Gallery walls, paintings, mirrors and floating shelves all add interest to your wall. But, looking for more of a statement? Just one wall, designed as an accent wall, can dramatically update your space.
Wallpaper has come a long way, baby. Say adios to wallpaper steamers, gloppy adhesive tubes, liquid sprays, corner guards and more. The world of wallpaper has had a major upgrade. Make the magic happen with a statement wall. And in only one afternoon. It’s easier than you think, and brings out the personality of the space in a modern, fresh way.
Yes, you can paint one featured wall but why not think outside the box (er…wall) and try out something bigger/bolder. Self-adhesive wallpaper do the design thinking for you. First steps? Just add to cart.
You have a few options…
- anchor wall: the wall directly behind a bed, the dining room table, the media area
- room divider: help separate different functions of each space in a larger room with a statement wall
- “meh” area: if one spot in your space is lacking luster, make it a statement wall. Maybe in the mud room, a smaller wall in the entryway or a hallway.
Inspiration this way…
Believe me when I tell you that it’s NOT complicated to apply self-adhesive wallpaper to a wall. I did this wall by myself (with the moral support of my kitty), as the FIRST wall I have ever wallpapered and it took me 4 hours.
Step 1: Clean the wall. Using a gentle soap/water mixture, clean off the surface of the wall you plan to paper over. Dry the walls and (my advice) wait until the next day to apply the wallpaper to make sure the wall is totally dry. This will help with the adhesion of the wallpaper.
Step 2: Measure the length of the wall, from top to bottom.
Step 3: Cut a few long strips (from measurements of step 2) to start out. You will need to re-measure wallpaper strips from the rolls as you are re-lining up the pattern on each new section of all, so do-not-cut all wallpaper strips at once. Use a SHARP exacto knife for any cutting/trimming to be as precise and clean as possible.
Now that you’ve prepped the space and have wallpaper strips pre-cut, you can begin adhering to your selected accent wall.
Step 1: Starting at one end of the wall at the top, carefully peel back the paper to expose the adhesive side. Place approximately 1/2 inch of the wallpaper onto the ceiling to anchor the strip.
Step 2: Unpeeling several inches at a time, continue to stick to the wall.
Step 3: Once you cover a foot of space, use the wallpaper tool here to secure. Use the hard, plastic side to guide the wallpaper into the corners and up against the molding; use the felt side to smooth out air bubbles.
Step 4: Using the exacto knife, slowly cut against the edge of the wall (as a base) to remove the excess wallpaper.
A few words to the wise with wallpaper do’s & dont’s:
DO order MORE wallpaper than you think you need. Once you start applying the wallpaper and lining up the print, you will need to use more paper. Unfortunately you can’t just peel and stick, peel and stick each frame. Remember you can always return an unused roll.
DO take your time with the exacto knife when cutting around outlets, corners, edges and windows.
DON’T cut all strips of wallpaper at once. Remember you will need to line up the pattern, so you will want to determine WHERE to cut the wallpaper strips once you complete each section of wall.
DON’T think twice if you need to reposition the paper if its off center or not matching up a pattern. That’s the beauty of this – peel/stick, peel/stick… and it still stays.
Voila. What do you think?
*Soft Surroundings provided the wallpaper for this post, but all opinions are my own.