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2020 Colour Trends

As quickly as we watch another year go by, we also see colour trends change and give way to a whole host of new hues.

Last year saw the introduction of terracotta themes, olive greens, fiery reds and resplendent coral colours, but what decor colour trends are we likely to see as we head into a new decade? To help you stay ahead of the curve and keep your interiors aesthetics on-trend, we’ve put together a collection of paint that follows our favourite 2020 colour trends.

Natural Sage

Our biggest colour trend for 2020 is, without a doubt, going to be the tropical-yet-tranquil ‘Natural Sage’.

Natural Sage allows homeowners to reconnect with nature as well as each other, ignoring the chaotic cacophony of everyday life and turning your interior into a secluded retreat that’s free from stress. 

With a nod to natural landscapes as well as the environmental impact our technology and consumption is having on both ourselves and the planet, Natural Sage is the obvious choice for those looking to get back to basics in the utmost style. 

So, which other paint colours can you employ that will complement and work in tandem with Natural Sage? 

Calming Colours

While 2019 colour trends ramped up the shocking shades and vivid colours, 2020 will see many interior designs take a much calmer approach. 

Serene colour schemes are in, and at a time where many are worrying about the effects of technology and the feeling that it’s isolating us from one another, a return to natural shades could be welcomed.To combat this digital disillusion, I Love Wallpaper has picked a palette of calmer colours to persuade people to ditch their devices, take a step back and drink in their surroundings. Shades such as ‘Amphibious’, ‘Manhattan Grey’ and ‘White Lace’ perfectly complement Natural Sage, helping to create a calming, harmonious environment.

Peaceful Pastels

If you’re looking for a splash more colour, why not consider pairing Natural Sage with some peaceful pastel shades? 

Pastels provide a fantastic backdrop for bolder interior design additions and accessories. They allow your select pieces to do the talking while your walls do the leg work, providing a relaxing, pleasant space to sit back in and enjoy.We’ve picked out ‘Gentle Haven’, ‘Rosebud’ and ‘Blue Horizon’ as just three of the pastel colours that work amazingly well alongside Natural Sage.

Sonorous Shades

If pastels are a little light and summery for your taste, perhaps you can switch things up and redecorate with some richer colours? 

Using strong, full-bodied shades alongside the tranquil tones of Natural Sage produces some stunning results, creating a lavish interior space that’s laced with warm aesthetics. The ‘Amphibious’, ‘Mocha’ and ‘Teal Topaz’ paints available here at I Love Wallpaper lend themselves to create some truly decadent interior designs.

Additional Wallpaper Ideas

Of course, you don’t just have to stick to paint in order to work our colour trends for 2020 into your home’s interior. 

The nuanced tones of Natural Sage crop up in or complement many of our stunning wallpaper designs too. The likes of our Palma Tropical (pictured), Toile and Wildlife Animal Wallpaper from Lucie Annabel are just a few examples of eye-catching wallpapers that work wonderfully well with Natural Sage.


If you’d like any assistance in picking out shades of paint or wallpaper designs to pair with our 2020 colour trends, simply contact our friendly ILW team! For more amazing tips and advice from the experts, visit our blog page.

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Matching Paint to Wallpaper

Matching paint with your wallpaper can give many image-conscious homeowners a massive headache. After all, you don’t want to spend countless hours deliberating over the perfect wallpaper to have your design undone by mismatching paint, do you? 

Mercifully, the wallpapering wizards and interior experts here at I Love Wallpaper have made things a whole lot easier for you! Many of our stunning wallpapers include some handy suggestions on the perfect paint to accompany your print, meaning that achieving a cohesive style is just a click away. 

However, should you wish to branch out a bit and plump for some bolder colours and different shades of paint, we’ve also compiled some helpful tips on the best paint colours for your wallpaper.  

Consider Your Space

Before you commit to splashing your walls with a new colour, you should really think about the space you have to work with. 

