Hanging patterned wallpaper feature wall: How to wallpaper a feature wall – which wall to paper, expert advice how

How to wallpaper a feature wall – which wall to paper, expert advice how

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Feature walls are still very much a thing, considered an ideal way to invigorate a room without too much time or money. Feature walls also give you the opportunity to embrace pattern which you might otherwise avoid, for fear of overpowering the decor.

If you’re looking for an easy DIY and decorating project to refresh your home, wallpapering an accent wall in your dining room or bedroom, or adding feature living room wallpaper ideas to your space could be just what your space needs to take it from drab to fab.

Jody Hudson, Stylist and James Hughes, In-House Decorator at Graham & Brown shares their step-by-step guide on how to wallpaper a feature wall. Use this simple advice, and reinvigorating your room should be a breeze…

How to wallpaper a feature wall

(Image credit: Graham & Brown)

1. Prepare your wall

Preparing your walls for wallpapering is quick, easy and essential. First start by removing any grease, dust or dirt with a damp sponge, and fill in any small cracks with filler. For really troublesome walls, think about applying a lining paper first, to get a smooth base.

2. Draw a plumb line

Start by drawing a plumb line (a vertical straight line from which you will hang the first drop of wallpaper against) about 50cm from the left-hand corner of the wall you are about to paper.

3. Paste the wall

Apply wallpaper paste directly to your wall with a paint roller or wide brush. Paste over the plumb line and at least 2cm wider than the width of the wallpaper.

Use a slim paint brush to add paste at the top of the wall, around sockets and just above the skirting, to avoid the wallpaper lifting when dry.

(Image credit: Graham & Brown)

4. Hang your paper

The wallpaper can then by hung, straight from the roll, using a clean, dry paint brush to smooth it into place, allowing 2-3cm extra at the top and bottom. The wet waste will allow you to wiggle the paper into the right spot, lining it up with the plumb line, then starting at the centre, brush out any lumps or air bubbles to the side.

5. Trim your wallpaper

Once smooth, cut the excess paper at the top and bottom with sharp scissors or a craft knife.

6. Move to the next drop

For the second drop, check that your design fits together along the edges of the wallpaper. Starting at the top, match the paper as your hang it from the roll, lightly brushing the paper to the wall as you go- the paper will slide into place on the paste.

When you get to the bottom of the wall, double-check that the pattern matches and there are no gaps- loosely pulling back the paper and brushing it back down if there are any bubbles- the paper is pretty forgiving!


Repeat until the wall is covered

Repeat until you have covered your wall and use a damp cloth to remove any paste that may have oozed out onto the paper.

So which walls in your home will your be transforming this weekend?

Which wall should be a feature wall?

(Image credit: Graham & Brown)

A feature wall can define a space so choose your wall wisely. They’re a brilliant way to highlight existing architectural features or zone the space in an open plan home. Chimney breasts and walls behind headboards make for interesting focal points.

What colours should the other walls be?

Adding a feature wall can be a great way to inject colour and pattern into your home, but the whole room doesn’t have to be bold and bright to make a statement.

Graham & Brown pairs each of their wallpapers with four co-ordinating paint shades, so you choose to match with a more neutral hue to give your room soothing balance.

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I’ve been casually thinking about how to spruce up my daughters room for over 6 months now. I love the impact a feature wall can bring to a space but nothing I could think of really jumped out at me until a few weeks ago!

I came across this wallpaper from A-Street Prints and fell in love with the subtle texture and neutral but playful color. I knew I wanted to use it… but then comes the question of how. The full room? Trim halfway up and wallpaper the top? One full wall? Just the ceiling? The possibilities of how to use wallpaper as a statement are endless.

Originally, I thought I would do box molding as I talked about in this post. Once I started laying out the dimensions, I ultimately ended up using 1×4 trim and cove moulding to create dimension and a little interest. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and am here to give you a step by step of how I did it!

Where we started…

This was my son’s nursery and I had some really cute peel and stick vinyl wallpaper complimented with a soft grey-green. Note: I chose not to paint over this before starting because this wallpaper was very thick, but I would check to see if anything would show through before deciding not to paint.

