with the over laps for the patterns. A 24 in pattern repeat will in affect means that 24 in of every piece is trash.
  • we determine how many panels we can get per roll
  • then provide how many rolls you need

How long does it take to install wallpaper in a stairwell?

When we are installing wallpaper in stairwells, the time to install can vary. When we Wallpapered Stairwell in Elgin, The overall time to install depends on the height of the staircase, the dry time of the paper play a roll in the time needed. Additionally if we have to trim the the paper before install, or if we have to allow longer booking times it will affect the time needed to install wallpaper.

In the staircase from the photos in this post, it was 1 man for 2.5 days.

How much will it cost to wallpaper a stairwell?

This is another tricky question as it depends on the paper you select, the prep work needed, and the height of the staircase, to name a few items. In a ideal world, yuo can figure at least $650.00 for a smaller area.

The project above had 8 hours of plaster repairs, we painted trim, ceilings, and primed walls, then installed, and we were over $2,000.00. (plus the cost of the wallpaper)

How to Remove Commercial Wallpaper

Remove Commercial Wallpaper at my Office!

Hello Chicagoland!! David Cook with Dfranco Painitng and Wallpaper in Huntley with today’s question!

If are in the midwest, especially in the Schaumburg, Elgin, Wheaton Suburb area, and been to your doctor’s office, dentist office, or hotels, you have seen commercial wallpaper. Most of the commercial wallpaper you see on walls is meant for a 15-25 year life span. But what if you don’t want it on your walls?  If you want to know how to remove the commercial wallpaper where you work, then read on because this post is for you.

Can I just paint over the wallpaper?

How to Remove Commercial Wallpaper - paint over wallpaper

This question is one of the most popular questions we receive. The answer is…maybe.  If you have wallpaper that is installed, usually in your home, that is smooth, and won’t easily come off the wall, then the answer can be a yes. However, the wallpaper that is on walls in hotels or offices is commercial grade wallpaper. What does that mean?

  • This wallpaper is very heavy duty-a very thick material.
  • The wallpaper itself has a texture, usually very course.
  • It is not a very good surface to paint over because it is made of vinyl or other materials that are not intended to be painted over.
  • Commercial wallpaper is intended to be left on the wall until it gets removed.

For wallpaper you have that can be painted over, you can check out a bog post we did about this some time ago:

Can I remove commercial wallpaper myself?

I will not say that you should not remove the wallpaper yourself, you certainly can try to do it. I would recommend that you call a contractor that has experience in removing commercial wallpaper for several reasons:

  • Commercial wallcovering is heavy.
  • The wallpaper itself is 54 inches wide- awkward to work with.
  • Fire alarms, light fixtures, etc. have been installed over the wallpaper itself, so they need to be removed first.
  • Due to the size and weight, you will need a dumpster to dispose of it.
  • Adhesive removal can be tedious but it is also MESSY!

If you want to tackle this job yourself, you will need some tools.

  • Pump sprayer
  • Garbage cans
  • Screwdrivers
  • Gloves
  • Drywall knives (used to apply drywall compound) a 4′” or 6″ blade is perfect
  • Drop cloths
  • Buckets
  • Sponges
  • Access to hot water
  • A vacuum
  • Razor blades and a blade holder or utility knife

Let’s remove some wallpaper!

Make sure you remove all outlet covers, lights, pictures, etc. from the walls, and put them in a safe place.

Lay out your drop cloths on the floor. There will be dust from the dried glue coming off the wall. Have a plan where you will dispose of the old wallpaper.

Are there baseboards that will be coming off too? If so, just peel them from the wall. If not, then you will have to use a razor blade or sharp razor knife to cut along the edge of the baseboards before you remove wallpaper.

Start from the bottom of the wall, use the drywall knife and start to peel the paper from the wall. Because how heavy and durable this wallpaper is, it should come off in full-size sheets (54 inches wide by the height of your walls) you may need 2 people.

IF YOU SEE MOLD BEHIND THE WALLPAPER…STOP! Call a professional to come out. 