First things first; find some inspiration. The likes of Instagram, Pinterest and home decor magazines are great for picking up pointers, bookmark your favourite interior design ideas or even create a mood board to help you finalise how your room will look and feel.

Lighting is the second thing to take note of; study the levels of natural light, any artificial lighting and how they might affect your paint colour of choice. 

Lastly, it’s a good idea to buy testers before purchasing pots and pots of paint. Perform a colour test on an A4 sheet of paper first with your paint samples, then once you’ve narrowed the colour contenders down, apply the chosen few to your wall; make a note of how they dry and monitor them in different levels of light too. 

Matching Paint to Plain Wallpaper

Despite being more simple in its design, plain wallpaper can often be trickier to pair with paint. Pick the wrong shade and your paint runs the risk of overpowering subtle wallpaper prints, so it’s essential that you compliment and not detract from your interior’s design. 

We recommend picking up on accents in the wallpaper rather than mirroring the predominant colour in question, while you can also choose a paint that pairs well with your furniture and decor accessories too.

How to Choose Colours to Match Your Bold Wallpaper

On the other hand, there’s bold wallpaper. Arguably, there’s a lot more scope when choosing paint to match your bold wallpaper, given the wealth of eye-catching colours and strong prints available. 

There are a few techniques that will help you tackle picking paint to match bold wallpaper; if you’re looking for the wow factor, why not go for the high contrast approach? Art Deco, Animal and Tropical wallpaper prints are all in, with each offering some fantastic colour palettes to play around with. Pairing the vivid pint of our Flamingo Wallpaper (pictured left) with complimenting, contrasting bold navy blue colours and retro furnishings gives your living space an instant impact.

If you prefer a more subtle colour scheme, why not let the bold prints of your wallpaper do the talking? Mixing impactful wallpaper designs with lighter colours creates a high-end finish that isn’t too in-your-face. 

Our Bird & Butterfly, Floral and Leaf wallpaper feature an array of amazing prints that embody this stylistic approach. The eye-catching wallpaper does all the work while delicate whites and soft furnishings work harmoniously with designs such as our Meadow Floral Trail wallpaper

Matching Feature Wallpaper with Paint

Feature wall designs are intended to pull the eye in their direction, but it’s important that you pick a paint that’s going to work in tandem with your feature wallpaper. Damask, Geometric and Retro wallpaper prints are all on-trend feature wall choices that are getting a lot of love at the moment.

Use designs such as the stunning Nova Geometric Wallpaper in Navy & Gold (pictured left) to attract attention for all the right reasons. 

When paired with a subtle paint choice and corresponding furnishings, your feature wall will really be allowed to shine. Which accents from the feature you choose to focus on and repeat in your choice of paint colour and interior design are up to you, but bear in mind how the colours will tie in and work seamlessly with your furniture and accessories. 


If you’d like more help with matching paint to wallpaper or further information on any of the prints featured, please don’t hesitate to contact our I Love Wallpaper team who’d be happy to assist! For more up-to-date advice and essentials, check out our amazing blog section

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Bold Wallpapers for a Daring Bathroom

Long gone are the days where you’d only find boring paper lining a bathroom wall. It’s a room that was often guilty of being neglected, a room that was only visited out of necessity and not styled to be enjoyed. 

These days, people are beginning to appreciate their bathrooms, exploring different interior design options and revelling in discovering new design ideas to make the bathroom a place to relax and unwind. Bold wallpaper designs are bang on-trend at the moment, and there’s plenty of prints out there that can completely transform your bathroom’s aesthetics. Our clued-up I Love Wallpaper team have put together some interior inspiration with our list of unusual bathroom wallpaper designs and daring prints. 

Totally Tropical

Tropical is topical; right now tons of people are choosing to line their bathroom with tropical wallpaper, and it’s easy to see why! 

Designs such as the Lucie Annabel Palma Tropical Wallpaper come in four amazing colours, all of which can’t fail to add a splash of colour and a little of the exotic to your bathroom walls. 

