Use HP Light Fabric to Make Custom Window Blinds

HP Latex inkjet printers are used for much more than making signs, displays, and event graphics. You can also use these popular wide-format inkjet printers to make custom decor products, such as canvas prints, wallpaper, and wall decals. Some of the newest, hottest decor products you can make with your HP Latex inkjet printer are custom window blinds.

Custom-designed fabric window blinds can add a touch of softness, color, and elegance to any room decor. HP Light Fabric is an ideal inkjet window blind fabric.

Custom blinds on HP Light Fabric

Custom blinds printed with HP Light Fabric on an HP Latex inkjet printer.

HP Light Fabric is a 15-mil, polyester fabric. It prints fine details with excellent color saturation and provides the type of performance that interior designers expect from custom-printed fabrics.

For example, HP Light Fabric is odor-free and is wrinkle-resistant and flame-resistant. It is OKEO-tex©-certified and REACH-compliant, meaning that it meets stringent standards for health and safety.

These colorful blinds printed on HP Light Fabric add a cheerful vibe to this baby’s nursery.

To help you learn more about printing and finishing window blinds, HP has published an educational guide. The guide describes different types of windows blinds that can be made with printed fabrics (e.g. roller, roman, vertical, panels, pleated, and zebra) and explains why latex inks are better-suited for window blinds than dye-sublimation inks, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks.

Custom window blinds made with HP Light Fabric

Kitchen blinds printed on HP Light Fabric

You can order HP Light Fabric through the Freedom Paper website. It is available in 54-inch or 60-inch rolls.

If you have questions, please chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335.

Video Shows How to Install HP PVC-free Durable Wall Paper

School with HP PVC-free Durable Wall Paper

Inkjet-printable wallpapers make it easy for designers to add a fresh, contemporary look to the interiors of homes, offices, schools, stores, and hospitals. While self-adhesive inkjet materials are popular for temporary wall murals, most inkjet wall papers are designed for permanent installation using traditional wallpaper pastes.

Two widely used inkjet wallpapers are HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper and HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wall Paper. Both wallpapers have a sturdy, textile scrim backing and a print surface optimized for HP Latex inks. Use them to create colorful, odor-free murals for permanent installations on drywall or USG Sheetrock®.

The prints can last 20 years or more under typical indoor conditions and are resist damage from mold, mildew, scratches, and scrubbing. HP PVC-free Durable Wall Papers also have FSC® and UL GREENGUARD certifications and meet AgBB criteria. So, they are safe for long-term use in homes, hospitals, schools, and public buildings.

 

HP PVC-free Durable Wall Paper in Office

With inkjet-printable wallpaper such as HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper, you can design bold, location-based backdrops for your meeting rooms.

How to Install

The video below demonstrates the steps involved in installing HP PVC-free Durable Smooth and HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wall Paper.

 

Before starting installation, gather the following tools and supplies:

  • 9-inch rollers with 3/8-in. or 3/4 in. nap
  • 9-inch roller frame
  • Soft plastic smoother or brush smoother
  • Steel putty knife
  • Olaf rotary cutter or box-style cutter
  • Non-abrasive soft cellulose sponge
  • Wallpaper adhesion-promoting primer (recommended: Roman PRO-935)
  • Wallpaper Adhesive (recommended: Roman PRO-732 Extra Strength ClayBase Wallcovering Adhesive)

For added efficiency, use drop cloths, buckets, a pasting machine, paint trays, plastic bags for booking, and a work table.

Steps

Allow the prints to acclimate under clean, dry, protected conditions between 65° and 75° Fahrenheit.

Examine the panels to ensure they are the correct size and stacked in the right numbered sequence. Make sure there are no defects on the print surface and the color-matching between the panels is acceptable.

Inspect the walls to ensure they are smooth, dry, and free of mold, mildew, grease, or other stains.

Prepare new walls by taping, mudding, and sanding the drywall joints. Remove any nail heads, gouges, and other surface imperfections.

