We were so excited to install the mid-century geometric peel and stick wallpaper from Room Mates Decor. This is not the first time using peel and stick wallpaper from roommatesdecor.com and we have been pleased with the results in the past.
Past Projects With Peel and Stick Wallpaper
This is when we used the tick mark pattern for our bedroom for the One Room Challenge in the fall of 2019. This is the blog where I explain the installation of the peel and stick wallpaper. And, this is when we used the black photographic floral pattern to surprise our oldest daughter in her rental home.
The One Room Challenge
This time we did the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge, that is sponsored by One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Over a six-week period (seven with a one-week extension), we transformed the basement, that was original to our 1970s mid century modern home.
This is what our library looked like when we started.
The basement has one big room and I knew that I wanted a stripe to go all around room and convey the 1970s look that I was hoping to achieve. The basement also has a nook that we are calling our library. I knew that needed something special. When I found the mid-century geometric peel and stick wallpaper on the roommatesdecor.com website, I felt it was the perfect fit.
The colours on roommatedecor.com were very true to life. I chose the wallpaper, then chose colours from it to paint the stripes in our room, while we waited for the wallpaper to ship. I was astounded when the wallpaper arrived and the colours I had chosen matched perfectly to those in the wallpaper.
Peel and Stick Wallpaper Installation Tips
As I mentioned, we have installed the @roommates decor peel and stick wallpaper before. Here are a few tips that may help you with your installation.
- Make sure you start with a straight wall. Most dwellings do not have perfectly straight walls, so in that case you would need to draw a straight line to indicate your starting place
- Make sure that you understand the pattern repeat on your wallpaper. In our case the pattern repeat was 18 inches. So we chose a beige and blue square combination at the top on the left of the first run. In every subsequent run we had to find that same combination and put it at the top. In most cases, you will waste a bit of paper in order to make the pattern match so get advice on how much to order.
- Having a long flat surface nearby, such as a table is helpful for laying the runs out, measuring and cutting.
- When you go to hang the paper, pull back a good long section, so that when you go to hang the paper it falls naturally. Your goal will be to secure the top, then ensure that your edge adjoining the other run of paper or the line, lines up perfectly. Once you have lined up the edge you can gradually smooth out the paper to the other side. Remember that you can start again if you make a mistake with peel and stick.
- A sharp exacto knife is your best friend your cutting off excess at the top and the bottom. Using a straight edge is the best way to make the cuts.
- Sharpening your knife during the process helps to ensure that edges are cut smoothly.
- One person can install the wallpaper but it’s easier with two.
Those are my best tips for ensuring the smooth installation of peel and stick wallpaper.
This is my library with the furniture and accessories in place.
Be sure to check out the One Room Challenge reveal of the entire 1970s basement,