Line a room with wallpaper and you have instant decoration. From blah to bold in a matter of hours, paper could push boundaries outside what paint can do. It enlivens walls with textures or patterns or both–your pick. And as a bonus, it masks minor imperfections in plaster and drywall, too.

But as often as homeowners attempt to hang themselves, they seldom get it right, cursing their paring tiles and mismatched patterns–it is enough to drive you up a wall. Input John Gregoras, a pro paper hanger out of Somers, New York, with almost two years’ experience. And, boy, did we learn a great deal – everything from the way he intends the design to how he lines up the previous seam. With this type of insider know-how, papering just got a whole lot easier.

Best Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Design is your secret if you are learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the order where the paper goes up guarantees your pattern will stay well-matched and look straight. John Gregoras recommends functioning in 1 direction around the space to keep the pattern consistent.

But regardless of how good your strategy, the routine between the first and final strip will rarely match up. For that reason, Gregoras always begins his job behind a door, papering from the corner until he reaches the space above the doorway — at the least conspicuous spot in the room.

Very often, the final strip of paper on a wall is not a full sheet. Another wallpapering suggestion Gregoras uses is to always paper the corners together with broken sheets.

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Apply Wallpaper Paste

Paint the whole room with a wall primer/sizer.

Unroll the background. As you do, check for defects and haul the paper against the border of your worktable to remove the curl.

Cut in precisely the exact same place on the replicate so patterns on adjoining sheets will lineup.

Lay a cut sheet on the table, face down. With a paint roller, apply a thin film of clear premixed wallpaper paste on the back of the paper.

Suggestion: Do not allow paste to have on the table or it will mar the next sheet (wash it off with a barely damp sponge if it will ). Slide the paper all the way into the edge of the table to use paste to the ends and borders.

Novel the Paper

Twist the glued back of this paper on it, top and bottom ends meeting in the middle. Make sure the side edges line up perfectly. Smooth the paper on itself as far as possible without creasing the folds.

Place the paper aside to allow the paste to soak in and the paper to relax. Make sure you adhere to the precise booking time advocated on the wallpaper’s label, which differs based on its material (more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Start in a corner near a doorway. If the door is far from the corner, draw a reference line parallel to the doorway near the corner.

Overlap roughly 2 inches at the ceiling and 1/8 inch in the corner. Lightly press it in place.

Examine the dimension between the paper and the door casing or benchmark line. Adjust the paper to keep it parallel to the doorway but still overlapping at least ⅛ inch in the corner.

Tuck and Reduce the Paper

Then, working from the top down, sweep the smoother over the entire sheet. (Do not press so hard that you push out glue.)

Trim the excess paper at the ceiling: Push a 6-inch taping knife into the joint between the ceiling and wall. Using a razor, cut above the knife to cut the excess. Work gradually. Alternate between cutting and moving the knife. Do not slide the knife and razor together. Continue papering to a point above the door.

Continue Papering

On the adjacent wall, then draw a plumb line (if there is no door or door ).

Hang a strip at the corner. Overlap the present bit on the adjacent wall by 1/8 inch. Measure to the plumb line and adjust the paper to keep the space equal. Smooth the newspaper. Lean in the ceiling and cut on the corner.

Hang the next strip of paper. Unfold the top of the novel and set it on the wall. Match the routine as closely as possible, leaving just a hair’s breadth between sheets.

Suggestion: Push out air bubbles by sweeping the newspaper smoother from the middle out to the edges. Wipe off glue on the surface using a sponge.

Close the Seams

Lightly press on the surface of the paper into the wall. Then lightly roll the seam using a seam roller to sew the edges. Now use the tips of your fingers to push the seam shut.

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and complete matching and shutting the seam. Then tightly roll the whole seam, working a full 3 inches from the border.

Smooth the entire sheet. Continue papering the space, trimming and overlapping corners as shown in Step 5.

Suggestion: If the booked end of the strip starts to dry out until you hang it, wipe the wall with a damp sponge. This may remoisten the paste when you hang on the paper.

Cut in About Moldings

At doors and windows, allow the paper float the molding by at least an inch.

Using the razor, make a relief cut from the paper. Gently run the razor from the molding corner out to the border of the paper. Utilize the molding for a guide.

Press the cut edge tight in the joint between the molding and the wallsocket.

Trim the excess paper flap using a taping knife and razor. Smooth down the entire sheet.

Hide small cutting errors on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white edge of the paper using a mark that matches the paper. Some pros even color all the paper’s borders so seams aren’t as evident should the newspaper shrink as it dries.

Cover Alter

Paper the cover plates of electric fixtures to make them vanish. Cut a sheet of wallpaper larger than the plate. Cut out of the part of the pattern that matches the paper on the wall around the switch.

Hold them both on the wall and then correct the paper to match the pattern onto the wall.

Hold the paper and then flip the plate face down. Cut off the corners 1/8 inch off from the plate. Wrap the paper above the plate and then tape it on.

Cut out the switch or receptacle holes with a razor. Make Xs at the screw holes. Screw back the plates on the wall.