4 Must-Know Tips For Installing Your Wallpaper

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As a designer, I can’t get enough of wallpaper, but I often see clients who are nervous about adding wallcoverings to their homes, for a number of reasons. Yet wallpaper isn’t nearly as high-maintenance as we’ve all been led to believe, and it is possible to have a long and happy life with it.

If you’re thinking about incorporating wallpaper into your home design, here are some simple tips to help set your mind at ease — and make sure you do the job right, from start to finish.

1. Good-Quality Adhesives Are a Must

Contrary to popular belief, wallpaper is not forever.

In the past, wallpaper adhesives were made of wheat paste, which didn’t dissolve easily and made getting the paper off the wall very difficult. Today, both the sticking and the stripping process is made easier with the use of cellulose-based adhesives, which are activated by water.

Cellulose-based adhesives mean you needn’t give a second thought to the prospect of removing your wallpaper sometime down the road. If you decide to sell your house or change the design a few years from now, you won’t risk damaging your walls by removing the paper.

2. Prep and Prime Like a Pro

Making sure that your walls are properly prepped to receive the wallpaper is half the battle.

First, it's important to make sure that the walls are sanded and smooth before starting the installation process.

Next, you likely want to use a 'Wall Size' product to the walls before the wallpaper adhesive and glue, which helps the adhesive and paper more thoroughly bond with the walls. By treating the walls before the paper is applied, you ensure proper bonding — and the ability to align the seams with perfection. You don’t want the wallpaper to move, peel or pull at the seams over time.

Most importantly, make sure a high-quality wallpaper adhesive is being used, and ensure it is applied evenly to the wall.

Pro tip: Porous walls may need to be sealed, otherwise there can be too much (or not enough) bonding, leaving an inconsistent or non-uniform look to your walls.


3. Every Wallpaper is Different

Make sure to read your wallpaper’s individual instructions, as every wallpaper in unique. You also want to be sure to do what's appropriate for your walls.

{ For example, if they are old plaster walls, they will likely need to be filled with dry wall filler, smoothed out and sanded before installation. Looking at the history of hour home can be helpful in avoiding potential problems. }

4. Consider Hiring A Professional Wallpaper Installer

As an interior designer, I know the value of hiring an experienced person to install wallpaper. Using such a professional ensures that the right steps are taken to prep and prime your walls. It also ensures that the paper will be applied to last — but be easy to remove should that day come.

Hiring a wallpaper installer is money well spent, but if you do decide to install the paper yourself, make sure you do your research and buy a high-quality adhesive.

Regardless of who’s doing the installing, make do you do what's right for the wallpaper you're using.

I hope that these little tips and tricks have been helpful, and feel free to comment below, on connect through the contact page of the website if you have any questions. We're always happy to help!

Until next time..

In Love, Gratitude & Sparkles,