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As a professional interior designer, hanging wallpaper may not necessarily be a part of you day-to-day job. In fact, if wallpaper is a decorative choice you make while working with one of your clients, you’ll likely hire outside help when it comes time to put it up. However, in order to ensure that the job is done correctly, it’s important for you to know a few things about proper installation.
Firstly, before any wallpaper is applied to the surface, the wall should be prepared similarly to the way in which it would be before being painted. If it’s already covered in an old paper, you’ll need it to be removed- never layer a new one on top of an old.
Second, it’s important not to hang wallpaper on top of virgin plaster or sheetrock. If you do this, it will be nearly impossible to remove said paper in the future if you ever want to update or repaint. If the wall you’re working with is made of one of the two aforementioned mediums, just remember to apply a coat of primer to the surface before you get to work.