With an incredible variety of trendy colors and patterns to choose from, wallpaper can be so much more than that peeling floral print in your grandparents' dining room.
Rather than spending your afternoon covering your walls with coats of paint, consider layering them with stylish wallpaper – once you know how to hang wallpaper, wallpapering takes around the same amount of time as painting.
Use this guide as the ultimate wallpaper installation resource – below, we go over some wallpapering terminology, the tools for wallpapering, and how to install wallpaper from beginning to end.
Ready to hang your wallpaper? We make it easy to transform your space with simple installation instructions. If new to wallpaper, when selecting a paper take note of the type of wallpaper you are using as installation can slightly vary.
The main difference is prepasted wallpapers have dried paste incorporated into the back surface that is activated with water, and unpasted wallpapers require wet paste to be applied during installation. Based on which type of wallpaper you are installing the instructions may differ, but the general technique is the same. Just remember, these four simple steps: Measure, Cut, Activate (with either paste or water) and Hang. That’s it!
Wallpapering Terms to Know
Plumb: straight up and down. This is the vertical equivalent of the term "level".
Booking: the process by which you "activate" the paste on pre-pasted wallpaper by wetting it and then gently folding it paste-side in as you go without creasing the folds. Folding the adhesive sides in keeps them from being exposed to the air for too long – the adhesive is allowed to get tacky, but not dry. You should soak and book according to your wallpaper manufacturer's instructions.
Butting: applying strips of wallpaper closely beside each other without overlapping them to create a subtle, attractive seam. Properly primed walls and booked wallpaper prevents wallpaper shrinkage, so overlapping is not necessary.