Hopefully, the walls were prepared from the previous install and when you remove the paper, the wall is not damaged (we are assuming that for this blog). The glue that remains is very hard. To remove it, get your pump sprayer filled with hot water. Now just spray the walls with hot water. LET THE WATER SIT! It needs time to reactivate the glue. Once the glue is soft, scrape the glue from the walls and throw it in trash bags-NOT down the toilet.  Once you have scraped away as much glue as possible, use a sponge with hot water and wash the walls clean.

After the walls are dry they are ready to paint or install new wallpaper.

If I don’t want to do this myself…

The next most popular question is, “How much will it cost to remove commercial wallpaper?” Our cost to remove is about $0.98 cents per SF. If you read the above, there is a lot of work for commercial wallpaper removal. Our cost includes:

  • Setup and cleanup of walls.
  • Actual removal of wallpaper from walls.
  • Removing all glue from walls.
  • Washing wallpaper paste residue from walls.
  • Minor wall repairs. If the walls have been severely damaged, we will have to evaluate the damage to give you a cost to repair.
  • Disposal of the old wallpaper.

There are always other issues that can affect the cost, such as 2-story walls or mold or water issues. Have questions? As always, you can call us at any time at (847) 349-4112 to get a free estimate for these services.

With wallpaper services for your home and office, we are here to help you love the space you’re in.

There is mold behind my wallpaper!

MOLD?! There is mold behind my wallpaper! What the heck?

This is not only gross looking, but dangerous. Hi! David Cook, owner of D’franco Painting & Wallpaper Here in Huntley, IL, with another quick blog for you with issues and questions we face when in customers’ homes and business locations.

The most common type of mold species that can readily be found under wallpaper is black mold. This mold can be either surface mold or mold that completely penetrates surfaces permeating through the drywall. Black mold is also known as Stachybotrys, and this type of mold can be very toxic to your health if left untreated.

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Mold behind wallpaper.

Mold that is in your home is DANGEROUS

As you may or may not have seen or heard, toxic mold and indoor air pollution from biological sources seem to always be in the news. This is due to several factors, there is awareness of how much mold, especially toxic mold, can affect your health.

Roughly 35-40% of buildings have some form of mold. These dangerous mold spores are in over 25% of residential homes!

Mycotoxins that are released by mold are more problematic than pesticides or heavy metals because they can affect a more diverse range of biological systems than pesticides and dangerous heavy metals.

The mold most often on walls behind wallpaper (Stachybotrys) emits trichothecene. Concentrations of this dangerous mycotoxin has the ability to inhibit protein synthesis and affect every single organ of your body.

It’s also worth considering that fungi like mold also have a high rate of mutation. This means it is possible for mold to produce novel species that is capable of evading your immune system.

One nasty mold that can be very hazardous is the type of mold known as Cryptococcus. It actually has a mortality rate that’s estimated as high as 30% for those who become infected.

Most indoor mold problems are related to construction defects or home maintenance issues that allow for water intrusion. However, things like localized flooding and certain lifestyle habits can also greatly introduce the chances of mold invading your home to establish a long-term presence.

Don’t blame yourself- it’s not your fault there is mold.

People will always ask- what did I do wrong to get mold? The answer is always the same- you didn’t do anything wrong. So there must be something wrong with the wallpaper!

It is NOT the wallpaper’s fault you have mold!

There are several reasons why mold will show up:

  • Water from leaking pipes, flooding, etc.
  • Walls that were not insulated. Moisture getting in behind the wallpaper through the insulation.
  • Contaminates. Sometimes wallpaper adhesive could have been exposed to mold contaminates.
  • Mold was already on or in the wall before wallpaper was installed.
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Moldy Walls, Elgin, IL

If you are living in the North West Suburbs of Chicagoland such as Elgin, Schaumburg, St. Charles, Crystal Lake, or Bartlett, Mold can also happen because of improper ventilation, condensation, and of course water leaks from water pipes or toilets. These calls or mold issues are the most common calls we receive too get help with.

