Tips for wallpapering ceilings

  • Choose medium-thick wallpaper for ceilings. Overly thick and heavy wallpaper is difficult to install on an overhead surface. On the other hand, if it is too thin and light it will wrinkle easily when adjusted, which you may have to do several times if you are not a professional decorator.
  • As in all wallpapering, make sure that the first sheet is straight. Use a self-levelling laser to ensure absolute straightness easily and quickly.
  • Read the label to see if the adhesive needs to soak in before the paper is positioned. This will affect how the wallpaper behaves when set in place.
  • If the adhesive can be applied directly onto the ceiling, use a roller or brush for this. Make sure that you use enough adhesive on the sheet edges in particular. If you use too little adhesive, the paper will not properly adhere to the wall and will easily peel off. Use a lint-free cloth immediately to wipe off any adhesive squeezed out at the edge. Never use kitchen towel/paper for this.
  • Don't rush it. Align the pattern and seam methodically, and carefully smooth the sheet into place with a brush or trowel. If you get the first sheet positioned properly, the rest should just fall into place.
  • If the ceiling has a light socket, make a suitable hole with a sharp utility knife after attaching the wallpaper to the ceiling (of course, you can cut the hole before placing the sheet if you are confident about your tape-measuring skills). Do the same for power sockets.