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HOW TO DECORATE

Wallpaper

#2: Tools of the Trade

Our mission is to empower everyone with both the knowledge and fearlessness to decorate their own homes. Although hanging wallpaper by yourself may seem daunting, all it takes is a few tools and a little insider know-how.

Our PVC-free designs not only go easy on the environment, but also go easy on you: incredibly simple and straightforward to hang, all it takes is a swipe of adhesive paste and a little insider know-how.

Here, we reveal everything you always wanted to know about wallpaper (but were afraid to ask) – then you can just follow along with our handy video and step-by-step guide to achieve a perfect finish by yourself, no decorator required. Get ready to coat your walls in wonder…

How do I prep the walls?

The better the finish of your walls, the better the wallpaper will look. So ensure that your walls are dry, even and firm before starting – this may mean scraping off any old, loose wallpaper, filling in holes and sanding the walls down. If the walls are a little on the old or uneven side, we suggest applying lining paper before hanging the wallpaper.

If you’re working on a newly plastered wall, you’ll need to seal the wall with primer beforehand to prevent the paste from being absorbed by the plaster, which will in turn cause the paper to shrink.

It’s also a good idea to paint the wall in the same colour as the background of your wallpaper, as this will prevent any visible lines where the seams meet. Most DIY stores offer a colour matching service, so just take a sample of your chosen wallpaper and you’ll be able to create paint in a coordinating shade.

You should also turn the central heating off and ensure the room is well-aired before, during and after both the application and drying time – otherwise, the wallpaper will shrink and leave visible gaps between the panels. Then, do your best to wait 48 hours before turning the heating back on.

 

What wallpaper paste should I use?

Our favourites are the Beeline Yellow Top Wallcovering Adhesive and Solvite’s ‘Paste the Wall’. Alternatively, you can use any water-based, pre-mixed paste that is good quality and suitable for the paste-the-wall application method.

In addition to wallpaper paste, what other tools should I have on hand?

You’ll need a brush, a roller and tray, a plumb line, a firm sponge, a kettle, a knife and an edge cutter. Oh, and a ladder. While that sounds like a lot, our wallpaper is very easy to hang once you have the right tools – simply follow along with the step-by-step guide and DIY will feel as easy as ABC.

 

How do I care for the papered walls?

If you’re wallpapering a bathroom or very busy area in the house such as the entrance hall, we suggest applying two coats of decorator’s varnish (we recommend Polyvine in ‘Dead Flat’, which has a matte finish) over the top using a short-flock roller, ensuring the wallpaper is dry first. As well as sealing the wallpaper, this will help to enhance its longevity, protecting against finger marks and scuffing.

Then if you ever need to clean the wallpaper, lightly dust with a microfibre cloth or wipe it gently with a damp (not soaking) cloth.

2M WALLPAPER ROLL
3M WALLPAPER ROLL

How much wallpaper do I need?

Our online wallpaper calculator (found on each product page) makes it easy to work out how many rolls to order – simply enter the height and width for each of the walls you would like to decorate, then we’ll do the maths for you. Alternatively, our in-house experts are on the other end of the line, happy to advise.

For the average room, we always suggest purchasing one additional roll of wallpaper to account for window or door reveals, overhangs, any boxing around pipework etc., as well as any potential mishaps that may occur during installation.

Please also note that as our wallpaper is printed to order, slight variations in colour can occur between batches – we therefore recommend ordering all the rolls you’ll need in one go. 

Which rooms are House of Hackney wallpapers designed for?

Our wallpaper is designed for each and every room in the home: we see it as an opportunity to completely transform any space, imbuing it with beauty and personality. Even if you just wallpaper a small box room or an under-stairs cupboard, you’ll find yourself immersed in a magical world of print and colour.

 

How do I know which print will work in a certain room?

Two of the biggest misconceptions are that you should paint your walls white to make your home feel more spacious, and that wallpaper everywhere will only make rooms feel smaller – if anything, it opens them up and creates depth by drawing you in. So, don’t worry about the size of a room and instead focus on the mood you wish to convey: while bold, psychedelic designs work well in the living room, prints that are a little more serene – think nature-inspired motifs in tranquil colour palettes – are best for the bedroom and bathroom.

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INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN
INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook. A snug away from the main action where you can curl up in a comfy chair and hit pause, if only for a moment. In a room where absolutely everything and anything goes, this is truly where the magic happens.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras, hand-painted porcelain candle pots and treasured keepsakes you’ll have picked up on your travels.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras.

A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras.

Is living in a white-painted box driving you up the wall?

Made from wood pulp sourced from FSC-certified trees, complete with added textile fabrics for strength and stability, our wallpaper is PVC-free and produced using the eco-friendliest methods available.

 

“We will never stop fighting for this planet, for ourselves, our future and for the future of our children and grandchildren.”

- Greta Thunberg, Environmental Activist

INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN

If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

When it comes to furniture (which can also be a scene stealer in its own right), your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here: will a cosy two-seater sofa be enough, or will you also need a chaise longue and a few ‘bottomans’ for your visitors to park their, um, bottoms on? If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, recovering them in a new fabric – be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

When it comes to furniture (which can also be a scene stealer in its own right), your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here: will a cosy two-seater sofa be enough, or will you also need a chaise longue and a few ‘bottomans’ for your visitors to park their, um, bottoms on? If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, recovering them in a new fabric – be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.