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How to Enhance your Accent Wall with Wallpaper

This how-to article allows you to enhance you accent wall with wallpaper

Wallpaper is still a major player in the interior design game, and it’s not disappearing anytime soon. Many homeowners opt for wallpaper over paint because it offers a lot of design control without a lot of work. Pretty patterns or artwork can be impossible to create with interior paint, so wallpaper is a great and creative solution. A significant design trend is incorporating accent walls into your space, and using wallpaper on your accent wall can change the whole atmosphere of a room.

Here are some excellent ways to enhance your accent wall with wallpaper and how to do it.

What is an accent wall?

An accent wall is a wall within your room with a different colour, pattern or texture than the rest of the walls. Your accent wall can be the focal point of a room, add a different ambiance, or enhance your furniture. Whatever your reason for wanting to have an accent wall, there are some important considerations.

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Tips for your new accent wall

Depending on the construction of your home, you may have architectural features you want to play up or texture on particular walls you want to enhance. Choosing the right wall to be accented shouldn’t be a rash decision. Be mindful of windows and which colour you’re choosing. Going for a darker colour wallpaper may end up overwhelming the room, and lighter wallpaper can really open it up.

Even if you want to stay within a neutral colour pallet, you can do a lot with neutrals that look really beautiful. We may immediately think of a bright, attention-grabbing shade when we think of accent walls, but there are no rules, and you certainly don’t have to go too bold. A beautiful muted wallpaper would look incredible among neutral walls without being too distracting.

Wallpaper is a solid choice to use on an accent wall because it can really elevate your room with minimal effort. Rather than a custom paint job, wallpaper can add elegance, a trendy look, or a bold colour that you will love. You can also switch it up often with the help of Home Painters Toronto.

How to create your new accent wall with wallpaper

Here’s everything you need to know about wallpaper installation for your beautiful accent wall. The supplies you’ll need includes:

  • Sponge
  • •Warm water and bucket
  • Mild soap
  • •Step ladder
  • Sandpaper
  • •Filler
  • Acrylic primer
  • Angled brush
  • •Roller
  • Precision knife
  • •Wallpaper paste
  • Wallpaper smoother
  • •Plumb line or spirit level

Step One: Prep Your Walls

When laying down wallpaper, you don’t want to trap dirt and debris behind it. Clean walls will always result in a better quality job. If your walls are currently painted, you’ll want to wipe them down gently with a damp sponge, warm water and mild soap. Ensure you get the soap off entirely. If you have bare drywall without paint, you’ll want to use an oil primer and an acrylic primer before laying down wallpaper. If you’re trying to cover older wallpaper, you’ll want to remove it entirely before replacing it.

Once your walls are clean, you’ll want to ensure any holes and cracks in your drywall are patched with filler and sanded. The smoother the base, the better your wallpaper installation will look.

Step Two: Prime your Walls

Once your walls are clean, dry and patched, you’re ready to prime. Priming your drywall will make the installation of wallpaper a bit easier. The primer should create a crust on the wall, and if you can keep the wallpaper glue slightly wet and tacky. You should be able to make the sheets align perfectly.

If you don’t prime your walls, you will have a tough time removing that wallpaper in the future because the adhesive will bond to your drywall. Use a paint roller and angled brush to coat your entire accent wall and let it dry overnight.

Step Three: Install your Wallpaper

Working from the centre of your wall, use the plumb line or spirit level and pencil to make a vertical line. Prepare your wallpaper paste and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Let it sit for a few minutes.

While you’re waiting for that, measure your accent wall from ceiling to floor and cut your wallpaper. It’s always a good idea to leave a few more inches than you think you need.

Apply the wallpaper paste to the back of the wallpaper, working from the centre of your wall outwards. Pay particular attention to the edges and corners of the paper. Depending on the product you’re using, you may need to let it soak for a few minutes before hanging. Along the line you previously made, hang the wallpaper with some extra slack on the top and the bottom. Use a smoother to smooth out the wallpaper to create a smooth finish.

Once you have the wallpaper in a good spot, you can trim the excess on the top and the bottom. Repeat these steps until your accent wall is finished.

Unless you have DIY experience, hanging new drywall can be tough if you’ve never done it before. If you don’t want to take on the stress or don’t have the time to perfect your accent wall, give Home Painters Toronto a call.


Home Painters Toronto provides wallpaper installation services to the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario. Our professional team will ensure that you’re 100 percent satisfied with your new wallpaper accent wall and save you the time, money, and stress of doing it yourself. If you need wallpaper installation in Toronto, call us at 416.494.9095 or email brian@HomePaintersToronto.com  to get your FREE estimate!


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