Tips & Advice

Here you will find some tips and advice on how to wallpaper. Calculate the number of rolls that you need, check that you have the right tools and adhesive and learn what the symbols on the wallpaper label mean. View our guide on how to wallpaper and learn how to hang the strip of wallpaper straight.

WALLPAPER SYMBOLS

All our wallpapers are paste the wall, also known as non-woven. This symbol tells you to paste your adhesive on to the wall when putting up your wallpaper. You will find this symbol printed on your roll.

All our wallpapers are washable. This means that you can wipe them down gently with a damp cloth. Make sure you wring the cloth of excess water. Wiping down your wallpaper is essential when wallpapering to remove residue glue. Don’t scrub the paper as this will rub off the colour.

Good lightfastness means that your wallpaper won’t be easily sun bleached. All wallpaper will fade over time but this symbol ensure you that your wallpaper will withstand direct sunlight for many years.

If you see this symbol on your roll it means that you match your pattern straight. This is a common match for wallpapers and nearly always the case for checked patterns.

This symbol indicates that your wallpaper has an off set match also known as drop match. This means that the pattern will feature in diagonal lines. When wallpapering with a drop match you need to match up your pattern accordning to the number of cm specified on the pattern repeat. For ex. if your wallpaper has a pattern repeat of 53 cm it means that the repeat is occuring every 53 cm.

This is the symbol for free match. Wallpapers with this symbol can be matched freely or have no match at all. This is nearly always the case for plain wallpapers.

WHAT ADHESIVE SHOULD I USE?

We recommend that you choose a ready mixed adhesive. Make sure the adhesive is suitable for non-woven wallpaper such as Bostik Hernia NW or similar. Look for the symbol for paste the wall or the three triangles. This indicates that the adhesive is suitable for non woven wallpapers.

Non-woven adhesive should be pasted straight on to the wall. Never paste the paper as this could cause the wallpaper to swell which in turn will make it difficult to match your pattern. For best results, use the adhesive at room temperature.