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Top Tips to Help You Wallpaper Your Bedroom

October 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Bedrooms, How to..

If you’ve decided to decorate your bedroom with wallpaper, you need to make sure you follow these top tips to ensure it looks fantastic.

First of all, when it comes to choosing your wallpaper you should look for heavy paper which is good quality – if you’re a beginner, these two things will help you out. You then need to decide if you need any lining paper, this is used to cross-line a wall if you’ve got either embossed or expensive wallpaper. If the wall has any dents or nicks, lining paper could come in handy then too. You’ll need to hang it horizontally – the point of this is so the joins aren’t the same as those on your wallpaper. And colour is just as important, you need to make sure you use your favourite colours and not compromise, because that’s the only way you will love the final result.

Photo Courtesy of Kiril Strax

Measure up your room, taking care to move out all the bedroom furniture and sofa beds from the sides of the space beforehand, before you go wallpaper shopping. And, always buy a little bit extra – you should be able to return unopened rolls – then you’ve got a bit of leeway in case anything goes wrong. You’ll need to prepare the wall before you put anything on it, so remove all the loose bits of paint, plaster or old wallpaper from it. You need to wash it with sugar-soap after doing this to get any loose debris off.

Before you start pasting, sort out your wallpaper adhesive. There’ll be clear instructions as to how to do this on the manufacturer’s advice – follow these carefully to get the right outcome. You’ll need the same technique to hang both the lining paper and the wallpaper. Cut the lengths – a little longer than you need – and use a pasting brush to put paste on the top length, working from the middle out to the edge. Fold it into a concertina shape as you paste then let it soak for as long as necessary.

Once it’s ready, smooth it onto the wall with a papering brush. It’s vital to work outwards from the centre so you force air bubbles out of it. If you’re doing this with lining paper first, let it dry for 24 hours before putting wallpaper over it, but then you’re all done.

Now all that’s left to do is to decorate your room around it. Try using the same colour palette, but don’t go too over the top. If you have red wallpaper then it’s probably better if you don’t go for all red furniture in the room, but something small like a red lamp or a bouquet of red roses can make a big difference. Remember, it’s all in the details.

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