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Moldy wall behind wallpaper, Schaumburg IL

Removing Moldy Wallpaper

If you see that the wallpaper in your home has mold growth, you should remove it. If the problem is significant, you may have to have a professional mold remediation service with the right tools, training, and experience to effectively eliminate the presence of mold from the home or building. Here are the steps you should take to do it safely and effectively:

Step 1:

Wear old clothes that you plan to discard. Wear a respirator mask that is rated for to screen out microbes. Protective eye-wear is also a very good idea, as are latex gloves. Some types of mold can cause severe skin irritation. It’s also a good idea to cover all furniture with plastic in the room and keep the door shut.

Step 2:

Peel away a small strip of wallpaper. Take a close look for signs of mold on the wall or the back of the paper. It might look black, red, orange, grainy, splotchy, or discolored.

Step 3:

Carefully remove all the wallpaper from around the affected area. There are several different types of wallpaper stripper sold in stores. Renting a wallpaper steamer might also be worth the time and money.

Step 4:

Mix 4 parts dimethyl ammonium chloride with 1 part of water in a bucket. Brush the solution over the mold. Then be followed by applying a solution of 3 parts disodium octaborate tetrahydrate with two parts of glycol. Sounds fun, right?

Using these solutions in tandem has proven to be highly effective for killing mold on wallboards. The combination is particularly effective on mold on wallboards. Still, it is best to do multiple applications!

Step 5:

Allow the treated area to thoroughly dry before cleaning it with soap and water to remove the dead mold.

Step 6:

Shower and clean yourself thoroughly. Make sure to bag all the clothes you wore and discard them immediately.

So, what’s next?

Now that the walls are clean, it’s time to let the walls dry out. Use some fans and a dehumidifier. Once dry, use mold killing primer. Block it out, seal the walls. Once the walls are dry and primer is out, you have a fresh slate.

Are you ready for interior paint? Wallpaper? Now that you have fixed the problem, the walls are yours to do what you please! So, let us help you love the space you’re in…the right way!

What towns do Dfranco Painting work in

One of the top questions we are asked outside of how much something will cost is Where we work. So here is a short list that we will update with the towns as well as some of the things we like most about each town and where we go when we are there!

Hello Everyone- yesterdays call- “What towns do Dfranco Painting work in” is todays blog post. As our office is in Huntley, IL, we would love to have all of our workers in the Huntley area. That being said, we will just go through a short list of places we go, keep checking back as this list will grow!

Dfranco Painting in Elgin, IL

belive it or not there are quite a few Elgin’s! Our shop was located here for 3 years and Daphne and Iived there for almost 10 years, (she lived there a bit longer than I)


The cool thing about Elgin is the Diversity! from large homes to historic older homes- it is such a fun city to be able to work in. Not a fan of the trains dividing the town in half, but it is what it is. We look forward to helping all of you as we expand in to exterior painting in 2024!

Top rated Painter and Wallpaper in Huntley, IL

It has been so great to grow in our own town! We love being able to drive less than 10 min to stores and job sites. Aside from working in Dell Webb, the other Huntley communities have been so awesome to work with. Make sure you keep watch out for the Dell webb showcase home shows!! And the Lifestyle magazine if you are a Dell webb resident for ads, specials or events.


Interior painting in Pingree Grove, IL

As we have some of our friends and family living in Pingree Grove we want to make sure this is a another town where we plant our flag! So we cant forget to add Pingree Grove to what towns do Dfranco painting work in

Pingree Grove

We look forward to being in the Pingree grove community flyers and the home show in 2024!

Wallpaper installation as well as painting in South Elgin, IL

As we have family, church members and friends in several areas of South Elgin, we dont wat to miss the opportunity to help with commmercial and residential opportunities in this town

South Elgin

It has been great being able to work in some of the commercial properties in town, installing commerical wallpaper and murals in stores such as Walmart and Mcalisters.

Helping other in St.charles with Cabinet Painting

St. charles has been one of the top cities where we are doing cabient re painting!

St. Charles

St. charles is another one of those cities we look forward to doing some exterior painting in 2024. I have yet to see the Walhbergs- but they make pretty decent burger!

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Using Wallpaper and Paint together

Have you ever walked into a room and felt an instant sense of peace? We have been told that One of the secrets behind creating cozy space lies in using wallpaper and paint together . By pairing these two elements, you can transform any room into a space you will enjoy! . 

