To Line or not to line

10 Mar 2004
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United Kingdom
Hi I have newly plastered walls in an extension and was wondering if it would be better to line the wall with lining paper (after sealing plaster) and then emulsion, or emulsion straight onto the wall.

I know either will work, but what is going to be better for making the room feel 'warm' and less echoey?

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Walls breathe better without the lining (personal view based on old walls).
You'll always be able to see the join (remember Morecambe and Wise).
I'd be really surprised if lining made any difference to the echoes? But would be interested in other views. Anyway, by the time you get stuff in the room the echoiness should vanish, unless you are very spartan with the furnishing.
lining paper is really for taking out uneveness in existing wall finishes. If youve had a decent plastering job done you wont need it. It wont help with the acoustics, as panjandrum says carpets and furniture will remove it. Just make sure you let the walls dry fully and seal them with a diluted emulsion or pva mix first

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