I have been reading through one of my favorite interior design books, “The Decorated Home” by Meg Braff.  A lot of Meg’s interiors are adorned with gorgeous wallpaper that will inspire anyone.  So, I decided to share with y’all some of most favorite images, and give you a little helpful advice when it comes to adding wallpaper to your home.

Wallpaper kitchen by Meg Braff Rban Interiors

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I suggest adding wallpaper to an accent wall instead of an entire room. Some excellent spots in your home are behind a headboard, the back of a bookcase, a small powder room, or in a foyer.  Using a wallpaper in a smaller amount will not only save in cost, but most importantly, it will not seem as overwhelming to the design eye.  

Meg Braff Interiors wallpaper Instagram

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Hanging wallpaper

Skill level: Medium, but it depends on the architecture of the room, and the wallpaper design.  Wallpaper that already has paste on it makes the job a lot easier also.  Trust me!

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1. Measure the drop of the walls and add on an extra 10 cm (4 in) to allow for trimming the paper at the top and bottom once it is hung.

2. Unroll the paper, pattern side down, on your work surface.  Measure and mark the drop length on the back of the paper, then cut with a sharp pair of scissors.

3. It is important that the wallpaper is level vertically.  In older homes the windows or doors may not be level. It is best to use a level that projects a laser line on the wall.  

4.  With the wallpaper still facing down, apply the paste in the middle of the paper and work the paste towards the edge.  Make sure to cover the entire paper.  Loosely fold the ends of the paper in towards the middle and allow it to soak for the recommended time.  This could be up to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the paper.

5.  If your room has a focal point such as a fireplace or bed start there.  Hang the first piece so that your pattern falls in the center of the wall, and work outwards.  If there is no focal point, start papering to the right of the largest window.  Work around the room until you reach the door, then go back to the first drop and work in the other direction.

6.  When hanging the wallpaper, leave a 5cm (2in) overhang so you can trim the paper.

7.  Smooth the paper downwards, and then outwards with a paper hanging brush.  Open the bottom fold of the paper, and smooth the lower half of the length carefully into place.

8. Where the wallpaper joins the ceiling, and the baseboard at the bottom, run the back of the scissors against the wallpaper.  Peel back the wallpaper and cut along the crease.  Smooth back the paper in place and sponge off the excess paste immediately.  

9.  Hang the next piece by sliding it into place allowing for no gaps or overhang.  Brush the joint to smooth the edges.  You can also use a seam roller to press the edges (except of embossed paper).

Photo: David A. Land; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty and Rachael Burrow

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Wallpaper Quantities

WALLPAPER QUANTITIES: Wallpaper is sold in rolls, which usually measure 10 meters (33 feet) long and 52 cm (21 in) wide.  To work out how many rolls to buy, you will need to know how many “drops” (wall height length) you will get from each roll.

The Confusing Way to Figure Out Quanty of Wallpaper Needed

Step 1 Formula: Height of wall + 10 cm + length of pattern repeat=the length of the drop.

Step 2 Formula: Length of the roll (usually 33 ft) divided by the length of the drop= how many drops per roll.

Step 3 Formula: Total width of walls divided by the width of roll= Number of drops needed.

Step 4 Formula: Number of drops needed to wallpaper room divided by the number of drops per roll + 1= number of rolls of wallpaper you need to buy.

*Keep in mind that most wallpaper is sold in double rolls.

Helpful Chart For Number of Rolls

 Size of Room Ceiling Height  
8 feet 9 feet 10 feet 11 feet
8 x10 10 12 12 14
10 x 10 12 12 14 16
10 x 12 12 14 16 16
10 x 14 14 14 16 16
12 x 12 14 14 16 18
12 x 14 14 16 18 20
12 x 16 16 18 20 20
12 x 18 16 18 20 22
12 x 20 18 20 22 24
14 x 14 16 18 20 22
14 x 16 16 18 20 22
14 x 18 18 20 22 24
14 x 20 18 20 22 24
14 x 22 20 22 26 28
16 x 16 18 20 22 24
16 x 18 18 20 22 24
16 x 20 20 22 24 26
16 x 22 20 24 26 28
16 x 24 22 24 28 30
18 x 18 20 22 24 28
18 x 20 20 24 26 28
18 x 22 22 24 28 30
18 x 24 22 26 28 32
 Source of chart: Dewalt, Suzanne. How to Start a Home-Based Interior Design Business.  Second Edition. Guilford, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press. 2000.

Helpful Tip: Always buy wallpaper in the same batch to ensure color consistency.  You can check the batch number that is printed on the roll.

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