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Are wallpapers washable?

The, perhaps surprising answer, is yes many wallpapers are washable, and even as good as  waterproof. If you’ve ever noticed wavy lines on your wallpaper packaging, or indeed seen the descriptions on every one of our product descriptions, and wondered what they mean, it’s all to do with just how washable that wallpaper is. Here’s our handy guide to explain it further:

Spongeable
Washable
Extra washable
Scrubbable

SPONGEABLE WALLPAPER


Spongeable – Shimmer Tree Wallpaper Soft Grey Silver £12/roll

Spongeable wallpaper can be cleaned using a slightly damp sponge, with no chemicals, delicately applied to marks to remove them. While this will clear the majority of accidental spillages or knocks, this style of wallpaper maybe isn’t one to put in easy reach of toddlers and paint! It’s also a good idea to avoid rooms in your home that have taps, such as bathroom or kitchens, due to the high humidity levels.

WASHABLE WALLPAPER

Washable – Milan Metallic Wallpaper Charcoal Gold £20/roll

While we’d avoid full-on soakings to remove stains, a sponge is perfect to remove marks from washable vinyl wallpaper products. When it comes to cleaning washable wallpapers, you can be a little more robust than with the more delicate spongeable options. As with all wipeable wallpaper options, avoid scrubbing vigorously as rips and tears can still occur, and chemical cleaners are a no-no to avoid ruining the colours. 

EXTRA WASHABLE WALLPAPER

Extra washable – Cleo Geometric Teal £17/roll

Able to stand damp environments, these papers are a fantastic choice for most rooms and withstand cleaning capable of removing most common water-based stains or marks.  Looking for washable kitchen wallpaper or even washable bathroom wallpaper? These are great options! We wouldn’t recommend putting them directly around sinks or showers, although they can withstand direct exposure to small amounts of water with no fuss. 

SCRUBBABLE WALLPAPER


Scrubbable – Paradise Floral Wallpaper Black, Pink £16/roll

The peak of wallpaper washability! Scrubbable wallpaper is a great choice for high-traffic areas, such as waterproof wallpaper for bathroom walls, or any room in the house marks and dirt are more likely (we’re looking at you kitchen, hallways and kid’s playroom!) You can use a soft brush and mild detergent to help rid yourself of stains from these wallpapers, but it’s worth noting we’d still only employ mild pressure – damage can still occur if inappropriate force is used.

There you have it, a handy guide to just how washable wallpaper can be – to discover every style included in these different groups search for them on our website or take a look at our washable collection.

Advice Decorating

How to Avoid Decor Regrets

Renovating or redecorating your living space can be a lot of fun; it’s a chance to freshen things up in your home’s interior or put your own personal stamp on somebody else’s style. However, it’s not without its risks. 

Along the way to achieving the ideal aesthetics for your interior, you’ll find that there are plenty of decor regrets you’ll want to avoid. From the time-consuming to the costly, the learning curve when redecorating can be a steep one, so it pays to have your wits about you be aware of the mistakes you won’t want to make.

Of course, our I Love Wallpaper team are dab hands with DIY and redecorating, so to help you, we’ve put together some essential information on common mistakes and how to avoid decor regrets. 

Picking the Wrong Paint and Wallpaper

With so many patterns and colours of wallpaper available as well as different shades of paint, deciding on and picking the right hue for your room is no simple task. Making the wrong decision on either of these aspects of interior design are among the most common mistakes made, and if you haven’t done so yourself, you’ll most likely know somebody that has! Of course, we covered plenty of these in our Filtered Homes feature

A wealth of choice isn’t always a good thing, and it can wind up with you feeling overwhelmed, second-guessing and picking the wrong tones or prints for the room in question. What’s more, once on your walls, wallpaper or paint can look very different from how it does in the roll or tin. These misleading changes can occur through factors such as the size and shape of the room, as well as how both artificial and natural light affects it. 

To avoid making such mistakes, it’s integral that you fully consider the space at your disposal as well as your overall objective regarding how you want the room to look. Factor in corners and recesses in the room, as well as artificial light and whether you’re using warm or cool coloured lightbulbs. Perhaps most importantly though, you should make note of the natural light and where it falls at different times of the day. Make sure to take some time to sit in the room on the morning, afternoon and evening, recording where and how the light hits certain areas and the effect this has on the hues used.

