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Apply your Wallpaper to Perfection!

When it comes to interior design, wallpaper is a popular choice, it is considered as one of the fastest and easiest ways to infuse personality and dimension into a room, with limitless colors, patterns and textures, hangin it the right way can really bring your space to a whole new level.

Whether you're simply considering the idea of learning how to install wallpaper, or you're already planning to start the project, here's the best way to do it from start to finish.

Preparation is key

There are some tasks that you may need to do before hanging your wallpaper.

Start by removing any existing wallpaper in order to avoid air bubbles and creases appearing.

Applying wall sealer, also known as wall size, helps seal the porous surface of the wall and improves the adhesion of the wallpaper paste. It also aids the slide of the wallpaper, useful when you’re matching patterns or hanging it in awkward areas like window recesses.

Hanging lining paper prevents the new wallpaper from shrinking when it’s hung, which leads to gaps between the lengths of paper. You may also want to hang lining paper if your walls have any stains or small imperfections in the surface, as it will help to disguise this.

Make sure all the rolls have the same batch number printed on the label, as the colors and in some instances, the finish, can vary between batches.

We recommend hanging wallpaper vertically unless the pattern requires it to be hung horizontally. If hanging over lining paper, hanging it in the opposite direction to the lining paper means that the seams won’t fall in the same place and create ridges.

unscrew the fixings before papering, leaving the wall plugs in place. Mark the position of each one by pushing a matchstick into the plug. Leave it slightly proud so you can find the hole and reuse it later.

And last, always make sure you have enough wallpaper for your walls. When you measure the height and length of the walls you want to wallpaper, also measure the windows and door.

Tools and materials for the job

  • Wallpaper paste

  • Pasting brush

  • Wallpaper smoother

  • Snap off knife

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Spirit level

  • Smoother/soft steamroller

  • Stepladder

  • Dust sheet