As you know, I love talking about interior decoration here on the blog, be it about small apartments, bathrooms or living room, and one tip I always mention is how wallpaper can transform your space. However, after choosing the model and the perfect stamp the most common question is: “How to put wallpaper for Wall Decoration ?”
In this post, you will find everything you need to know about wallpaper, existing types, and styles, how to prepare the wall for application, ho to make the proper use, the tools required for the process, tricks and tips for putting wallpaper and also various images and inspirations for your home environments.
How to put wallpaper
Before we talk about the step-by-step application of the wallpaper, we need to worry about some important details.
Know the types of wallpaper
The differences between the roles go beyond the patterns, colors, and drawings; they are also in the materials. There are three main types of wallpapers:
- Traditional: Made of cellulose (paper), it is suitable for dry places and can be fragile. It has several decoration patterns, the cleaning does with a damp cloth, and the glue applied to the paper. To remove it, you must humidify the paper first.
- Fabric Non-Woven: it is how they call the wallpapers that mimic fabric, even if they are not. It made of polyester fibers and cellulose, it is cleaning with detergent, and the glue applied to the wall. It is removed dry.
- Vinyl: made of a vinyl material (PVC), this paper has greater resistance, besides being waterproof. It can be glossy, mattifying, metallic or embossed, offering endless options of decoration. Because it is very resistant to light and moisture and has excellent durability, it is best suited for humid environments and places of great circulation. The cleaning doing with detergent, the glue is applied to the paper, and its removal happens to dry or by abrasion.
There are also differences in the using of the wallpaper; some applied with glue and others have adhesive and are stickers.
Define a utilization format
After choosing the type of wallpaper, you also need to define how the application will be. There are five main types of formats in which you can use the wallpaper, and each has a different effect on the final decoration of the space, so take that into account.
- All walls: you can choose to apply paper to all walls of your space, but do not forget that in this case darker or darker colors and patterns can cause visual discomfort, leaving your environment sick or heavy. An excellent choice is to apply different papers that complement each other, such as three white papers and one with a colored pattern. Take into account also that the investment is higher by opting to coat all walls with wallpaper.
- A Wall: Probably the most common option when using wallpaper on just one wall, this gives us more freedom to choose bright, colorful prints or dark colors without affecting space. When choosing the wall, opt for a highlight of the environment.
- Half wall: an excellent option for anyone who wants to use the wallpaper without spending much or for those who already have space heavily loaded with colors and furniture. You can apply the paper to half a wall to help compose the environment.
- Range: also an option for those who want to spend less or have already loaded environments, applying only a strip of wallpaper is like giving a touch more to the decoration.
- Ceiling: It is a less traditional and more creative way of applying wallpaper, but it is possible. When choosing the paper, keep in mind that dark ceilings make the spaces look lower.
Determine the amount you will use
To ensure that there is no shortage of material in the middle of the application and that you will waste massive amounts of paper, This is important to have the exact measurement of the wall area on which the paper will apply. Calculate in advance, even before you research your options, so you know exactly how much you will spend.
Some manufacturers sell wallpaper per linear meter while others sell per roll. These rollers usually have a standard size of 10m by 50cm, or 5sqm. If your paper has drawings and stripes, you need to take into account the rapport, which is what determines the length of the wallpaper that has to be cut to match the paper pattern during the application.
Prepare your wall
Before applying the wallpaper to the chosen location, you must prepare the wall (or walls) for the application. The ideal is that it has no irregularities, holes, infiltrations and fissures and clean. If there are cracks, hit them with running batter or plaster, and wipe the wall with water and detergent, using a sponge to remove residue and dust.
By the time of application, your wall needs to be dry. Disassemble and remove switches before use.
Apply to wall: step by step
Before you start applying the paper to your wall, prepare the glue. To do this, take the indicated glue for your type of paper (usually 100g for each 30m²), dilute all glue in water (1.5l water for each 30g of glue) and mix. Half an hour later your blend should have a gel appearance. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
Tools and materials:
- Bucket for glue
- Tape/tape measure
- Smooth spatula
- Clean cloth
- Plumb bob
- Cutting the leaves
The first step is to cut the sheets for apply. Before that, have the exact height of the wall in hand and add 10cm for the finish, 5cm up and 5cm down. Cut the strips of wallpaper according to the measurements (without forgetting the 10cm) and do not forget to do the rapport if necessary, so that the designs match and the pattern is as expected.
