Owning a commercial space comes with a variety of responsibilities including maintaining the appearance of the office, retail area, or entire building depending upon how much of the space you own. Obviously, a well-maintained exterior is good for business. Having a well-maintained interior is just as important, if not more so.

Dingy, damaged walls give the impression that your business is not doing well. Conversely, clean, stylish decor and nicely done wallcoverings give the impression of success. When you give the impression of a successful business, you can attract more clients to your business.

Navigating the world of stylish decor can be a daunting task for a busy business owner. You face the choice between paint, wallpaper, and wallcovering. When you are ready to address the walls of your business, commercial contractors like Shephard Contractors of Tampa FL are an invaluable resource. They can help you make the updates that will keep your space looking fresh and new.


A predictable choice for the walls of your space is paint. While paint covers the walls and gives you the option of a variety of colors, it may not be the best choice for your business. Paint can begin to look dull or dingy before other applications, and it may not present the image you are striving to convey.

Paint can begin to peel and crack before other applications. That means it would need to be reapplied or updated more often. Of course, that means if you get bored with a color easily, it can be changed faster.


When you think alternatives to paint, where does your mind lead you? Perhaps your first thought is wallpaper. Wallpaper is a way to decorate your walls, but it is not the most durable covering available.

Usually, wallpaper is thinner than other covering materials. The thinner nature of wallpaper makes it better suited to residential applications rather than commercial ones. Wallpaper works well in low traffic areas.

Other Coverings

Today, you are not limited to paint and wallpaper for covering the walls of your space. You can choose to harness a natural feeling vibe with a covering that looks like wood or some other natural fiber. You could alternatively choose to make a bold statement with a mosaic, a mural, or other enlarged artwork.

Wallcoverings, in comparison to wallpaper, are typically more durable, and they can be made from a variety of materials. There are heavy-duty paper coverings that work well in commercial applications. Also, coverings are available in fabrics, vinyl, acoustic materials, foils, and even specialty materials such as dry erase or photographic materials.


If beautification is your goal, using more modern applications for your walls can certainly achieve that goal. However, covering your walls with modern materials can do more than simply beautify the space.

Dry erase materials can adorn the walls of a conference room to help ease the flow of a weekly staff meeting. Acoustic materials are perfect for that recording studio or rehearsal space to keep neighbors from complaining about the noise. A mural or mosaic could establish the tone of your business or communicate its history.

You aren’t limited to one material for your space either. You can choose to mix and match your coverings to make the statement that appeals to you.


You might think these commercial grade coverings are only appropriate for certain locations. Almost any business can benefit from the beauty and practicality of these coverings on the walls.

A restaurant could use dry erase material for a menu board, or a hospital could use it in patient’s rooms for communication. A hotel might choose a mural of the city as a backdrop in the lobby. An office complex might choose acoustic materials to dampen noise, so clients are more comfortable communicating with professionals in the space. The possibilities are nearly limitless.

Narrow the Choices

Now that you see the benefit of covering your walls with materials other than paint, you can begin the process of choosing the appropriate material for your space. There is a multitude of materials available for covering your walls. The list shared here merely scratches the surface of materials available.

When choosing your own coverings, consider the space you will be beautifying. What size is your space? How do you use the space? Do you have a lot of foot traffic through the area?

After carefully considering these questions, you can also consider how complex or simple you want your design to be. These decisions will help you work with a professional installer to achieve the exact look and feel you want.


For your commercial wall covering installation, it is best to have a professional complete the work. Commercial contractors have the knowledge, skills, and tools to provide you with a professional installation that will enhance whatever space you have.

Wall covering installation is not a do-it-yourself project for your commercial space. A trained contractor can guide you through the process and answer any questions that remain for you regarding which covering is best for your space.

The Process

The process for the installation of commercial coverings for your walls is similar to the process for having your walls painted. Initially, you will meet with a professional who will assess your space, discuss your needs and goals, and help you choose the materials and colors you want. A quote for the project will be generated based on the information obtained in this initial meeting and subsequently presented to you.

Upon your acceptance of the bid for your project, your job will be scheduled. The project will be completed by professionals starting with moving and securing furniture and valuables. Drywall repair, product installation, and cleanup follow. Once the cleanup is completed, the project is finalized with a walk through. Are you ready to take the next step toward changing the coverings on the walls in your professional space? In the Tampa FL area, contact Shepard Contractors to schedule your professional consultation and installation.

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