Once you are confident the walls are in the best possible condition, prime them with the adhesion-promoting wall primer. Use the 9-inch roller to apply two coats to the surface of wall.

Allow the primer to dry overnight at room temperature.

When starting the installations, use a tape measure and pencil to mark a guideline where the first panel should start.

Use a 9-inch roller to apply the wallpaper adhesive to the scrim backing of the first wallpaper panel. (Do not apply the paste to the wall.)

Book the wall paper by folding each end of the panel toward the middle, allowing the pasted sides to touch. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

Pick up the panel from the center, keeping the ends folded over to the middle. Carry it to the site where you plan to hang it. When you are level with the top of the wall, grab the top two corners of the panel and allow the rest of the panel to fall into position. Make sure you have one-inch extra for trimming.

Using the plastic squeegee, smooth out the wall paper. Start from the top center and go outwards. Work your way down the panel.

After all of the panels are installed, cut off the excess. Use a straight-edge and the cutter around and trim around the ceiling, baseboards, and corners.

To clean HP PVC-free Durable Wall Paper, use a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth to apply a solution of water and mild dishwashing soap. After rubbing the solution gently on the surface, rinse the washed area and wipe dry.

HP PVC-free Durable Wall Paper in Sitting Area

This artsy wallpaper on HP PVC-free Durable Wall Paper creates a jazzy vibe and eliminates the need to hang framed art prints..

 For more information

For more details about the environmental certifications of HP PVC-free Durable Wall Papers, download the technical data sheets below.

Data Sheet: HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper

Data Sheet: HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wall Paper

To request a sample or order a few rolls, contact the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper, 866-310-3335 or visit www.freedompaper.com

 

Photo Prints on Kodak Canvas Provide Focal Point for Room Decor

We live in a world in which personalization matters. That is especially true for interior design. When interior designers create personalized spaces that reflect their client’s vision, they often incorporate custom large-format prints of digital art or photographs.  In many cases, professional designers specify high-quality Kodak inkjet canvas to make gallery wraps that give a room a unique and emotional focal point.

 

Kodak inkjet canvas on four different prints

Kodak PROFESSIONAL inkjet canvas prints add a personalized touch to room decor.

As a décor element, art can transform a space into something that is both highly personal and inspirational. In office settings, art can create an impression, establish a mood, and stimulate conversations.

After choosing the perfect image to print on canvas, you can use the selected work as a catalyst for the overall theme of the room decor.

Kodak Professional Inkjet Canvas

If you are a designer (or make prints for a designer) choose a brand that is known for its quality and dependability: KODAK.

KODAK PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Artist Canvas, Matte Finish/378g is perfect for making fine art and photographic reproductions on inkjet photo printers that use aqueous pigment inks (such as Canon’s imagePROGRAF photo and graphics printers, Epson Stylus Pro and SureColor P printers, and HP DesignJet Z printers).

Kodak PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Canvas produces high-quality prints that dry quickly, are easy to handle, and withstand the test of time.

If you have questions, chat with the friendly customer-service team through the Freedom Paper website or call us a 866-310-3335.

 

How to Install HP PVC-free Wall Paper

Installing HP Wall Paper

HP PVC-Free Wall Paper is an odor-free, PVC-free wallcovering material that can be printed on wide-format inkjet printers that use HP Latex inks. HP PVC-Free Wall Paper is flame resistant and meets multiple environmental certifications in the U.S. and Europe.

It is safe for use in even sensitive public environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.

Installing HP PVC-free Wall Paper

It is also durable enough to withstand the wear-and-tear of high-traffic locations such as hallways, lobbies, classrooms, meeting spaces, retail stores, and hotel rooms.

HP PVC-free Wall Paper resists mold, mildew, water, and scratches. And as an added benefit, it’s easy to install and remove. It doesn’t require any messy glues or water troughs.

This video shows that anyone can install this wallpaper with just water and a few simple tools that can be purchased at your local home improvement store.

