What do you picture when you hear the word wallpaper? Maybe you see psychedelic colours from the seventies, a chic feature wall that your guests marvel at, or maybe you’re haunted by the nightmare that is hanging wallpaper. It’s true that the wallpaper of the past was an agonizing task, but that was then. The future is now. Among the many marvels of our modern times are self-driving cars, milk from a nut, and most importantly, removable wallpaper. If you’ve been wanting to add a feature wall with a splash of colour to your home, here are 10 simple tips and tricks to take all the hassle out of hanging removable wallpaper.
Step One: Shop Around
Before you do anything at all you should look at as many wallpaper designs as you can. A feature wall is bold and attention grabbing by nature. But sometimes classic patterns like these horizontal stripes work great, too. If you’re going to be see a particular design every day, it’s important to love it. Brighton Stripes Wallpaper, Urban Walls, Starting at $130.
Step Two: Picking the Right Space
If there’s anything to learn from the wallpaper fads of the past, it’s that restraint is key. Plastering it on any and every wall makes a design too busy and tires the eyes. You can accomplish this by accessing which rooms you’d like to make the most impact in, once you’ve done that you can move forward knowing that less is more. See how you can recreate this colourful kids nook at home.
Step Three: The Unfeatured Walls
It’s easy to get caught up in only focusing on the wallpaper design you want to showcase, but the remaining walls in your room are just as important. If you have a really bold print, consider just making it a feature wall. It’s a cost-effective solution but still makes the room pop.
Step Four: Preparing the Space
Now that you’ve chosen your design and where you want it you need to clear the room you’ll be working in. Don’t forget to remove any outlet covers on the wall itself. Once cleared you’ll want to collect any tools you may need: measuring tape, smoothing tool, step ladder, razor blade or utility knife, and a friend to help doesn’t hurt.
Step Five: Let Your Wallpaper Rest
Once all the panels are on the wall, the only thing left to do is take your razor or knife and carefully remove your excess material at the edges and around any wall plugs. Now its just a matter of putting any plug covers and furniture back and you are ready to admire your hard work. Peony Floral Wallpaper (Peel & Stick), Rocky Mountain Decals, Starting at $39.
Step Six: Measuring the Area
Measuring the wall you’re about to cover is crucial. This will not only help you in knowing how much material you’ll need but also where any outlets or trim may be. When measuring the width of your wall compared to the width of your sheets be sure to account for a half inch overlap if needed.
Step Seven: Precut Your Pieces
Once you’ve measured out your wall, and know how much material you’ll need, you’ll want to start cutting your individual pieces. Be sure to leave two to three extra inches of material lengthwise. This way you’ll never come up short and easily remove any excess. Fauvisme Self-Adhesive Wallpaper Strip, Simons, Starting at $178.
Step Eight: Top Down
When applying your wallpaper, it’s best to start at the top corner of your wall and work downwards. This will give you the most precision and control at the most difficult point to reach. From there, take your smoothing tool and use it to draw out any air bubbles to the edges, again working from top to bottom.
Step Nine: Lining Up Your Pattern
For most people this is the part where they get most nervous, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Now that your first piece is up you can use it as a guide for all following pieces. Again, working from the top you’ll want to line up the edges of your pattern, but rather than revealing all of the adhesive baking all at once, remove it just two to three feet at a time. This makes it easier to fix any small mistakes that are made. Pink Current Removable Wallpaper, Urban Outfitters, Starting at $99.
Step Ten: Remove the Excess
Once all the panels are on the wall, the only thing left to do is take your razor or knife and carefully remove your excess material at the edges and around any wall plugs. Now its just a matter of putting any plug covers and furniture back and you are ready to admire your stunning design prowess. Brynn Halcyon Peel and Stick Wallpaper Roll, Wayfair, Starting at $97.