So lets see some ideas for effectively using wallpaper and paint together!

1st let’s talk about Color Relationships

Before we jump into pairing wallpaper and paint, let’s take a moment to understand the basics of color theory and its relevance to creating visually pleasing combinations. Color theory is the study of how colors interact with one another and the impact they have on our emotions and perceptions. By harnessing the power of color relationships, we can create a harmonious visual experience. (sounds good right- well that is because we have several great designners we work with)

Complementary colors are positioned opposite each other on the color wheel, such as blue and orange or green and red. They create a striking contrast that can infuse energy into a space. 

Analogous colors, on the other hand, are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green or yellow and orange. These combinations offer a more soothing and unified effect. Monochromatic color schemes involve using different shades and tints of a single color, creating a sense of depth and subtlety.

When pairing wallpaper and paint, it is crucial to consider the undertones of both colors. Undertones are subtle hints of color within a hue. For example, a beige wallpaper may have warm undertones of yellow or cool undertones of gray. Understanding undertones helps ensure that your wallpaper and paint colors are compatible and create a cohesive look.

Wallpaper as the Focal Point

Wallpaper can steal the show and set the tone and style for an entire room. When choosing a wallpaper pattern or design, it’s important to think about the overall look you want to achieve. Do you prefer a traditional, contemporary, or eclectic vibe? By aligning the wallpaper with your desired style, you can create a solid foundation for the room.

There are many different wallpaper styles and textures. From Floral or damask patterns to grasscloth textures each us unique and can be paired with complementary or monochromatic paint colors to really pop. If you’re into a modern and bold atmosphere, geometric or abstract designs can be combined with contrasting paint colors to make a batman BAM statement. The key is to find a balance between the wallpaper and paint, what you like and then allowing them to complement each other.

See a commercial wallpaper installed in akitchen here:https://youtu.be/KNveoAPHDNI?si=MPc6VykzdfQLSInt

When selecting wallpaper, we typically send people to JC licht stores or use one of the designer we have partnered with. They get you in the right direction!

Choosing Paint Colors

When selecting paint colors to accompany your chosen wallpaper, there are several factors to consider. Undertones play a vital role in achieving a cohesive and visually pleasing result. You want the undertones of the wallpaper and paint to harmonize rather than clash. To ensure compatibility, pay attention to the warm or cool undertones present in each color and seek a balance between them.

If your wallpaper has warm undertones, consider selecting a paint color with cool undertones from the opposite side of the color wheel. For example, a wallpaper with warm shades of red can be complemented by a paint color with cool blue undertones. This pairing creates a vibrant and balanced look.

By selecting paint colors within the same color family as the wallpaper, you create a seamless flow of hues. For instance, if your wallpaper features varying shades of blue, opt for a paint color that harmonizes with the blues, such as a soft gray or a gentle seafoam green.

If you are like me almost all of that is greek! Do they look good together- great! This is why I do not select colors. We have several designers we work with that can work with you to help select the right combinations to help you making your house a home.

Perfecting the Match: Combining Wallpaper and Paint for a Stunning Impact

Pairing wallpaper and paint is an art that can transform any room into a harmonious and visually stunning space. By understanding color relationships, considering undertones, and selecting complementary or analogous color combinations, you can create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look. Additionally, incorporating accent walls and achieving balance and proportion contribute to the overall success of the design. So, let your creativity flow, try different combinations, and embark on a journey to create your perfect match of wallpaper and paint for a truly enchanting space!

Experience the Difference: Trust D’Franco for Creative and Detailed Transformations

Transform your home into a harmonious and visually stunning space with our expert painting and wallpaper services. Our team understands the art of pairing wallpaper and paint, and we’re here to bring your vision to life.

With a deep understanding of color relationships and undertones, we’ll help you select the perfect combination that creates a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look. Whether you prefer complementary contrasts that infuse energy or analogous blends that evoke tranquility, we have the expertise to make it happen.

Trust us to bring our creativity and attention to detail to your project. Contact D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper today and let the transformation begin!

Call us at (847) 349-4112 for a free estimate.

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How Much Does It Cost to Install Wallpaper in the Chicago Area?

