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Wallpaper Tips & Tricks For Beginners Part 3

Finishing up with our “Wallpaper Tips & Tricks For Beginners” series, here is the final installment of tips for interior design beginners. If you are looking to remodel your living room or apply new wallpaper to your home in Fall River, MA & Rhode Island, here are great tips to keep in mind!

Cut the Power to Outlets and Switches

Turn the power off in the room before you work around the box and the switches. After, paper over as though they were not there. Then, you would make a diagonal cut from the opposite corners. Finally, trim away the leftover pieces and replace the cover plate.

Look for Imperfections Early

Check over the hung strips multiple times for bubbles and seam issues. It is important to smooth out bubbles as early as possible. The seams should be adjusted so they align before the glue has set in.

Get rid of Extra Adhesive

Use a sponge to clean extra adhesive off the baseboard, wallpaper, and ceiling. Be sure to wash the sponge often in order to remove as much of the glue as possible before you use it again.

Sharpen Up Your Tool

Be sure the utility knife is sharpened before you trim. A dull knife can cause the wallpaper to tear which may lead to damaging the wallpaper and uneven lines.

Carefully Trim the Paper

Keep the putty knife between the wallpaper and the blade when trimming. Doing this will not only protect the paper while you cut, but will ensure for a straight cut. Additionally, do not lift the blade until you are done with cutting.

Another way to trim wallpaper is using the back of a scissor blade. This marks the angles on the wall covering. After that, pull the paper away from the wall. Then, trim along the line marked with scissors. This suggestion is here if you are able to cut in a straight line.

Use Push Pins

Using push pins keeps long strips of the border or paper in place. Put the pin in a lighter area of the paper in order to lessen the chance of it showing. When you remove it, use the seam roller on the paper to smooth out the puncture.

Special Adhesive for Borders

You need a special paste if you want to hang a border on the top of your wallpaper. Make sure to let the wallpaper dry for about 48 hours before you hang the wallpaper border.

Paper Your Faceplates to Match

The faceplates are easy to paper. Find paper scrap that closely matches an area of the wall next to the faceplate. When you find a match, trim the paper one inch wider than the plate. Sanding or priming the faceplate before putting the wallpaper up is recommended, but is not necessary in all situations. Put the paper over the faceplate and be sure that it’s aligned. Cut the paper one-half inch wider than the plate. Dampen the paper and lay it over the plate. Then, use your knife to cut a small X or line where the holes are located. Be sure the paper is aligned before you trim the extra paper. Get rid of the corners of the paper. Then, fold the edges around the sides. Finally, trim the openings using a pin or nail to make a hole where the screw will go. Replace the plate.

If you would like to learn more about different wallpaper installation techniques, need a free estimate or would like to ask our in-house designer, please contact us today!

Wallpaper Tips & Tricks For Beginners Part 2

Continuing our tips series, below are five more wallpaper tips. These tips are perfect for beginners putting up wallpaper, as well as acting as a refresher for experience interior designers.

Keep Things Straight

House walls are not usually perfect right angles, which can be a nightmare for hanging up wallpaper. To make sure that you are hanging your newly bought wallpaper straight, have a level on hand, where you can measure your alignment. There is a device out on the market that is good for measuring this called a plum bomb. Even when using this device, it is always good to have a carpenters level on hand to double check. This will prevent you from making any type of mistake from a miscalculation.

Match Patterns

When you are trying to match patterns it is always good to cut extra wallpaper so you can match the patterns. You want to cut the first wallpaper strip at least four inches longer than the height of the wall. Any strip after that should be two inches longer on top and bottom to make sure they match with the first strip.

Floor Preparation

When you are cutting strips of wallpaper, make sure you lay the cut strips on the floor next to each other. This is a much easier alternative then trying to match your strips on the the wall. After the first cut is made and you are sure it is the correct size, with the extra inches, lay it on the floor. From then you can measure and cut the rest of the pieces, making sure there is extra inches left so you can match the patterns.

Avoid Folding In Fourths

When you are letting the wallpaper “relax”  after the adhesive is activated by water, referred to as booking, avoid folding the paper into fourths. It is easier to hang wallpaper if there is a smaller portion at the top. Then you can unfold the smaller part and place the wallpaper before unfolding the larger portion.

Avoid Drying

To make sure that the wallpaper you are booking doesn’t dry out, place it in a plastic bag. Keeping them in a bag will ensure that they do not dry out and works especially well when you are booking several strips at the same time.

