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There’s more to wallpaper than meets the DIY

Types of Wallpaper


Paste the paper

The classic method: Measure the length required, unroll the wallpaper on a pasting table, apply adhesive to the back of the paper, give it time to soak in, and apply to the wall.

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Paste the wall

Faster than the traditional approach, this process saves room by not needing a pasting table - just paste the wall as you go. Great for patterned paper as you can easily slide the paper into position.

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Self-adhesive Wallpaper

It doesn't get much easier than this - just peel and stick as required! The reverse of this paper has a self-adhesive backing for mess-free sticking and can be repositioned if needed.

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How to Measure for Wallpaper


Homes and walls come in all shapes and sizes, so here's our handy guide to working out how many rolls you’ll need.

Top Tip: For designs with a repeating pattern, buy one or two extra rolls to make sure you can always line up perfectly. Any leftover paper can be used to line drawers, cupboards or cover storage boxes.

1. Measure the width of the room all the way around (or the width of the area you're wallpapering).

2. Measure the height of the room from the floor or top of the skirting board, to the ceiling.

3. Use those measurements and the table below to calculate the number of rolls you'll need.

Check your Batch Numbers


Before you make your purchase, make sure any matching rolls of paper show the same batch number.

Wallpaper is always printed in batches, and while a lot of effort goes in to keeping colours consistent, slight variations can happen.

Where possible, it's always best to find rolls with identical batch numbers so you know your walls will have a seamless, uniform look.

You'll find the batch number on the roll label.

Top Tip: Ordering online? Don't worry, when we pick out and pack your rolls we'll check the batch numbers for you.

How to Hang Wallpaper


For 'paste the paper' and 'paste the wall' options.

Before you begin pasting and hanging, the key to wallpaper success is proper preparation. Take your time on this to make sure your walls are completely ready to a rock a new look.

Step 1: Prepare like a pro

1. Measure the width of the room all the way around (or the width of the area you're wallpapering).

2. Measure the height of the room from the floor or top of the skirting board, to the ceiling.

3. Use those measurements and the table below to calculate the number of rolls you'll need.

Step 2: Gather your tools

You will need:

  • Wallpaper brush and roller
  • Wallpaper paste (always use the one recommended on the label)
  • Spirit level or plump line
  • Scissors or snap-off blade
  • Smoothing tool
  • Tray of warm water and a bucket of cold water
  • Damp sponge
  • Pasting table
  • Tape measure

Step 3: Cut, paste and go

1. Pick a place to start. For bold prints and feature walls, begin in the centre of a wall to create symmetry. For any other wallpaper, start 50cm (20in) from the corner of the wall near a window. When cutting your wallpaper, measure the height of your walls and add an extra 5cm (2in) to the top and bottom. You can trim the excess later.

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2. Place the wallpaper face down on the pasting table and use the brush to apply a coat of wallpaper paste. Work down the paper with brush strokes moving from the middle outwards, making sure the edges are fully pasted. Loosely fold the top and bottom edges inwards (from top to middle, and bottom to middle) and let the paste soak into the paper for 5 minutes.

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3. Use a plumb line or spirit level to get your first piece straight. Unfold the top half of the wallpaper strip and lightly position it on the wall, leaving around 5cm (2in) of overhang at the top. Once you're sure it’s in the right place, unfold the bottom half and use your wallpaper brush or our smoothing tool to smooth out any air bubbles using downward and outward motions.

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4. Smooth the wallpaper down to your skirting board, where there should be a 5cm (2in) overhang. Trim the excess paper away with scissors or a snap-off blade. Make sure the blade is sharp every time as a blunt blade could tear the wallpaper. Wipe off any excess paste from the wallpaper with a clean damp sponge.

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5. When cutting strips for the second and third wallpaper pieces, remember to match up the pattern. For large patterns you may need to use more wallpaper. Cut the wallpaper strips to size and don’t forget to leave extra for trimming top and bottom. Position next to the first strip with the pattern matching, and make sure there aren't any gaps along the length of the seam. Keep going until your walls are complete!

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Cause a scene!

If you're looking to create a spectacle, our wall murals are perfect for filling your room with a scene. Each panel is numbered so you know exactly which piece goes where, and they're easy to apply. Just follow our paste instructions!

How to Hang Wallpaper


For self-adhesive options.

The rules of applying self-adhesive wallpaper are similar to more traditional options when it comes to measuring up and pattern matching, but it's a lot less messy!

This kind of wallpaper uses a pressure-activated adhesive, so you'll need to use a smoothing tool.

Step 1: Prepare the area

  • For at least 48 hours, let the product acclimatise to the room it's going to be applied to.
  • Surfaces need to be smooth, dry, clean and firm for the wallpaper to stick properly – do not apply to textured surfaces, including old wallpaper.
  • Clean the surface using warm water (no soap or chemicals).
  • Wait at least 4 weeks before applying to newly painted surfaces (or longer, if recommended by paint manufacturer).
  • Turn off main power and remove socket and switch fittings, and clean around the area thoroughly.
  • Fix any damp issues before application.

Step 2: Gather your tools

You will need:

  • Smoothing tool
  • Spirit level or plump line
  • Scissors or snap-off blade
  • Tape measure

Step 3: Cut, peel and go!

1. Begin in the centre of the wall for bold prints and feature walls, or 50cm (20in) from the corner of the wall near a window for any other designs. Measure the height of your wall and add an extra 5cm (2in) to the top and bottom before cutting your first strip.

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2. Use a plumb line or spirit level to get the first strip straight. Peel back a few inches at the top of the wallpaper strip, hang it at the top of your wall (leaving 5cm excess at the top), then smooth downwards using the special smoothing tool.

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3. Trim the excess paper (at the top and bottom) with scissors or a snap-off blade. Make sure the blade is sharp every time as a blunt blade could tear the wallpaper.

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4. Match up the pattern on your second and third wallpaper strips with the first piece, and cut the paper to length again. Leave extra at the top and bottom for a neatly trimmed finish later on. Position next to the first strip with the pattern matching and no gaps along the length of the seam, then peel the back a section at a time, and smooth downwards as before.

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Top Tip: The smoothing tool is an important piece of the process, as this product uses a pressure activated adhesive. Applying a hard smoother with moderate pressure over the full surface area of the wallpaper will make sure it forms a strong bond to the wall.

If you make an error, our self-adhesive wallpaper is easy to remove and reapply. Slowly pull the edge from top corner directly downward, but be careful not to stretch it out.

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