The foliage works fantastically well aside crisp white tiles and softer complementary shades in your bathroom accessories. 

Magnificent Marble

Marble and ceramics are best friends, and matching up the two textures produces stunning results for your bathroom’s aesthetics. 

The opulence of marble and its clean appearance is perfect for pairing with clean white or ultra-modern grey tiling and luxurious linens, mixing together new and old themes.  

Marble wallpaper is also a fantastic way to achieve the positive effects of marbling without the price tag, and those frequenting your washroom will swear it’s the real thing!

The Feature Wall Effect

Feature walls aren’t reserved solely for your front room or bedroom, they’re a fantastic addition to the bathroom too. 

The bathroom often enjoys less space than other rooms in the house, and so papering all four walls can run the risk of looking a little “busy”. If you don’t have much room to play with, a feature wall is an ideal way around this interior obstacle, and a quirky bathroom wallpaper design can really break up the flat colours and neutral tones of your room.

Retro prints and geometric wallpaper are perfect for feature walls, with their bold shapes and vivid colours drawing attention for all the right reasons. You can also use it as a backdrop for furniture or a point of reference to mix and match the colour of your tiles and bathroom accessories.

Bathing in Baroque Style

Nothing says luxury and relaxation quite like incorporating the Baroque style into your bathroom. Sink back, take in your surroundings and you’d swear you were in a Roman bath or drinking in the ornate designs of seventeenth-century art and architecture. 

This bold style is perfect for those who like the finer things in life, and there’s no better way to complete a statement bathroom than lavishing your interior with some luxurious prints. 

Our Barocco Flowers Wallpaper is a stunning design that is sure to set off your high-end bathroom fixtures and provide the finishing touches with a plush bathroom print.

Let the Outside In

Introducing elements of nature and inspiration from the great outdoors is a great way to freshen up your bathroom, creating a clear, calm and airy aesthetic. 

Bird & butterfly prints and floral wallpaper are just two styles you can explore in order to incorporate an eye-catching, natural style into your bathroom. 

Papers such as our Tropicana Floral Leaf Wallpaper work brilliantly alongside tiles or wooden panels, and they’re a great way to tie in indoor planting and vibrant colour palettes too. 

Before You Go…

Ahead of setting about papering your chosen wallpaper style, it’s important that you consider the humidity of your bathroom. 

If conditions are too humid, the wallpaper may bubble or peel; you can combat this by investing in a specialist bathroom wallpaper that is washable and able to withstand moisture. If the wallpaper is not ready-made this way, coating your wallpaper with decorators varnish will seal the paper and allow for easy cleaning and protection against humidity. 


If you’d like more information on any of the wallpapers featured, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team who’ll be happy to help! For more interior design advice and inspiration, check out our blog page

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Meet the London Collection

Say hello to the brand new London Collection. This exclusive collection is made up of five unique designs. The London Trellis, Greek Key, Stripe, Hex and Damask. These wallpapers are a great addition to I Love Wallpapers Exclusive Lines, and add the most luxurious touch to your home.

The London Trellis Wallpaper is inspired by an old classic. The Trellis design became popular in the mid-19th century and to this day Trellis designs are at the forefront of interior design trends. Trellis patterns are a great addition to any space, and are enjoying a style moment right now.

The London Greek Key Wallpaper is a contemporary design that will add nothing but style, sophistication and superior class to your home. This legendary pattern has been found on Aztec sculptures and Peruvian crafts in South America, as well as in ancient Chinese architecture. 

The most monumental origins of this pattern is of course from ancient Greece and still boldly impacts interior design to this day. I Love Wallpaper have created their own, up-to-date version, coated in metallic and embossed with glitter to enhance every aspect of this high-end design.

The London Stripe Wallpaper is timeless, adding luxury and class to your home. For hundreds of years stripes have been used throughout fashion, and hence feature regularly in interior design.