As we were working last week doing a wallpaper installation, we received a call asking for a price to install wallpaper in a bathroom. The customer asked us several questions about our pricing. We in turn had to ask the customer a few questions such as:

  • What are the dimensions of the bathroom?
  • Is the room painted or does it have wallpaper needing to be removed?
  • Have you selected a wallpaper for the room yet?
  • What type of wallpaper has been selected? (Grasscloth, self stick, commercial)
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The answer we received for 3 of these questions was “we are not sure”. Do the size of the room and the wallpaper being installed really matter to give an estimated cost to install wallpaper? Yes, it does.

  • Wallpapers all require some prep work.
  • Some call for specialized primers to be used prior to installation. 
  • Self Stick wallpapers have issues with paint that are low VOC
  • There are different requirements for the type of adhesive or glue to be used.
  • Depending on the wallpaper it will take longer to install as various wallpapers require them to be wet (pasted with glue) to allow the glue to set up time prior to installation.
  • The cost of wallpaper in the Chicago area can vary also depending on the location, i.e. downtown will be more due to travel, parking building restrictions etc.

How do I know how much wallpaper I need?

This is the question that comes up at every wallpaper installation and estimate. To find out we will:

  • mesure each wall, ignoring any openings
  • verify the paper be ing used and how much paper is on a roll
  • look at the repeat if any
  • figure out the width of each panel
  • determine how may pices we can get from each rolls with the needed waste and repeat

So…what is the cost to install wallpaper in the Chicago area?

There are some wallpaper installations that are fairly simple to estimate. And without getting into too many details which may just really bore you, expect to pay about $680 to do an installation. There are always fixed costs such as:

  • transportation
  • tools used
  • primers used
  • materials to apply primers and adhesives
  • workman’s comp
  • standard insurance policy
  • and of course taxes.

This may not answer all of your questions regarding cost to install wallpaper for your home or business, but it is a start as to what we need to know what is the minimum cost for an installation in the Chicago area.

Give us a call to schedule an estimate or send us a text to 847-553-1726. We will be glad to help!

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Wallpaper Vs Paint: Your Ultimate Guide

Planning to refresh your home’s look? The choice and /or wallpaper and paint is tricky, especially if you’re thinking of investing in professional house painting or residential wallpaper installation. This decision shapes the look and feel of your space in big ways. I hope we can shed some light on this topic for you based on our experience as painters and wallpaper installers. We will share the pros and cons of both options, and get tips on durability, budget, and even eco-friendliness. So if you’re on the fence about wallpaper versus paint, lets see if we can help! .

The Case for Wallpaper in your home or business

Why wallpaper? First off, the design options are nearly endless. Whether you’re a fan of florals, geometric shapes, or even custom artwork, there’s a wallpaper out there for you. The variety of patterns, colors, and textures can set the mood and theme of a room in an instant.

Another big plus is the depth it can add. Unlike paint, some wallpapers come with textured designs. This texture creates layers of depth that can make a room feel more spacious and luxurious. If you’re looking to add some personality and flair to your living space, wallpaper has got you covered.

High-quality wallpaper is also a durable choice. Some modern wallpapers are designed to be scratch-resistant and easy to clean. That means your stylish walls can look new for years, even in homes with kids or pets. Commercial wallpaper is meant to last for 10-20 years! (go to a doctors office and you will see what 20 year old wallpaper looks like lol)

Lastly, wallpapers can serve more than just a decorative purpose. Some come with added features like soundproofing or thermal insulation, making your home not just beautiful, but also more functional.

The Case for Paint in your home and business

So, why should you choose paint? One word: versatility. Paint offers a rainbow of color options and a variety of finishes, like flat, matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. This means you get to be the master of your space, choosing a vibe that matches your personal style. Whether you’re after a soft pastel bedroom or a vibrant living room, paint allows you the freedom to make it happen.

Paint excels in creating a clean, cohesive look. It’s ideal for minimalists who love open, uncluttered spaces. Without patterns or textures to break it up, a painted wall offers a smooth backdrop. This makes it easier to plan decor and furniture around, essentially turning your room into a blank canvas to fill as you please.

