Guide To Wallpapering

Applying wall paper can make a huge impact on any room, wallpaper can be used to add a retro style, texture and colour. Many people tend to apply wall paper to just one wall these days – these type of home decorating decisions create what is known as a “feature wall”. These feature walls tend to have very bold print or bright colours, the remainder of the room, would then be accessorized in keeping with the wallpapered feature wall.

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Before you start

Prior to applying wallpaper, it is important to ensure that the wall is primed and ready. You need to ensure that any fixtures/fittings are removed – but keep the wall plugs in place, matchstick are perfect for making the location of wall plugs, when it comes time to cover the wall plug – ensure that the paper is smooth over the matchstick and the matchstick punctures the paper. Only once the paper has dried – can you remove the matchstick and replace or add new fittings.

How to apply wall paper?

All room shapes are different so it’s important to start from a corner and use a wall with no window or fire place approach, this approach allows you to apply one full length piece of wallpaper from the ceiling to the top edge of the skirting board. As a rule decorators usually work to the right or (left if they are left handed) and they work away from the window – this ensures that paper shadows don’t cast a shadow if any paper overlaps. If you’re applying a bold print paper – sometimes it is worth starting above a fireplace – this ensures that the design is central and focal.

When applying the first piece – decorators suggest that you use a plumb line or spirit level, this is to draw a line from ceiling to skirting board, about 480mm out from the corner – this allows an 50mm overlap onto the window wall.

When using wall paper paste – decorators tend to use paste the wall or dry hanging paper. This type of paper allows the walls to be pasted rather than the paper. Pasting the wall ensures that the paper does not expand when it is wet, you can then hang the paper straight from the roll. This saves on the time spent hanging paper and gives a better finish.

The first pasted paper is applied length ways at the top of the wall – with its right hand edge running vertically down the plumb line you have installed, you can work easier if you keep the left hand edge off the wall, try and leave about 50mm extra at the top of the wall – this extra paper is going to be for trimming. Hold the paper securely but carefully at both ends, ensure it does not rip, and do not allow for any sudden drops – this can cause the paper to stretch or tear.

Once the paper has been lined up at the right hand edge, using a paper hanging brush – smooth the paper down – using the technique of working from the centre and out to the edges, ensuring that no bubbles remain behind in the paper. Once the first piece has been applied – crease the overhanging pieces of paper and cut with wall paper scissors. Smooth the edges of the cut paper with the paper hanging brush.

The rest of the wall paper can be applied in the same manner, when using a bold print or anaglypta – it is necessary to ensure that the paper is lined up accordingly to the pattern. It is also important when any heavily textured pattern or anaglypta is used – that it is not pressed down on to heavy. A heavy handed approach with textured paper could cause the pattern to flatten.

If you’re looking for some ideas and like a retro look you may find the tips given in this post useful.

This post was supplied by Mark Stubbles. Mark has Arthouse wallpaper in his house and loves a bit of DIY, he plans to fit a new carpet next.