Best Wall Paper Companies in Canada

What are the best wallpaper companies for your home in 2021

Are you looking for the best wallpaper companies and stand-out patterns for your next home decor project? Whether it’s covering a whole room or used to create an accent wall — knowing the right wall covering supplier can totally transform the look and feel of a room.

Our designers have listed the ultimate list of top 20 wall paper companies, design houses, and online retailers that you need to know about before buying wallpaper for your home.

1. Newwall | Born of a passion for sourcing distinctive and luxury wallpaper, NewWall caters to those who share an enthusiasm for the highest-quality designs, coolest trends in Toronto, historic prints and more.


2. York Wallcverings | For over a century, York Wallcoverings has been manufacturing wallpaper from the same factory location in the picturesque Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania. Today, York is the oldest and largest wallcovering producer in North America supplying residential wallpaper and commercial wallpapers and wall decals that can be found across 85 countries worldwide.


3. Woodchip & Magnolia | Nina is the creative force behind Woodchip & Magnolia, a design house famed for its striking one of a kind wallpapers, fabrics and bold fearless pattern. Aged just five she told her school teacher she was going to be a wallpaper designer and that’s exactly what she did. Fast forward 20 years Nina alongside husband Paul launched Woodchip & Magnolia with a determination to do things their own way. With an online showroom, her designs are available to order the minute they are unveiled online.


4. finest wallpaper | Daniel Twigis the founder & creative force of North America’s leading online wallpaper companies. Originally from the UK, Daniel has made his home in Vancouver, Canada, and personally chooses each delightful wallpaper design to feature in their online store. Daniel and his dedicated team strive to offer the highest level of service to our many customers in the US and Canada. All wallpapers are sourced from leading international brands,  we hope you enjoy browsing their awesome collections. 


5. Gucci Wallpaper | Discover a collection of wall papers from the luxury fashion brand GUCCI. Yes, Gucci capital G designs and manufacturers silk, vinyl, and paper wall coverings for the home. Explore their unconventional patterns from runway fashion pieces: Tiger, Floral and Decorative arts.

The best part of buying Gucci is enjoying their beautiful gift wrapping for each roll complimentary of Gucci House.

Engineered stone versus Granite – What option works best for my kitchen?

When renovating a kitchen one of the most dreaded tasks is to find the perfect counter top that suits your lifestyle. It is a common mistake for clients to be lured into a beautiful white calacatta marble for its overall cleanliness, aesthetics, and luxury. Even though these qualities seem like the perfect match – a counter top that patina’s over time is typically not the goal ( queue in flash back to red wine spill). Let us give you a couple of options to consider while shopping for the perfect stone:

composite/ engineered stone counter top


Engineered stone
Composite materials or better known as engineered stones have come a long way even in the past few years. Tile and slab manufacturers have been able to use high resolution technology to mimic stones that would make even designers do a double take. One of the major benefits using engineered stone – easy care, resist stains, and overall looks fairly real to the untrained eye.If you are a client keeping budget in mind this is a great alternative for you. We have some tips to consider when shopping:

  1. Shop from established companies – Make sure you are shopping for counters that come with a warranty. Some composite stones in the market may look beautiful as a slab – but its make up could be poorly made and could absorb stains permanently. Some companies such as Ceaser stone, Neolith, and Cambria are a great start when looking.
  2. Make sure the selected stone has a customer service team for repairs – Keep in mind that anything and everything happens in the kitchen – if there is a scratch, it chips or stains… do you have a number to call ?
  3. Pick an engineered stone that suits your life style – Drawing back to the white calacatta stone…. even though its a composite material – it is still not as forgiving as other stone finishes out in the market. If you are someone that entertains frequently this may not be the best option for you. Beauty fades – counters could last forever?