Ease of application is another big win for paint. Unlike wallpaper, which can be tricky to align and adhere, paint is pretty straightforward. All you need are some basic tools and perhaps a weekend to transform your space. And if you ever make a mistake? Just paint over it!

When it comes to your budget, paint usually wins. The upfront costs for paint and supplies are generally lower than those for wallpaper and installation. Plus, if you’re a DIY person, you can save even more by painting the walls yourself.

Comparing Durability and Maintenance

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of long-term care: durability and maintenance. Both wallpaper and paint have strong points and weak points. Knowing what to expect can help you make a choice that suits your lifestyle.


A high-quality wallpaper can be like that durable toy you had as a kid—it can last for years, or even decades! However, durability is often linked to quality, so be prepared to invest a little more for a wallpaper that goes the distance.

But what about upkeep? Wallpaper, especially the textured or patterned kinds, can be a challenge to clean. Think about it: spilled spaghetti sauce or crayon marks from a toddler can turn into a major cleaning project. You can’t simply wipe it off or touch it up with a dab of more wallpaper.

Moreover, if it gets torn or starts peeling, you’re looking at some detailed repair work or a full replacement of the damaged section. So, while it has a long life, it does require careful handling.


One of the big pros of paint is how easy it is to maintain. Got a scuff or a stain? A simple touch-up can make it look brand new. Paint is forgiving like that; you can clean it easily and even scrub it if you opted for a washable finish.

However, paint isn’t a forever solution. In high-traffic areas like hallways or kitchens, you might notice wear and tear sooner than you’d like. The color can fade, and scratches or dings can appear, which means you might be repainting every few years.

In essence, paint offers the ease of maintenance but may demand more frequent updates, especially in busy parts of your home.

By knowing what to expect in terms of durability and maintenance from wallpaper versus paint, you can make a more informed decision. Whether you prioritize longevity or easy upkeep can help tip the scales in favor of one option over the other.

Wallpaper Versus Paint: Cost Considerations

When it comes to home decor, your budget plays a big role. It’s like shopping for a car; you have to think about both the initial price and the long-term costs. Let’s break down the budget factors for wallpaper versus paint to help you decide.


Starting with wallpaper, the initial costs can be higher. Why? Well, quality wallpaper comes with a price tag. Add in the cost of professional residential wallpaper installation, and you’re looking at a more significant upfront investment. However, there’s a silver lining. Good-quality wallpaper can last a long time—years, even decades! So, when you spread the cost over its lifespan, it might not seem that pricey after all.

But don’t forget, if your wallpaper needs repairs or if you want to change the design down the road, it could add to your long-term costs.


On the flip side, paint is generally easier on the wallet initially. You can even make it a DIY project to save on labor costs. Paint, brushes, and rollers don’t usually break the bank. But here’s the catch: you might find yourself repainting more often than you’d replace wallpaper, especially in areas that get a lot of action like kitchens and hallways. That means buying new paint and spending time or money on the application. So, while it’s cheaper upfront, the long-term costs can add up if you find yourself redoing it every few years.

In summary, wallpaper might have a higher initial cost but offers durability, while paint is more budget-friendly at first but may require more upkeep and reapplications. So, think about both your short-term and long-term budget when making your choice between wallpaper versus paint. It’s all about finding a balance that works for you and your wallet.

Which Looks Better for Your Space?

The way a room looks and feels can really affect your mood. That’s why the visual impact of wallpaper versus paint is super important. Let’s dig a little deeper into how each one shapes the atmosphere of a room.


Wallpaper has the power to take you places—whether it’s a cozy country cottage or a sleek, modern loft. With the variety of patterns, textures, and colors available, wallpaper creates a distinct mood right away. Want to make a room feel bigger? Choose a wallpaper with vertical stripes. Want to add a sense of luxury? Go for a textured wallpaper, like one with velvet or silk elements.

Wallpaper allows for bold, unique design choices. You can pick a detailed mural for an accent wall, or opt for a subtle pattern that adds depth and texture without overpowering the room. So, if you’re all about making a strong design statement, wallpaper is your friend.