Here’s a brief recap of the information covered in this video:

Gather the tools and supplies need for installation. This includes:

  • a damp sponge
  • a spray bottle filled with room-temperature water
  • a razor knife with multiple, sharp, fresh blades
  • a squeegee
  • a broad-edged metal putty knife
  • wallpaper primer

Before starting the installation, prime the walls and clean off all of the dust, dirt, and debris. Priming (also known as “sizing”) provides a uniform, evenly white surface for the wallpaper to stick to. It will also make it easier to remove the wallpaper when you’re ready for something new.  Allow the primer to dry for 24 hours and acclimate to the room.

To make the installation process go more smoothly, back-roll each panel of printed wallpaper.  This will relax any curl that remains after the printed panel was cut from the roll.

Once the walls have been primed and cleaned, stack the panels face down on a table. The panels should be stacked in the order in which they will be installed, with the first panel on top.

Spray the back of the first panel evenly with water. Then “book” the panel and let it set for five minutes. When you “book” wallpaper, you gently fold both ends toward the center of the panel. Don’t crease the folds; leave them loose. The pasted side will be facing in and the printed side will face out.

While your first booked panel is setting, spray and book two or three additional panels so you will be ready to apply them after you first panel is installed.

Hang the first panel at a corner of the wall or along a plumb line determined by the design of the room.

Unfold the top portion of the first panel and secure it to the wall. Once the top section is in place, unfold the bottom section and press it against the wall.

Squeegee out any air bubbles or wrinkles. Be careful not to damage the print.

When you’re done smoothing out the panel, wipe it with a damp sponge to remove any excess adhesive.

When you’re ready, move on to the other panels.

Repeat the installation process using the the preprinted overlap to ensure that the panels properly line up.

Once your entire wall is covered, use the razor knife with the broad edge of your putty knife to trim any excess wallpaper around the edges.

If you have covered up outlets on the wall, use your knife to cut openings in the panels.

Finally, go over the entire wall with a damp sponge to make sure all remaining water and adhesive have been removed.

In most environments, HP PVC-free Wall Paper will last up to three years.

Tips for Removal

Removing HP PVC-free Wall Paper is easy. If the wall has been primed, you should be able to peel it off with just a little effort. Peel the panel close to the wall to keep from damaging the walls while peeling.

If the wallpaper has been in place for more than three years, you may need to spray the wallpaper with a bit of water to help remove the paper.

If you plan to paint the wall or recover it with fresh wallpaper, you will need to remove any adhesive left behind.

Just use your damp sponge and broad-edge putty knife to scrape the adhesive off the wall.

Then reprime the wall. The best primer is a hybrid alkyd primer/sealer that you can find at your local paint store.

To order HP PVC-free Wall Paper, visit the Freedom Paper website. If you have questions, please chat with us online or call us at 866-310-3335.

Use Durable Wallpaper to Bring Art to Busy Public Spaces

Wall Paper Mural in San Diego

Hanging framed prints on the wall isn’t the only way to display art or photos. You can use inkjet-printable wallcoverings to create murals that combine artwork with descriptive text. Art murals can help commemorate major milestones in your organization’s history.

For example, L+L Printers in San Diego uses HP PVC-free Wall Paper for many public art projects in Southern California.

Sites decorated with murals printed on HP PVC-free wall paper include the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Natural History Museum, the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego Registrar of Voters, and the lobby of Tri-Star Pictures.

Wall Paper Mural in San Diego

One of the most visible examples of a public art mural printed by L&L Printers can be found in the San Diego Airport. It was created to commemorate the Panama-California Exposition in 1915-16.

Celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal, the Panama-California Exposition promoted San Diego as the first port-of-call in the U.S. for ships that passing through the canal.  The Exposition transformed San Diego’s Balboa Park by adding a number of spectacular Spanish-Colonial structures to the previously undeveloped 1200-acre park.

