How to Install Oversized, Patterned Ceiling Wallpaper

Bring bold, graphic flair to a flat ceiling using oversized wallpaper. Follow our step-by-step instructions for an easy, professional-quality installation.

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Wipe Excess Glue

Add warm water and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid into a small bucket or 1-gallon aluminum paint can. Dip cloth into bucket or paint can, then wipe away excess glue from surface of wallpaper and/or wall.

Match Repeat, Reposition and Cut

Once the first run of wallpaper is securely hung, it will be used as a template for lining up the pattern repeat for the remaining runs. First, apply an even coat of wallpaper paste for the next run, starting roughly 1” along the edge of the securely hung run. Dry-fit the run across the ceiling from wall to wall.

Next, line the edges of each run up against one another using a level to create a straight line along which to trim the raw edge. Use a wallpaper smoothing tool to smooth out any air bubbles. If necessary, cut untrimmed wallpaper edges with a level and utility knife or razor. Continue pasting the ceiling, dry-fitting each run, lining up repeats, trimming and wiping excess glue until all areas of ceiling are covered.

Tip: To wallpaper around air returns, junction boxes or other obstructions, roll ceiling with paste, dry-fit the run, then cut out around junction box or air vent using utility knife or razor.

Admire Your Handiwork

Reinstall fixtures and air returns, if necessary. Then, sit back and enjoy your new fifth-wall focal point.

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