The London Stripe elongates your walls, exploring new heights of texture, sparkle and high lustre design. The finished look adds a fashionable touch to a much-loved wallpaper pattern.

The London Hex Wallpaper is a stunning geometric design that combines a bold pattern with opulence. Geometric designs are the perfect feature, creating an eye-catching focal point within your home.

The Hex pattern is so unique that it will bring a modern and tasteful look to any space. The reflective metallic background adds extra sparkle, making it an interior lovers must.

The London Damask Wallpaper is an enduring floral design. It’s highly unlikely Damask wallpaper will ever go out of fashion, as it is such a distinguished print and has been admired for over a century.

The London Damask wallpaper offers a classic pattern with a contemporary twist, the mixed glitter and metallic background provides effortless glamour.

The London Collection contains four beautiful colourways. Silver, Gold, Pewter and White. These graceful tones reflect superbly and glisten beautifully when direct light hits their surface. These wallpapers combine the perfect blend of texture with a silky smooth finish.

This desirable collection meets a whole new world of glamour. There is definitely a design for everyone in The London Collection. Shop the full range here.

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Essentials You Need To Hang Wallpaper

Whether you’ve hung wallpaper before or you’re completely new to it, we can all take a refresher on the wallpapering essentials. Here at I Love Wallpaper we’ve put together a handy list of tool needed for hanging wallpaper successfully so that you can update your home in no time. 

Once you’ve chosen your preferred wallpaper and the wall you want to put it, it can be easy to jump straight in and get to work installing it. But to avoid many common wallpapering mistakes, it’s a good idea to have everything prepared and ready to use as part of your wallpapering essentials kit. Investing in good quality wallpapering equipment will be a cost effective decorating strategy in the long run, and can also ensure great results! 

Tools Needed For Hanging Wallpaper 

  • Paper-hanging scissors with long blades
  • Wallpaper or pasting table
  • Lining paper (if required)
  • Plumb line measuring tool (and chalk/pencil)
  • Wallpaper adhesive (paste)
  • Wall sealer (if required) 
  • Application brush
  • Seam roller
  • Wallpaper brush
  • Combination smoother/cutter
  • Step ladders (if required)

You may only need lining paper and wall sealer in your kit if you’re working with old walls with lumps and bumps, so these can be eliminated for your wallpaper essentials kit if they aren’t applicable to the area you’re working on. 

Have everything you need to hang wallpaper ready to go and within easy reach as a way to make the process easier for yourself. Work in a well ventilated room and if hanging wallpaper in trickier spots such as a stairwell, get an extra pair of hands to offer support when working at height to ensure safety when decorating.

Another factor to consider when gathering your wallpapering essentials is how many rolls of wallpaper you’ll need to cover the designated walls – there’s nothing worse than having to leave a job half done! Use our handy Wallpaper Calculator as a way to find out how much wallpaper you will need to cover a wall or room.
Choose your favourite wallpaper from I Love Wallpaper and visit our Tools & DIY department to get everything you need to hang wallpaper! For tips and tricks, be sure to check out our blog

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How To Wallpaper Around Corners & Obstacles

We’ve previously covered the basics when it comes to how to hang wallpaper successfully, including everything you need to get started and a step-by-step guide on how to hang wallpaper to change the look of a room. So, today at I Love Wallpaper we’re offering advice on how to tackle those tricky wallpaper application situations to help you achieve the perfect wallpapered wall. 

Sometimes wallpapering is not as straight-forward as we’d like it to be! It’s very likely that you will encounter obstacles when hanging wallpaper, so we’re addressing the best way to overcome the most common wallpaper issues in order for you to do the best job possible.

Featuring our popular Camden Trellis wallpaper.

How to install wallpaper behind fixed radiators

Wallpapering a wall with a fixed radiator may appear to be a daunting task to those who haven’t done it before, but in reality, the answer to how to install wallpaper behind fixed radiators is simple. If possible, we would recommend removing the cool radiator from the wall completely to allow you to gain access behind and underneath it. If you cannot remove the radiator, make sure that you have a pencil, scissors and a radiator roller to hand. 

