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This NebGuide discusses interior wall treatments: paint, wallpaper and fabric.

Paint is an easy, quick and inexpensive way to get the color you want. If you have a particular color in mind, you are most likely to find it in paint or have it mixed for the desired shade.

Wallpaper and other flexible coverings offer a wide variety of color, patterns and textures, It is possible to find a paper to go with any style of furnishings, formal or informal, in a wide price range. Some patterns are coordinated with fabric.

There are fabrics made especially for wall coverings which come with a paper backing. Grass cloth is an example. Many kinds of firm, closely woven fabric can be used. Some possibilities are sheeting, burlap, canvas, ticking and chintz. Brocades and damask provide richness and elegance. Felt is a good choice. It comes in a wide range of colors, and often is treated to be soil and flame resistant. Felt, carpet and other fabrics can improve the acoustics in a room.