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The ceiling is one part of a room that is often overlooked when it comes to decorating interiors. But with many starting to treat it as a fifth wall, wallpapering your ceiling is certainly one way to add some show-stopping style!

When chosen wisely, papering your ceiling can also adjust the proportions of your space; making small rooms seem loftier and large spaces cosier.

But before we dive into the ins and outs of how to wallpaper a ceiling, there are a few things you should always remember.

  • You should paper your ceiling first before wallpapering your walls.
  • Always start papering your ceiling from the window wall, moving away from the natural source of light.
  • You need to make sure you can reach the ceiling safely and comfortably. A step ladder or a solid, sturdy table should do the trick.


Our step-by-step guide to wallpapering a ceiling

Step 1. Measure the width of your ceiling, add 20mm excess to your measurement and cut your first length of wallpaper to size.

Step 2. Measure 10mm less than the paper width from the edge of your wall and pencil a straight line parallel to the window using a spirit level.

Step 3. Position the edge of your first length of paper against the pencil line and smooth it onto the ceiling with a brush. When your first length is in place, all edges will overlap the wall by 10mm.

Step 4. Trim the excess wallpaper with a knife where the ceiling meets the wall.

Step 5. Work your way across the room until complete, taking pattern matching into account if needed.

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