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How to Hang Wide Width Wallpaper

How to Hang Wide Width Wallpaper

Correctly hanging and caring for your wallpaper is paramount and the following instructions will show you how to hang wide width wallpaper the correct way. Our wide width wallpaper is almost three times the width of standard wallpaper which means you will get so much value for money with our fabulous range of designs.

  1. What You'll Need
  2. Preparing Your Walls
  3. How to Hang Wide Width Wallpaper
  4. Video Tutorial

What You'll Need

Wallpaper Wallpaper Tools

Embarking on the journey of transforming your living space with fresh wallpaper is an exciting endeavour. To ensure your project goes off without a hitch, it's essential to have the right tools at your disposal. Before you begin hanging wide width wallpaper, make sure you have the following tools to hand:

  1. Your Choice of Wallpaper: Start with the star of the show – your beautiful, carefully chosen wallpaper. The design and quality are the foundation of your new interior.
  2. Wallpaper Paste/Adhesive: A good quality wallpaper paste is crucial for a durable and smooth finish. Make sure it's suitable for your wallpaper type.
  3. Wallpaper Brush: This tool will become your trusted companion, helping to evenly spread the adhesive and smooth out any air bubbles. Don't forget to have a smaller brush on hand for those pesky corners.
  4. Clean Cloths: Use these to gently smooth out air bubbles and wrinkles that may appear during the hanging process. A clean start ensures a flawless finish.
  5. Sharp Stripping Knife: Removing old wallpaper scraps or dealing with imperfections on the wall is a breeze with a sharp stripping knife. It's a must-have for achieving a clean canvas
  6. Sharp Scissors: Precision is key. You'll need sharp scissors to trim the wallpaper edges neatly and accurately.
  7. Filler: Before wallpapering, make sure your wall is in perfect condition. Filler is your go-to solution for repairing any holes or gaps on the surface.
  8. Sandpaper: If your wall has any bumpy areas, sandpaper will help you create a smooth and even base for your new wallpaper.
  9. Plumb Line Measuring Tool: Straight lines are the hallmark of a professional wallpaper job. A plumb line measuring tool ensures that your lines are perfectly vertical.
  10. Tape Measure and Pencil: Before cutting your wallpaper, use these tools to measure your walls accurately and mark where you need to trim. Precision matters.
  11. Stepladder: To reach the full width of your wall comfortably and safely, a sturdy stepladder is essential. It ensures you can work efficiently at different heights.
  12. Protective Dust Sheets: Keep your flooring and furniture free from any stray adhesive or dust by laying down protective dust sheets. Your home deserves to stay clean and pristine.
  13. Protective Mask and Safety Glasses: Your safety is paramount. Protect yourself from dust and adhesive fumes with a mask and safety glasses. A comfortable workspace is a productive one.

Now that you've gathered all the necessary tools, you're well on your way to creating a luxurious and impeccably finished living space with your Voyage Maison wallpaper. The next step is to prepare your wall for wallpapering.

Prepare Your Wall for Wallpaper

Once you have all tools to hand, follow these preparation steps to ensure your walls are in perfect condition, ready for wallpapering:

  1. Remove Existing Wallpaper: Carefully use your stripping knife to peel away any existing wallpaper. Take your time and be gentle, ensuring not to harm the wall beneath.
  2. Inspect and Repair: Examine your walls closely for cracks or gaps. Should you spot any imperfections, use your filler to fill them in. Afterward, sandpaper the patched areas for a flawlessly smooth finish.
  3. Remove Fixtures and Fittings: For a seamless wallpaper application, unscrew any fixtures and fittings on the wall. This ensures that the wallpaper can be applied without obstructions.
  4. Deep Clean: Give your walls a thorough scrub using a clean sponge and warm, soapy water. This step is crucial in removing any accumulated grease or grime. A clean surface is essential for proper wallpaper adhesion, and it guarantees a smooth, polished result.
  5. Allow to Dry: After cleaning, let your walls air dry overnight. Adequate drying time is essential to ensure that your wallpaper adheres perfectly and doesn't develop a bumpy texture.

How to Hang Wide Width Wallpaper

Plan where to hang wallpaper

Choose Your Starting Point

Select a starting point in the room and lightly draw a vertical guideline on the wall to make sure your wallpaper is straight when you hang it.

Measure for Wallpaper

Measure and Prepare Your First Drop

Measure the length of the first wallpaper drop. Make sure to add a little extra length at the top and bottom for trimming.

Trim Wallpaper

Remove Edge Protectors

Your wallpaper may have printed edge protectors. Carefully cut these away along the dotted line using scissors. You don't need to be overly precise; we've allowed for a 2cm overlap to ensure a perfect fit.

Cutting Wide Width Wallpaper

Cut and Number Your Drops

Using your length measurement, cut the wallpaper drops you'll need for your project and number them for easy identification.

Pasting the Wall for Wallpaper

Paste the Wall

Using your pasting brush, apply adhesive to the area where the first drops will go.

Hanging Wide Width Wallpaper

Hang the First Drop

Start by pressing the top of the first wallpaper drop onto the pasted wall. Keep the rest of the paper off the wall while you align the edge with the vertical guideline you marked earlier. Once lined up, use a plastic spatula to smooth out the paper and remove any air bubbles.

Trim excess Wallpaper

Trim the Excess

Once you have your first section in place, trim the excess wallpaper at the top and bottom.