The airport murals reflect the legacy of Balboa Park and represent the largest public art exhibition in the San Diego Airport’s arts program.

 

Detail of wall mural

 

Why HP PVC-free Wall Paper Works for Public Art

According to Marc Aguilera of L+L Printers, “HP PVC-free Wall Paper is my number one wallcovering product.” Many customers like the fact that is eco-friendly. Plus, it is flame-resistant and meets building environment and safety standards for public spaces.

Wall mural detail

HP PVC-free Wall Paper is ideal for temporary art installations at museums, galleries, and public spaces. It is durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of high-traffic spaces. The wallpaper goes up and removes easily with water and doesn’t damage walls.

Compatible with HP Latex inks, HP PVC-free Wall Paper is a smooth wall paper that produces colorful murals with highly defined details. It is available from Freedom Paper in 42-inch and 52-inch widths.

For more information, call the wide-format printing experts at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com.

 

Inspiring Wall Graphics Transform Bland Seminar Room

Wall Graphics at Budapest University

Designers around the world are using HP PVC-free Wall Paper to improve the ambience of all types and sizes of rooms to meet specific goals. With this inkjet-printable paper-based alternative to self-adhesive vinyl, you can design wall graphics that achieve whatever look and feel your client wants.

For example, when the University of Bucharest wanted to transform an outdated seminar room into a modern, collaborative space for learning, they turned to the Image PR Agency in Romania and the design team from Beaucoupzero for ideas.

Graphic mural in seminar room at University of Bucharest encourages interaction among students. It was designed by Beaucoupzero and printed on HP PVC-Free Wall Paper by Grup Transilvae.

Graphic mural in seminar room at University of Bucharest encourages interaction among students. It was designed by Beaucoupzero and printed on HP PVC-free Wall Paper by Grup Transilvae.

Inspired by the desire to encourage discussion and student engagement, the designers created text-based graphics in the shape of the Manhattan skyline and architecture. The text that shapes the “buildings” consists of inspirational quotes.

Beaucoupzero chose HP PVC-free Wall Paper for this innovative project.

“We find it the perfect material for interior design projects,” said designer Matei Apostolescu. “The reasons are many. The print looks great; Grup Transilvae did an impressive job printing the graphics. The colors are vivid, the gradients and all the details match the original art file perfectly.”

The project had a tight deadline and the pre-paste adhesion made for easy installation with only water. The paper was dry within 24 hours.

To accent the wall graphics, the team used HP Permanent Matte Adhesive Vinyl to create red metallic doors. It was the perfect choice for this application because of its durability and ease of installation.

The visual artists at Beaucoupzero routinely recommend HP large-format print media to the interior designers and architects they work with.

While some wall murals feature photographs, many creative effects can also be achieved with imaginative illustrations and graphics. The possibilities are endless.

About HP PVC-free Wall Paper

HP PVC-free Wall Paper is an ultra-smooth, 7-mil wet-strength paper specifically created for printing colorful murals with HP Latex inks on HP Latex printers. It is backed by a water-activated paste so that it goes up (and comes down) with water.

HP PVC-free Wall Paper is odorless, mold- and mildew-resistant, and has the environmental certifications that many facilities now require. For example, it is GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified and meets AgBB criteria for health-related evaluation of VOC emissions of indoor building products.

The paper is made with FSC-certified paper from well-managed forests and contains 10% recycled content from post-consumer waste.

For more information about HP PVC-free Wall Paper, contact the inkjet printing experts at Freedom Paper.

HP Wall Art Suite

In addition to developing inkjet-printable wallpapers that meet stringent building-code requirements, HP has developed tools that enable designers to envision how their creations might look on the walls of a specific room.

HP Wall Art Suite is a set of cloud-based apps supplied to businesses equipped with HP Latex printers.

After a designer has finalized the design and gained client approval, the designer can use the HP Wall Art app to submit the order along with the correct measurements and color specifications. HP Wall Art apps can help designers visualize projects that include wallcoverings, decals, posters, and stretched canvas.