Granite
Although Composite stone have a lot of pros – with its low maintenance and price point …. the technology still has a ways to go for it to truly be authentic. Granite is an amazing option if you would like to use a natural material with a bit less maintenance. Keep in mind some engineered stones are sometimes pricier than natural stone slabs – so you may be getting a better deal for a show stopper piece.
What is the difference between marble and granite ? Well the pores / air pockets in granite are much tighter – making it more difficult for stains to seep through (unlike marble). The general public perceives granite as glossy stone that has a bunch of speckles and is found in every suburban home – but you be surprised when you see a granite that has lovely movement like the image below-


Here are some notes to consider for granite materials:

  1. Create a good relationship with your installer – Natural stone needs to be sealed in a polished finished every 5 years. This isnt a very expensive process – but it is important to upkeep it you want it to last a life time. 
  2. Shop around – You are shopping for natural stone – The stone could be sold in various locations – but could look completly different. Do your research and check out a couple of places before committing to a slab – imagine you are shopping for a work of art.
  3. make sure you buy enough – As I said before – its a natural stone cut from the earth – you may not find the same finish ever again – make sure you installer counts twice before purchasing.

As you can see both options are great for your kitchen renovation…. just keep in mind your budget, maintenance, and the overall vibe you are going for!

3 key factors to consider when remodelling your kitchen

Ultimate Kitchen Renovation Advice from our Mississauga Kitchen Design Team

The kitchen is the heart of a beautiful home and has evolved into the central place for socializing and entertaining. It is also one of the most important aspects that home buyers evaluate when buying, which has led to much quoted real estate industry saying, “kitchens sell homes.”

Whether you are looking to remodel to create a kitchen of your dreams or wish to renovate to sell your home, there are some important factors you should consider.


  1. Research on options: A kitchen remodelling project is challenging and calls for detailed planning of all aspects from layout, cabinets, appliances, lighting to plumbing. It is also important to know what to expect in terms of cost based on the materials, layout and other specifications you have in mind. Attending neighborhood home tours, visiting home stores, kitchen showrooms or online design forums can help you get some ideas.
  2. Determine your budget: Each kitchen remodelling project has its own features, quirks and fixtures while the luxury and budget options are endless. A starting point for a medium-sized remodelling project, according to an estimate, can be between $20,000 and $50,000. An upscale kitchen can cost more than $80,000.

    NOTE: Kitchen cabinets and appliances account for up to 35 percent of your kitchen remodelling cost while installation/labor costs are also significant. Experts recommend setting aside 20 percent of your budget for unplanned expenses.
  3. Quality is key: While there is a range of budget friendly options in terms of appliances, lighting and cabinets, it is important to not compromise on quality. Choose high quality materials and appliances that are durable and provide a high return on your investment. You can also explore repurposing or upcycling your old, good quality materials or cabinets to save on money and avoid wastage.

The best quality countertops, backsplash, floor tiles, cabinets and appliances add not only to your kitchen’s aesthetics but boost functionality and resale value.

A Super Secret Hidden Kitchen by Studio Bazi

This 355-square-foot apartment in Moscow has ingenious storage allowing entire rooms to unfold behind a series of doors.  The apartment is home to a bachelor, who wanted to maximize the space and efficiency of his tiny flat in a historic building in the center of Moscow. The solution? Plenty of built-ins and ingenious hidden storage, […]

The Great Gold Kitchenette

Gold kitchens aren’t for everyone, but if you are looking for a luxurious and modern glistening place to do your food preparation and cooking, then you’re going to love this gold kitchenette designed for a small waterfront condo in downtown Toronto. Our fabrication and installation team did a fabulous job in creating this golden kitchen […]

5 Metallic Finishes for Your Kitchen

Metallics as a colour that appears to be metal, be it stainless steel, brass, bronze, gold and the emerging trend of rose gold. The visual sensation usually associated metallics is the shiny surface coupled with either a polished or brushed finish. The metallic effect cannot be produced by the simple use of any solid colour because […]

The 10 Components of every Kitchen Renovation Project

1. Demolition and Removal  

If your cabinetry or countertops require a full removal or demolition of their existing structure, your labor costs could be higher. After all, these remodelling processes are more time-consuming and labor-intensive for your installers to perform.

2. Cabinets & Millwork

In general, cabinetry equates to a third of your remodelling budget. Custom cabinets or semi-custom cabinets are the best choices for improving your home’s value since they are designed to fit perfectly into your kitchen and make a great first impression.

Refacing your existing cabinets is an economical option that will improve your kitchen’s overall appearance. Be aware that if you expand the current footprint of your cabinetry’s layout, the cost will rise.

3. Hardware

Hardware in carpentry refers to handles, knobs, doors and drawer mechanisms. The hardware you choose for your kitchen and how you choose to lay it across will make or break the entire look.

