So, you’ve made the decision to adorn your walls with paper. Or, as it is called in the business, wallpaper. Well, good for you. Clearly, you are not a person who allows your dreams to be easily stymied by the negativity of others. Talk to just about anyone who has ever wallpapered a room and the chances are pretty good that at least some of them will declare you crazy. Yes, decorating with wallpaper can be anything but a great time. But many of the most common problems that the naysayers will complain of the loudest are fairly easily avoided. You just have to learn what they are and not be tempted into thinking that not paying attention won’t make much of a difference.
Discretion is the Better Part of Valor
Pick a discreet part of the room as the spot where you will come to a finish when putting up wallpaper. It is not entirely inevitable that you will reach a finishing point where your pattern does not much up perfectly, but the likelihood is pretty good. It is always preferable for any areas where the pattern does not line up perfectly to be an area of the wall that is easy to cover up with furnishing or that is just naturally out of the lines of sight of your furniture.
The direction in which you move as you put up wallpaper actually can play a big role in making the process less traumatic. The basic rule of thumb is to work opposite to your hand dominance. That means if you are right-handed, you should work to the left and vice versa. You want to use that dominant hand on the side where you line up the two pieces of wallpaper, thus moving counter to your dominant side will increase both efficiency and quality.
Keeping Track of Paste
You can skip this tip if you are going with wallpaper that comes with its own adhesive backing. Much of the negativity that will come your way regarding the pains of wallpapering will come from those who used wallpaper that required paste. That sticky substance can be quite unpleasant to work with and making things worse is that it is not really thick enough to always make its presence known. You can control aspect of putting up wallpaper by adding a few drops of food coloring into the paste. Colorizing your adhesive before you apply it to the wall will show you exactly where you have applied it to the wall. Not to mention where it has dripped onto the floor, your clothing, your shoes and any other place where it shouldn’t be and where its presence would otherwise become apparent only later on.
Weigh It Down
A great deal of frustration when wallpapering a room can result even when you don’t have to apply paste to the wall. When using the type of wallpaper that must itself be covered with paste, you invariably have to deal with paper that is determined to curl up on itself before you actually get the paste on it. The solution to this problem is so ridiculously simple that you may feel compelled to snarkily point it out to those who are calling you crazy for going with wallpaper. Just lay the paper out on a table and place a heavy enough weight on either end to keep it firmly in place. Of course, it may still want to curl up in that time it takes to get it from the table onto the wall, but that eventuality is nothing more than excuse to make wallpapering a chance to spend time with someone you love.