One rule you MUST follow.
1) If you value your marriage, don’t wallpaper with your spouse.
But seriously, folks. Here are some other important rules.
2) Read and obey all instructions that come with the paper. Papers vary in their soaking, setting and application times and techniques.
3) Check the rolls before you open them for pattern and color match. If a roll appears to have come from a different dye lot, you can return it. You might want to order a few extra rolls anyway, so you don’t have trouble matching dye lots if you need more paper later.
4) You’ll save time and frustration and paper by starting a new blade on your artist’s knife often. A dull blade just tears wet paper.
5) Before installing the wallpaper, get some paint which matches the ceiling color — especially if you have dark walls. Paint a 1″ strip at the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling. This way, even if you trim your wallpaper a little too low, you won’t notice it.
6) When rounding an inside corner, you might think it’s easiest to just keep on going, and wrap the strip around the corner. But this can throw off your vertical seam line and cause bubbling in the corner. A little more work is worth the effort. Measure from the edge of your last strip to the corner (at the top, bottom, and halfway down). Add 1/2″ to the widest measurement, cut this width from your new strip, and hang it. Wrap the extra half inch around the corner.
Then lay a vertical chalk line on the next wall. Use your remaining strip, or start a new one to match the pattern more closely. Overlap the half inch of the first strip.