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Wallpaper: What is the difference between 'Peel and Stick' vs 'Paste the Wall'?

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

In wallpaper terminology, there's actually a few different types of wallpaper available.

It does get confusing, so I'm here to help.

I want you to ask the right questions when you engage an interior designer, or feel confident when you start to look at ordering wallpaper online.

{i left my heart} in Brisbane mural, 2018 - 'Paste the Wall' wallpaper mural

1. Paste the Wall

A traditional method that stands the test of time.

You, or your wallpaper installer, apply glue to the wall and press the wallpaper against it. Dry wallpaper weighs less, which means there's less chance of it tearing. Dry wallpaper is also (in my opinion) better for the environment generally - many papers are sourced from sustainable forests and printed with environmentally friendly inks (ours are!).

I recommend hiring a professional wallpaper installer - it's quite an art form to get it right. The glue is important - commercially available, high quality glue makes a huge difference. Using a professional installer will get you the most professional outcome, and it's worth every penny.

2. Paste the Paper

With 'Paste the Paper' method, the paste is applied to the back of the wallpaper before hanging. This approach requires soak time, which is a way to activate the paste while letting the paper rest before hanging. It also requires a big flat surface to apply the paste to the wallpaper. I would steer clear of this type if possible.

3. Peel and Stick

Perfect for the DIY'ers among us!

Unlike traditional wallpaper, there’s no need for messy glue.

And no need to steam for removal. This wallpaper is perfect for easy installation and will transform your room in an instant.

The wallpaper has a backing sheet that you can peel off slowly, and press it to the wall, smoothing and peeling as you go. Each panel is self-adhesive and repositionable so if you don't get the alignment right on the first go, keep trying! It sure takes the pressure off. Still, I recommend getting a second pair of hands to help. While it can be installed solo, it will be easier and faster with two people.

The downside? Peel and stick wallpapers don't adhere to everything. In fact, they don't apply well to walls with most paints (especially 'Wash and Wear' paints that are popular here in Australia), because most paints have surfactants in them that will prevent the wallpaper sticking to the paint. So steer clear of using peel and stick wallpapers over any painted walls that may have teflon in them.

If you're not sure what paint type is currently on your wall, prep your wall with gloss or semi-gloss acrylic paint. You'll need to allow your paint to dry for a minimum of 10 days before applying the wallpaper.

Tiny Giraffe designs are available on peel and stick through Luxe Walls. You'll find so much more information over there to guide you :)

Good luck with choosing your next wallpaper.


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