When redecorating, one of the first things you will decide is whether you will paint your walls or apply wallpaper.

While furniture is important, nothing will look right unless your walls are on point to set the scene. You have the ability to change the mood, style and transform your space with just a change of paint colour or a statement wallpaper. A dramatic room can instantly be made soft with a pale paint colour and a room that feels too big can instantly feel cozy with darker wallpaper and a striking pattern. Whether you decide to use paint or wallpaper, your home will definitely take on new life and if you cannot decide you can get away with using both.

Here are some advantages of using wallpaper:

  • Wallpaper is durable and can last over 15 years making it cost effective in the long run
  • Properly hung wallpaper can last 3 times as long as paint
  • Wallpaper can hide surface imperfections
  • Paint can only provide a colour in a very limited spectrum of finishes from matte to glossy, Wallpaper on the other hand comes in a wide variety of designs with an incredible selection of beautiful effects like pearl, glitter, beads, foils and other textures
  • Wallpaper can be used to create a designer look in any space
  • Wallpaper is not messy to apply and wont stain any of your furniture or floors
  • You can easily wipe most wallpapers clean which is great if you have children or pets

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Heres what James Watson – Co-founder & Managing Director of 1838 Wallcoverings has to say about choosing wallpaper over paint;

Paint can be brilliant for adding colour to a space but it will never beat the impact that wallpaper makes with a wonderful array of designs, from bold and colourful to subtle, wallpaper can speak about the individual instantly making a home more personal.

Paint will never beat the impact that wallpaper makes

Many people have thought that installing and removing wallpaper is more trouble than it’s worth but new technology has turned all that on its head. Unlike traditional wallpapers, 1838 is printed onto a non woven base which enables it to be easy hung and stripped. This has revolutionised decorating; making it simple and it takes a lot less time.

New technology in wallpaper means installation is not as troublesome as we once thought.

Heres how to apply your 1838 wall coverings with ease

  1. Before cutting and hanging your 1838 wallpaper, ensure that all rolls have the same batch reference, are in good condition, have no shade variation and that no other faults are present. And most importantly, ensure you’ve brought enough for your space. James suggests ordering slightly over what you need just in case.
  2. On to the preparation stage. Always ensure your walls are clean, dry and even and make sure you remove any old wallpaper sufficiently and buff the wall down with sandpaper.
  3. When applying non woven wallpaper always make sure you have good quality, light grade ready mixed tub adhesive. The next part is different to the norm, says James. You should paste the wall to hang the 1 length at a time, to an area slightly wider than the width of the wall.
  4. Now for the most important part of the process. Start by hanging the wallpaper with a decorators brush, working from the middle, outwards to ensure all air bubbles are gone. Avoid squeezing paste out of joins and ensure paste does not get onto the brush or roller.
  5. The final part – Straighten up and trim the ends with a pair of scissors and you have a beautifully decorated wall.