Top Tips – How to Hang Wallpaper

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Putting up new wallpaper can have a dramatic effect on a room, transforming it from something drab into something wonderful. But it can be a surprisingly tricky business!

First of all, don’t rely on the walls and corners to act as a guide – they’re often not as straight as you might think. With that out of the way, it’s time to get onto our main tips; if you’re looking to hang wallpaper in the near future, read on!

What Do You Need?

Before starting any job, you should make sure that you have absolutely everything you could possibly need to complete that job. When it comes to hanging wallpaper, there aren’t a great deal of items you’ll need to invest in, but they’re all important.

Obviously, you’ll need some fantastic wallpaper. That much is obvious. You’ll also need some way of making it stick to the walls, so get some wallpaper adhesive. Apart from that, there are a few tools you’ll need: a paper hanging brush, a stripping knife, a trimming knife and a seam roller. A foldable paste table can’t hurt, either!

Got that? On we go then!

Where Do You Start?

Ideally, you should begin at the corner. Hang your first length on a bare wall – no doors or windows should be interrupting your work at this point. It’s best to work away from windows, as this will stop any overlapping strips from casting shadows.

Also, if your wallpaper features a large pattern, you’ll want to hang the first length over a focal point like a fireplace, working away in both directions from here. This ensures that the design is both central and symmetrical, making sure it looks as amazing as possible.

How Do You Hang Wallpaper?

First of all – take your time. Rushing it will make the job much more stressful, and will usually end up with it not looking anywhere near as good as it could have done. Make sure you have plenty of time in which to do the job and do it well.

To position the first length, use a spirit level to draw a level line from the ceiling to the skirting board. Then place your first length at the top of the wall (after you’ve pasted it!), ensuring the right edge runs down your pencil line. Leave 5cm or so excess at the top if you can, as you can use this for trimming. Hold the paper at both sides and work slowly down; this way you’ll avoid rips and stretching.

Smooth the paper down with the paper hanging brush. Work from the centre outwards, ensuring there are no bubbles in the paper, and making sure the edge keeps dead on that pencil line.

Once the first length is on, crease the paper against the skirting board and ceiling. Then gently pull the paper up enough so that you can cut along the crease, before brushing it down again.

After this, things get a little easier. Fit the next length against the first, making sure the pattern lines up. Once you have a few sheets hanging, use the seam roller and lightly (lightly!) roll down the joins. Carry on until you’re happy with the whole room!

That wasn’t so hard now, was it?

DIY Tips: Feature Wallpaper Tips

Feature walls are an interior design style staple. Many design schemes are based around one feature wall, with the colours and textures of the room inspired by the tones and patterns of the feature wall. Take a look at these top feature wallpaper tips to learn exactly how to make the most of your space with a feature wall and take a look at this link for wallpaper and decorating supplies to get the job done.

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  • Mural prints: Instead of choosing a wallpaper with a repeating pattern, choose a feature wallpaper with a large mural print that’s spread across the whole wall. The image above shows a pretty, delicate wallpaper that looks perfect when paired with plain, pared back furniture. The flowers and birds add softness, but still create plenty of interest.
  • Use the same print in two coloursAn easy way to add interest to the room is by using the same wallpaper print in two different colours. A great way to do this is to use one colour on the chimney breast and the second colour either side of the chimney. Or, you could frame the wallpaper in a chunky frame and position it on the feature wall to provide contrast. If you want to create impact without making the room feel small, use the softer wallpaper colour on the chimney breast and the brighter, bolder colour on the two alcoves.
  • Add texture: Feature walls don’t just have to be flat and smooth – for real impact and to make a dramatic style statement, opt for a paper with texture, instead. Materials include seagrass, sisal, woven paper, silk and raffia for a high-end, luxurious feel. Alternatively, choose a paper that has a slightly sheeny or metallic finish, or a soft suede finish. Look for wallpapers that have a “strokable” finish for a luxe freel.
  • Frame your window: You don’t always have to put a feature wall on a large wall that has no other features, windows or doors. For a surprising take on the feature wall trend, use a patterned wallpaper to frame your window and either make the most, or detract from the view beyond. Bright colours and zingy patterns work best.
  • Light and shade: When choosing your feature wallpaper, it’s really important that you think about the basic concepts of design: light and shade. Walls that are papered in paler colours will receed into the room while walls that are papered in darker colours will “pop” out. If you paper a narrow stretch of wall in a long, thin room in a darker colour, it could make the room look smaller, so it’s important that you choose colour carefully to balance out the space and to make it feel bigger or smaller as necessary.
  • Feature alcoves: If you use the space in one of your alcoves as a mini office, or if you just want to add interest to the space without overwhelming the room, make a feature out of one or both of the alcoves. If you’re using an alcove as a little office space, wallpaper using a feature paper, then use floating shelves to store your supplies.