If wallpaper is like a bold fashion statement, then paint is the classic little black dress—elegant, timeless, and always in style. Paint offers a more subdued beauty that complements other design elements in the room. You have a wide array of color options, from muted pastels to vibrant shades. You also get to pick the finish, whether you like it matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss.

One of the best things about paint is its ability to create a cohesive, harmonious look. You can easily match the wall color with your furniture, curtains, and other decor. Plus, paint allows you to experiment with techniques like color blocking or faux finishes for added visual interest.

At the end of the day, your choice between wallpaper versus paint boils down to your personal design style. Either way, both options offer their own unique aesthetic perks. It’s all about what speaks to you!

Wallpaper Versus Paint: Practicality and Room Usage

It’s not just about looks; you also have to think about where and how you’ll be using either wallpaper or paint. Every room in your home serves a purpose and has its own set of challenges. Here’s what to consider:


Wallpaper brings a lot of style to a room, but it’s not ideal for every space. Take bathrooms, for example. They get steamy and damp, which isn’t great for wallpaper. It can start to peel over time in humid conditions. Similarly, you might want to think twice about using wallpaper in a kitchen where it could be exposed to grease and food splatters.

However, wallpaper shines in living rooms, bedrooms, and dining areas—basically, spaces where you want to create a unique atmosphere. It’s also a good fit for low-traffic areas like a guest room or study, where it won’t suffer much wear and tear.


On the other hand, paint is pretty versatile. It can go just about anywhere, from your living room to your bathroom. Paint is especially useful in high-traffic areas like hallways and staircases. Why? Because it’s easy to clean and touch up. You can simply wipe down scuffs or marks. If you need to, you can even do a quick repaint of a section without much hassle.

In places prone to moisture like bathrooms or basements, you can choose specialized paints that resist mold and mildew. And let’s not forget kitchens; a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint finish is easy to clean, making it a smart choice for walls that might get a bit greasy or splattered.

So, when you’re picking between wallpaper versus paint, think about the room’s purpose and what you’ll be doing there. Is it a busy area? Is it damp? Answering these questions will help you make a choice that’s not just pretty, but also practical.

Sustainability and Environmental Factors

Going green is more than just a trend; it’s a responsibility we all share. When you’re deciding between wallpaper versus paint, you can also consider their impact on the environment. Let’s break it down:


Many brands offer wallpaper made from recycled or renewable resources. You can even find options that use water-based inks and adhesives. But, remember to do your homework. Check out the brand’s practices and how they source their materials.

Disposal is another thing to think about. Some wallpapers can be recycled, but others can’t. Again, this depends on the materials used and whether they include any non-recyclable components like certain adhesives or finishes.


As for paint, there are eco-friendly choices too. Low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and zero-VOC paints are better for both your health and the planet. VOCs are chemicals that can pollute the air inside your home. They’re also not great for the environment. So, look for paints labeled as low-VOC or zero-VOC for a greener choice.

When it’s time to get rid of leftover paint, don’t just toss it in the trash. Many local recycling programs accept paint. Some even take it for free and recycle it into new paint or use it for waste energy. If you live in Elgin, IL, you can easily dispose of leftover paint through the At Your Door service.

So, whether you’re leaning towards wallpaper or paint, you have green options. Just be sure to read labels, ask questions, and think about the long-term effects. Making an eco-friendly choice doesn’t just help you; it helps our planet too.


In the end, choosing between wallpaper versus paint is all about what fits you best. No matter your choice, it will shape the look and feel of your space for years to come. Consider what you like, weigh the costs, and think about how the room will be used. Taking these factors into account will help you make a decision that suits both your style and practical needs.

Need more help? Reach out to D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper for a free consultation. Call us at (847) 349-4112 today and we’ll help you explore your options to find the perfect match for your space.

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Wallpaper Maintenance

Wallpaper, with its diverse patterns and colors, just makes a room pop. As of this writing, it is one of the hottest trends on home decorating. As with other items in the home, taking care of wallpaper can be tricky, so we wanted to do a quick post about Wallpaper Maintenance.

