Building & Renovating

RL Tips: Wallpaper FAQs

IDr Hannah Acab-Faustino answers your questions


How do you choose the right wallpaper? Can I install the wallpaper on my own? Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino answers commonly asked questions before you use wallpaper at home.

Read the original article ("Wallpaper FAQs, Answered by a Pro!") in the November 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

What are the factors to consider in choosing wallpaper over any other type of wall treatment?

“Consider its durability, ease of cleaning and maintenance, room for repair, and resistance to damage. It may be inappropriate to use in high moisture areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. Budget is also something to consider. Installing wallpaper may cost higher than painting the wall, although it usually last longer than paint.”

Any tips on picking out the right wallpaper pattern or color?

“The size of the room determines the design of the wallpaper. Dark colors make a room cozier, while light colors with no patterns usually shows the seams of the wallpaper. Meanwhile, large patterns are interesting and give an illusion of a bigger room. Small patterns usually work well with small rooms.”

Can I do a DIY installation of wallpaper? Or is it always better to seek the help of a pro?

“It is always better to let professionals install the wallpaper. Wallpaper [is] usually considered if there are defects and blemishes on the wall, which you need to concert. The expert installers would know the best adhesive, the best way to concert the seams, and would prevent you from cutting the wrong way. Thus, less wastage, lower cost.”

How do I make sure my wallpaper won’t peel off and would still look new in years to come?

“Care and maintenance is necessary. You have to ask the wallpaper installer if it is advisable to wipe it off with clean water. Some wallpapers allow that, while others [don’t as they] are too sensitive. If the latter is the case, blotting off dirt with a clean rag is best. The lesser you scrub and use abrasive materials, the longer the lifespan of the wallpaper.”

Bonus Tip:

“Make sure that you buy an extra roll of wallpaper just in case a portion gets torn or needs repair.”

Need more reasons to bite the bullet and opt for a wallpaper? Grab a copy of "Wallpaper Projects: More than 50 Craft and Design Ideas For Your Home, From Accents to Art" by Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith (Chronicle Books). This informative book is also a great visual inspiration. Aside from offering a wealth of craft and design tips, it will also make you swoon at the beautiful wallpapers featured! Available at Fully Booked.


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