5 things interior designers need to know about wallpaper installation

5 things interior designers need to know about wallpaper installation

At Wells Interiors, our master craftspeople can provide attentive support for wallcovering interior design projects. Employing the skills of a high-end decorating professional guarantees a well-executed finish; a particular requirement of luxury interior designers and design studios who require exacting standards for their clients.

As wallpaper installation is our speciality, here are five things interior designers need to know in order to help the job run smoothly and hit that deadline every time.

1. Your wallpaper installer can advise on the quantities needed

As wallcovering installers in London, we often get asked, ‘’how many rolls of wallpaper will I need for this project?’’ It’s a question we can’t hear enough, and we always encourage it; after all, there’s nothing worse than miscalculating supplies and then having to wait for more. We’re here with a technical view, so if you need to double-check any figures, we’re always happy to oblige. This way, there’ll be no risk of delays waiting on additional rolls and every room will be covered inch by inch.

Derby Gate South
Derby Gate South

2. The characteristics of high-quality wallcovering designs

With designs available to suit any trend or design style, wallpapers have never been so popular. The thing to consider, however, with wallpaper designs is their hidden limitations. These are characteristics such as whether the wallpaper goes around external corners or whether a variation in colour is to be expected. In a lot of hand-dyed silks, this is commonplace, but it takes real skill to make the client understand without causing alarm.

Albany Court
Albany Court

3. How to make wallcovering interior design a seamless process

To make wallcovering installation a seamless process, it’s necessary the skirting, windows and door frames should be fitted first. If there are any quality issues with the wallpaper, these should be tackled upfront, and it also helps if the designer is on-site and available to the paperhanger, particularly for the first three drops. Finally, the wallpaper colour and pattern should also be checked against the sample and the layout checked with the installer. Another good tip? Planning ahead will help a great deal with your project lead times.
Lilyville Road, Private Homeowner
Lilyville Road, Private Homeowner

4. Lead times for a wallcovering installation in London

When it comes to wallpaper installation, having great foresight will prove to be invaluable to your client and project. For instance, if the deadline is in six months time yet the wallpaper takes twelve weeks plus, you should pre-empt that your wallpaper hanger will need to measure the room very soon. Ideally, joinery like cornicing should be already in place, but if it’s not practical, the walls can still be marked with where the wallpaper is going. This way, any high-quality wallcovering designs can be ordered in time and it won’t affect the work on-site. If it’s a custom wallpaper, however, we would always say to only do a final measure once the woodwork is in, because even a few millimeters off can look terrible. Wallpaper hangers can also sometimes have last minute availability, but to be safe, you should look at booking 2-3 months in advance – they can always move dates closer to the time.
Onslow Square, Beauval Interiors
Onslow Square, Beauval Interiors

5. How to manage a client’s expectations

Some projects go to plan, and some don’t, but it helps to manage your client’s expectations from the very beginning. As wallcovering installers in London, we’ve seen it all and trust us, it’s far better to be honest upfront. For example, some rooms may be straightforward and some complicated, but running things by your wallpaper installer can lessen the chance of misinforming your client. When a vision comes together, however, the results are worth it; here is some recent feedback from one of our wonderful clients.

The estimate to do the work was considerably higher than others we received; however, we went with Wells Interiors as their previous work for me had been creatively on the nail and professional. We were pleased we had done this and were pleased with the end result of a job using a paper that was trickier than most.

- Graham Viney, Graham Viney Design.

If you have a project in mind, why not drop us a line? We would be delighted to discuss your ideas. Please note, all suppliers and lead times stated can vary depending on many factors like availability and wallcovering style – please contact our team for further advice about your project.

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