In cases where you can’t remove the radiator, then measure and make a note of the position of the brackets and measure from the top of the radiator up to the ceiling, and from the bottom to the skirting board. 

Next, paste the wallpaper and hang from the top of the wall as normal but only brushing downwards until the top of the radiator, allowing the rest of the paper to rest against the front. 

Use scissors to cut a vertical slit from the bottom of the paper to the placement of the radiator brackets, then drop the paper down the back of the radiator, either side of the wall brackets. 

Take the radiator roller and smooth down the wallpaper behind it before trimming the bottom edge to meet the skirting.

How to hang wallpaper in corners

Another obstacle you might face if you’re covering a whole room is how to hang wallpaper around corners, or inside corners. The approach to this will differ for thicker wallpapers, as the overlap will need to be larger. 

How to hang wallpaper on inside corners:

  • Measure the last length of wallpaper that you will need and add an extra 1-2cm in width before cutting, and hang the wallpaper from the ceiling as you did with the other strips.
  • Press the wallpaper into the corner using a brush or spatula, and press the overlap onto the next wall to form the overlap which can be covered by the next piece.

How to hang wallpaper on outer corners: 

  • Measure your length of wallpaper, as usual, allowing an extra 1-2cm for the overlap.
  • Cut and apply the paste the wallpaper, and meet the edges of the last piece on the wall.
  • Wrap around the external corner, smoothing as you go to avoid air bubbles forming.
  • Add your next piece of wallpaper to the other side of the wall to create a smooth edge. 

How to wallpaper around windows

Finally, let’s look at how to wallpaper around windows. Hanging wallpaper around windows will require more a more careful approach and will take a bit more time to get right. 

  • Start at one side of the window and have scissors to hand in order to make cuts when necessary to allow for the windowsill. Apply the full-length wallpaper from the ceiling, allowing the correct amount of wallpaper to overlap in order to meet the window itself.
  • Use a dry wallpaper brush or your finger, gently push the overlapping paper to form a right angle, so that there is an outline of the windowsill and wall. 
  • Take the scissors and make a diagonal cut down to the corner, top and bottom of the window, where the windowsill and wall meet.
  • Next, push the paper flap around the corner into the window reveal. Trim the excess wallpaper from around the window sill area and use the dry brush again to smooth the edge down. 

If you prefer a visual guide, there are many useful online tutorials on how to wallpaper around windows, light switches and plug sockets to guide you in your DIY wallpapering endeavours. We hope that we’ve helped to advise you on how to wallpaper around corners and other obstacles you may face when decorating – now all that is left to do is transform your home!  

You’ll find a range of helpful troubleshooting articles on the I Love Wallpaper blog, so choose your favourite wallpaper, application tools and get ready to bring life to your walls! 

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Alternative Ways To Use Wallpaper In Your Home

It can be difficult to come up with new and exciting interior design ideas, especially in a world where social media is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, and snapping everything becomes part of your daily ritual. Scouring the internet for an idea that isn’t already trending can be quite the task. That is why I Love Wallpaper have come up with some new innovative ideas of alternative ways to use wallpaper in your home that will put your creativity to the test.

Add Style to your Stairs

Green Wallpaper Designs by I Love Wallpaper

At first glance, the staircase can be quite a boring interior project, but thinking about alternative ways to use wallpaper, the stairs in your home can be a whole place to realise your interior design dreams! If you have a wooden staircase, why not brighten up the staircase itself with a variety of wallpaper designs? This wacky and wonderful idea might just be the creative spark you’ve been missing throughout your home.

However, it is important especially if you are getting super creative and mix-matching your prints with your interior design idea, to keep to a strict colour pallet. On this staircase a mixture of calm colours have been used to compliment the wooden aspect. The Tropicana Wallpaper in Ivory adds an airy flow, while the Morocco Trellis Wallpaper compliments those beautiful green tones. We think this range of natural colours work well together for an unexpected but attractive way to use wallpaper creatively.