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DIY Tips: How to Stencil

For a unique, cool and fun look that’s much cheaper than patterned wallpaper, try stencilling. Stencils are an easy and fun way to create a bespoke look and they’re a great crafting activity to do with children. Learn how to stencil with these tips and take a look at this link for paint and wall covering supplies.

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Things You’ll Need:

  • water-based acrylic paint in white and in one or two colours
  • paint roller and paint tray
  • small paint roller or small paintbrush
  • measuring tape and pencil
  • spirit level
  • stencil
  • stencil mount

Prepare the Wall

If necessary, strip the wall of paper and replaster. Otherwise, fill gaps in the wall with filler, smooth and leave to dry, then sand until you achieve a smooth finish. Paint the wall white, one or two times, to completely cover up any existing colour or to create an even base for the stencil colours. If you want to use two colours, at this stage, paint the base colour onto the wall and leave to dry. Apply additional layers of paint as needed until you have a base colour you’re happy with.

Mark Out the Stencil

The easiest way to use a stencil is to mark it out all over the wall before you apply the paint. Work out how many times the stencil needs to be repeated across the wall and adjust so that there is a neat finish along the edges of the wall, along the ceiling and along the floorline. Mark the position of the stencil with pencil, then use the measuring tape and spirit level to mark where the stencil should sit, each time, making sure that the stencil is completely straight.

Paint the Stencil

Next, it’s time to paint the stencils. Apply stencil mount to the back of the stencil. Apply the stencil to the wall, using the guide marks that you made, making sure that it is stuck firmly to the wall with no ripples or bumps in the stencil. Pour the coloured paint into a small roller tray and use a small roller to apply it inside of the stencil. If you’re working with a very intricate design, use a small stencil brush instead. Pull the stencil off the wall, leave the paint to dry, then repeat until the stencil is complete, always following the guidelines so that the pattern is straight and even. If you’re working with a particularly complex stencil that requires a few colours, make sure that the paint is totally dry before reapplying the stencil and adding the next colour.

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DIY Tips: How to Clean Wallpaper

Learn how to clean wallpaper and keep your room in tip-top condition with these nifty little tips and take a look at this link for cleaning supplies to help you along the way. Don’t forget: if you buy wipeable or washable paper, you won’t have to worry too much about damaging it or cleaning it – which is especially useful in bathrooms and kitchens, but you might also consider putting it into a playroom or in the dining room too.

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  • Vacuum the walls. It’s a bit of an odd cleaning tip, but it’s a really effective way to remove dust and debris. Do it once a week or so and you’ll really notice a difference – plus, your rooms will look spick and span.
  • If your paper is wipeable or washable, you’re in with a bit of luck – you can easily and quickly clean it without really causing any major damage to the paper. Vacuum the paper first before wiping to remove dust, then wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth and a very mild washing up liquid solution. Dab only a little bit of the mixture onto the wall and rub as gently as you can. If you rub the walls too quickly, you might find that the pattern rubs off the wallpaper. Don’t use too much water and as you go, pat the walls dry using a little bit of kitchen paper.
  • Don’t know if your paper is wipeable or not? Test it first. Pat it with a just damp cloth. If the paper absorbs liquid, you won’t really be able to wash it.
  • If there’s a really obvious stain on your wallpaper that you could do with removing, you could dab on a little bit of washing up liquid solution with a dry cloth – so that you don’t soak the paper. If that won’t do the trick, consider stippling a matching paint onto the wallpaper to cover the mark. Just test the paint on a piece of paper that’s out of the way so that you can double check that it matches the paper. This can be fairly effective and is a good way to “tide over” your paper before you redecorate the room.

