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How to wallpaper a feature wall with B&Q

22nd July 2009 Print
If you’re looking to add some colour to a room in your home this summer, then why not create a feature wall with a bright and bold wallpaper design? You don’t have to spend a fortune getting the decorators in either – just follow these simple steps from B&Q and you will be able to hang the wallpaper yourself in no time!

This step-by-step guide to wallpapering a feature wall also appears on a new DVD that has been released by B&Q.

Presented by Channel 4’s City Gardener and the News of the World’s gardening columnist Matt James and B&Q expert and star of their TV ads Lauretta Hilton, the 90 minute, £4 DVD gives viewers instructions, advice and handy tips on over 20 different projects for the home and garden.

This summer B&Q exclusively launches a range of new on trend wallpapers by one of the UK’s top designers Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. This latest wallpaper collection features three new designs inspired by Laurence’s travels and eclectic take on beautiful florals. – Shantung, Taffetia and Silk.

Don’t forget B&Q’s range of paintbrushes, rollers, wallpaper pastes and a variety of products to make painting and decorating at home even easier. New products will launch in store at the end of August and will include the Harris Gel range, an ergonomic design with gel handles which comes in rollers and decorating tools such as scrapers and chisels.

B&Q’s steps on how to wallpaper a feature wall:


Step ladder
Tape measure
Plumb line or Spirit level
Long ruler – if necessary
Wallpaper scissors
Bucket for adhesive
Mixer for adhesive
Pasting brush
Damp cloth or Sponge
Plastic paper hanging spatula
Craft knife or Cutting wheel
Seam roller
Screw driver – if necessary
Dust sheet


Wallpaper / Paste the wall wallpaper
Wallpaper paste - Powder or Ready mixed


How many rolls of wallpaper do you need?
Does the batch number on each roll match? (Ensuring no difference in the colour).
Do you have the wall paper paste mixed ready to use?

Hanging wallpaper on a straight wall:

1. The instructions below will enable you to paper your feature wall starting from the right across to the left-hand side.

2. Measure in 50 cm from the corner of the wall

3. Draw a straight line using the spirit level from ceiling to floor against the 50cm measurement.

4. Measure the wallpaper against the length of the wall leaving excess at the ceiling and the floor – write ‘top’ at the top of the paper so you know which way up it should go.

5. Generously apply paste to the wall starting from the top – paste over the pencil line equal to the width of the brush. (This is so that when the next sheet of wallpaper is applied you will not have to paste on top of the paper already on the wall – however if this does happen, use a damp cloth to wipe it off.

6. Hang the paper making sure it is placed right against the pencil line – place some excess wallpaper over the adjacent wall – this will be removed later with a spatula. Smooth down with a damp cloth to get rid of air bubbles.

7. Use the spatula to make a crease on the wallpaper along the ceiling, the bottom of the wall and the corner where both walls meet

8. Peel back the top and bottom – cut along the crease to remove the excess wallpaper – for the vertical wall corner use the cutting wheel to slice along the crease – then gently peel the excess paper off the adjacent (non feature) wall and then wipe down that wall with a damp cloth.

9. Ensure that when hanging the next roll of wallpaper the pattern matches the previous sheet of wallpaper hung.

10. Repeat the process until the end of the wall is reached.

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