- Get Organized
Start by numbering the strips of paper on the back to find out the right order of application to ensure continuity of the design. Then determine where to start the installation (mark a plumb line on the wall for vertical orientation). Apply to the first paper is extremely important and needs to be perfectly aligned to guide future applications. Use the plumb line and draw a dash that is 1cm wide of the strip you apply.
- Apply the glue
Place the first strip to be applied on a smooth surface, with the print face down. Pass a coat of glue, from the center to the edges in one half of the strip. Then fold that half, glue with glue, and repeat the process on the other half. Before applying, let the paper rest for 1 or 2 minutes so that it absorbs the glue.
- Apply the paper
Take the folded paper to the wall and, starting at the top, unfold it and glue the paper, unrolling it to the end. Leave 5cm at the ends, top, and bottom (ceiling and baseboard) for finishing and stay tuned to the line you created with the plumb.
Then apply the remaining strips without overlapping them to prevent splicing, and always check that the joint design matches and the pattern are correct. If you have any problems, remove the paper strip carefully and glue again.
After gluing each strip, wipe with a dry cloth and the silicone spatula to remove excess glue. To remove larger blisters use your hands and then the smaller blister brush. Make this paper always smoothing from the center to the edges.
Press creases and corners of the baseboard and ceiling with the spatula and then cut the scrap with a stylet. If you want an invisible glue, wipe a piece of glue over the joints with the roller (do not do this with white papers as it may darken them).
In the case of sockets and switches, cross-cut the area after drying the paper and open the cut parts carefully. Then replace the mirrors and boxes usually.
Tips for better applying wallpaper to Wall Decoration:
- In the corners, leave a 1cm left over the other wall and glue the other paper over the previous one. Mark well for a better finish.
- Smooth each strip of paper as you apply to ensure a better result.
- Tiny bubbles are typical during the process and end up being absorbed in the drying, stay calm!
- Start applying the ceiling that is: from top to bottom!
- Use a ladder to help with the application and carefully tape each strip of paper.
- Consult a specialist if you have any questions!
As I said, I have repeatedly suggested wallpaper as an inexpensive and practical way of giving a unique touch to space. It widely uses in decoration, mainly for the variety of prints and patterns that exist of wallpaper and the simplicity of the application. Also, if well taken care of, wallpaper can last ten years or more.
For this, I have separated some images of inspiration and some tips for you to choose the perfect model for your home and your room.
Wallpaper in Living Room
As well as dining rooms, you can put the wallpaper to highlight your décor, combining colors or patterns with cushions and ornaments, and tones with sofas, armchairs, curtains, and rugs. If you get frequent visits (just like me!), Opt for a vinyl wallpaper that has a longer life and a more efficient cleaning.
Bedrooms get well any wallpaper you want, as they have little humidity and a smaller flow of people. For children’s bedrooms, opt for vinyl, which accumulates less dust and is easier to clean. Choose a print that suits your personality!
Kitchen Wall Decoration
For kitchens, a more humid space, the ideal paper is the vinyl. Avoid pulp papers as they are the least resistant to moisture. An excellent choice of wallpaper application in kitchens is to place it in half walls or banners, between cabinets and countertops – smaller areas.
Bathroom Wallpaper Decoration
Even moister than kitchens, toilet paper is undoubtedly the vinyl. As these spaces do not usually have very colorful furniture or various objects of decoration, you can make your paper the main highlight of the area, with bright, geometric and differentiated prints.
Banner and half wall
Ideal for smaller spaces that you want to highlight or leave your area more special without making very sudden changes. There are several options for using paper in strips or half walls: between benches and cabinets in kitchens, on walls with shelves or furniture that occupies half or even more than half the wall, and also on walls that have tables against them.
All Wall Decoration
Putting the paper on every wall is risky, but it may be the best decision for your space. To do this, use your critical sense and analyze the space and pattern of the paper you want to put. Avoid very colorful patterns, very detailed patterns, and strong colors so that your environment does not get too heavy, especially if it is small.
Ceiling Wallpaper for Wall Decoration
Although not used much, wallpaper on the ceiling can be the highlight that your space needs. One thing is sure: very few people will be able to say that their environment is not unusual or that they have seen an equal space!
I hope you enjoyed the tips, step by step how to put wallpaper and also the inspirations presented. The most important thing at the time of doing any project is that it is according to your taste and reflects your personality! Do what you like, because it is you who will live in your house!