Shop all of our green wallpaper designs here.

A Showstopper Ceiling


Filigree Geometric Wallpaper Navy, Gold

Wallpapering your ceiling brings a lot of interest to an area that usually doesn’t have any sort of design or decoration. If done correctly, it can create a dynamic look that explores a whole new level of interior design.

Without a doubt, adding a patterned wallpaper to your ceiling is a very daring move. A few important factors to consider are the lighting, size and colours in the desired room. We suggest keeping to one solid colour on the walls to match the wallpaper is a more appropriate way of styling it. We have chosen cool blues for the walls for a classic geometric wallpaper ceiling look to match the Filigree Geometric Wallpaper in Navy and Gold.

Shop the geometric wallpaper here.

Cover up your cupboard

Navy Wallpaper Designs by I Love Wallpaper

Up-cycling furniture has become an ever changing interior trend, and recently its popularity has hit new heights. Up-cycling can make room for alternative ways to use wallpaper and really add extra dimension to a project. If you’ve got an old chest of drawers, or cupboard that’s on its way out, then it’s time to get handy with some D.I.Y! This is not only a fantastic way to revamp old furniture, but the result is amazing and you’re left with your very own bespoke piece.

Mix and match your favourite navy designs to create a new contemporary and chic set of drawers.

Shop our navy wallpaper designs here.

A well-dressed wardrobe

Tropicana Wallpaper Ivory, Green

A plain wooden wardrobe can fade into the background in a bedroom. Transforming your wardrobe with a roll of wallpaper could just be the answer to turn it into a stylish feature and update your room without redecorating the whole space. Add a splash of paint and go all out with your choice.

A pop of colour and a contrasting design works wonderfully to bring a dull piece to life. A bold, tropical design such as the Tropicana Wallpaper is just the right amount of vibrance to do so.

Shop the tropical wallpaper here.

Bookshelf envy

Cubic Shimmer Wallpaper Grey, Copper

A bookcase is an essential household piece, it tells a thousand stories and can be turned into a storage haven for all your little knick-knacks. We suggest transforming your traditional bookcase to a more contemporary design to fit your style.

Dress up your bookshelf and create an iconic stand out piece in your home. A geometric print will really add dimension to the background of the bookcase, bringing it to life.

Shop the Cubic Shimmer Metallic wallpaper here.

We hope that you can take some summer time inspiration from our suggestions on alternative ways to use wallpaper in your home. Browse the complete wallpaper range here at I Love Wallpaper to find various patterns, finishes and styles to suit your preferences today!

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How to Install Patterned Wallpaper

No matter your personal interior design style, patterned wallpaper is a solid choice among many of us looking to spruce up our homes. It can provide the perfect focal point when used on a feature wall and add personality to a room. Installing pattern repeat wallpaper will take extra planning and precision than plain wallpaper, but don’t worry because I Love Wallpaper are on hand to provide top tips on how to install patterned wallpaper for a perfect finish!

Before you get going with wallpapering, check that you have everything you need to apply wallpaper effectively by checking our blog on how to hang wallpaper and visit our range of wallpaper tools to fill any gaps in your kit.

How to install patterned wallpaper

Did you know that there are several styles of wallpaper patterns, with some being more difficult to match up correctly than others? All types of patterned wallpaper will require careful attention to detail and patience, but some are more tricky than the others to get right!

The three main styles of patterned wallpaper include:

Random pattern match wallpaper – One of the easiest types of wallpaper to hang as you don’t need to worry about matching the pattern up. An example of random pattern match wallpaper is striped wallpaper.

Straight across match wallpaper – This type of wallpaper will start its pattern at the ceiling line, so the pattern will have to match the strips, resulting in slightly more planning when cutting.

