How to hang panoramic wallpaper?

panoramic wallpaper decoration

A panoramic wallpaper is a paper representing a panorama, i.e. a large-format illustration. Whether it’s a landscape or a flower print, it transforms your wall into a large painting, like a fresco. Therefore, it does not repeat its pattern indefinitely, unlike patterned wallpaper. 

Available in lengths or the form of a single large canvas, its installation requires a minimum of attention. So, tropical jungle for the living room, antique engraving for the bedroom or scene of life in the forest for the children’s room. All you have to do is take action!

Preparing your wall:

A wallpaper, panoramic or not, must be laid on a clean and smooth surface, without roughness, holes or cracks. This allows it to adhere better and avoid damage during installation. Preparing your wall is, therefore, an essential step:

  • Fill any cracks and holes with filler;
  • Erase the roughness of the wall using sandpaper or steel wool;
  • Remove the socket and switch covers;
  • Remove the radiators;
  • Wash your wall.

If you plan to put your panoramic wallpaper on a painted wall, check the type of paint used. Indeed, shiny paint (especially if it is old) is perfectly smooth and waterproof and could complicate your glue’s setting. 

If you have any doubts about the adhesion of your wall, do not hesitate to apply an undercoat of paint beforehand. It will also allow you to remove your wallpaper more quickly if you decide to review your decoration in a few years.

For installation, you will need:

  • a pencil ;
  • a square or ruler;
  • a stepladder ;
  • one meter ;
  • a spirit level or a plumb line;
  • a cutter ;
  • a spatula ;
  • a sponge ;
  • a smoothing brush;
  • a brush and a roller;
  • wallpaper paste.

Install panoramic wallpaper in rolls: the steps

Step 1: Measure, note and cut

Start by measuring the width of your strips and transfer the measurements to your wall, using your pencil, starting from the left end of your wall. 

Then use your plumb line to trace your lengths vertically, from floor to ceiling. In this way, you will no longer need to check the perfect verticality of your lengths during installation! 

Some brands deliver their panoramic wallpaper in strips already cut and numbered, so you can note the numbers of each strip on your wall to help you. 

This is also the time to cut your strips if they are too long; remember to keep at least 10 cm clearance at the top and bottom of your strip to facilitate installation and avoid a too short strip.

Step 2: We glue!

The course of this step will depend on the type of wallpaper you will install. Indeed, the non-woven wallpaper, which we can only advise you, does not need to be pasted; the pasting of the wall is sufficient. Classic wallpaper will need to be covered with glue.

  • For classic wallpaper – apply the wallpaper paste to half of your length and fold this part over it, taking care not to mark the fold. Proceed in the same way for the remaining part by folding glue against the glue. As the glue needs a little time to penetrate the paper, you can prepare 3 lengths at the same time;
  • For non-woven wallpaper – glue your wall directly using a brush or roller clear the corners and skirting boards. Apply glue to a generous width of the length, with 15 to 20 cm overhang on each side.

Step 3: We pose

Professional tip: always start with the top left corner of a wall to put wallpaper on! Climb onto your stepladder and lay the first length of your panoramic wallpaper. If you are using classic wallpaper, first unfold part of it, lay the strip, leave a few centimeters sticking out at the top and respect your markings. Smooth from the center to the edges to remove any air bubbles. 

Unfold the rest of the length and proceed in the same way to lay it. If you are using non-woven wallpaper, proceed in the same way, without having to unfold your panoramic wallpaper.

Step 4: Cut off the excess

Once your length is in place, mark the angles, up and down the wall, using a ruler or square. Then carefully cut off the excess with your cutter.

Step 5: We continue with the other lengths

You can now proceed in the same way for each of the lengths of your panoramic wallpaper decoration, checking the alignment of the connections each time! Pay attention to your pattern and verticality for an effective and flawless pose.

 Between each strip installation, remember to smooth the whole thing to evacuate any excess glue and perfect the joints of your strips.

Step 6: Sponge 

Your stunning wall fresco is finished; all you have to do is wipe with a clean, slightly damp sponge to remove traces of glue.

Applying a one-piece panoramic wallpaper: how to proceed?

If your mural is delivered in a single canvas, you will need two people for the installation. Proceed in the same way as the non-woven wallpaper by gluing your wall. Always start from the top left corner of your wall. Advance 1 m by 1 m, gluing as you go to prevent the glue from drying out.

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