 

 

Creating Panoramic Images for Room-Size Photo Murals

Prime Images Waves

As photographer David Lawrence of Prime Images demonstrates in the video below, photo murals for interior décor can be used to create a mood, add a view, bring calm to tense environments, inspire big thinking, or add some color. Good photo murals can also expand horizons, add a focal point, stimulate green thinking, personalize a space, bring nature indoors, and make small spaces look bigger.


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But not all photo murals turn out as spectacular as the examples in the video.

The secret to making beautiful photo murals, says Lawrence, is to start with images shot in large-enough formats to fill wall-size spaces.

“For print sizes 16 x 24 inches and smaller, you really can’t see too much difference between images that were made using traditional 35 mm camera equipment and images made using larger-format cameras,” says Lawrence. “But when viewing photographic images larger than 20 x 30 inches, the difference is quite noticeable.”

Prime Images tropical photo mural

Photo mural created with high-res images by David Lawrence for Prime Images, Inc.

The team at Prime Images print their photographic wall murals using high-resolution scans of panoramic film captures and 400+ MB-files from medium-format digital camera images.

Lawrence uses a panoramic-format camera that shoots 6 x 17 cm (2-1/4 x 6-3/4 inch) film: “We scan these 6 x 17 cm transparencies to 800 MB 16 bit digital files. The scanned files are dusted and adjusted for printing then saved as 400 MB 8-bit master files. These master files can be further increased in size using special RIP software when larger file sizes are needed for huge prints.”

Don’t Rely on Software to Create New Pixels

According to Lawrence, high-quality originals produce much better results than small images files that have been excessively enlarged in Photoshop or other imaging programs.

Lawrence compares over-enlarged digital files to watered down lemonade. The enlarged image might resemble the original, but it won’t have nearly the same impact as a high-res panoramic file that was shot specifically to fill a wall-size space.

“Digital images are made up of pixels,” explains Lawrence. “When you use imaging software to enlarge the file, the software adds pixels to the files.” Adding pixels is OK if the image to be enlarged consists mostly of a big, blue sky. But if your mural includes sharp contrasts, such as red tulips against green bushes, the software may not always add the right color of pixels when the file is enlarged. So the details in the enlarged files can look soft or fuzzy.

Cropping 35 mm images to a panoramic format isn’t the best way to go either, because it requires you to throw away a lot of data from the original capture.

Although panoramic images can be created by stitching together from a sequence of 35 mm images shot on site, aligning the images can be difficult on captures such as beach-scenes in which the waves are constantly moving and changing shape.

Panoramic film captures scenics with moving water better than smaller-format digital captures that must be stitched together. (Photo: Prime Images by David Lawrence)

(Photo: Prime Images by David Lawrence)

Choose Images from Prime Images Library

On wideimages.com, Prime Images, offers an extensive library of photographs that were specifically created for large-scale images and wall art. The library includes images of American landmarks, travel destinations, trees and forests, tropical islands, water scenics, industry and technology, mountainscapes, clouds and skyscapes, fields and farms, Southwest landscapes, spring wildflowers, sunsets and sunrises, gardens, flowers, and parks. The collection also includes images from Australia, New Zealand, China, Florida, the Canadian Rockies, and the Carolinas.

Prime Images Mega Pan

Motivational quotes can be added to the mega-pan wall-mural images by David Lawrence for Prime Images, Inc.

Many interior designers, art consultants, contract specifiers, and architects use photographs from Prime Images to create custom murals for healthcare, hospitality, government, and corporate environments.

“We travel to unique locations at the right time of year to bring back new and fresh imagery,” said Lawrence. Many images in the Prime Images library were captured after Lawrence completed photography assignments for transportation engineering and environmental clients through the U.S. For his personal collection, Lawrence often stayed on after the assignment to photograph nearby landscapes and natural attractions with a panoramic film camera.

