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Mention you want to ‘hang some wallpaper’ and more often than not people will assume you’ve got your nouns and your verbs all mixed up. Those who do know, however, will assure you that today, wallpaper is among the hottest design trends around. 

If you’ve been thinking that you want to give wallpaper a try and either do a full room or even just an accent wall, then a few preparation pointers will go a long way. And we’re here to help; with our 7 IDEAL tips for ensuring the task of hanging wallpaper goes smoothly.

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH

The good news is that information on choosing the right wallpaper for you is relatively easy to find nowadays, but with that said the options can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. Textures, terminology and diverging tastes may make things less straightforward than you may have envisaged. It’s a good idea, then, to spend some time browsing and researching before you make a purchase; check out design magazines and DIY websites to get ideas and inspiration.

Once you’re ready to make a purchase, choose a reputable dealer, such as fashioninteriors.co.uk, who specialise in all kinds of design items including wallpaper. Guidance from those with expertise is never a bad thing.

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ORDER ENOUGH

It goes without saying that you need to get your measurements right, but it’s also vital that you order all you  need at the same time. It can also be helpful to order a little bit extra, just in case. By ordering it all at once, you’ll be getting the paper from the same run, ensuring the highest level of consistency possible. Sometimes there can be minor colour and print variations between runs, which although seemingly innocuous, can be noticeable when up on the wall.

SET ASIDE A LITTLE MORE TIME THAN EXPECTED

The last thing you want to be doing is rushing through the job, cutting corners and fingers. This is when mistakes happen, and you can really mess up the look of your room. While hanging wallpaper isn’t necessarily confusing, it is highly detailed and requires time and concentration, so set aside a little extra time than might be plausible.

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FOUR HANDS ARE BETTER THAN TWO

There are plenty of DIY jobs you can do around the house on your own, but hanging wallpaper is made much easier by having two people.To put it bluntly, trying to get wallpaper to line up and lay flat is near impossible with just two hands; the job can move along much faster and with fewer issues when you’ve got two people working on it.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE MAJORITY OF WALLS WON’T BE STRAIGHT

Now before you go making any straight edge cuts -of course, the most logical thing to do – it’s important to realise that the majority of walls aren’t perfectly straight. It’s probably not something you notice, but in reality, it’s rare to find a place filled with straight walls; bumps, grooves and crevices give personality, for sure, but also a bit of a headache when hanging wallpaper right. For this exact reason, it is recommended that you cut the strip of wallpaper longer than you need it to be. Simples.

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KEEP STRIP CUTTING ORGANISED

As you cut the various sections or strips of wallpaper, it’s a good idea to lay them flat on the floor, using each as a baseline to measure the other strips next to. If you’re trying to keep track of where each strip will go, just use a pencil to mark the back of the strip.

BE SWITCHED ON ABOUT SWITCHES

Before you get going, you’ll need to figure out how you plan to deal with the sockets and light switches in the room. The choices are thus; either cut that section out of the wallpaper so the plate is exposed, or remove the plate from the wall and cut the wallpaper behind it. Make your decision and stick to it.

As you are papering, cut an X in the paper over the plate. This will help keep it in place and ensure there are no bare spots. Then, cut away the flaps and push the edges of the paper beneath the edge of the plate. Finally, screw it back in place when you are done.

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.