Deciding Where to Start.

My recommendation is to start in the center of the wall if you are doing a single feature wall. If you were wallpapering an entire room, you would want to start in an inconspicuous corner.

I found the middle of the wall and made plum lines where the edges of the first piece of wallpaper would hit. This will serve as a guide to make sure your first piece is completely straight. All your other pieces will line up based on this first strip, so make sure it’s straight!

This wallpaper is unpasted so you will need a wallpaper adhesive to apply to the wall. I’ll include a full list of supplies in my Amazon shop! Some wallpaper will come pasted so make sure and check which kind of wallpaper you buy. I will also note that this wallpaper has the most beautiful texture which really added to the final result. This was by far one of the best quality wallpapers I have ever used.

I used a 3/8″ nap roller to roll it on the wall… being careful to only apply it to the area where the strip would go. The instructions called for it to only be applied to the wall, but I chose to apply it to both the wall and the back of the paper. I found the paper to slide better and allow me to get perfect seams. The edges of the paper are very important to make sure you have enough adhesive on!

You can also use a brush for tight areas or along eges.

I use a large framing square to make all of my cuts. If you have a big table, you can use a utility knife. I found that making a clean pencil mark and using scissors worked just fine.

This post is specifically showing how to wallpaper a feature wall with trim – so it was not necessary to have exact edges. I knew there would be trim covering those areas. I also skipped an inch (see below pic) strictly to save myself from having to open another roll. Trim would be covering it so it wasn’t a big deal but it does look a little funny here!

My trick for getting wallpaper to line up is to go from the seams and work down and out. The paste allows you to move it quite a bit before it dries. I can slide it around pretty easily until I get the seams lined up perfectly! I mainly use my hands to smooth it out and then will use a wallpaper brush to really get a firm adhesion.

I also take the time after each strip to take a very lightly damp rag and wipe off the seams as there is most likely glue that has escaped.

After the full wall received the wallpaper treatment, it was time for the trim! I used 1×4 select pine and started with the bottom and top. I used 12′ boards so I didn’t have to have a seam. I wanted to beef up the bottom so I used a piece of base cap to place on top of my trim before adding the 1×4. \ This trick will work regardless of the type of baseboard you have so that 3/4″ material will fit seamlessly against it!

I nailed each piece of trim in, trying to hit studs where I could. I used 2″ brad nails and a nail gun to make sure the nail went through the trim, drywall and potentially a stud.

At this point, you could paint and easily be done! I knew I wanted to add some dimension so I chose to add some cove moulding inside each box. First, I cut each piece to length, then I primed and painted each piece before installing since these pieces would fit tight against the wallpaper and I didn’t want to have to worry about painting the wallpaper!

I used DAP wood filler on all the seams and nail holes… sanding the seams smooth after it dried. I also caulked any corner as well as the space between the trim and wall with paintable latex caulk.

The cove moulding adds such a nice touch doesn’t it?

Almost done! I had a color matched to the wallpaper that was a paint and primer in one and painted all the trim, including the baseboard.

I really love this brush for trimwork!

This wall is full of character and I couldn’t be happier with how it transformed this room!

I already had most of the furnishings so I just brought everything back into the room and hung these new sconces right on the trim (Yes, this was planned!)

What do you think? Would you tackle a feature wall like this? Stay tuned for some finishing touches on the rest of her room!


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Wouldn’t it be too aggressive? Dynamically? And perhaps it is “peppy wallpaper” – is your goal? This article is for those who would like to try something more interesting than a plain roll without a pronounced ornament.


Something to consider
This ornament is simple at first glance. It is worth spending a little time studying and contemplating, and you will see a lot of encoded information, which is a task for an inquisitive mind to decipher. Sometimes, looking closely at the usual curls on the wallpaper, you can see a completely new image in the spirit of the famous graphic artist Moritz Escher.

