It’s best to cut the wallpaper on a flat surface, such as a (covered) floor or trestle table.

Lay the wallpaper on a rigid support – a sheet of hardboard, for example – before cutting it cleanly with a cutter and a long ruler.

The structure of the wallpaper allows for a clean, quick and easy cut, without forcing the cutter.


Apply the paste generously to the wall (not the paper) with a roller.

Apply the paste to an area on the wall which is slightly larger than the wallpaper strip, and work strip by strip to prevent the paste drying before all the paper has been applied.  Don’t change your method halfway through: we want a uniform result. Be generous with the paste but take care not to leave lumps, which might be visible through the wallpaper.


No time for a break – the wallpaper strips have to be put up immediately after applying paste to the wall!

Stick the wallpaper strips to the wall, starting from the top of each strip. If your strip is badly positioned or creased, lift it gently and reposition it.

Press the paper down with the aid of a (clean!) cloth, spatula or wallpaper roller. Move outwards from the middle, towards the top and bottom of the strip (not left and right). This will help to get rid of air bubbles and excess paste.

Don’t press too hard – you could crumple or move the paper.

All done! Take a step back and admire your new décor. Don’t let the lovely artwork distract you from giving the wallpaper a final wipe with a clean cloth.