Why Wallpaper Maintenance Matters

Proper wallpaper care is essential to maintaining its appeal and longevity. Whether you’ve chosen vinyl, fabric, or traditional paper-based wallpaper, each material has unique maintenance needs. By paying attention to these needs and practicing preventive care, you can keep your walls looking fresh and stylish for year to come.

Wallpaper Maintenance: Step-By-Step Cleaning

Routine cleaning is the foundation of wallpaper maintenance. Follow these steps to ensure your wallpaper stays in pristine condition:

  • Dusting: Start by dusting the wallpaper with a soft, lint-free cloth or a feather duster. This removes loose dust and prevents it from settling into the wallpaper’s surface. If you have Grass Cloth wallpaper- dust and light suction is your only method of cleaning.
  • Gentle Cleaning Products: Use a mild cleaning solution consisting of warm water and a small amount of dish soap. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the wallpaper.
  • Spot Cleaning: Address stains and smudges promptly. Gently blot the affected area with a clean cloth or sponge dampened with the cleaning solution.
  • test it! make sure what your using wont scuff the surface.

Wallpaper in Busy Spaces: Wallpaper Maintenance in High Traffic Areas

High-traffic areas like hallways and kitchens require special attention to maintain wallpaper’s beauty. Here are some strategies:

  • Protective Measures: Consider adding a chair rail or wainscoting to shield the lower part of the wall from scuffs and marks and plastic corner guards for corners.
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  • Furniture Placement: Arrange your furniture strategically to prevent it from coming into direct contact with the wallpaper. The careful placement of furniture can help reduce the risk of scuffs and marks.
  • Traffic Flow: Encourage a smooth traffic flow through the room to minimize unnecessary contact with the walls. This can help prevent accidental damage.
  • Protective Coatings: Some types of wallpaper allow for a clear coating to be applied right to the wallpaper to help with those high-traffic areas. These protective layers act as a shield, guarding against stains and wear caused by frequent use. They can be done in the field- but we would say-have it done at the factory!
  • Regular Inspections: Frequently inspect high-traffic areas for signs of wear or damage. Catching issues early can prevent further deterioration.
  • Regular Cleaning: Increase the frequency of your cleaning routine in high-traffic areas. Dust and wipe down these areas more frequently to prevent dirt and grime buildup- light cleaning, not heave water, NO hot water as that may re wet the adhesive.

How the changing season can affect wallpaper

Seasonal changes can impact your wallpaper, especially if you live in an area with varying temperatures and humidity levels. Here’s how to address these seasonal challenges:

  • Humidity Control: Use a dehumidifier in high-humidity seasons to prevent moisture damage. Conversely, consider a humidifier during dry seasons to maintain the wallpaper’s integrity. Kind of like your hard wood floors or crown molding, the seasons can affect the expansion of certian substraces which can affect the wallpaper. Too much humidity can also cause mold behnd wallpaper.
  • Temperature Fluctuations: Avoid exposing wallpaper to extreme temperature fluctuations, which can cause it to expand or contract. You don’t want changes to temps cause moisture to get on or under the wallpaper!
  • Inspections: Look for any signs of damage or peeling, and address them promptly.

Addressing Issues and Repairing Wallpaper Damage

Even with the best care, wallpaper can sometimes suffer damage. Here’s how to handle common problems:

  • Tears and Bubbles: Small tears or bubbles can often be repaired with wallpaper adhesive. Smooth them out gently to restore the seamless look.
  • Peeling Edges: If the wallpaper begins to peel at the edges, use adhesive to reattach it. Apply a thin layer behind the affected area and press it back into place. WHEN- paper peels from an outside corner, a good solution would be a croner guard.
  • Professional Help: For extensive damage or if you’re unsure about repairs, consider consulting a professional wallpaper installer or repair service.
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Preserving Your Wallpaper

Maintaining beautiful wallpaper doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With regular cleaning, careful attention to stains, and awareness of seasonal changes, you can enjoy your wallpaper for years. Remember to address any damage promptly and consider long-term care strategies for added protection. By following these tips and seeking advice from experts when needed, you’ll ensure that your wallpaper continues to enhance the beauty of your living space for years to come.

So, take a proactive approach to wallpaper maintenance, and you’ll be rewarded with walls that remain both inviting and visually stunning.

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