Line a room with background and you’ve got instant decoration. From blah to bold within a matter of hours, paper could push boundaries beyond what paint can do. It enlivens walls with stripes or patterns or your choice. And as a bonus, it pushes minor imperfections in plaster and drywall, too.

However, as frequently as homeowners try to hang themselves, they seldom get it right, cursing their peeling seams and mismatched patterns–it is enough to drive you up a wallsocket. Enter John Gregoras, a pro paper hanger from Somers, New York, with nearly two years‘ experience. And, boy, did we learn a lot – everything from the way he intends the design to how he lines up the last seam. With this type of insider know-how, papering only got a great deal simpler.

Best Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Layout is the secret when you are learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the sequence where the newspaper goes up guarantees that your pattern will remain well-matched and look straight. John Gregoras recommends functioning in one direction around the space to keep the pattern consistent.

But no matter how good your strategy, the pattern between the first and final strip will rarely match up. For that reason, Gregoras always begins his job behind a door, papering out from the corner till he reaches the distance over the doorway — at the least conspicuous place in the room.

Frequently, the last strip of paper onto a wall isn’t a full sheet. Another wallpapering tip Gregoras uses would be to constantly paper the corners with broken sheets.

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Apply Wallpaper Paste

Paint the entire room with a wall mounted primer/sizer.

Unroll the wallpaper. As you do, check out defects and haul the paper against the border of your worktable to take away the curl.

Cut the paper into sheets 4 inches longer than the height of your walls. Cut at precisely the exact same region on the replicate so patterns on adjacent sheets will line up.

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 newspaper.

Suggestion: Don’t allow paste to get on the table or it will mar another sheet (wash it off with a barely damp sponge when it does). Slide the paper all the way into the edge of the table to use paste to the ends and edges.

Book the Paper

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

Place the paper apart to permit the glue to soak in and the paper to unwind. Be sure to adhere to the exact booking time recommended on the wallpaper’s label, which differs depending on its material (more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Start at a corner near a door. If the doorway is nowhere near the corner, draw a reference line parallel to the doorway near the corner.

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

Unfold the bottom of the novel and let it hang. Check the measurement between the paper and the door casing or benchmark line. Adjust the paper to keep it parallel to the door but still overlapping at least ⅛ inch at the corner.

Tuck and Reduce the Paper

When the sheet is aligned, use the edge of a newspaper simpler to tuck the paper to the corner at the ceiling. Then, working from the top down, sweep the smoother within the entire sheet. (Don’t press so hard that you push out glue.)

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

Continue Papering

On the adjoining wall, draw a plumb line (if there’s no door or door ).

Hang a strip in the corner. Overlap the present piece on the adjacent wall by 1/8 inch. Quantify to the plumb line and correct the paper to maintain the distance equivalent. Smooth the newspaper. Lean in the ceiling and trim the corner.

Hang the next strip of paper. Unfold the top of the book and place it at the wall. Match the pattern as tightly as you can, leaving only a hair’s width between the sheets.

Suggestion: Push out air bubbles by sweeping the paper smoother from the center out to the edges. Wipe off paste on the surface with a sponge.

Close the Seams

Lightly press on the surface of the paper into the wall. Then gently roll the seam with a seam roller to flatten down the borders.

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and then finish matching and closing the seam. Then tightly roll down the entire seam, working a full 3 inches in from the border.

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

Suggestion: If the reserved end of the strip begins to dry out until you hang it, wipe the wall with a moist sponge. This may remoisten the glue when you hang on the paper.

Cut in Around Moldings

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

Together with the razor, make a relief cut in the paper. Carefully run the razor from the molding corner out to the border of the paper. Utilize the molding for a guide.

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

Tip: Mistakes are inevitable once you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Hide small cutting mistakes on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white border of the paper using a mark that matches the paper. Some pros even color all the paper’s borders so seams are not as evident should the paper shrink as it dries.

Cover Switch

Paper the cover plates of electrical fixtures to make them vanish. Cut a piece of wallpaper bigger than the plate. Cut from the part of the pattern which matches the paper on the wall round the switch.

Hold them both on the wall and adjust the paper to match the pattern on the wall.

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

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