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A way to be trendy
Every self-respecting wallpaper factory renews its assortment every year. New collections, including those with ornaments, are created taking into account fresh ideas, fashionable colors and the latest technologies. The best design minds are busy creating interesting and unusual wallpaper patterns. What wallpaper trends are at the peak of fashion? — Pronounced ornament, metallization of the pattern. Pick an actual pattern and update the wall.

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Try something different
Nobody encourages you to paint all the walls the same wallpaper. You can choose a pattern in such a way that you get the original design of the space. Let it be a border of arabesques (a pattern made up of a complex combination of floral and geometric motifs) running along the line of the TV screen, or alternating stripes from different wallpapers. In the living room, in the kitchen, in the bedroom, anywhere – fantasize!

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Adjust the interior
Wallpaper with active patterns can change the perception of space. For example, smooth the corners, as in the photo.

In addition, a bright repeating pattern affects the visual definition of proportions. Using these properties of the ornament, you can make the room visually less elongated or even get rid of the feeling of tightness.

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In the photo: in this project, the dark range of wallpapers helped to visually enlarge the space — black seems to dissolve the boundaries of the room, and a spectacular large print creates a wow effect

Question: How to choose wallpaper with a pattern


effect. Designers developing wallpaper concepts now have not only natural and geometric elements in their arsenal, they draw inspiration from the cutting-edge achievements of science: quantum physics, the microcosm, mechanical engineering and space technologies. All these elements, new to design, give rise to new patterns. Their rhythm, color and texture work to perceive the surface as voluminous, with an original deep structure.

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Make an accent
5999984741211px;”/> Wall-paper with a pronounced ornament is an excellent material for creating an accent in the interior. A bright wall panel made of wallpaper can improve the proportions of the room, highlight a significant area.

In the living room, for example, most often there is a zone by the fireplace or TV, in the bedroom – the head of the bed, in the dining room – the wall at the dining table.

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Choose versatility
A pronounced pattern suits most interior styles, moreover, classic, art deco, Provence rarely do without repeating patterns on the walls. Even in a modern interior, decor from an active pattern will look good if you pick it up with taste.

The visible ornament can be both small and large. A pattern – a pattern that repeats many times – can generally be made up of any symbols, recognizable and not so.


When we look at a repeated pattern, our brain switches from one activity to another, which is one of the ways to restore mental energy.

Try to see the general background in the variegation of the pattern, and then return to looking at the details again – this is an excellent exercise to train the visual muscle and relieve eye fatigue.

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Decorate a wall…
A wall with patterned wallpaper should be seen as an additional decoration of the room – for example, a group of empty decorative frames looks great on wallpaper with an ornament.

You can also frame the wallpaper itself and consider it as an artistic canvas, replacing the usual posters and paintings with rolled material.

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…and ceiling
Wallpapering is not limited to walls. Pay attention to how spectacular the ornament on the ceiling looks! As you can see, patterns can decorate any interior.

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Combination wallpaper of two colors among themselves: ideas in photo

Any wallpaper collection usually includes large and small patterns, complex and simple geometries and several companion backgrounds. Everything fits together perfectly, but this is in the catalog – but how will it look in space? How to determine which wall to make accent? Where is it better to glue a large drawing, where – small, where – geometry? And if you need to “make friends” of coatings from different collections and factories?

In this post, we analyze popular ways to combine wallpaper of two or more colors, different in design and type of material.

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1. Decide on accent walls

and can be emphasized with wallpaper in a rich palette, with an active design. Usually the most attention goes to the walls:

  • which are the first thing you look at when you enter the room;
  • where the TV will hang, there will be a fireplace;
  • behind the sofa in the living room, in the kitchen, in the office;
  • at the dining table;
  • at the head of the bed in the bedroom or nursery.

Design: Midbec

Design: Ksenia Erlakova

Walls with interesting architecture can also become focal points:

  • with large niches;
  • ledges and semi-columns;
  • ceiling height differences;
  • other expressive structural elements.

Design: Anna Razumeeva-Smirnova

Design: Victoria Lazareva

Design: Idit Orni

Do not use accent wallpaper for more than two zones. Otherwise, they will argue among themselves and get lost in the background of each other.