Making use of wallpaper offcuts or test pots of paint before you commit to redecorating the whole room is always recommended, so position your paper or paint samples in different locations and see how the light and space affects them.

Investing in the Wrong Sized Furniture

Another common mistake made when redecorating a room is miscalculating those all-important furnishings. All too regularly you’ll see a room that squeezes in a huge, oversized corner sofa where it’s not meant to fit or cram in a ridiculously sized dining table that will rarely (if ever) get used. 

That said, this can work both ways, and so you’ll also want to avoid investing in furniture that rattles around in a more spacious interior space and looks completely lost. 

So, how to avoid this? Measure – then measure again! It’s wise that you become well-acquainted with your tape measure when considering furniture for your home, and as painstaking and dull as this process might seem, it’s definitely worth it. 

A well-proportioned room is important, therefore getting the scale of your furniture right is a massive step towards avoiding any decor regrets. When measuring, you should account for the likes of bay windows, radiators, recesses and space which any doors need to open within, as well as any gaps left between the furniture and your walls. Using masking tape or similar to effectively ‘chalk out’ the shape of your furniture on your floor space is a great way to gain an idea of how big things are, where they will sit, how much space they’ll take up and also how much room will be left for you to manoeuvre in. 

Remember the Layout of your Room

This leads us nicely onto our last point; the layout of your room. Whether you’re into your feng shui or not, there’s no denying that the layout directly impacts both the look and feel of your living space. 

Our mood is influenced by our environment and surroundings, for instance, many people struggle to concentrate and work in a cluttered environment, and then there’s the old adage of ‘tidy house, tidy mind’

So, if you get things wrong while formatting the layout of your furniture, your space can soon begin to look either too cluttered or completely empty and soulless. This is particularly important to consider when dealing with narrow rooms or open plan living spaces, both of which require a certain style of furniture, spacing and clear zoning. 

Feeling cosy and instilling your own character and personality into a room is key, however, you also need to make sure that your layout and furnishings work together in tandem. This will ensure that your interior is not only aesthetically pleasing but a pleasant space in which to live too. 


Did you enjoy our tips and tricks on how to avoid decor regrets? For more essential info and handy interior advice, don’t miss our I Love Wallpaper blog page. For up-to-date demos and the latest products, follow our team on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!  


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#TopTips: Creating a photo wall

From inspirational quotes to abstract art and treasured family moments, artwork is one accessory guaranteed to transform any house into a home. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have taken your love of artwork to the next stage with a gallery or photo wall – a collection of prints that each have their own meaning and look equally as amazing together as they do individually.

A quick scour of Instagram shows what a popular trend this is, but trying to coordinate pictures with each other can be difficult enough; throw in a stylish wallpaper and it can be a bigger headache than anybody needs. Luckily we’re here to help, with tips and advice to create a beautifully bespoke photo wall with some of our favourite wallpaper prints.

Milan Metallic, Emerald £20 / roll

Mind the gap

Use photo frames in complementary shades, or mounts in contrasting colours to your wallpaper to create a visual gap between paper and picture. Alternatively, selecting artwork that leaves a noticeable gap between the image and the edge of the canvas is another simple way to achieve this look. 

Top Tip: Go bold with black mounts against dark patterns, paired with dark frames, or keep it classic with solid black or white options against metallic frames in varying sizes.

Battersea Brick, Grey £12 / roll

Fake it to make it

From exposed brick to concrete, recreate the look of your favourite gallery or studio to proudly display your artwork. Creating a neutral canvas means you allow the artwork to take centre-stage, embrace this with different frame styles, colours and sizes. 

Top Tip: Lay out all the artwork on the back of any spare roll and play around with placement until you get a look you love. Mark the place then tape this to the wall and use it as a handy guide for placing your nails screws etc, then simply remove again and enjoy the perfect placement!

Tropicana Leaf, Ivory Green £12 / roll

Beyond the wall

Add artwork adjacent to your feature wall, in matching shades, to create a coherent look. This is a great solution for people who don’t want to ruin the aesthetics of their feature wall, but do want to bring their whole room together in one cohesive look. Want to get more of a tied together look? Why not try incorporating samples of your chosen wallpaper into your gallery wall to create some stylish symmetry.  