4. Countertops & Backsplash  

The price of new countertops differs widely based on materials. Stone surfaces, like quartz and granite, are the most durable, but also the most expensive. Solid surface and laminate are less costly but require more maintenance. Ceramic tiles are generally an affordable backsplash alternative, depending on their brand and the complexity of the tiling layout.

5. Appliances

Keeping your existing kitchen appliances can save you money in the short-term. If your stove, oven, dishwasher or fridge isn’t Energy Star-certified, however, you should consider upgrading them. Energy-efficient appliances pay for themselves over time by lowering your utility bills, and they help to preserve the environment, too. Additional electrical rewiring may be required to accommodate Energy Star appliances.

6. Plumbing

Maintaining your existing plumbing is an excellent way to reduce costs. You can still invest in new appliances, sinks and faucets as long as you install them in the current plumbing positions. If your remodelling design requires the installation of new pipes or you’re changing your kitchen’s floor plan, be prepared to pay a plumber for labor and the necessary plumbing parts.

7. Lighting and Electrical  

A kitchen under construction is a prime candidate for electrical rewiring. So, if you want to install undercabinet lights, add outlets and fixtures or change your floorplan, your remodel is an excellent occasion to call up an electrician. 

8. Flooring

The cost of flooring depends on whether you’re replacing a few cracked tiles or doing a complete overhaul of your existing flooring. If you’re opting for the latter, the price will depend on your kitchen’s square footage and the flooring material you’ve chosen. Vinyl is generally the most affordable option. While ceramic tile, laminate, cork and hardwood tend to cost more, they can also increase your home’s value.

9. Finishing & Painting

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your kitchen’s walls and baseboards is an easy way to spruce up the room at minimal cost. A few cans of paint and brushes make a long-lasting impact on your walls at low cost.

10. Styling

Home staging is the preparation of a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money


HOW SUSTAINABLE SOURCED PLYWOOD IS CHANGING THE WAY WE DESIGN KITCHENS

Plywood is a wood material manufactured from thin layers of wood veneer that are glued together with adjacent layers having their wood grain rotated up to 90 degrees to one another. It is an engineered wood from the family of manufactured boards which include medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and particle board (chipboard). Plywood is used in many interior applications that need a high-quality, high-strength sheet material. Quality […]

The First 10 Things You Should Buy When Decorating Your Kitchen

Whether you have a compact condo apartment or large suburban home, one thing is for certain: we all have kitchens. The kitchen is the most important room in our home. It is the centre of our day-to-day ritual, our social space, we prepare our meals and host large dinners. For many people, whether you’re a full blown home chef […]

Best Wall Paper Companies in Canada

Are you looking for the best wall paper companies for your next home decor project? Read what you need to know before shopping online for wallpapers as we’ve listed the best wallpaper companies in 2020.

3 key factors to consider when remodelling your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of a beautiful home and has evolved into the central place for socializing and entertaining. It is also one of the most important aspects that home buyers evaluate when buying, which has led to much quoted real estate industry saying, “kitchens sell homes.” Whether you are looking to remodel to […]

10 Easy to Follow Steps to Budgeting for A Kitchen Renovation

1. Determine how much you want to spend, and commit to it.

Setting a budget for your kitchen renovation project and committing to it sounds so simple, but without a proper budget it can be harder than you think.

The average cost of kitchen renovation depends on the size and quality of kitchen design you are looking for. Check out our blog here on typical renovation costs and fees or read our guide here to making a kitchen budget.

In Toronto, the average kitchen renovation project costs more than $80,000. However there are many factors that will help you determine whether you want or need to spend that much and a professional kitchen designer can help you with that determination.

2. Know the break down costs of a kitchen renovation.

Millwork and surface materials such as countertops and backsplashes consume the majority of a project budget. However it is not everything and knowing how to break down a kitchen project ensures a more accurate budget.

Here’s how it breaks down, on average:

35% cabinets
20% labor
20% appliances
10% tiles
5% fixtures
3% hardware
7% other

3. Set aside emergency funds to handle the unexpected.

Every design and renovation project encounters surprises. Working with a dedicated kitchen designer helps address those before the happen, and navigate you through them when they do happen. There are all sorts of budget-busting surprises that come up when managing a project alone, or when you give the design and planning work to a contractor. Leave some wiggle room in your renovation budget to cover surprises.