If the room is small, without specific architectural elements, and nothing in its geometry catches the eye, then it is better to refuse accent drawings and colors on the walls and combine two or three calm designs. These can be:

  • dim plain backgrounds;
  • discreet pattern or geometry in a muted palette + a background that is close in visual weight;
  • two calm identical drawings in different scales – one is larger, the other is smaller.

Design: Rebel Walls


2. One wall – one design

Don’t mix several types of wallpaper on one wall, glue each of them from corner to corner, ledge, niche or architectural element – this way the combination will look more complete. If you still want to center the coating, highlight it with moldings or pick up a companion with a non-contrasting background.

Design: Cozy Houzy

3. Do not use more than three designs from the collection

The variety of patterns and backgrounds does not mean that you need to glue them all.

How to combine wallpapers with each other: we analyze popular methods

Background + background

There are many options for such combinations, but the most calm and harmonious is a pair of coatings of two or three shades of the same color of different lightness and strength, for example, medium gray with graphite, light brown with brown, green with dark green. In such combinations, the depth of the selected color will be revealed in full force and unnecessary variegation will not appear.

Another option is to make a pair or a trio of one or two very calm colors and one bright one. Let the proportion of bright colors be less than the proportion of calm colors – this will help balance the combination.

Design: Anastasia Kudryashova

Background + pattern or geometry

A classic, uncomplicated combination. If you want uniform, dim walls, choose companions with the same background for accent coatings, if contrasting, choose something much lighter or darker than the background.

Design: Nadezhda Nosova

Design: Marina Sargsyan

Design: Julia Khokhlova

Traditionally wallpaper with a pattern or geometry is used to cover accent walls or parts of walls, but you can do the opposite: for example, cover a niche or ledge with background wallpaper, and the space around it with active wallpaper. At the same time, it is not worth pasting over the entire room with a bright coating: limit yourself to pasting only the wall on which the niche or ledge is located.

Design: ST-Interiors

Design: Milassa

Large pattern or geometry + the same, but small

Having settled on such a combination, remember: large prints visually reduce the surface, small ones, on the contrary, make them a little larger. Therefore, for accents, choose wallpaper in a large pattern or geometry, and let the small one act as a background.

Pattern + geometry

Such combinations are ideal for classic interiors, where geometry (usually a stripe or check) is a companion to a pattern (damask, flowers). Choose calm, dim geometry – then it will not bother you and will help to unobtrusively structure the interior, which is never superfluous for classics. Combinations of photo wallpapers with flowers, combined in the interior with a stripe, are also good.

Photo: Alexander Klevtsov

Design: After the Antique

Design: Milassa

Two or three different patterns

In such multi-component combinations, the main thing is to observe proportions: the more active the pattern or color, the less such wallpaper should be in the interior. And to make the composition look coherent, choose options that are close in intensity and visual weight. Best combinations:

  • include accent coatings in the interior in the form of decorative inserts in moldings;
  • spread drawings on different sides of the room, if it is large and has many corners and niches.
  • Apply one type of wallpaper to the inside of a bookcase or cabinet.

Design: VV Design

Other wallpaper combinations

How to combine wallpaper horizontally?

A popular design technique is to use wallpaper as a high edging, as a colored border or as a cornice. It has nothing to do with the ready-made paper cornices that were glued over the wallpaper in the nineties. This technique is rather a subtle, beautiful reference to the classics in a modernist house or apartment.

Design: Desatori

Design: O&A Design

How to combine wall and ceiling wallpaper?

You can extend the accent coating from the wall to the ceiling or stick something independent – the main thing is that the color palette on the ceiling should echo the walls.

It is desirable that the wallpaper on the ceiling be visually light, not too active: any ceiling decor will optically lower it a little. The darker and more colorful the ceiling, the lower it will appear.

Design: Cathy Morgan

Design: Scott Arthur Yerkey Design

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Design: Maria Edina

How to combine wallpapers from different factories, collections and materials in a room?

Try not to mix different finishes unnecessarily: this is quite a challenge even for the pros, as each manufacturer produces wallpapers with a unique tonality and surface texture.