Wallpaper, how to use it, and what’s trending!

Our top 5 picks for trending wallpaper for 2021:

Floral & Botanical: Exquisite floral patterns, flowers of all species, colours, and sizes! Or perhaps you’ll go for a more botanical feel, delicious monster leaves, bamboo shoots, and reeds.

Botanical Wallpaper

Floral Wallpaper

  • Nature’s finest: Animals in their natural setting, parrots in rainforests, tigers in jungles, or even flamingos bathing themselves in a waterhole at dusk.

Peacock Wallpaper

Flamingo Wallpaper

  • Murals: Beautiful faces, scenery, and spaces.

Nature Scene Wallpaper

River Mural Wallpaper

  • Texture: Brick walls, rough surfaces, and sensory enhancing textiles.

Blue Brick Wallpaper

Rough Texture Wallpaper

  • Maximalism: Where more is more! Various patterns, colours, and styles united.

Navy Maximalism Wallpaper

Puzzel Pink Maximalism Wallpaper

DIY Wallpaper:

Materials needed -

  • Wallpaper.
  • Adhesive paste.
  • Clean, dry Roller.
  • Drywall knife and/or 50g sandpaper.
  • Paint roller to apply the paste.
  • Smoother tool.
  • Soft sponge.
  • Taping knife and scissors.

 Keep these pointers in mind -

  1. Prep the wall – this can be done by filling in any visible holes, scraping the wall clear with a drywall knife, and/or sanding the surface down till smooth. 
  2. Align wallpaper sheets – the trick here is to start at the door and work your way away from the entrance of the room. 
  3. Apply adhesive to the surface of the wallpaper – rolling the paste onto the back of the paper will work better than drenching the paper with it. Ensure that you have the correct paste for the job, choose between wheat, clay, and starch pastes, uniquely created with a specific type of wallpaper in mind. 
  4. Place the wallpaper onto the wall – it is easier to apply the wallpaper when it has been folded into thirds. Once up, smooth the paper out with a gentle pressing motion using a smoother tool. 
  5. Clean as you go – make use of a soft sponge to clean up any residue during the process. 
  6. Secure every seam – this can be done by rolling over them with a clean, dry roller.
  7. Use the tapping knife and scissors to remove excess wallpaper along edges, door frames, and skirting boards – it is important to overlap the wallpaper before cutting away the ‘extra’ pieces. 

 Ways in which you can maintain the integrity of your wallpaper

  1. Use baby wipes to clean the surface of your wallpaper.
  2. Another way to wipe your wallpaper down is with a soft sponge and water or a mild dishwater soap, should you need to remove a stain.
  3. Your vacuum can be a useful tool to remove cobwebs and dust that has settled.
  4. An unusual way of cleaning your wallpaper, should it be a non-washable type, is with a dry wallpaper dough to remove dust, dirt, and cobwebs.  

Need more of a visual guide? Follow the link below to watch a full tutorial, start to finish, on how to DIY wallpaper your home!


Looking for an expert? You’re in luck! We have our very own in-house décor whiz who can assist you with selecting the best wallpaper for your room, keeping in mind its practicality, the use of the room, and your décor requirements.

Kim can help you with the DIY process for installing your wallpaper, but if that’s not something that appeals to you, speak to her about arranging an installation team! Find her in the lighting department in-store at 176 Victoria Road or email her at kim@hallsretail.com to get in touch!

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