Before we start it is important to drop all preconceived notions regarding wallpaper… It is no longer just something you find in your grandparents home! There are numerous designs available, both classic and modern, which will help you to find a style that will appeal to you and your home interior.
Wallpaper can be a quick fix to your re-decorating needs as it brings an injection of colour, texture and personality to your home. It is a practical, easy to use, long lasting material that when applied correctly, can add a lease of life to any room of your house!
There is a huge selection of wallpapers on the market today in a magnitude of designs and colours as wallpaper becomes more popular again. In Australia, your local Bunnings or Masters stores have a huge assortment made available across a range of prices whilst online stores such as Wall Candy have a great assortment too. However, be mindful when purchasing online as pictures on a webpage can often depict a different quality and colour to what actually gets delivered to your door!
Our picks when it comes to wallpaper designs are damask, floral and geometric. Each vibrant and bold, helping to take your home interiors to the next level!
Creative Ways to use Wallpaper
Wallpaper can be utilised in a magnitude of ways, whether as a border around a children’s room or as a main feature of a living space, the only rule is don’t be afraid of getting creative!
Firstly, there is no cardinal ruling against incorporating additional patterns into wallpapered rooms. Upholstery and curtains are fair game, but be careful as you don’t want the space to be a pattern overloaded. Stick to a consistent colour theme and make sure to plan out the space before you begin.
If you are working with patterns, remember to think outside the box. Everyone expects to see striped wallpaper placed vertically, so why not consider hanging it horizontally instead to break up the room and keep things fresh and more original.
Depending on your interior design style (see our previous post here) you may want to establish a feeling of age and history in a new house. For example, if you are targeting a French space, use wallpaper in a classic pattern and neutral shade to effectively set the tone for the rest of the space.
If you are afraid of committing to a larger wallpaper project but still want to bring in colour and pattern to a room, why not consider framing panels of wallpaper to hang on walls. This method will help to give the room a subtle boost. Alternatively, you can always make the most of wallpaper in smaller, low traffic areas of your home such as entry ways, bathrooms and dining rooms, that way your don’t necessarily have to look at the print every day.
Whether you opt for bold patterns and deep colours to make your room seem more intimate, or light, neutral tones to make the room appear larger, make sure it is applied correctly to ensure the life of the wallpaper is well lived!
The best wallpaper looks are seamless, smooth and stuck down well and if you are planning on hanging it yourself, it is best to do a little bit of homework on the process in advance to help you get it right. Take note of these steps via B&Q before starting your next wallpaper job!
Measuring and Cutting the Wallpaper
- Measure the height of the wall in several places. Add 100mm to the longest measurement to allow for trimming. Check which way round the wallpaper pattern goes and where it should be in relation to the top of the wall. Unroll the paper on the pasting table, pattern-side down and draw a straight line across the width at the measured point. Using wallpaper scissors, cut the first length of paper.
- Turn the cut length over. Unroll the next length, place it edge-to-edge with the first length, and match the pattern. Use the cut length as a guide to cut the second length. Continue cutting several lengths, numbering them at the top corner on the wrong side so that you know the hanging order. Mark the paper’s hanging direction as well.
- Draw a line from ceiling to skirting-board 480mm out from the corner, using a plumb line. This allows a 50mm overlap on to the window wall if using standard wallpaper which is 530mm wide. Remember to adjust your measurement accordingly if you are using non-standard size paper to ensure a 50mm overlap.
Pasting and folding the wallpaper
- Lay the cut length on the pasting table (pattern-side down), so that the paper hangs over the end of the table. If you are pasting a shorter length, use a weight to stop it rolling up. Load the pasting brush and wipe off excess paste. Paste along the centre of the paper, working the paste from the middle to the edges in herringbone pattern. It is easier to spot areas you have missed if you use coloured paste (which dries clear). Between lengths, wipe any paste spills off the table with a clean, damp sponge.
- If you do want to hang the lining paper vertically, start from the place where you are going to hang the first length of wallpaper and hang a half-width of lining paper. Continue with full widths across the rest of the wall.
- Paste the entire length, folding it as you go. Lift up the concertina of paper and set it aside to allow the past to soak into the paper for as long as the manufacturer recommends.
Hanging the first length
- Position the first pasted length at the top of the wall with its right hand edge running down the vertical line. Make sure about 50mm of excess paper is left above the top of the wall for trimming. Hold the paper at both sides and don’t let the lower paper drop, as it may tear or stretch. Once the right hang edge is positioned, smooth the paper with a paper-hanging brush, working from the centre to the edges. Make sure that there are no bubbles and the edge stays on the pencil mark. Try to avoid getting paste on the paper’s surface and lightly wipe off any immediately with a damp sponge.
- Create the top and bottom of the paper against the ceiling and skirting board junctions. Pull the paper away from the wall and cut along the creases. Brush the edges into place.
- Butt the next length against the previous one, matching the pattern at eye level. When several pieces are in place, run the seam roller lightly down the joins.
- Trim any excess paper with a sharp razor knife held almost parallel to the wall.
NOTE: If you are a beginner, consider working with small, easy-to-match patterns at a steady pace. This will help you achieve tight seams and a professional look.