Wallpaper 101

Give your home decor a boost: Hang wallpaper to add colour, interest and style!

Rolls of wallpaper

Why wallpaper?

Wallpaper can be a beautiful complement to your home decor. Gorgeous designs, lush colours, rich textures and the ease of pre-pasted paper all have helped wallpaper maintain its rightful stature in interior design. There is a multitude of wonderful choices available, so get inspired and use wallpaper to help create your dream room.

Getting started

Before hanging wallpaper, there are a couple of things to do first:

  • Repair any holes or cracks in your walls by patching them with filler then sanding them down.
  • Remove any old wallpaper, and make sure your walls are clean, dry and smooth to ensure proper wallpaper application.
  • If the wall isn’t painted, consider using a wallpaper primer so the paste won’t be absorbed and the paper will properly adhere to the wall.
  • Remove any electrical plates, panels or other hardware from the walls.

Hanging wallpaper in 10 simple steps

  1. Your starting point will also you ending point, so choose an inconspicuous place to begin, such as behind a door or curtain so that a mismatch will not be as apparent.
  2. Once you’ve chosen your starting point, measure it out and draw a perfectly straight vertical line from the ceiling to the floor, as this will be where the first strip of paper will be placed.
  3. Using a straight edge and utility knife, cut the wallpaper into strips. Pay proper attention to patterns and colour variations if trimming is necessary. Add an extra two inches to the top and to the bottom, as these will be trimmed off after application.
  4. Most wallpaper now comes pre-pasted, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions to activate the adhesive.
  5. Start at the ceiling, and align the paper with your starting point line. Make sure to leave the extra two inches at the top and bottom. Use your hands to smooth the paper against the wall, then use a plastic smoother or smoothing brush to remove air bubbles and wrinkles.
  6. When the paper is smooth, use a wide putty knife to hold the paper in place at the top, then trim off the excess with a utility knife. Remove any paste with a damp sponge. Repeat with the bottom edge.
  7. Continue hanging the paper strips throughout the room while carefully matching patterns and colours.
  8. Use a seam roller to flatten the seams between paper strips.
  9. After the room has been completly wallpapered, do a final check for air bubbles, and clean up any paste with a damp sponge.
  10. Take a step back, and enjoy your newly decorated room!

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