Top Tip: Go big, with frames over A3 size, or multiple images, to avoid photos feeling like an afterthought. This is particularly important when it comes to artwork on large adjacent or plain walls, where smaller photos can quickly look lost.

Follow our tips and don’t forget the most important trick is to have fun with your photo walls, make them personal to you and relish in the memories they hark back to. Don’t forget to share your final results with us on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook!   

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#TopTips: Creating the illusion of space in your home

Ever felt like new houses are getting smaller? Well it turns out that they are! A study in 2018 by LABC Warranty found that UK homes have shrunk by over 160 sq.ft in the last 40 years, and the average two-bedroomed family home now has under 730 sq.ft of living space…roughly the size of two double garages!

With less sq.ft to play with, anything you can do to make rooms feel bigger is going to feel like a win. Fortunately there are plenty of tactics you can use to create the illusion of space, from practical tips (banishing clutter into hidden storage solutions) to insider tricks, used by interior designers the world over to create light and airy looks in the smallest of spaces.

Take a look at our handy hints to make a small space feel bigger. And don’t forget to share the final results with us!

Expert Tip 1: Emphasize the horizontal

Just like in fashion, stripes are a great way of fooling the eye – elongating everything they adorn by playing with how the eye perceives patterns. However, if you thought vertical stripes were the only way to go, we have news for you!

Take a look at the two equal-sized squares below…

If you think the right-hand one looks taller, you are not alone. A famous experiment, known as the ‘Helmholtz Stripes’ proved that, contrary to popular opinion, horizontal stripes can actually work better than vertical ones when it comes to creating height!

London Stripe Wallpaper Silver – @thefurnishingsfairy

With this in mind, when it comes to making your rooms look wider or deeper, go for a classic stripe, such as our London Stripe. If you’d rather the room looked taller, go with a horizontal stripe wallpaper such as our Chevron Geometric – Simple!

Chevron Geometric Wallpaper Grey Silver @rebecca_k_homeinteriors

Expert Tip 2: Add a reflective print

Anything you can do to create light is instantly going to make a space feel brighter and more spacious! Open plan designs can be a huge help, allowing natural light to flood-in through windows into every space. 

A well-placed mirror can also be a huge help when it comes to lighting up darker spaces, reflecting the natural brightness of the rest of the room and giving the illusion of more space too! 

If natural light is not easy to come by in your home’s layout, why not use wallpapers to add a little extra sparkle and shine, helping any room to feel bigger and brighter.

Go for designs that have a metallic glint, such as our Milan Metallic Wallpaper in a light blush pink colour, or our Prosecco Glitter White Silver Wallpaper.

Milan Metallic Wallpaper Blush Pink Gold @homeatthesmiths

Expert Tip 3: Be colour clever

Using bright whites and deep colours creates contrast, adding depth and giving the illusion of a larger space. Use dark colours in alcoves or small jutting walls to easily create this effect. As a general rule, the lighter a colour or print the more it reflects the light, and gives an overall feeling of space. With a shiny reflection and contrasting colours, Zara Mono is a great wallpaper to achieve this effect.

Zara Mono Geometric Wallpaper White Black @robsons_at_number_10

It can also provide the perfect backdrop for clever accessories and furnishings to help your room look bigger – for instance, putting accessories up on the top ¼ of a wall helps to draw the eye upwards, and leaves walls at sitting eye-level clutter-free, creating a feeling of more space., Having a repeating patterns such as the Milan Geo that draws eyes up and outwards is also a definite space-enhancing win!

Milan Geo Metallic Wallpaper Grey Silver @greyhousetoahome

There you have it, some handy hints to easily create the illusion of space in your home. If you try these out, we’d love to see your results! Send us your pictures through our social media channels.

For more handy hints, be sure to take a look at our other blog posts and we look forward to sharing more #toptips soon! 

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Tropical Style Guide: How to use jungle wallpaper designs in your home

Jungle and tropical prints are dominating interior trends already this year – and it’s only February! As predicted interior designers are turning to the wild side, and we have no issues adapting to it with our large range of Tropical Print Wallpaper.