Hanging Wallpaper

Hang the Second Drop

Now, paste the required area for the second drop. Hang the second drop, ensuring it overlaps the edge of the first drop and matches the pattern precisely. Secure the rest of the paper as before.

Cutting the Overlap on Wallpaper

Cut Through the Overlap

With a sharp blade and a precision metal edge as a guide, carefully cut through the centre of the overlap and underlap.

Finish Hanging Wide Width Wallpaper

Finishing Touches

The overlap pieces you have just cut will need removed. Remove the strip underneath first, then the second strip. Once these are out of the way, fold back the edges and reapply adhesive. Press the edges back into position to create a seamless join. Finally, trim any excess at the top and bottom.

By following these clear and simple steps, you'll have your wide width wallpaper up and looking beautiful in no time. If you’re still unsure about how to hang wide width wallpaper, watch our video guide below.

Alternatively, download a copy of our How to Hang Wallpaper Guide.

Now that we've walked you through the steps on how to hang wide width wallpaper, you’ll be able to hang your wallpaper effortlessly to achieve a professional finish. Your journey to elevating your living space has just begun, and the result promises to be nothing short of spectacular.

Tips for Decorating with Wallpaper

Now that you know how to hang wallpaper, it's time to think about the different ways you can decorate with it. Extremely versatile, our wide width wallpaper can be used in a number of ways to elevate the aesthetics of your space. Our experts at Voyage Maison shared some of their best kept secrets when it comes to choosing and styling wallpaper, including tips on colour coordination and design integration for a truly luxurious and inviting home ambience.

Easy to Hang Wallpaper

Choose Easy to Hang Wallpaper

Choosing easy to hang wallpaper turns what may seem a daunting task into a joyous experience. Crafted with precision and quality, our wide-width options ensure seamless application, reducing the time and effort required. Our easy to hang wide width wallpapers don't require as much joining as standard wallpaper thanks to their generous proportions making the installation process a breeze. Experience the pleasure of transforming your space with the unparalleled ease of our wide-width wallpaper collection today.

Decorating with Wallpaper and Accent Colours

Choose Accent Colours

The base colour of your wallpaper will form the main colour within your room. Working with the 60-30-10 rule, 60% of your room should be the main colour, with 30% a complementary colour and 10% being your accent colour. To create the right balance, choose curtains, cushions and a rug in a tone found within your wallpaper - this is should be a soft, more neutral shade which isn’t too bold. For your accent colour, which should form 10% of your scheme, add some scatter cushions in a bolder hue, again found within your wallpaper to create a perfectly balanced and coordinated scheme.

Print Clashing with Wallpaper

Play with Print Clashing

If you’d like to add in a little more boldness with some more prints there are a few rules to follow to make sure that it works well. Use different sized prints to ensure there is a difference in scale and choose similar colours that work nicely together. Choose a few different prints in lighter and darker shades to draw the eye in and mix these with a few solid colours in your complementary shades to break up lines and shapes. Be careful not to bring in too many prints as this can often result in your interior looking a little haphazard. A few things to keep in mind: stripes work well with floral prints, however plaids rarely work with polka dots. It is often a case of trial and error which is why wallpaper samples can be so useful.

Ways to Decorate with Wallpaper
Using Wallpaper to Make a Feature Wall Using Wallpaper with Panelling
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You don’t have to wallpaper a whole room. There are many different ways to effectively use wallpaper in the home. Below are a few of our favourite creative ways of using wallpaper:

Create a feature wall

Elevate your space by creating a captivating focal point with a feature wall adorned in our luxurious wallpapers. Our captivating mural wallpaper works incredibly well for feature walls. Whether it's the intricacy of a floral pattern or the subtlety of a textured design, a feature wall brings a touch of sophistication, transforming your room into a visual masterpiece.

Go half and half

Embrace the trend of going half and half with wallpaper for a balanced look. By covering the top half of your walls, you introduce a harmonious blend of texture and colour, creating a cosy, yet refined atmosphere. This works particularly well in cloakrooms where the whole space could look too busy. Simply pair your wallpaper with panelling along the bottom half of the wall in a harmonious colour to break up the pattern.

Wallpaper the ceiling

Break the conventional boundaries and infuse opulence into your surroundings by using our wide width wallpaper on your ceiling. Elevate the entire room with a touch of grandeur as patterns and hues cascade overhead, offering a unique and luxurious perspective that transcends traditional design norms.

Create Art by Framing Wallpaper Samples or Using up Leftovers

Unleash your artistic flair and minimise waste by repurposing wallpaper samples or cut offs into captivating framed artwork. This ingenious approach is sustainable and also introduces bespoke accents that tie in with the rest of your décor.

Decorate the inside of a bookcase

Our statement designs can extend beyond your walls, used to adorn cupboards and bookcases. Transform functional furniture into statement pieces as patterns and textures wrap around surfaces, adding depth and sophistication. Whether it's a subtle enhancement to bookshelf backings or a bold statement on cupboard doors, our curated collection infusing charm into every nook and cranny.

As you embark on your wallpapering project, don't forget to explore our remarkable Voyage Maison Wallpaper collection. It's an embodiment of elegance and style, offering you the chance to immerse yourself in captivating designs that effortlessly elevate any room into a haven of sophistication. Why not check out our wallpaper buying guide to help you decide the best style for your space or find our more with our Wallpaper Q&A. With Voyage Maison, your dream of a beautifully transformed interior is just a wallpaper away. Your home deserves nothing less than the finest, and we're here to make it a reality. Happy decorating!