Your starting point will also be where you finish.
- Because it is almost impossible to have the pattern of your first and last panel line up perfectly, you want this joining place to be where it is least likely to be noticed.
Note: An exception is the mural-type scenic paper, which should be centred over a fireplace, behind the sofa or between matched windows.
- Wherever you begin, push a tack into the wall 3.5 centimetres (1 ½ inches) below the ceiling and tie a plumb line to the tack, letting the bob swing. When it comes to rest at true vertical, place a mark on the wall five centimetres (two inches) above the baseboard.
- If your plumb line is self-chalking, hold the string to the mark with one hand and pull back with the other; let it snap, leaving a chalk line on the wall. Similarly, rub coloured chalk along the string of a plain plumb bob before snapping.
- Now check to see where the pattern will best break at the ceiling line. Generally, with individual design elements, it’s most visually pleasing to start with a full element at top; with stripes, start at any point.
- Move the paper up and down until it’s positioned where you want the panel to begin at the ceiling and where it will end at the baseline.
- Lightly mark the locations with a pencil. Add five centimetres (two inches) to the top and bottom to make adjustments. Cut the panel.