Botanical, bright and bold, these wallpapers can thrive no matter the size of your room, or the style of your home. That’s why we’ve put together our top styling tips to help you introduce a little bit of the outdoors, indoors.

Combine Bold & Simple

Wonderfully bold prints are inspiring, and Tropical Print takes that category too. These designs definitely aren’t boring, they will bring any space to life by combining exterior with interior.

Just take a look at this stunning bedroom transformation with the Lucie Annabel Palma Tropical Wallpaper. The wallpaper here has been styled sophisticatedly to match the colours within the design.

By choosing the prominent green and matt grey accents, this room is left looking contemporary and elegant without too much fuss.

Colour blocking with paint

If you want to give your room a punch of colour and character, then colour blocking is the way forward. It is also so much easier if you use wallpaper.

By keeping your colour scheme similar, and adding a surprise splash of contrast, it will create vibrancy throughout.

Our tropical print wallpaper is often bright and brings a lot of colour to your walls, which is why it is an easy design to try this with.

Jungle themed rooms

The leafy outdoors is something that is guaranteed to make you feel calm and relaxed. Which is exactly why incorporating a botanical theme into your Nursery is a great idea!

Keep your little one at ease in a jungle themed bedroom. Pair wicker baskets, white wood furniture and indoor plants with the Palma Tropical Wallpaper for this jungle look.

Subtle Scandi

Scandinavian Interior has also risen amongst home trends. This very effortless style has been adapted to fit all homes.

Take a look at this beautiful botanical themed bathroom taken from a Victorian house. It has combined simple neutral tiles with organic wood furnishings for the complete scandi essence. 

The Palma Tropical Wallpaper lifts the mood in this space. It just goes to show you don’t need a lot of wallpaper to make an impact when it comes to the botanical look.

Tropical trend and wall panelling

Going tropical with your decor doesn’t always mean you have to paint every wall in vivid colours. Nor do you need to trade in sleek furniture for wicker pieces. In fact when it comes to adding a relaxed, vacation vibe to your home – less is more.

Use wall panelling to your advantage to keep a classic look. It also means you don’t have to decorate the full wall. Used sparingly it elevates the space, introducing character and stand out style.

Lucie Annabel Wallpaper in Navy @sophieshomeofgreyandchrome

Walk on the wild side

The bolder the better! Instead of styling your Tropical Print Wallpaper simplistically, match contrasting bright and bold accessories to highlight your favourite elements.

Embrace all types of colour for the perfect contrast. Look at how this bedroom looks with emerald green and blush pink accessories. This room is definitely a mood booster!

 For those looking to indulge a love of colour and pattern, these palm leaf wallpaper designs are perfect. The beautiful mixture of pink, blue and fresh green serve an exuberant focal point that are guaranteed to brighten any pad.


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Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas

As a planet, we’re becoming more and more conscious of the effect that our consumption and waste are having on the earth (thank you, David Attenborough – we love you). 

As a result of this new-found awareness (better late than never, ey), eco-friendly interior design is a top priority for many when redecorating their home. At I Love Wallpaper, we’re all about giving you plenty of sustainable inspiration, so read on below for some amazing eco-friendly decorating ideas. 

Decorate with Plants

The obvious option for getting in touch with nature; let more nature into your home! Plants provide an inexpensive-yet-effective means of eco-friendly interior design that both looks great and is kind on the environment too. 

What’s more, the addition of plants will actually benefit your living space and your health, filtering out potentially harmful chemicals in the air and providing a source of oxygen. So, if you’re looking to do your bit, we’d definitely recommend adding some natural beauty into your home’s interior with some lovely, leafy houseplants.

Top style tip: House plants look especially amazing when paired with floral and tropical wallpaper.

Eco-Friendly Paint

Many paints contain volatile organic compounds (or VOC) that evaporate at room temperature, in the enclosed space of your home, this can cause a number of health problems including headaches, nausea, liver damage, eye and throat irritation and they have even been linked to cancer. 

This being said, even without the environmental impact, it makes sense to avoid VOC paint for the sake of our health. We recommend plumping for a water-based alternative or low-odour paints such as our amazing selection of colours from Johnstones.  

