Wallpaper is one of the best choices for decorating a room and adding a touch of color, elegance and beautiful patterns to your walls.

It may seem like a difficult feat, but hanging wallpaper is not nearly as difficult as you would think.

Today, we review how to wallpaper a room – from start to finish.


Measure before purchasing

A huge mistake often made by newbie designers is to trust their instincts on the amount of wallpaper needed, rather than measure and buy the proper amount needed. Before you make any purchase, make sure you know exactly how much wallpaper you will need by measuring the widght and height of your walls.

Then, use some high school math to calculate the surface area (surface area = width x height), which is equal to the amount of wallpaper you need. Buying a little extra is always a safe bet!

Choose and purchase your wallpaper

Now that your measurements are ready, it’s time to window shop for wallpapers. Luckily, we’re in the 21st century, so¬† you don’t need to leave your house to find some great options. Search online for cheap wallpaper options that provide good quality for low cost.

When choosing, take into account the wallpaper colors, texture, and pattern. They can each vary significantly and impact the look of your room.

Prepare the room and walls

Now that your wallpaper has been purchased and is in process of being shipped to your home, it’s the perfect opportunity to prepare your walls for its arrival.

Much like when painting a bedroom, you also need to prepare a room to keep a tidy and organized application process. Wallpapers, depending on the choice you make, may need to be glued on with a strong adhesive that can easily ruin your sofas and sheets. If you are applying glue to the walls, make sure to move or cover any furniture.

Remove any sockets that you don’t want covered by wallpaper, but do so only after turning off the electricity. If necessary, strip off any old wallpaper and smooth any cracks or bumps on the wall.

Adding guidelines on the wall with pencil can also be very helpful, especially if you’re only wallpapering a section of the wall.

Prepare the wallpaper

Once the wallpaper is in your hands, cut the appropriate lengths for each wall. Be careful about cutting them too short – it’s preferable to cut too long as that can be easily fixed later. Apply wallpaper paste to the back of the paper and lift up the wallpaper carefully. (A more detailed guide with images can be found here)

Line it up where the wall and the ceiling meet, perfectly aligning it to the edge of the wallpaper. Press firmly into the wall to secure the wallpaper and flatten it all the way down. Eliminate the wrinkles so the wallpaper lies completely smooth on the wall. A wallpaper brush does wonders in this regard.

Continue hanging wallpaper across the room, but be very detailed about aligning the patterns. Perfectionism is key when working with wallpaper!