 

 

Wallpaper Tips & Tricks For Beginners Part 1

When redesigning a room, it can get a little complicated as you try to figure out what will work best for that room. One of the major aspects of interior design is the wall of a room. As it is one of the first things people notice when entering the room. The walls set the mood and tone for the room depending on the color, if painted, or design if wallpaper is applied. For beginners, entering the world of wallpaper and interior design can be quite stressful. The following tips will help any beginner as they go through the process of picking and assembling wallpaper to their rooms.

Ordering

When it comes to wallpaper, you want to make sure you order all the wallpaper you expect to use and need. That way when the time comes you have all the materials you need. In addition, there is no need to order more which could cause different shades or colors if the store runs out. When your shipment comes in, make sure to check the lot numbers so you know all the wallpaper came from the same run. If you have wallpaper from different runs, they might look different as different runs have slightly different colors and don’t always match.

Lining Paper

Lining paper is great for first time wallpaper installers. This should be placed on the wall before hanging the wallpaper. Lining paper will prevent the wallpaper from creasing or stretch as you assemble. As well, it helps the paste, used to stick the wallpaper to the wall, dry faster.

Hide Alignment Mistakes

Much like with anything in life, hanging up wallpaper can come with some struggles. One of the biggest and most common issues with wallpaper is misalignment. If you are applying new wallpaper over an older sheet of wallpaper or a dark colored wall, apply a one inch stripe of white paint along the top of the wall. This will make it not as noticeable if the wall paper does not appear to align at the top of the wall.

Gather Your Tools

With any home improvement project, making sure you have the right tools accessible to you is majorly important. For putting up wallpaper you will need the following:

  • Seam roller
  • Wallpaper smoother or brush
  • Carpenter’s level
  • Push pins
  • Tape measure (steel)
  • Tray full of warm water
  • Wet sponge
  • A bucket of water
  • Putty knife
  • Utility knife

Plastic Over Newspaper

Putting up wallpaper can get messy, and we always want to protect our furniture, floor and the wallpaper itself. Although newspaper is usually the go to in these instances, we advise you not to do so. This is because if the newspaper gets wet, and it will, the wet ink can seep through the newspaper and stain your new wallpaper making it useless. To avoid this from happening we suggest using a plastic table or drop cloth.

To learn more tips on putting up wallpaper for beginners, make sure to contact us today! As well, you should keep up with our blog and make sure to find the next part in our series!

How to Choose the Right Wallpaper for Your Space

man putting up wallpaperWallpaper is one of the easiest and most on trend ways to transform your space nowadays. Whether it is a statement wall, or an entire room, wallpaper provides you with many choices, textures and patterns.

Once you have decided that you want to wallpaper a room, how do you choose what is best for you?

First, get a few samples! Put the sample in the room you will be wallpapering, step back and view it as an entire room and live with it for a few days before making a final decision.

If the room is small, use a pattern with a lot of detail, to the make the space pop. If the room is larger, go for something crazy. Be a maximalist. Decide if you would like a statement wall, or if you would like something that supports your furniture. Choose a room that you don’t spend much time in for a louder print, this way you can avoid pattern fatigue. In either option, aim for a contrast between the wallpaper and furniture. This is what keeps the style of your space looking fresh.

Patterned wallpapers help to create depth, detail and textures. Florals are also an option because they contain much more detail than just color. These are a good option if you want the walls to create most of the design in your space. Another option is a stamped metallic print. These tend to be more affordable than handpainted metallic paper. Metallics work well with different types of lighting; in the daytime they reflect natural light and at night they become more interesting and moody.

Yet another option is geometric. Geometrics are a statement, and usually complement the retro or modern styles. Smaller geometric pieces are the easiest to hang, considering you will be cutting less paper at a time. If you aren’t crazy about the entire space having this print, consider adding it as an accent to a room. The energy of the print will bring your space to life.

Second, consider your lighting. View the space in day and night time light. If you are feeling hesitant about choosing a big, bold pattern, neutrals are always classic. You can choose a muted pattern, or calming print to embrace your white canvas.

Third, always choose a wallpaper with a higher quality finish and a softer tone of ink. Less expensive wallpapers with a shiny finish can look overpowering, and this is not ideal for your space.

Fourth, have fun with it! Pick a print that you love, and you won’t be disappointed! Be sure to consider all of your material options.

If you have any questions about the patterns and designs of wallpaper, feel free to call us!