4. Make a list of priorities.

What’s most important to you? Quality manufacturing? Good design? Eco-Friendly materials? Work with your kitchen designer and list out project priorities so if unexpected costs hit your budget, you’ll still get the top things on your list done.

5. Know the details of how you will pay for this project.

There are many ways to benefit from a home renovation. Canadian and Ontario home renovation tax credits award homeowners a tax credit for eligible renovation costs.  Some of these credits are non-refundable, so the tax credit can only be used to reduce taxes owing in the current taxation year. 

Home equity loans are popular because they’re tax deductible so even if you have cash in hand, borrowing money at a low interest rate may be the best option.

If you’re getting a loan, factor in costs like interest and loan origination fees. Also, find out when you’ll get the funding from your loan. You’ll need to make deposits with your contractors, and you’ll need to pay for materials up front. You can learn more about the renovation process in our post breaking down the kitchen renovation process from start to finish.

6. Plan where you’re going to stay and prepare food during construction.

Living someplace else while the work is being done is a good idea and will lessen your stress. Take into account the cost of an apartment or hotel, storage fees and moving fees.

If you stay, there will be a cost to your sanity. You could also set up a temporary kitchen in an adjacent room, and you should add in the cost of doing this.

7. Factor in the cost of eating out.

Face it, you will be eating a lot of meals in restaurants or bringing home take-out food while your kitchen is torn up. Fit this expense into your budget at the outset.

8. Create a spreadsheet for your budget and check it often.

Put your budget and how much you’re actually spending on spreadsheets so you can keep tabs on how much you are actually spending. If you see a cost overrun starting to happen, you can stop it.

9. Do some of the small work to lower your costs.

You don’t have to pay someone else to do all the work. Demolition – taking out the old cabinets, appliances and flooring – is easy to do.

10. Avoid extras. Don’t be tempted to deviate from your budget mid-project.

If you catch yourself saying “It would be so great if we added (fabulous kitchen feature here),” stop yourself. This is how budgets get blown. Go look at that remodeling budget you made in step 1, and repeat the number like a mantra. You can live without the little extras.


Guide to Kitchen Renovation Costs

Average Cost:

Real estate and industry experts recommend spending 5% to 15% of your home’s value on a kitchen renovation.

Homeowners report spending between $16,402 and $45,618 or $97 to $326 per square foot.

Depending on the style, quality and scale of your kitchen renovation, you can expect to roughly spend:

  • Minor Kitchen Renovation Cost: $15,000 to $20,000
  • Mid-range Kitchen Renovation Cost: $20,000 to $45,000
  • Major Kitchen Renovation Cost: $55,000+

$25,000 Kitchen Renovation Budget Breakdown

  • Cost of a Condo Kitchen Renovation
    Depending on what you decide to upgrade, you can expect to spend roughly $6,500-$26,000 on a condo kitchen renovation. Small is defined as 70 square feet or less.
  • 10×10 Small Kitchen Renovation Costs
    A 100 square foot kitchen qualifies as “small sized kitchen” and you should budget to spend roughly $19,500-$52,000 to renovate the space.
  • 12×12 Kitchen Renovation Costs
    This is close to the standard size kitchen which is usually between 150 and 175 square feet. Budget roughly $30,000 to $65,000 for a kitchen renovation this size.
  • Large Kitchen Renovation Costs
    A large kitchen is defined as being 200 square feet or more. Renovations for large kitchens tend to cost between $55,000 and $85,000.
  • Luxury Kitchen Renovation Costs
    Luxury and custom kitchens are not defined by size, but the quality of craftsmanship at attention to detail and materials. Upscale renovations can easily cost over $100,000.

25 Gorgeous Exposed Brick Wall Kitchen Designs You’ll Love

Our kitchen experts have gathered 25 of the best exposed brick feature walls in one place

Who doesn’t dream about having a gorgeous exposed brick wall in their home? Exposed brick brings a sense of warmth, character, and texture to a space. In our opinion a brick wall is one of the most versatile interior design features that works well in any space and with many decorating themes. Incorporating exposed brick brings character and raw charm into any interior space from your kitchen, living room or master bedroom.

