Choose the right wallpaper for the room
Typically, wallpaper with small print and light colors works best in tight spaces, and large patterns in stronger tones work better in larger areas.
Clever use of wallpaper can make a room more spacious. Vertical stripes make a room appear taller, making them ideal for rooms with low ceilings, while horizontal stripes widen the space, creating the illusion of a larger room.
Think about the feeling you are looking for in the room. Designs featuring flora and fauna, for example, give an impression of the countryside.
If you are on a budget or avoid pattern overload, keep the wallpaper under the grooved track.
Use wallpaper to highlight an area or give a room a focal point – on a fireplace, in alcoves, or as a backdrop for a statement piece of furniture. Graphic designs and geometry work well in alcoves and perimeter walls.
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Know your papers
Vinyl is thicker and more durable than other papers, and easy to hang.
Flock has a soft, velvety finish and comes in modern designs with vibrant colors.
Metal elements reflect light into the room, but you need light for them to do so. Do not hang on to the bumpy walls as they appear every piece.
Faux Papers are an easy, instant way to duplicate finishes such as masonry, wood paneling, tile, and marble. You can even create a fake library.
‘Paste the wall’ wallpapers mean you don’t need a collage table or have to soak the paper – just stick the wall and apply it.
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How to hang
It’s all in the preparation, so remove the old wallpaper, rub off the chipped paint, and make sure the wall is dry and clean.
When in doubt, call a professional – poorly laid wallpaper looks awful and costs time and money.
Heavier papers are easier to hang but can be more expensive and require a stronger adhesive.
Make sure you are hanging the paper the right way around – this mistake is easy to make.
When gluing, start from the top and work down and out to the edges to spread it evenly.
Start the patterns across the entire area of a window, then work from the window back and forth to the darkest corner of the room.
With a bold design, always cut the first length so that when it is hung and cut at the top and bottom, there is a full pattern at the top of the wall.
Essential shopping tips
Wallpaper samples – take them home and look around where you intend to paper.
Quality – you get what you pay for and some are very slim. Machine made papers are generally cheaper and finer than hand made papers.
How many rolls – use an online wallpaper calculator like the one from Homebase.
Check for pattern repeats and plan extra, especially if it’s a large pattern. Buy more rolls than you need – you can always return them if they are unopened.
Lot Numbers / Color Matching – make sure all rolls are from the same lot to avoid color variations.
Paper Widths – Wider wallpapers cost more, but you will get a seamless finish.
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What you will need
Wallpaper adhesive and stripper
Plumb bob (to make sure your lines are straight like a thimble)
Paper hanging brush
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