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Wallpaper Hanging - The Tricky Bits

Wallpaper Hanging - The Tricky Bits

Once you have taken a look at Harley& Lola's designer range of wallpapers you may be inspired to decorate your living space. Wallpapering doesn't have to be hard with our guide to wallpapering tricky areas with ease.

External Corners

Take a length as normal. Paste carefully along the top of the wall and skirting before lining up the length that will going round the corner with the previous length. As with internal corners, you should not stop at the corner. Instead, follow the corner round with a 3 inch overlap to make pasting the next strip easy! Use the wallpaper brush to smooth the seam down and secure the corner strip to the wall. Before going round the corner make a vertical relief cut at the top of the wall on the corner allowing the paper to fold over easily. Wrap round the corner and smooth down before trimming the ceiling overlap with a knife. Follow the same process for the bottom of the corner and then smooth the corner out with your wallpaper brush, following the corner round to the end of the overlap.


Hang the wallpaper from the top of the wall and smooth down as far as the architrave. Use wallpaper scissors to make a cut into the corner of the architrave then push the paper into the angle. Use a smoother to push along the crease before trimming the overlap.


Treat the top of the window surround the same as a doorway. To cut round the sill, make a horizontal cut into the top corner then into the bottom corner. Feel for the end of the sill and make cuts up to this line. Force the paper into the angles of the wall, architrave and window sill by brushing the paper using a smoother.

Windows and Door Reveals

You will need to drop two lengths for the sides of the reveals (one each) and one drop for the central part of the reveal.

For the side of the reveal... 

Drop a length of wallpaper to fit the top and bottom of the wall over the reveal as usual, leaving 3 inches width over the actual wall. In line with the top of the reveal, cut horizontally until you reach the side edge of the reveal, then do the same along the sill level. Fold the paper into the reveal and trim to the edge of the window frame. Finish by hanging the drop to the wall above and below the reveal and trim at the ceiling and skirting as usual. 

For the middle of the reveal...

Continue papering across the width of the window reveal, making sure that patterns are aligned. Central drops should paper round the wall into the underside of the reveal, just use a smoother to shape the edge of the reveal. - Top Tip: Use roll ends or off-cuts for these smaller area to save on paper.

When you get to the second side of the reveal, follow the same steps as the first side.

The tricky bits...

You will now need to paper the corner areas which have not been covered. Measure the square piece that will be needed and add 3 cm on the top and bottom side, as well as the side that will fold into the corner of the wall. Paste onto the area, ensuring any pattern matches up with the rest of the reveal underside. User a wall paper brush to shape the corners, pushing into the groove of the reveal. This will leave you with creases along the overlaps which can simply be trimmed to give a perfect, seamless join. Smooth over and apply the same technique to every corner until the entire reveal is covered.

Sockets and Light Switches

Make sure all power is off before doing this!

Hang the paper as normal down the wall, going straight over the switch or socket. Brush gently over the fitting to make a slight impression but not to tear. Hole the paper over the fitting and mark each corner with a pencil, drawing lines into the centre from each one. Pierce the centre and cut along the lines to each corner before pulling back the flaps made. Trim the flaps just inside the outer edge, leaving 6 mm that covers the fitting. Partially unscrew the faceplate and pull slightly from the wall. Carefully ease the faceplate through the hole in the paper then brush the trimmed edges carefully behind the faceplate. Screw the plate back into place and tighten the screws. Make sure to let the paste dry before turning the power on again.







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