READ MORE: The most realistic rustic brick effect wallpaper makers in the Toronto.

With so many different decorating themes, be it modern, traditional, eclectic or industrial – exposed brick is a timeless design trend and one that we can’t get enough of. From natural exposed brick walls to affordable design solutions like the growing popularity of exposed brick wallpaper, we’ve placed exposed brick kitchens at the top of our list of most loved home renovation ideas for this year.

Take a look at the latest exposed brick interior designs and find inspiration for your next home renovation.

Maintaining exposed brick walls

Country Living has listed three steps on how to best protect your feature wall before it’s too late.

1) First to help protect against humidity make sure you apply a sealant or acrylic-based paint to the exposed brick and mortar.

2) When dusting be sure to use only microfiber cloths or better yet your vacuum’s brush attachment.

3) For a truly deep clean, they recommend mixing just a little water with equal parts salt and mild dishwashing or castile soap. Scrub the paste onto the wall with a stiff brush and let sit for ten minutes. To finish, use a wet sponge and bucket of water to rinse the homemade solution off the wall.


Hot Red Kitchens You’ll Hate You Love So much

Colour has a huge impact on our emotions, our perceptions of space, and even our spiritual and physical well being. When choosing the colour for your kitchen cabinets, envision a material palette that will best represent you, your lifestyle, and the message you want to send to your guests as well to yourself each and every day.

When selecting a colour, understanding the meaning behind colour is important. When you understand the meaning and power a colour holds you can leverage that to help you better communicate your message and connect with your home.

The colour red is an intense colour that is packed with emotion ranging from passionate, intense love to ferocity and even anger — representing both cupid and the devil. It is one of the most stimulating colour and represents a lot of energy.

The colour of your kitchen cabinets paints a story about your home and the people who live there. Here are the ultimate red kitchen colour schemes to stimulate your emotions and shock your neighbours.

Inspiration is served.

The Vipp Shelter | A Pre-Fab Kitchen Concept and Human Charging Station in the Woods

The Vipp Shelter

The Vipp Shelter is a prefab home that can be drop shipped just about anywhere. Designed and manufactured by Vipp, the company best known for their over engineered — ultra luxury kitchen units, aimed to show off their fabrication prowess developed this half a million dollar pre-fab home nicknamed the ‘Vipp Shelter’ as luxury showroom and human charging station.

Vipp Shelter Drawing

Vipp’s legacy in steel work was put on full display in designing the Vipp Shelter. The 55 m2 steel pod wrapped in metal and glass is a livable design object dropped down in nature. The self-contained industrial chic unit costs $580,000—excluding freight and installation—and is delivered in two containers and does not offer customization.

“The objective was not to just make a house or mobile home ”

— Morten Bo Jensen, chief designer

The designers take an analog approach when creating an operational living space, a machine for living typology, which begins and ends with function. “If you are cold you heat up the fireplace centrally positioned in the shelter for an equal distribution of heat; if you are warm you slide open the parallel windows to create natural air-condition. By locating the house in the deep deciduous woods, we are able to take advantage of the leaves as sun shading in the summer months. In the winter, when the trees lose their leaves, the building’s black exterior absorbs sunlight and with the fireplace, there is a reduction in fuel consumption”.

Vipp is rooted in the manufacturing of industrial objects, so the term shelter is a typology that allowed the company to define this hybrid as a spacious, functional, and very livable ‘object’, and not just a house or mobile home.

The stoic shelter emerges as a rugged room framed by metal panels painted in a silent black that juxtaposes the clear windowed facade that cuts through the structure and sits comfortably as peaceful hideaway anywhere you want it.

Details:
Dimensions : 3m/11m/6m.
Living Space: family/living room 40 m2, hall 3m2, bathroom 6m2, 6m2 attic
Basement: 12-point foundation.Weight: 25 tons.
Heating: Fireplace (Spartherm, Various 2L-100h-4S).
Ventilation: Mechanical ventilation
Water: 120 litre hot water tank.
Insulation: 250mm glass wool acc.

The VIPP MODULAR KITCHEN

Vipp kitchen is a modular concept. Designed as a series of building blocks; there are four types of modules: island, island with seating, wall and tall modules.

Each module can be built with predefined units of any choice.