Drop match wallpaper – As a more complex design, drop match wallpaper will need to be aligned accurately to show the pattern both horizontally and vertically. There is half-drop match wallpaper and multiple drop match wallpaper which may result in wastage as you try to repeat the pattern perfectly. An example of this style would be paisley wallpaper.

Our top tips on installing pattern repeat wallpaper:

  • Make sure that all wall surfaces are smooth and primed as any bumps or debris can distort patterned wallpaper
  • Allow additional paper when measuring and cutting the paper to allow for pattern matching (this may result in wasted paper, so it’s a good idea to purchase an extra roll, just in case)
  • Use a plumb-line to create a line on the wall to ensure a straight application
  • Have a complete motif or design print at the top of the panel of a bold wallpaper
  • Mark the back of the panels with an arrow in pencil so you don’t accidentally hang the patterned wallpaper upside down
  • Start installing bold pattern repeat wallpaper from the middle of the room if you’re wallpapering a complete room, i.e chimney breast
  • If you’re a beginner to installing pattern repeat wallpaper, start with simpler patterns with random match wallpaper, or hire a specialist to hang more complex patterned wallpaper

How to hang mural wallpaper

Mural wallpaper is a brilliant choice for children’s bedrooms. Whether it’s a cityscape skyline or a tropical rainforest with an array of playful animals hanging from the trees, a mural wallpaper can really bring a plain wall to life. To make this easier, it is recommended that two people install mural wallpaper and that you lay out the mural panels before applying to the wall to make sure the order is correct. You can number the panels on the back for ease and make guidelines on the wall. It’s possible to buy peel and stick mural wallpaper, or mural wallpaper that requires paste – it’ll be down to your choice of design. Always follow instructions or an online tutorial to achieve the best results for your wall mural.

So if you’re looking to switch it up in your home next season and wondering how to install mural wallpaper or you plan on installing pattern repeat wallpaper, we hope that you find our tips helpful.

Here at I Love Wallpaper we offer a whole host of stunning patterned wallpaper to choose from, so browse our geometric, damask and city wallpaper, plus many more styles, online today!

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How to Hang Wallpaper

If you’re planning to refresh your home this summer with a spot of redecoration, it can be a daunting task knowing where to begin. Whether you’re hoping to update your lounge, dining room or bedroom, wallpaper can help transform the room and give it an entirely different feel! Today at I Love Wallpaper we’re guiding you on how to hang wallpaper successfully so that you can treat your unloved walls to a brand new lease of life with your new favourite wallpaper.

Getting started

Before heading straight into it, it’s wise to prepare the space you’re planning to decorate and ensure that you have the right things you need to wallpaper your walls. Whether you’re aiming to create a feature wall on a chimney breast or hoping to wallpaper an entire room, you’ll need the same kit of wallpapering essentials to ensure a smooth application and brilliant end result.

In the list of items below, we have presumed that the wall is ready for papering with the previous wallpaper stripped and the wall primed and free from residual old paste.

What you’ll need to wallpaper a wall:

  • Paper-hanging scissors with long blades
  • Wallpaper or pasting table
  • Plumb line (and chalk/pencil)
  • Wallpaper adhesive (paste)
  • Paste brush or roller
  • Seam roller
  • Wallpaper brush
  • Combination smoother/cutter
  • Ladders (if required)
  • Wallpaper of your choice – calculate how many rolls you’ll need beforehand by measuring the wall/s, as there is nothing worse than running out of wallpaper!

How to hang wallpaper

To make sure that your wallpaper lengths are applied straight, take the plumb line and chalk/pencil and draw a vertical line down the wall. If you’re hanging patterned wallpaper, we suggest starting at the windows or at the chimney breast and working outwards around the room.

Step 1: The first step will be to measure the height of your wall and add roughly 10cm extra to allow for trimming before using wallpaper scissors with long blades to cut the first strip ready to paste. You can use this first strip to then measure the second strip, and if your wallpaper has a pattern, match the two strips side by side to ensure you’ll be able to line them up so the pattern is continuous.