Most clients of Prime Images hire the company to print the murals, too. But companies with their own printing equipment and wallcovering materials can license an image for the Prime Images library. Usage fees vary based on the individual image and how it will be used.

If you see an image in the Prime Images library that you would like to license, contact Prime Images with specific details about your project.

Mega-Pan Images

With the expertise Lawrence has developed in panoramic photography, Prime Images also offers and assortment of “Mega-Pan” images. Whereas a typical panoramic format image has a 3:1 ratio of width to height, a Mega-Pan image might have a 5:1, 6:1, or 7:1 ratio.

For example, with a Mega-Pan image, you could print a 10 ft. x 50 ft. mural to fill a hallway or two or more adjacent walls in room. Decorators seeking to add a mural above a chair rail, could use a mega-pan image to create a 4 x 20 ft. mural.

Prime Images megapan of stream

Photo: David Lawrence for Prime Images Inc.

Vertical Views

The collection in the image library also include an assortment of “vertical views.” These images could be used to create murals for in ultra tall spaces, such as atriums and lobbies.

For More Information

To make it easy for people to find exactly what they are looking for, David Lawrence has set up several different websites, include one for his “Wide Images” panoramic photography collection and one for room-size custom mural printing on wallcovering materials. Other sites are available for GSA contract wall art, removable wall murals up to 52 x 156 inches in size, and wall art prints on paper, canvas, or acrylic.

Videos on the Prime Images websites include down-to-earth explanations on topics such as image resolution and different methods of creating panoramic images. On the WideImages.com site, he provides a chart for testing whether your monitor is calibrated.

Sir Speedy Tacoma Offers Wall Décor Options to Architects and Designers

Wide-format printers are used for much more than signs, posters, drawings, and displays. A growing variety of inkjet-printable materials has enabled designers to create custom office decor.

Sir Speedy Tacoma is demonstrating innovative wallcovering possibilities for the corporate, education, healthcare, and retail design markets by producing decorative graphics for The Catalyst Loft in downtown Seattle, Washington.

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The Catalyst Loft is a pilot design space for the architect and design community. The venture by Business Interior Northwest (BiNW) and furniture dealer Herman Miller will offer architects and designers a high-performing “living office.” The brand-development agency Venture Brands is creating designs for the project.

Business Interior Northwest defines a living office as “a place where you want to go to work — not where you have to go to work.” A living office can be custom-tailored to meet the shifting demands of the work being done there and enable everyone to do their best work.

 

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Sir Speedy Tacoma and the Catalyst Loft team are using the space to illustrate the limitless décor possibilities enabled by HP Latex printing technology. They will highlight certifications (such as GREENGUARD GOLD, UL ECOLOGO and Type II) that allow HP Latex prints to be installed in highly sensitive environments such has hospitals and high-traffic hotels, restaurants and offices.

Sir Speedy Tacoma is also using the HP WallArt solution. HP WallArt is a cloud-based web service that allows print service providers to design their own décor graphics for a specific space or work with customers through the cloud to produce customized interior décor applications including mounted canvas prints and wall coverings.

“At Sir Speedy, we see great possibilities at the intersection of digital printing and interior design for wall coverings, framed canvases and window shades among other décor applications,” said Jim Brebner, owner and operator, Sir Speedy Tacoma. “Equipped with our HP Latex 260 and 360 Printers, our HP Scitex FB700 Industrial Printer and the expertise offered by the broader Catalyst Loft team, we hope to share innovative new décor opportunities with the design community.”

Freedom Paper Sells HP PVC-Free Wall Paper

One of the most popular materials for producing wallcoverings on a latex printer is HP PVC-Free Wall Paper. The ultra-smooth FSC-certified paper is easy to print, install, and remove. The wallpaper is pre-pasted and goes up and comes down with water.

Unlike wall graphics printed on self-adhesive vinyl, prints made on HP PVC-Free Wall Paper are odor-free and easier to dispose of.

A guide on How to Apply HP PVC-free Wall Paper explains how to prepare the wall and apply the paper.