Wallpaper will never go out of style. It’s been used in homes since the 16th century to brighten up living spaces and it’s still a great way to easily transform your home on a budget. Wallpaper comes in a variety of colours, styles and textures, so it is entirely up to you which way you go with the style of your wall decoration design.
Don’t let the idea of wallpapering intimidate you, even if you are a beginner. The first thing you need to do when you start your wallpapering project is to determine how much wallpaper you need. To do this you have to measure the height and length of each wall with measuring tape. Don’t forget to measure the height and width of any doors and windows in the room as well, unless you want to put wallpaper on them, too. We live in the smartphone era and there is an app for everything, so you don’t need to make complicated calculations by yourself. Just search for wallpaper calculators on the Internet or in the app store and enter your measurements to estimate how many rolls of wallpaper you will need. Most of these calculators automatically figure out the extra amount of wallpaper needed for trimming and pattern matching as well. You never knew you were a wallpapering pro, did you?
Always use lining paper. It will prevent the wallpaper from creasing or stretching and the paste will dry faster. Don’t forget to turn off the power in the room before papering around switches and receptacles. It is very important to choose the right adhesive for your wallpaper and to know the difference between paper and vinyl. Always check the label on your wallpaper or consult with the seller for the proper adhesive to use.
Here’s everything you will need:
Once you’ve got all the surfaces, tools and materials prepared you are ready to start the application itself. First of all, you need to apply the primer and let it dry for at least two hours. Then you have to measure and cut the wallpaper, so you’ve got all the pieces prepared in advance (yes, even wallpapering requires a plan). Make sure you’ve got a few extra inches on the top and bottom. From here on it’s as simple as it can be – spread the wallpaper on clean ground, apply adhesive and put it on the wall (pro tip – you can fold the ends in on themselves so you touch dry wallpaper only). Trim the top and bottom edges with a utility knife and use a seam roller to press the seams together. Repeat until every wall is perfectly covered.
You can use the leftover wallpaper for a lot of DIY projects – on the headboard in the bedroom, to wrap presents, as a photo mat, to line drawers or to add style to your stairs. It would look lovely as the backing of a bookshelf or even covering the entire shelf. Make a faux marble table top for a side table or coffee table. Oh, the possibilities!
If you want your room to look wider, use horizontal patterns; if you want the ceiling to appear higher, use vertical patterns. You should keep in mind that patterned wallpaper is more time consuming to hang and you have to make sure that you take care to match up the pattern. It is not as easy as it sounds, so practice with cheap wallpaper is highly recommended before going full swing ahead with that £799.00 per roll Cole & Son Versailles Grand wallpaper.
The use of metallic finishes in wallpaper has been recently trending in home design and decoration. You can use gold and silver finishes to make your house extraordinarily chic. If glitz and shine is not really your thing, but you still want to pick something trendy, you can use wallpapers with gold and silver accents that are subdued. And, if you absolutely can’t stand the sparkle, nature-inspired wallpapers will do the trendy trick for you. They’ve been all the rage with interior designers in 2017, so you definitely can’t go wrong there.
Wallpaper is easy to install and it can change the look of a space instantly and dramatically. Take your time, explore the options and pick the best one for your home. Share your wallpapering tips and experiences with us in the comments. There’s always something new to learn and discover about wallpapers and we can’t wait to hear your ideas!
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