How to Hang Wallpaper


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The thought of decorating with wallpaper can be overwhelming the first time you come to doing it. However, all of our wallpapers, murals and borders are designed to make DIY-ing with them as easy as possible. With the right tools and information, it should be as easy as the next DIY job on your list. 

So, where do I start? 

Firstly you need the right tools. All of our wallpapers, murals and borders are 'paste the wall'. This means you paste the wall and NOT the paper. We would advise a premium premixed tub of 'Paste The Wall' adhesive widely available online or at your local DIY store. Nina loves to use 'Solvite Paste the Wall' paste in particular as it rolls on pink and dries clear (which can be extremely handy when it comes to decorating!)

Please do not use self-mix adhesives, all purpose or heavy duty paste as these are not suitable for our beautiful designs.

Here's a handy YouTube video all about paste 

Inspect every roll

Always make sure that your wallpaper rolls are undamaged and that the design and colourway is correct (you don't want to be putting the wrong thing up on your walls, only to realise much later!)

Prepare your wall

Making sure your walls are perfectly prepped ensures a smooth finish and will keep your wallpaper in place for a very long time.

Firstly remove any old wallpaper and loose paint, then fill and sand any imperfections or cracks.

Next, clean the wall with detergent or sugar soap.

On fresh plaster and/or painted walls, "size" or "seal" the wall before wallpapering.

This means making up a diluted solution of paste and liberally applying to the walls being decorated, then letting it dry. It will be absorbed into the porous plaster and will stop the paste being absorbed when it is applied.'

If your walls are a little on the old side or not in the best condition, we recommend that walls are cross lined using a good quality lining paper.

Lining paper should be allowed to dry out completely before hanging the wallpaper

Turn the central heating off and ensure the room is well-aired during the application and drying time.

Dark coloured papers may need their edges coloured with a crayon of a similar tone to avoid white edges showing.

Paste the wall

Paste should be evenly applied to the wall. Hang 1 length at a time, to an area slightly wider than the width of the roll.

Should any paste come into contact with the surface, it should be lightly dabbed off whilst using a clean, dry sponge or soft cloth with no soap or cleaning liquids.

Apply the wallpaper to your wall

Your wallpaper can be hung dry from the roll left to right. Use ladders to get to the ceiling or coving, and allow a little extra product, e.g 2-3cm at the top.

As you hang from the roll, lightly brush (using a clean dry decorators brush) into place as you go down to the skirting board. Here you can lightly push the paper to the wall.
Leave the roll on the floor, or cut the lengths before you hang.

Make sure that the paper is in the correct position and is vertically correct. Brush down the paper with a smoothing decorator’s brush from the centre to the edges of the roll.

Cut the excess paper at the top and bottom with a knife or wallpaper scissors.

Working to the right of this first 'drop', paste the wall again, allowing a few centimetres wider than the width of the wallpaper. You should see you don’t need to get close to the first drop of paper when doing this.

For the second drop, look to see where the paper matches (the point at which the design fits together along the edges of the wallpaper).

Starting at the top, match the paper as you hang it dry from the roll – lightly brushing it to the wall as you go. The paper will slide into place on the paste.

When you get to the bottom of the wall, check the pattern matches and that there are no gaps. If there are bubbles or mismatches, just loosely pull the paper back and brush it back down. The paper is forgiving!

Trim as before and you're done!

Repeat until the wall is covered. Don’t worry about taking breaks or giving up for the night. You can pick up wherever you left off – just make sure to re-apply the paste. If you plan on leaving your paste overnight, cover it up.

Click here for information on how to hang a wall mural

Click here for our 6 panel hanging instructions

Click here for our 12 panel hanging instructions