The Home Decorating Mentor will concentrate on the aspects of wallpaper important to decorating. Those that aren’t fond of wallpaper may actually find reasons to try it. Because Wallpaper reflects your personal style.
Wallpaper has made a comeback for its next act. The polarizing paint alternative has come back in fashion again. It becomes again trendy because of the availability of new ultra-stylish prints, dimensional fabrics, and new fashionable materials.
Today’s wallpapers are different from the old one, nowadays prints are dramatically oversize and fantastically whimsical. The colors are richer. The fabrics are textured, three dimensional, images have a lifelike sharpness because of advances in digital printing.
Wallcoverings can mask a room’s weak points while enhancing its stronger features.
You can use wallpaper:
- To brighten a dark room.
- To add architectural elements to a featureless room.
- To dramatize a room’s best feature.
- To highlight your personality.
- To add character to a boring room.
- To hide minor flaws paint can’t.
- To make a room with low ceilings appear taller…
- To make a room appear larger…
Wallpapering is NOT difficult!
Once wallpapering was a tedious job hence, we generally used to hire professionals to work. But new innovative wallpaper materials made it easy to install and easy to remove. These how-to-do wallpaper yourself tips will help you get this job done without paying a single penny to professional.
A little patience may be needed, but it is possible to even for a novice.
Your local home improvement store or wallpaper supplier may hold clinics geared to the first-time hanger. If not, they certainly will give you helpful tips.
If you’re hanging the paper yourself, look for pre-pasted
and pre-trimmed papers. This will eliminate a great deal of work.
The key for a hassle-free installation… read the instructions
enclosed with the wallpaper.
You want to be sure that the paper you have chosen is appropriate for the room it will be installed. Kitchens and bathrooms should have papers that will stand up under contact with water and steam. Kitchens and children’s rooms need durable and easily cleaned wallpaper.
Buy all your paper at the same time.
This will ensure the dye lots and run numbers are the same. Most companies print wallpaper in batches of 24 single rolls. The dye lot and a run number will be the same for those 24 rolls.
Here are great wallpapering tips to give the illusion to your rooms.
- Use wallpaper with a vertical stripe.
- Do not use a border where the wall meets the ceiling.
- Do not install a chair rail.
- Apply dominating print wallpaper to walls and ceiling.
- The wallpaper should be warm colors…yellows, reds, and oranges.
- Use wallpaper borders around ceiling edge, windows, or doorways.
- Use floor covering darker than wallpaper. Choosing a color from the wallpaper will give a more cohesive look.
- Use horizontally striped wallpaper.
- Use geometrically patterned papers.
- The wallpaper should be cool colors…greens, blues, and purples.
- Do not use borders.
- Match blinds or shades to the background color of the wallpaper.
When closed they will blend in with the wallpaper.
Wallpaper can set the mood for your house.
You don’t have to paper the entire house. Many wallpapers have 2 or 3 coordinating papers and a border. Paper one room using the dominant paper. Use a coordinating paper in a second room, another coordinate on one wall in an adjoining room, and a matching border in the hallway.
The decorating will flow well, but not be overwhelming. You can find papers with country or contemporary patterns …and everything in between.
Wallpapering is a great way to personalize your home.
You can use a little or a lot to showcase a favorite collection or hobby.
The result will be decor that is uniquely yours.
Use wallpaper to create detail when none exists.
Borders can look like crown molding or chair rails. A small mural can be framed to give the appearance of a window in a windowless room.
Wallpaper can make your creative juices flow. Take some time to browse through all the options available today. You might be pleasantly surprised at how wallpaper can enhance your home decor.
Some key wallpapering tips.
- Choose one main wall of the room to the wallpaper. The wall you have selected for wallpaper should not have wall decor things like frames, showpiece, etc. avoid wall with windows or doors.
- Measure the room dimensions to determine how many wallpapers rolls you are going to need. Remove old wallpaper carefully if you had any. Use fabric softener to loosen it if needed.
- Fill the holes and cracks of the wall with a compound like a wall putty and solutions. Sand the wall with sanding paper to make the wall somewhat rough this will help the glue to adhere better to the wall.
- If you want to take a test on how your room will look alike after finishing wallpapering you can go with samples. Select one which co-ordinates with and wall color theme so that wallpaper will enrich the living room’s look.
- Nowadays vendors provide helpful wall-size sample papers to test with the original room and original wall where you actually going to paste it. It will help you to choose the wallpaper pattern according to the room architecture and to select one which suits best for your room.
- Most of the time it is not necessary to use lining paper for a wall surface before wallpapering but older walls or surfaces with imperfections will benefit from lining paper, if you are using thinner wallpaper it is good to use lining paper.
- If some damage has done while removing old wallpaper, repaint the ceiling and side walls before pasting wallpaper. Wallpapering can be messy so cover furniture and important stuff with drop cloths to avoid the mess.
- Use an oil-based primer to prep the walls. If you have chosen delicate wallpaper to paste on the wall then use liner paper which will absorb excess moisture and will help everything to dry faster.
- The finishing of the wallpaper also depends on the mixing of adhesive and application of it to the surface, so be careful while preparing the adhesive mixture.
- After the application of adhesive to the surface unroll the wallpaper slowly and carefully. Pick the wallpaper strip along the length from top to bottom this will avoid getting wrinkles on wallpaper.
- Use the step table or ladder to go up to the height of the wall. Start the application process by matching the edge of your first strip against the edge of the wall.
- Push out air bubbles and wrinkles by pulling out a section of the paper away from the wall until you reach the wrinkle. If bubbles are hard to disappear prick it with a needle.
- Trim excess wallpaper with a sharp cutter and wipe out whole wallpaper and enjoy the new space.
All it takes is a little imagination!