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Decorating 101: Wallpapering - Where to begin

Author: Home Flair Decor
Where to begin...

Lets us discuss adhesives, it is vital to use the appropriate adhesive to suit the product you wish to hang, incorrect adhesives will guarantee poor results, mould growth and/or discolouration of the wallpaper.

Cellulose-based adhesive is used for all standard wallpapers, includes heavy-duty which relates to the weight of the wallpaper being hung. Heavy duty pastes are for heavyweight wallpapers and temperature/humidity variable spaces such as kitchens or bathrooms. Our brands of paste are suitable for all types of wallcoverings, see reverse of packaging indicating the ratio of paste to water. As vinyl and washable wallcoverings are impervious, mould could attack the paste unless it contains fungicide. Fungicidal paste is also needed if the wall you are decorating has been previously treated against mould or if any sign of damp can be seen. Damp proof foil could be of used if their is a minor damp issue, the appropriate adhesive must be used.

Some super-heavyweight wallpapers and wallcoverings such as polystyrene veneers, hessians and grasscloths require an especially concentrated adhesive which may be applied to the product itself or directly on to the wall (always follow manufacturers instructions). When finishing off corners, overlapping vinyl\'s and washable wallcoverings or sticking down stubborn joints, a vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive is ideal (sometimes referred to as border and overlap adhesive), it is also available in tubes for ease of application

Size is used to prepare plaster and porous surfaces, it prevent the paste soaking into the walls and helps the wallpaper to slide into place easier. When buying a size, ensure it contains a fungicide if you also require a paste with fungicide. Apply with an brush and use a damp cloth to remove any runs onto paintwork as this can be difficult once the size has dried. Sizing can be done several days in advance or up to an hour before.

Where to begin wallpapering, traditionally it is recommended to start next to a window and work away from it, however this method was really used when wallpaper was overlapped so shadows were minimised. Now wallpapers are butt joined the light isn\'t generally an issue, but as the pattern may be lost around corners you can make this as inconspicuous as possible.

In the average room, the corner closest to the door is the best place to start work, any loss of pattern will then end up behind you as you enter the room, nicely hidden. With a feature wall, if there is a chimney breast, hang the first strip down the centre of the chimney and work out from both sides towards the corners of the room.

Check out our next post, we will be concentrating on measuring and cutting, also pasting perfection!