Wallpaper Trends of 2016

Although 2016 is already half way done, time flies, there is still time to hop on to the trends for wallpaper that have taken the year by storm. More people are customizing their interior design of their homes to make it something of their own. Customized walls show character and personality while giving a room life. Take a look at some of the trends that are popular in 2016.

  • Floral – At the end of 2015, floral pattern wallpaper was making a jump. As expected, this carried over into 2016 as a popular option for homeowners. Floral patterns are a good way to show elegance and beauty to a room and fit almost any type of room from classic to contemporary. Popular styles of floral wallpaper has ranged from large scale prints, still-lifes and old school vintage inspired botanical.

floral wallpaper

  • Mimic – A trend that has been slowly been gaining popularity over recent years, and more so in 2016. This wallpaper creates the illusion of natural materials, adding character without having to spend the money on the real material. Some natural materials that are commonly mimicked are planked walls, concrete blocks, wood paneling, bamboo, etc.

fake wood wallpaper

  • Scenery – With the advances of technology and the ability to put photographs on canvases, there is now the ability to do the same with wallpaper. Creating amazing wallpaper with city scenery, vacation destinations and more. This trend has become increasingly popular as more people want to really put their personality into a room.

city wallpaper

  • Natural/Cozy – Natural living is the major trend of 2016 as people are looking for their homes to be a place of relaxation. With this in mind, patterns that show natural remedies such as plants and trees as well as patterns that are relaxing to the eye have been a main theme in 2016.

vine wall paper

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Expensive Fabrics/Simple Designs

clothSometimes you fall in love with a fabric which just seems a little more expensive than you wanted to spend. Don’t worry, you still might be able to use that fabulous fabric.

Often times, the nicer fabrics work well with simple designs that do not require so much fabric or high labor costs. If the design of the fabric is what makes it appealing to you, it might be best to use it in a flat, ungathered design. Such as an upholstered cornice, a flat-tailored valance, a roman shade or inside panels to show off the pattern. Sometimes beautiful fabrics look best with simple, less expensive rods. One focal point (the fabric or the hardware) might be just the right touch without overdoing it!

Our designer has a wide range of knowledge with interior design and fabrics. Contact us today to get in touch with her to help you out with your next project!

White Accents Will Make Your Home Appear More Bright and Airy

Winter is the perfect time to add white to your interior decor because it lightens up rooms on dark days and stormy nights. And it adds a clean, clear look that works all year round. 

You might be surprised that white isn’t a single color. White comes in many versions, some with warmer overtones and some cooler. The warm tones tend to complement traditional and elegant homes better, while cooler hues may work better in modern or contemporary spaces. Depending on the shade you select – and the colors around it – white can calm your rooms or add energy.

What kinds of interior elements work best in white? White is fabulous for almost any home fashions, including wall covering, paint, rugs, upholstery fabric, floor coverings, window treatments, linens and accessories. And, in addition to matching just about everything, white bed linens and towels seem so much crisper and cleaner than any other color.

White is stunning when used with black or another dark, rich color like chocolate brown, Indian red or deep blue. White can be paired beautifully with almost any color palette, including neutral creams, taupes, tans, blues, grays and more. Even a room that’s decorated almost all in white doesn’t have to be bland or boring because it can include such a variety of textures, including rough or smooth, soft or hard, and matte or glossy finishes.

Make a bright design choice by adding white to your decor this winter. Come see our display of in-stock wallcovering, our large collection of wallpaper sample books, and the infinite choices of color in our fabulous paint line, Coronado Paints by Benjamin Moore.

Is Your House a Bit Frightful for the Holidays?

Getting ready for the upcoming holidays is no small task. Gifts to purchase, cards to write food to cook, and oops, the house! If you are entertaining for the holidays, take a step back and look at the rooms that you will have guests in. Are they a bit tired looking? Paint chipped? Wallpaper dated?

 

We have the solution for you! Come to our showroom and take a look at the huge selection of in-stock wallpaper we have right here. The cost for in-stock wallpaper is considerably less than when we have to order it for you. And the best thing is that there is no waiting. Come in and take a look at our selection of textures, small prints, damasks, and more contemporary designs.

 

It is popular to do an accent wall in a room with wallpaper and we will help you select a paint color for the other three walls and trim that will be just right to make the room positively beautiful and one you can be proud to show off to your guests.

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at AmericanWallpaper & DesignCenter!