Wallpaper – it isn’t for wimps!

Ever wonder why it’s easier to find someone to remove wallpaper than to hang it?  Have you ever tried to hang wallpaper yourself? It isn’t a job for the faint of heart, or those afraid of climbing ladders, getting wet or making a mistake. But if you’re planning on remodeling your home with wallpaper in Minneapolis, here are some tips to keep in mind.

A friend taught me to hang wallpaper nearly 30 years ago.  It was an amazing feat. Fortunately, he was wise enough to have plenty of extra paper, acknowledging that he was indeed teaching a total novice. It was fun, but it was a lot of work.

Wallpaper is coming back as a home-accent feature. All the prominent television shows on home update now display a splashy feature wall with stunning wallpaper – modern or vintage.  The effect wallpaper produces can be one of rich refinement for any room, especially when everything else has to stay the same (like, in a rental property). You can get removable wallpaper these days and when you tire of it, or your lease is up, you simply remove it and move on!

Wallpaper makes a great statement wall and can help you tie colors together from disparate pieces of furniture without looking like you struggled to put together the room.  Wallpaper takes expertise however.  Did you know, you don’t start in a corner? Why? Because rarely is the wall plumb.  Starting in the middle of the wall, or at least in a few feet, give you the chance to make the wallpaper pattern plumb, even if the walls are not!

Wallpaper comes in pre-pasted and un-pasted styles.   Pre-pasted is good for the novice DIY-er; having to add wallpaper paste and achieve the right consistency before you get it on the wall is for experts! And then there is the technique called booking – this is where you fold the wallpaper over on itself, to let the wet pasted side settle.  Again, not for the faint of heart or the easily distracted.  Leave the booked paper too long and you’ll be back at the design store purchasing an extra roll!  So, do book the paper; don’t think you have time to run to Starbucks.

Wallpaper can add a fresh creative style to your room. It can wake up an old apartment, add your own statement to a cookie-cutter living room or bedroom, it can totally take over a powder room, especially if you’re brave enough to wallpaper the ceiling, not just the walls.  Don’t shy away from wallpaper, but do take the time to learn from an expert, in person or online, and start small, maybe with just a single, statement wall.  Impress your friends. It isn’t hard; it’s just not simple!