Make the Most of Natural Light

Lighting is an important aspect of any interior space, but how often have you needlessly left a light on or added a lamp just ‘cos it looks nice? 

Allowing natural light to do its thing in a room is a great way to lessen the impact on the environment as well as your monthly bills, so pay close attention to where the sun settles at certain times of the day and free up as much window space as possible. 

Top style tip: Cleverly placed mirrors can maximise the effect of natural light in your interior and make the room look bigger! 

Choose Natural Textiles and Furniture

Though plastics and polyesters are the cheaper options, they’re most certainly not planet-friendly. It always pays to invest in solid, wooden furniture such as the likes of oak and walnut which are durable, last much longer and can be repurposed. 

If you can pick up a nice antique piece then all the better, giving an old bit of furniture a new home is an ultimate way to stay green! 

When it comes to textiles, again, you should stay away from synthetic fabrics. There’s plenty of cheap, sustainable and ethical natural textiles to choose from such as wool and cotton, while ceramics, cork and wood will look far better than any plastics or cheap imitations. 


There you have it, four simple steps to reducing your carbon footprint and benefiting from some amazing, eco-friendly decorating ideas. If you’re looking for more interior design advice and inspiration, head on over to our blog page – and don’t forget to follow I Love Wallpaper on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Feature Walls

Feature walls are a fantastic way to add an instant wow factor to any room. Your walls provide a blank canvas for a huge range of colours and textures, but choosing what to use as a feature requires careful consideration and a delicate balance of dos and don’ts. 

Though it’s a quick and easy approach to livening up your living space, getting the right mix of components is a potential minefield of interior design mistakes and mishaps. To guide you safely down the path of successful interior design, we’ve put together a handy list of feature wall tips for your home. 

Read on below for the I Love Wallpaper do’s and don’ts of feature walls. 

Feature Wall Do’s

Let’s start with the dos of making your feature wall work for your interior space: 

Find A Good Balance

Achieving the right balance is important, but it can be a delicate operation. Too little of one colour can mean it gets lost in the mix, while too much of another can be way too overpowering. That said, a 50/50 blend of colours can also look too artificial and a little “boring” for the eye. 

We recommend employing a 60/30/40 split between the components that make up your interior’s design, with 60% of space allowed for light colours, 30% for contrasting and darker colours and the remaining 10% to add in the little details and those all-important finishing touches. 

Seek Out Complementary Colours

It seems obvious, but this is an important rule that shouldn’t be overlooked. It pays to carry out some paint tests or try some wallpaper samples in your space, as well as some research to make sure that the colours (and patterns!) you use complement each other and don’t clash together. 

Accentuate Your Interior’s Space

A feature wall done well has the ability to define a specific space in your home, this technique is especially effective open plan areas or multi-use spaces where it can be a challenge separating one area of the room from another. 

Feature Wall Don’ts 

We’ve covered some of the main dos behind a successful feature wall, but what about the important points that you should avoid? Here are some of our main feature wall don’ts: 

Pick the Right Room

Feature walls don’t work for every room, especially concerning smaller rooms where it can feel a little claustrophobic, so consider the space that you have to play with before painting or papering. 

It’s important to remember the purpose of a feature wall; it’s there to highlight a space and bring the interior together – not to work against other aspects of the room and overpower it. 

Don’t Go Overboard

You can quickly get carried away while decorating, so be wary of overdoing it and rein in that enthusiasm. 

Plan everything out carefully and keep it as simple as you can, limiting your use of colours, patterns and materials in one room so as not to create confusion and chaos with other rooms. One handy tip towards achieving the right balance is creating a mood board of paint, wallpaper and materials you’re considering using. 

Don’t Forget to Factor in the Sun

One element that many people forget to consider is natural light. Sunshine can have a huge effect on how your interior looks at certain times of day, so make sure that you factor in sunlight when designing your feature wall. 

Check how the sunlight hits the room at different times, be conscious of potential bleaching from sunlight, as well as any mirrored objects that might reflect the light. Natural materials and plants absorb heat well, so bear this in mind when putting together a mood board or adding the finishing touches to your room. 


If you’ve got more feature wall do’s and don’ts you’d like to share with us, don’t forget to follow I Love Wallpaper on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. For more interior design advice and inspiration, check out our blog page

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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.

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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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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