Hanging instructions for hand printed wallpaperGo back

Hanging this paper is the job of an experienced decorator. Please make sure that you fully understand how to hang this paper before you start. If in doubt please ask a professional decorator, experienced at hanging untrimmed wallpapers.

Before starting to hang the paper, check that you have the correct quantity of wallpaper to complete the entire area and that you are satisfied that all the paper is from the same batch.All our handprinted papers are printed onto non-woven paper. The wallpaper paste should be applied to the walls, not the paper. We recommend a good pre-prepared tub paste. Unlike traditional wallpaper, this paper does not expand when wet and shrink back when dry. Care should be taken not to crease the paper before or when applying it to the walls. Creases will not shrink out when the paper dries. Offer the paper up to the pasted wall surface and smooth gently onto the wall with a clean plastic blade or short hairbrush.


Before hanging this wallpaper check that the walls are sound. If the walls are in a bad state they should be prepared and cross lined with 1000 grade lining paper. Newly plastered walls that are not being cross lined should be prepared with at least one coat of diluted PVA. This will prevent the wallpaper paste from soaking into the new plaster when applied to the wall.

If you are papering the whole room it is best to start in a corner where the eye is least likely to notice the discrepancy in pattern match once you have papered all the walls of the room. This should ideally be above the door through which one enters the room.

This paper has been hand printed and left untrimmed. Please check the side to side repeat of the design before hanging. In addition to the side to side repeat, there is an extra printed margin of approximately 0.75cm on each edge of the pattern. This will aid you in matching up drops on uneven walls.

The unprinted margins on each edge of the paper may be different widths on each roll. Make sure that all the rolls of paper are the same way up before cutting any lengths.

You can pre trim the wallpaper before hanging, however, we feel that the best results are obtained by using the overlap and double-cut trimming method. This will allow the join to accommodate any unevenness in the surface of the wall.

Hanging the first drops

IMPORTANT: The following instructions assume that you will be hanging the paper from left to right. (To hang the drops from right to left, reverse the numbering of drops marked on the wall and pre-trim the unprinted margin on the right-hand side of your drops, for pattern match.)

Cut the first length of wallpaper to be hung and check that it is the correct length for the wall, allowing for trimming top and bottom once pasted to the wall. Cut your second length of paper allowing for the vertical pattern repeat.

Draw vertical lines on the wall with a pencil, showing where the joins between the drops of paper will fall, numbering your drops on the wall, starting with "1" on the furthest left of your first wall.

Trim the unprinted margin from the left-hand edge of each drop of paper. This will allow you to match the pattern when the paper is overlapped on the wall, prior to the final trim and join.

This is a non-woven paper so the wall should be pasted.


Paste a section of the wall just wider than the first drop of paper. Hang the first drop of paper, checking that it is completely vertical. Paste a section of the wall just wider than the second drop of paper. Offer up the second drop of paper to the wall and place the left-hand edge of the second drop of paper so that it overlaps the right-hand edge of the first drop of paper, checking that the pattern on the overlapping left-hand edge of drop two matches up with the first drop beneath.

Trimming the first drops

Trim the paper top and bottom along the cornice/ceiling and also the skirting board.

Take a metal straight edge and place it vertically over the left-hand edge of the second drop of paper, about 0.5cm in from the left hand printed edge. With a sharp knife, cut through both layers of the printed wallpaper where they overlap.

The trimmed left-hand edge of the second drop of paper will fall away when cut. The trimmed right-hand edge of the first drop of paper should be removed from beneath the second drop of paper. You should be left with a perfect flat join between the two drops.

Check the joins. It may be necessary to add a small amount of additional paste beneath some of the joins. and smooth down gently with your thumbnail, or an edging roller.

IMPORTANT: If any paste gets onto the surface of the paper. Wipe gently with a SOFT, clean, damp cloth. Do not use any solvents or detergents on the surface of the paper.


Check that you are happy with the position of the cut join.

Cut further drops of paper, allowing for the pattern repeat, and continue to hang them as described above.

The above instructions are for guidance only. They do not form any part of a contract between Rapture & Wright and the client/contractor. Nor are the above instructions to be taken as any sort of guarantee of the product. The information given in our specifications or technical hanging advice, whether verbal or written, is for guidance and is given in good faith, but without warranty, as site conditions and levels of skill in application are beyond our control. We can accept no liability for the performance of the products arising out of such use. No redecoration costs will be entertained.