Sometimes all a room needs is wallpaper to add detail to the décor. You can use a basic pattern in a muted hue for a minimal approach, or go bold with an oversized pattern. Whatever your paper of choice is, here is a step-by-step guide on how to install wallpaper!
Before you begin: Find a partner! Wallpapering is a two person job. Take your measurements and make sure you have enough rolls to cover the wall space. Be sure the walls are clean and you spackle any holes.
Step 1: Measure your wall and divide its width by the width of the paper to determine how many strips you will need. Cut paper into strips about six inches longer than the wall, so you can shift to match patterns. Use a level to make a vertical line along the wall’s midpoint and align your paper with this straight line.
Step 2: Lay your paper print-side down and use a paint roller to apply a thin, even layer of paste to the back. Make sure to coat the entire surface, including the edges.
Step 3: Gently fold the strip into thirds by bringing the two ends toward the center (don’t overlap them), being careful not to crease the paper. Allow to set for 10 minutes. This will help the paper absorb the paste.
Step 4: Unfold the top half of the strip, lining it with the vertical line on the wall and overlapping the edge at the ceiling by about three inches. Smooth the paper outward and downward to remove air bubbles. Once you reach the middle, unfold and smooth down the bottom half.
Step 5: Paste doesn’t stick immediately, so you can shift the paper until the pattern matches. Then, trim excess paper at the top and bottom with a utility knife.
Step 6: Clean off any excess paste with a damp sponge. Let the paper dry for at least 48 hours before you hang anything on the wall. Enjoy!