WALLPAPER Q&A

 

All of your burning wallpaper questions answered

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Welcome to our special Wallpaper Q&A session. You asked for it, so here it is :)

Wallpaper can be polarising. If you’re in the “never, it’s not for me” camp then I’m quietly confident I can change your mind. I’m seeing some incredible designs and innovation in the wallpaper industry at the moment. It’s such a simple way to personalise your space, instantly adding a touch of elegance and understated luxury.

Is wallpaper still in style?

Absolutely! The top interiors worldwide, whether in luxury hotels or homes, are embracing wallpaper. No longer are plain walls the norm. Every surface, including walls and ceilings, is being considered. Whether it’s wallpaper, panelling, wainscoting, plaster, or feature paint, every wall is given life.

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Should I just do a feature wall?

While there’s a time for feature walls, I prefer fully wallpapering all walls in a space to create a cohesive look. If opting for just one wallpapered wall, consider painting the remaining walls in the same background colour for a unified appearance. Or if you’re brave and want to inject some fun, use a combination of two difference wallpapers as we did in this adorable little girl’s room.

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How do you settle on a style?

When it comes to choosing wallpaper for your home, it’s important to let your personal style guide your decision. We use our Your Story and Style exercise to help clients confidently know their unique style. Don’t worry about following trends or maintaining a consistent flow throughout the house. Instead, focus on creating diverse and distinctive spaces that reflect your unique personality and taste. To help you make the right choice, consider ordering samples to see how natural light affects the texture and colour of the wallpaper. Here’s an image of the wallpaper we specified for a client’s ceiling.

Can I install wallpaper in my bathroom?

Yes, you can. Vinyl wallpaper, especially with adequate ventilation, is suitable for bathrooms as it’s not affected by steam and condensation due to its nonporous nature. Non-vinyl wallpaper can also be used in bathrooms with a good adhesive and a thin layer of water-based clear coat applied to the top for protection.

Which rooms should you wallpaper?

Every room deserves to have beautiful wallpaper on its walls. I particularly enjoy the impact of a bold wallpaper on a small room like a powder room or laundry, as it creates a sense of tension and drama. These spaces, once forgotten, can be transformed into unforgettable experiences – as illustrated below.  In the powder room on the right we used a vibrant Mathew Williamson wallpaper from Seneca.

Can I install wallpaper myself?

While it’s possible to DIY wallpaper installation, it’s not recommended due to its complexity. Proper wall preparation and installation can be tricky. Uneven walls may require plastering before sealing and wallpapering. I recommend starting with a feature wall without doors or windows for the first attempt.

How many rolls of wallpaper should I buy?

Ask an experienced wallpaper installer to determine the quantity needed, especially when using expensive wallpapers. Ordering the correct amount minimizes wastage and ensures colour consistency with the batch number for matching.

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Should I remove old wallpaper before installing new wallpaper?

Yes, removing old wallpaper ensures a smooth, clean, dry, primed, and uniform surface for the best installation of new wallpaper. Most wallpapers, especially those on non-woven substrates, are easy to remove by stripping them off the wall before cleaning and applying new wallpaper.

What else can you wallpaper?

Ceilings, often overlooked, can look stunning when wallpapered. Just check out my pantry ceiling! Other options include creating a feature staircase with wallpapered risers or adding wallpaper to the inside back panel of cabinets.

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