We’ve all seen the results of wallpapering gone awry: mismatched- or just plain wrong patterns, uneven lines, or wallpaper that doesn’t quite make it all the way to the end of the wall. Yikes! If you’re a homeowner planning to use wallpaper to decorate your home, you want to ensure that your wallpaper installation is as perfect as a professional’s. Here are some tips that can help:
Consult a professional. This isn’t cheating! Find a business that specializes in wallpapering and start asking questions. They love what they do and enjoy helping homeowners make wallpapering choices that fit their vision. It may seem simple but depending on a room’s shape, dimensions, existing color scheme, etc., there are patterns you’ll want to avoid or wallpaper orientations that can enhance your space. Plus, connecting with a vendor before you attempt the work will help facilitate the relationship if you need help fixing something later.
Measure, measure and re-measure. All too often, the excited do-it-yourselfer rushes around, tape measure in hand, measuring the wall space…once. A quick round of mathematics and it’s off to the wallpaper aisle and the check out line. Remember the wallpaper you’ve seen that came up short? Rushed measurements were probably the reason. It’s wise to measure at least twice, or get a second measuring volunteer for confirmation. There are even online wallpaper calculators. Purchase at least 15% extra so your wallpaper installation works out as planned. Extra scraps will be welcome if you need to make future repairs.
Use quality tools. Wallpapering installation is enjoyable, but it’s probably not something you want to do every weekend. If you want the wallpaper to last, invest in quality tools that are sturdy enough to do a professional job. Make sure your walls are clean and use spackle and sandpaper to remove/repair preexisting wall blemishes.You will want a sharp razor knife for clean cuts, a seam roller, smoothing brush, and wallpaper adhesive (if it’s not self-adhering).
Take your time. The more calm, patient, and careful you are, the better results you are going to have with your wallpaper installation.
Wallpapering is not for the faint of heart, but it’s a job that any homeowner can do with the right tools, preparation, and a helpful wallpaper expert to answer questions and offer ideas. Once the wallpaper installation is complete, you can take pride and enjoy the aesthetics of your brand new space.
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