The true test of a marriage, it’s been said, is whether a couple can survive hanging wallpaper together. But with the new generation of easy-to-apply products available, your relationship is now safe!
Struggling with heavy, wet and sticky rolls is a thing of the past, as new wallpaper products allow you to apply paste directly to the wall, making papering an easy two-person job.
When you want to redecorate, the wallpaper can be easily removed.
1. Picking a pattern
Wallpaper patterns reflect the personality of the room’s owner.
When choosing a design, take your time and hang up samples to see if you can live with the pattern.
Trend-wise, dull paisley designs are out while bold shapes and botanical patterns are in.
For a subtle effect, choose a small geometric design and for more impact, go with a larger pattern.
For a modern take on a classic style, we’ve used a metallic damask pattern in this bedroom.
2. Prepare the room
To calculate the number of rolls of wallpaper needed, measure the length and height of the wall.
This 3.3 x 2.4m wall required two 10m rolls of 52cm wide brown paper, which allowed for 20% wastage when matching the pattern.
Before you begin, move furniture from the room and lay drop sheets.
The walls in this bedroom had been painted recently, so they only needed to be washed to remove any dirt or grease.
For bare plasterboard walls, apply a primer and allow to dry.
To hang the wallpaper, we used a kit that included the paste, a plumb line, smoother, roller and tray.
TIP Remove old paper with a steamer or scraper, then sand and wash the wall.
3. Make a feature wall
Papering a single feature wall adds interest to a room without overwhelming the space.
As it is intended to be the most dominant visual element and sets the mood and feel of the room, a feature wall needs to be selected carefully.
Determine which wall your eye is naturally drawn to when going into the room.
Avoid choosing a wall with a door or window, as this can detract from the impact of the pattern.