The experts at Graham & Brown offer their advice
There are two types of wallpaper application: traditional paste-the-paper, and the innovative paste-the-wall. We’d always recommend using the paste-the-wall variety as it uses a special backing paper that doesn't expand when it gets wet. As you don't need to soak the wallpaper, the paste can be applied directly to the wall, saving you valuable time. Plus, it’s easy to remove - if you fancy a change all you have to do is lift a corner and peel upwards.
Here's how to get perfect results every time:
- Ensure all surfaces are clear of dust and imperfections, fill and smooth any holes in the plaster. Use a plumb line (basically a piece of string with a weight on it) and pencil to draw a straight vertical line which you will hang the first strip of wallpaper to.
- Apply the paste to the wall ideally with a roller, but be careful to use a brush around the edges to keep them neat. Paste one section at a time (the paste is visible so it will be easy to see where you have been) and make sure that you allow a greater width of paste on the wall than the width of the wallpaper.
- Hang the wallpaper dry from the roll, smooth the wallpaper down with a sponge and cut off the excess paper with a craft knife or with a pair of wallpaper scissors. Because the paper is dry it is easier to cut.
- Line up the next sheet of paper and slide it into place (be sure to match the pattern correctly) then smooth the paper down again. Remove any paste from the surface of the wallpaper with a damp sponge.
- To work around sockets and switches firstly make sure that they are turned off at the mains - you don’t want any nasty shocks! Then hang the wallpaper over the fittings and cut diagonals in the paper that’s covering the sockets and trim off the excess. Likewise, if you need to manoeuvre the paper around windows and corners as well, don’t panic, just fold the wallpaper into the window frames and corners and cut the excess paper off again. To finish smarten up the edges by removing any waste adhesive with a damp sponge.