I'm not an interior designer nor do I play one on TV but I have the same question. One reason may be that wall paper can make an initial bold statement or set a tone with less work then specialty painting but the points you make outweigh that positive.
Mike(Who outlawed wall paper in his home ten years ago)
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I'm no decorator, either, but we have lots of wallpaper in our home. Wallpaper creates a softer, more flattering, more personal atmosphere to furniture and artwork. To me, it is decidedly more attractive than paint.
Hotel designers probably want to avoid an impersonal or institututional looking room, and one of the ways they do so is with wallpaper. If you, as a guest, don't like it then they've failed!
Judy and Jim, I think you both have some good points. Most of the times it is so subtle that paint would have created the same soothing effect. It's funny, in that cruise cabins normal just have the textured walls.
Wish we could get a definitive statement from a hotel designer.
By the way, I interviewed a restaurant designer about 10 years ago, and she said red is popular because it raises your blood pressure to make you hungier and also makes you uncomfortable to stay too long.
Interesting how design works, huh?
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Ever see that edition of Dateline where they took an ultraviolet light to hotel/motel walls and furnishings to expose every variety of human bodily secretion stain? Some of those spots went all the way to the ceiling.... Yuck!
I guess I'm just boring, but I've yet to leave any manner of stain behind in a hotel room. I shudder to imagine what my fellow guests are up to though.
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My guess ( and it's only a guess ) is along the lines of what another poster or two said, and that it is that it's much easier to hide the scruffs, scrapes, stains, etc. on a papered wall than to have to constantly touch up the paint.
With regards to what Cruise Cynic said about stains, etc. I never, never lie down or even sit on a bedspread in a hotel room or ships cabin. The first thing I do is remove them.
They do ( supposedly ) change the sheets and pillow cases. At least we hope so !