How do we install wallpaper and what are the pitfalls we can avoid?
We know that installing wallpaper has become less arduous compared to previous years due to innovation in wallpaper industries, but somehow the process of installing it still requires careful attention, good eyes and some degree of expertise to reach the professional perfection. If we choose to do it ourselves, it is best to be aware of the common mistakes that we do not wish to see at the end, such as wrongly matched patterns, patterns go upside-down, air bubbles behind the wallpaper, and numerous other problems. Hence, if we are not too sure whether we can do it right, just put aside our pride and excitement for a while. The best step is to consult those who have experience installing wallpaper so he or she can share with you the common problems that might exists in the course of installation, and also to guide you on how to avoid them. You can also resort to watching many useful YouTube videos online before actually starting.
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Here is an article worth reading at Right Estate Agents that might provide some great tips on installation of wallpaper.
Make sure the wall is clean and flat before installing wallpaper
If you are going to be using wallpaper, you need to make sure the walls are completely clean, flat and undamaged before you start. When it comes to redecorating, wallpaper can be quite hard to get off as well, so this is something to consider. Read more here!
Depending on the conditions of the wall on which we will be hanging the wallpaper, we must allocate enough time to clean it, make it really flat and zero-damaged before continuing with installation. The reason why we must do this is to avoid the wallpaper to become torn or loose easily, and also to avoid sealing air bubbles underneath it. Both problems can cause the wallpaper to come off, look very amateur and become sore to the eyes instead of appealing. Not only that, we must know how to use adhesive wisely to avoid seam opening or excessive application of it. Using blunt blade is also a big no because it can cause tears when trimming. This is easier said than done but not impossible as long as we stay patient and passionate about doing it right. Here is another article written by the team at Interior Drywall Solutions to consider on the same topic.
Avoid using wallpaper in washrooms & kitchens
However, don’t forget that wallpapers don’t work well in spaces that are humid. Thus, avoid using them in washrooms and kitchens. As the water and steam may cause the paper to wear out. It’s best to use tiles and plaster for such spaces. Read more here!
Certain rooms and spaces are meant for wallpapers. It is common to find wallpapers in the living room and bedroom. Some even put them in the dressing room next to the main bedroom. The size of room also does not hamper anyone to make their choice, because for darker and smaller rooms there are always bigger patterns or digital prints to choose from. Bigger rooms are suitable with smaller and repetitive patterns because hanging such patterns will not make the room feel too suffocating instead of putting it in small areas. But there is a line to draw when it comes to washrooms and kitchens where the activities might involve use of water and other liquid ingredients. Of course, it depends on how we are going to hang the wallpaper. Maybe if it is only in the form of frieze or stripe, it can still be considered. The following article at Interior Mantra adds another installation tips.
Allow some time before the final installation step
If your walls are damaged then it is advisable to apply Spackle first and leave it for about 20-24 hr. Another important thing is applying primer paint before painting you are going to use dark color paint. Overall paint requires less preparation time than installing wallpapers. Read more here!
Once again it is very important to stress about patience during the preparation step. In some cases when damage to the wall cannot be avoided due to removal of old wallpaper, we can use a technique called spackling to cover any holes, cracks, dents or other imperfections on the wall. However, after using spackling compound the wall must be left for about 20 to 24 hours before it can eventually be ready for papering. This is because if the spackling compound is still wet, it can interfere with the wallpaper installation that also requires adhesive to be applied.
To conclude, if we have passion and patience, we can achieve anything. In the end, it is all about a dream home that we have been longing to own for several years. Wallpapering demands certain cost, time and energy on our part, but it is going to be worth all the hassles when our eyes feast on the stunning beauty of the patterns and textures.