Installing Wallpaper

Installing Ayara's luxury peel and stick wallpaper is easy once you know what to do. It can certainly be done alone, but we recommend recruiting an extra set of hands!

Gather these supplies before starting your project:

Once you have your supplies, we recommend watching the video above and then following our 6-Step Guide to ensure the best application of your new wallpaper:

1. Prepare Your Walls

Make sure your walls are clean, free of dirt and dust, and smooth.

If there are any bumps or jagged pieces on the wall that could cause the wallpaper to tear, make sure to remove those gently with your craft knife or sand them down before cleaning your walls.

For the very best adhesion, we recommend wiping down your walls with a microfiber cloth and a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water. Let it dry and repeat again.

Note: If you've recently painted your walls, make sure to wait at least one month before installing your wallpaper so the paint has time to fully cure and offgas. This prevents bubbling in your wallpaper. If you're in a time crunch or have not yet painted or primed your walls, reach out to us for recommended products that work best with our luxury peel and stick wallpaper.

2. Select a Starting Point

For a single wall: In most cases, we recommend starting in the left corner and working toward the right. 

For a full room: Choose the least noticeable corner and start there in case your pattern does not match up perfectly at the final seam. Work from left to right when possible until the room is complete.

Keep in mind that our wallpaper is designed with an overlap of approximately 1/2 inch on the right edge of each panel. This allows you to accurately place the new panel on top of the adjacent panel's vertical edge for an easier wallpaper application.

3. Draw a Straight Line

Now that you've selected your starting point, use a level and a pencil to draw a straight line running vertically (up and down) about 23 - 24 inches from your starting point. (Note: Choose 24 inches if you don't have a lot of extra width to work with and have just enough panels to cover your space. Choose 23 inches if you have a little more wiggle room.) This line will guide you as you place your first panel and will ensure a straight installation.

Example: If starting in the left corner, use a level to draw a vertical line 23 inches to the right of your starting point.

4. Install Your First Panel

Pick up your first panel and remove the backing from the first 12-18 inches of the top of the roll. Begin applying your first panel at the ceiling line. You'll want to line it up vertically using the penciled line as your guide, and in most cases you'll want to leave 2-3 inches at the top for you to trim after it's installed. This will help in the case that your wall is not perfectly square.

Using the application tool from our installation kit, run the tool smoothly down the middle of the section you're working on and then push it outward to the edges using good pressure. This will remove any air and ensure a proper adhesion to the wall.

Continue working in sections as you remove more of the backing and continue down the wall. If you need to redo an area, simply peel it up and try it again! Our material is very user friendly.

In most cases, you should have 2-3 inches remaining at the bottom of the panel where your wallpaper meets your baseboard.

Use the application tool to press the wallpaper into the corners of the ceiling and baseboard (and corner, if needed). You will trim these areas at the end.

Note: If you do have any trapped air, simply go over the area with our application tool a few more times and the air will begin to push out through the woven material. Peel back and reapply if needed. This is not necessary in most cases, however.

5. Install Your Second Panel by Overlapping

Now that you're done with your first panel, pick up the next one and remove the first 12-18 inches of backing at the top just as you did before.

Apply your second panel by focusing on one part of the design on the edge that you can match up easily. Focusing on that area, you'll want to lay the second panel on top of the first panel's edge with about 1/2 inch overlap.

Once you get a good match at the seam, you should be able to line up the design easily for the rest of the panel. Continue to install your second panel just as before.

Repeat for each panel, placing each new panel over the previous panel's edge.

*We find it is easiest if you have a second set of hands when starting a new panel! Have your helper align the new panel with the previous one about halfway down the wall and hold it nicely in place. Then you can more easily apply the new panel.

6. Trim Your Edges

Now that your panels have all been installed, it's time to use a craft knife to trim all of your edges. We recommend using a sharp straight blade so the material does not fray.

Simply run the blade smoothy along the ceiling, baseboard and any other areas needed. The excess trimmed wallpaper will peel off easily like a sticker. Repeat for any corners if needed.

That's it! Now you can enjoy your wallpaper for years to come!

Quick Tip: If you think you'd like to reuse your wallpaper down the road, store the backing you removed during your install. Then when you're ready to remove your wallpaper, you can peel it off starting at the last panel you installed and working backward.


Installing Ayara's Traditional Wallpaper

Installing Ayara's traditional wallpaper? You might consider hiring a professional installer. We offer professional installation here. If you're planning to hang our traditional wallpaper yourself, please be prepared to use your own paste, book the paper, and follow the instructions found here to double cut your wallpaper during installation.