Finally, always check manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning the paper and ensure that the paper can be cleaned. Test somewhere out of the way first, and if you’re unsure of whether or not you can effectively clean the paper yourself, ask a professional for help or advice.

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DIY Tips: How to Wallpaper Around Corners

Wallpapering is one of the fastest, easiest ways to add impact to any room – but although it might be easy to wallpaper a flat wall, wallpapering around corners is a little more difficult. Learn how to wallpaper around corners and creates a seamless finish with this tutorial and take a look at this link for wallpaper materials to help you get the job done.

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Things You’ll Need:

  • wallpaper of choice (if patterned, you might need to buy an extra roll so that you can properly match patterns)
  • metal tape measure
  • wallpaper scissors and paste
  • pencil
  • seam roller
  • plumb line

Plan the Drops

Planning the drops is important, as you don’t want a roll of paper to end in the corner as this will simply show up any imperfections. Ensure that you plan ahead, and cut out a small piece of paper to wrap around the corner – it’s easier to get a smooth crease in a small drop rather than a full-width drop.

Measure the Width of Paper You Need

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Measure the width of paper that you need. Once you’ve hung the last drop of paper before the corner, measure from the edge of the paper to the corner. Take three measurements, at the top, in the middle and at the bottom, as wall measurements can alter from top to bottom. Take the largest measurement of the three, then add 12mm.

Match the Pattern Before Cutting to Size

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Hold the roll of paper up to the wall and make sure that it matches the wallpaper that is already hung. Check at the top and at the bottom, too, as complicated patterns might not match all the way down. Once matched, cut the paper to size. Measure and re-measure the paper to make sure that it will hang properly. Ensure that you cut the paper straight, too, as otherwise you’ll end up with wonky paper and an even wonkier finish.

Hang the Cut Paper

Next, hang up the paper that you cut to size. Smooth really well and trim as needed, using the seam roller to ensure that the finish is smooth and neat. Make sure that the crease in the corner of the wall is as smooth as it can be. Next, match the pattern again, as neatly as you can, and hang the next piece of paper. Make sure it is butted up against the paper already hung and smooth to finish. Some wallpaper hanging advice recommends hanging the offcut, too, to cover the seams and for a smooth finish. With patterned paper, however, this is not always possible and patterns will not match. Instead, hang the paper as smoothly and neatly as you can and if necessary, get someone to help if you find it tricky to hang the paper with just one pair of hands.

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DIY Tips: How to Strip Wallpaper

Learn how to strip wallpaper ready for new wallpaper or paint with this tutorial and check this link for wallpaper stripping supplies to help you along the way.wallpaperstripknife

Things You’ll Need:

  • polythene dust sheets
  • craft knife or wallpaper scorer
  • bucket
  • hot water with washing up liquid added to it
  • decorator’s sponge
  • wallpaper stripping knife
  • wallpaper stripper (very useful if you have a large area of paper to remove or if you’re doing the whole house. Check this link for hiring wallpaper steam strippers)

Prepare the Wall

Protect the area by laying down dust sheets on the floor. Move large furniture out of the way and cover it with dust sheets. Score the wallpaper with the craft knife or scorer with long, vertical strokes, but make sure that you’re only scoring the wallpaper and not the wall underneath!

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Soak the Wallpaper

If you’re stripping the paper by hand without a wallpaper stripper, the next step involves soaking the wall and wallpaper with the hot water and washing up liquid solution to loosen the wallpaper paste, allowing you to strip the paper from the wall. Apply the solution starting at the top of the wall, working your way down, with the decorator’s sponge. Leave to soak for ten minutes and test with the stripping knife to see if the wallpaper is starting to loosen. If not, repeat the process and wait another ten minutes.

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Strip the Wallpaper

Ease the stripping knife between the wallpaper and the wall and work in long strokes, starting from the top and working your way down, to remove the paper. Ensure that the knife is behind the wallpaper and not digging into the wall as this can cause quite a lot of damage. Clear the wallpaper away as you work.

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Using a Wallpaper Steam Stripper

A steam stripper is a great choice if you have a particularly large area to work with. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines and safety advice, start at the top of the wall, holding the stripper in one hand and the knife in the other. Hold the stripper against the wall so the steam can loosen the wallpaper and then scrape off with the knife. Be sure not to hold the steam stripper against the wallpaper for too long as too much heat and steam can damage the plaster.

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