At one time the most popular use for wallpaper murals was to decorate a child's room. Fairy tales, animals, aquatic, cars, and sports are some typical themes, but the best way to choose a wallpaper mural is to involve your child in the decision-- you may be surprised by what you learn about his or her tastes, and the whole family will have fun browsing through the through the wallpapers online .
When installed correctly and chosen well, wallpaper murals will enhance your surroundings and add warmth and depth to any room, make a small room look bigger, and add that personal touch to your home. Whether you want a wall to stand out dramatically or blend into a backdrop to highlight your furnishings, a wallpaper mural can do the trick.
If a quality wallpaper mural will come on a roll and will be numbered and have pre-cut lines. We recommend you lay out the strips on the floor in the proper order before you start, but make sure to do this well away from the mounting surface to avoid any paste spillage. Since the placement of the first strip determines the overall look of the finished mural, take extra time and care to place it accurately.
Once you've settled on a design, you'll want to measure the wall area's height and width with a tape measure to get a good idea what size wallpaper mural will work in your room, always oversize to trim down. In most cases there is no problem in sizes height wise but sometime's they can be short on the width on the required size you need, say a few inches either side so in that case lots of people paint a complementary colour to your wallpaper mural on the sides before installing the mural that way you will end up with a nice sharp border. Always remember to start in the exact middle of the wall and work outwards that way the wallpaper mural will be centralized and will give you a spectacular finish. Also, another great trick is to get yourself a wallpaper seam roller and when butting up the strips take your time on this to avoid seeing lines or overlaps then run the seam roller up the join removing any paste with a very light soft damp cloth.
Ensuring A Suitable Surface
Although most good wallpaper murals will cover any minor blemishes, walls should be clean, sound and smooth. Eradicate damp and organic growth before hanging your mural. Consider whether you should size your walls to reduce paste absorption. Always paste your walls first not the paper.
Papering Around Switches And Sockets
Before you, paper around switches or sockets turn off the electricity at the mains. Hang the wallpaper mural over the switch or socket. Make diagonal cuts from the center of the fitting to each corner and tap the access paper against the edges of the faceplate with the brush. Trim off the waste, leaving 6mm (1/4 inch all around. Loosen the faceplate and tuck the margin behind and then retighten it. Don't put the power back on until the paste is dry.
Papering Around A Fireplace
In some circumstances have place there murals on there main wall in the living room where their fireplace is, if this is the same case for you make a diagonal cut in the waste overlapping the fireplace, up to the edge of the mantel shelf, so that you can tuck the paper in all round for trimming.
Wallpapering The Rest Of The Walls
If your walls are not very good you may have decided to wallpaper them obviously with any decorating jobs you would still have to prepare the walls and get them to the best condition you can to give you a great finish. If you wanted to still paint the walls you can get wallpapers which are paintable they are normally white and give's you a blank canvas. The paintable wallpapers come in a variety of different textures from dimples to reed grass and can certainly flatten and make your walls good for painting.
Where To Start
The most common method for papering a room is to hang the first length of wallpaper next to a window closest to the corner, then work away from the light, but you may find it easier to paper the longest uninterrupted wall to get used to the techniques before tackling corners or obstructions. The walls on most rooms are rarely truly square, so use a spirit level to mark a vertical line with a pencil ( make sure your spirit level it true and good you'll be surprised how many times people have used a dodgy spirit level and set the room totally off line) once you have made your vertical guide agaist which to hang your first peice of wallpaper start at one end of the wall and mark the vertical line one width of wallpaper minus 12mm (1/2 inch) so the first length of wallpaper will overlap the ajacent wall.
Allowing enough wallpaper for trimming at the ceiling, unfold the top section of the pasted length of wallpaper ( remember on this type of wallpaper you paste the wallpaper, not like the wallpaper mural where you paste the walls...always read the manufactures instructions). Hold the wallpaper against your marked line and line it up and using a paper hangers brush work gently out from the center in all directions to push out any trapped air. If your marker line is true the paper should fall nicely with little adjustment brush tight against the ceiling and skirting board, when you're sure the paper is positioned accurately, lightly draw the point of your scissors along the ceiling line, peel back the top edge and cut along the crease. Smooth the wallpaper back and stipple it down with the brush now do the same procedure for the bottom. Hang the next length, in the same manner, butt the wallpaper up as best you can and slide it with your fingertips to align the wallpaper and produce a perfect butt joint. Wipe off any paste from the surface with a damp cloth. Continue to the other side of the wall, allowing the last drop to overlap the adjoining wall again by 12mm (1/2 inch).
Seaming Ceilings And Skirting Boards
Well, this little pro trick will give you a great finish. After you have hung your wallpaper you have probably got little gaps along the ceiling line and skirting board line where the wallpaper meets. get some decorators caulk in a silicone gun and run a small bead along the lines and wet your finger and run it down the caulk line smoothing off. Doing this will give you a great line to paint to giving you nice sharp neat lines giving you a great professional finish ( tip only cut a little bit off the nozzle it will be easy to work with )
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