The time has come and your wallpaper has landed. Nows the time to have some fun. Here are a few simple steps to help you install your wallpaper. Remember to paste the wall and not the paper. Also remember, you got this.

prepare the wall

As with any type of wallpaper, you need to ensure that you prepare the wall before hanging your wallpaper. Make sure that cracks, pits and dents are rectified and that you use a good quality primer. Your aim is to make the wall as smooth as possible before attempting to hang lining paper or paste the wall wallpaper.


The first thing to do is to measure the width of your wallpaper panels. Then using your tape measure and spirit level mark a plumb line vertically down your wall. Remember to add 50mm for the excess wallpaper which will be trimmed later. It is important to get this plumb correct as the full wall will run from this first drop of wallpaper.


We recommend using ready mixed wallpaper adhesive for convenience as it always comes in the right consistency and ready to work with. Use a paint roller to start applying the adhesive directly onto the wall in a thin, even layer. Concentrate on a small area at a time to reduce wasting adhesive – you don’t want it to dry before you’ve hung your wallpaper. Use a paintbrush to paste in the corners or around sockets, skirting boards etc. You can paste over the plumb line and make sure you apply paste a couple of centimetres wider than the wallpaper you are about to hang. This means you can hang the second “drop” of wallpaper without worrying about applying paste over the first “drop”.


Now it’s time for wallpaper. Take your first panel from the centre of the roll. Begin at the topmost left-hand corner of the wall and align the first strip so it’s perfectly straight with your plumb line. Stretch out the wallpaper, still on the roll by slowly unrolling it downwards. Use a wallpaper brush to smooth the wallpaper and eliminate bubbles. Each panel will nicely butt-join edge to edge. Once you reach the bottom of the wall repeat the process on the next strip of wallpaper.


Using a sharp craft knife and straight edge trim away the edges. A blunt knife could rip the paper. Be aware throughout the process to keep the paste away from the face of the print. Clean with a damp cloth if the paste does end up on the surface, which it will.