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The wallpaper mini guide for newbies

For beginners out there, the thought of wall papering your rooms can feel rather daunting. But once you get started, the creative element can be extremely fun and rewarding. Wallpaper adds a stunning finish to the walls of any room. there’s so any choices of wallpaper such as neutral, subtle, bold, abstract etc, so where do you start? 

Hanging wallpaper isn’t as complicated as it used to be, there are now techniques like “paste the wall” wallpaper. If you don’t want the fuss or mess, then this option is the way to go. It’s quick and easy to apply to your walls and you simply apply your paste to the wall then add the wallpaper. Want to know more about how to wallpaper, then check out my step by step mini guide.

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What type of wallpaper will you choose?

So where do I begin you ask? Choosing the right wallpaper for your room depends on a number of factors including the style your opting for. We often think of paper wallpaper that requires the traditional roll-on pasting method, however vinyl tends to be more commonly used now. Self- adhesive vinyl is the most manageable to work with because it’s extremely versatile, easy to install, easy to remove and easy to clean. Gone are the days of wallpaper that is difficult to install and remove. For beginners, try using a heavy paper. It’s much easier to hang than light paper and it tears less when wet.

Secondly, the most important factor in choosing wallpaper is choosing a pattern you like. You also must make sure that the pattern works in the particular room that you plan to paper. Things to bear in mind:


  • Aim to purchase a wallpaper with a small pattern or geometric design for smaller dimensions.
  • Avoid darker colours, as they will make the room appear smaller.
  • Vertical stripes or patterns will make your ceiling appear higher.


Deciding how much wallpaper you need is actually quite simple. If you start by multiplying the Combined Width by the height of the walls this is the total square footage of wall space that you need to cover. Wallpaper roughly comes in rolls of 10 metres long, by 53cm wide. To start, measure the height of walls making sure to add on an additional 150mm to allow for trimming.

How do you want your room to look? Do you want to wall paper all of your walls, create a feature wall or even cover two papers on one wall? The choices are endless! A feature wall (One wall that’s papered) is very popular at the moment. It’s a great way to enhance an already existing focal point, it draws the eye in and creates a striking feature. They can also help divide space. If you have a large open-plan area, a feature wall can help separate the space for you.

Also, when planning it’s important to think of other aspects, like:

Have you lined the wallpaper

Lining paper can help to disguise small imperfections in the surface of walls, so it’s very beneficial.

Do you have enough wallpaper

Looking at the surface area of your walls and measuring the pattern of the wallpaper you need, you can then plan how many rolls you’ll need.

Is my wall surface in good condition

Before you start, it’s important to make sure the surface you’re planning to paper is in good condition. keep in mind, it’s very important for a wall to be clean and dry. Any wallpaper or flaking paint would need to be removed first, and cracks would need to be filled with a suitable filler.



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Let’s start thinking about getting that wallpaper on the walls. Initially, you should clear out all of the furniture and then use drop cloths on the floor. Also remove plate covers, heat registers and light fixtures. When it comes to the pasting, you will need a table or a flat surface to apply the paste. Don’t use newspaper to cover the surface, as the ink might transfer onto your wallpaper. Instead, a plastic wrap is a good alternative.

Once you’ve measured the height of your room, you would add 10cm to this measurement and then you would use wallpaper scissors to cut your first strip. Using a plumb line, draw a vertical line with a pencil down the wall you are going to start papering. This will then ensure that your pattern will remain straight and avoid the pattern looking diagonal, especially on long walls. You would then unfold the top half of the pasted length and press it gently against the top of the wall, allowing enough paper to trim at the ceiling. Use a papering brush to smooth the length into place, match the edge with your vertical line, and remove any air bubbles. For extra strips of wallpaper, you would need to create a seamless butt joint and match the pattern as you position each subsequent strip. Then you would paper into the corner, allowing a 20mm overlap around the angle. Happy wall papering guys!

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