Pro Tips For Wallpaper First-Timers

 

So you've decided to plunge into the realm of wallpaper. You've never done anything like this before. You've seen how great it looks on Instagram. You may say to yourself, "I'd want a touch of that wallpaper magic to alter my tired old place." However, as a rookie, you have no idea what you don't know. We're here to impart some wisdom that will make your first foray into the realm of wallpaper a little less difficult. Take a moment to get some insights into how to pull of your dream wallpaper designs with our pro tips below. 

 

HOW MUCH DO I ORDER?

 

It is important to consider the quantity. It is imperative that you order the correct quantity of rolls all at once, as ordering at different times may result in colour complications. For instance, if you order wallpaper and then find you need another roll, it is difficult to ensure that it's from the same batch as your previous purchase and you may find that the newer wallpaper won't match exactly to the wallpaper that you've already applied to the wall. So before we go any further let's get those quantities dialled.

 

Using the wallpaper calculator on each of our product pages, you can order the correct amount of wallpaper. Estimating based on size or square footage is not the best idea. For example, if you are calculating by estimation and you are thinking your wall is 8 feet tall and 5 feet broad that a 33-foot-long, 2-foot-wide roll should suffice you are going to come unstuck (pun intended) quite quickly. 

 

The issue here is that there are certain factors that you have not considered. To begin, you'll need to overlap the edges of the ceiling and wall by about an inch to get clean cuts. At the end of the wall, there will be a little gap. In addition, you must consider that the design's pattern may have a repeat. The Pattern Repeat specifies how far down the roll the wallpaper design repeats. You must match the pattern of the painting as you match the wallpaper from drop to drop. For some designs, this might result in a loss of up to 6 feet of wallpaper every drop. Other patterns with small details may only have 6 inches of waste.

 

It is important that you don’t forget to input the design's Pattern Repeat. This will be set to 1 in the calculator. The design's Pattern Repeat can be found a little lower down the product page, where you'll also discover further information. Free Match designs on the other hand are those that don't have a repeating pattern and are a little easier to calculate as you don't have to match the wallpaper pattern to the wallpaper strip on the left and right. The majority of plain, stripes or wood designs are Free Match.

 

Now you should be ready to get calculating by simply using our wallpaper calculator on our website. However, if you’re still unsure please feel free to call us or hop onto our online chat for a bit of extra support, we are always happy to help.

 

IS THIS WALLPAPER REMOVABLE?

 

Long story short, Yes. Although we do not sell peel and stick wallpaper. In our experience and opinion peel and stick is much harder to install and can cause issues if installed incorrectly as you must peel it back and try again and again to get it to lay right, incurring a higher risk of air bubbles and creases occurring. Our paste-the-wall nonwoven paper is designed to be easy and forgiving for the user. As the paste doesn't dry immediately, you can push the paper into place and smooth down any air bubbles. It can also be removed with ease and assurance. Unlike the days of old, when you had to scrape stubborn pieces of wallpaper off your walls and destroy them. You can now peel the wallpaper off, either dry or wet. Although it is important to note that preparation is key. To get the 411 on how to prepare your surface for wallpaper read our blog post outlining the best methods here. You can also find more information on wallpaper removal here. 

SO WHAT ABOUT WALLPAPER PASTE & OTHER TOOLS?

 

Here at Eurowalls we sell beautifully designed and luxurious wallpaper that is not self-adhesive in the same way as peel-and-stick wallpaper is. We also don't sell paste, for that you’ll need to do a little trip to your local hardware store to get supplies. There are many solutions that work with our wallpapers such as powders that can be blended with water and pre-mixed pastes. Apply the paste to the wall with a roller brush and a fine brush for the corners and edges, just as you would with paint. Only paste the portion of the wall that will be used for the strip as pasting the entire wall could get messy and the solution can dry before you have a chance to apply your wallpaper. We recommend you apply a primer to your wall before wallpapering as it will help to seal things, preventing the paste from soaking into the wall and leaving extra paste for your wallpaper to adhere effectively. The more paste the merrier in our humble opinion, any surplus will be pushed out the edges and can be wiped away.

 

A levelling tool and a pencil, in addition to the paste, will be required to mark the wall and draw a plumb line in order to get your first strip of wallpaper perfectly straight. Don't rely on your walls or ceiling being absolutely straight; they virtually never are. For the paste, you'll also need a roller brush and a fine brush. A smoothing tool is also beneficial, however we have heard of people using rulers or even credit cards, so you can get creative here. Wipe away any excess paste with a moist towel. Finally, protect your flooring with plastic or newspaper to prevent and dripping of paste damaging your floors.

 

FAQ

 

Does your wallpaper have a physical texture?

Some do, on the product page there will be an indication of whether the paper is textured of non textured. Most of our wallpaper is printed on flat paper.Primarily you will se texture in our flocked, glass beaded and grasscloth wallcoverings. 

 

Is it a problem that my walls have texture? 

This is really depends on the individual situation. Ask yourself, what is the depth of the texture? Is it fine, or are you looking at something with more depth? Generally, wallpaper will do fine over texture but if it’s more than an a little, the texture will likely show through the wallpaper although with designs like bricks or concrete, it may even been advantageous.

 

Is the wallpaper resistant to water? 

Unfortunately not. Our wallpaper is appropriate for powder rooms, but if water is splashed on the wallpaper, we recommend a fast wipe down. Otherwise, any standing water will soak through the paste, weakening it.

 

Do I deduct the size of my windows and doors from my measurements? 

Please don’t. Simply treat the entire wall as if it were one. The reason for this is that when you proceed across windows and over doorways, you'll want to mimic the pattern of the design. If you remove these obstacles from your wallpaper calculations there will be wallpaper wasted due to the pattern repeat, and you may run out of options. Always take a full height and breadth measurement to be safe.