How to wallpaper a feature wall

Updated July 20, 2017

Hanging wallpaper on a feature wall is a quick way to change the style of a room. Go for bold colours and patterns to give the feature wall visual impact and a focus point for the room. By hanging wallpaper on one feature wall rather than an entire room, you can purchase luxury designer wallpaper and still stick to a reasonable budget. Mastering wallpaper-hanging can be tricky but can quickly transform the appearance of your home interior.

Mix the wallpaper paste in the bucket, using the mixing stick, and set aside.

Measure 45 cm (18 inches) along the feature wall from the right-hand corner of the room with a tape measure and mark with the pencil.

Hold the plumb line against the pencil mark and draw a straight vertical line from the top to the bottom of the wall.

Place the wallpaper against the wall, leaving a 10 cm (4 inch) overlap at the top and bottom, and mark the length on the wallpaper with the pencil. Place the wallpaper on a decorator’s table and cut to length with scissors.

Apply paste to the wall with the pasting brush; start at the top corner and work downward. Paste 15 cm (6 inches) over the pencil line and make sure there are no dry patches of wall.

Line up the wallpaper with the pencil mark and push onto the wall, using a spreading motion with your hand. Dampen the sponge and smooth out any air bubbles.

Make a crease along the top and bottom of the wallpaper and down the corner of the feature wall and adjacent wall with the ruler. Cut along the crease with the craft knife to remove the excess wallpaper. If paste has covered the adjacent wall, wipe off with a damp cloth.

Measure the next piece of wallpaper against the wall, aligning the pattern with the first sheet hung. Allow 10 cm (4 inches) at the top and bottom and cut to size with the scissors.

Apply paste to the wall with the pasting brush starting from the top and working down. Hang the wallpaper against the edge of first sheet, ensuring there are no gaps. Smooth out any air bubbles with a damp sponge and trim with the craft knife.

Hang wallpaper along the feature wall until you reach the opposite corner. The last roll will overlap the adjacent wall. Use a ruler to run a crease down the corner and trim along the crease with the craft knife.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Plumb line
  • Scissors
  • Bucket
  • Wallpaper brush
  • Decorating sponge
  • Damp cloth
  • Craft knife
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Pasting brush
  • Mixing stick
  • Decorator’s table
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