Step 2: Follow the instructions and mix your chosen wallpaper adhesive in a bucket or roller tray, depending on whether you plan to use a pasting brush or a roller to apply the paste (in this case, we’ll presume you’re using a brush).

Step 3: You’ll want to lay the first strip of wallpaper face down onto the pasting table and using the wallpaper brush, apply the paste in upwards and outwards movements, covering the entire side of the paper.

Step 4: From one end of the strip, fold towards the centre of the length. This concertina style folding will help when it comes to placing onto the wall, dropping out the folds and aligning the wallpaper to meet the previously drawn chalk line on the wall for a straight fit.

Step 5: Once you’ve positioned the first strip of wallpaper, leaving edges at the top and bottom, use the smoother to meet the edges and smooth out any bubbles. Using the smooth brush bristles, tap along the edges where the paper meets the ceiling and skirting boards.

Step 6: Score a line using scissors along the edges before following the scored line to trim the excess paper and smoothing the wallpaper back into place.  

Repeat these steps until your wall or room is complete!

We hope that you’ve found our first guide on how to hang wallpaper useful. Next up, we’ll be discussing how to handle those pesky obstacles, such as how to install wallpaper behind fixed radiators and how to hang wallpaper around windows.

Browse the stylish ranges of wallpaper available online at I Love Wallpaper for on-trend interior design inspiration for your home, and for perfect application, get your kit ready to go with our collection of professional standard tools!  

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How To Embrace The Colour Of The Year: Coral

Every year there is a colour that sweeps the interior design world up in its magic and 2019 is certainly no different. Whether you choose to adopt the popular colour wholeheartedly by decorating walls with it or prefer to let it influence your accent colours in the home, you’re bound to embrace its inspiration. Today at I Love Wallpaper we’re celebrating the official Pantone Colour of The Year – Living Coral and showing you how to incorporate this attractive shade into your home with coral paint colours and wallpapers.

Why Choose Coral?

According to the official Pantone description, Living Coral is ‘an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.’ It’s a lively shade that derives from the natural coral reefs beneath the sea, making it an appealing colour to choose when redecorating your home.

How To Bring Coral Into Your Home

Coral is a wonderfully versatile shade which could work wonderfully in any number of rooms in the home. It has the power to lighten up dark rooms during the winter months, and reflect the summer season perfectly! Brighten up a living room or dining room with a modern coral inspired painted wall using Johnstone’s Colour Vibe in Strawberry Daiquiri. The pinky toned coral paint can highlight a chimney breast or a window wall as a simple way to make an on-trend interior design statement.

From coral paint to coral wallpaper teamed with other complementary shades, a feature wall that includes this hue will ensure your home is keeping up to date with the latest interior design wallpaper trends. Coral can be teamed with a variety of other colours to create an attractive colour palette for a room. With a light coral and gold wallpaper in the bedroom, you can enjoy a luxurious look, whilst a coral and green combination gives real tropical vibes. However you choose to embrace the coral colour trend, it’ll give your home a stylish boost!

A Warm Colour Palette

A similar warm tone to coral is the more muted and mature Dulux Colour of 2019 – Spiced Honey. The light caramel shade is a lovely neutral hue that could add warmth to any plain wall, and promises a calming effect, making it an ideal shade for a living room. Providing the perfect backdrop to other rich colours, a wall spruced up with a spiced honey inspired shade will certainly fit into popular interior design trends for this year.

The rustic, bohemian interior design trend that we’re seeing lately can be easily achieved with plenty of natural fibre soft furnishings, leafy plants and a muted caramel painted wall in Johnstone’s Burnt Sugar. The caramel paint is also a great alternative shade for a teenage girl bedroom idea where more classic pink and purple shades aren’t welcome!

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Are you embracing the official 2019 colours as part of your interior design plans? If you’re looking to give your home decor a refresh, be sure to take a look at the fabulous range of wallpaper and paint here at I Love Wallpaper for an amazing range of choice.

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