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I have been doing some home improvements of late, the most recent being our main bedroom.
To give you a mental image of the room, it is at the back of the house and overlooks our large garden, and beyond a primary school. It is quite a large room (I have no idea of the measurements - sorry). I have recently purchased some Ikea furniture from the Malm range - The King Size bed fits easily with plenty of surrounding space, matching wardrode, and a couple of chests of drawers, in the brown/black colour. The painted walls are in 'Duck Egg' and I wanted a black patterned wallpaper to set it all off. I choose the Graham & Brown Midsummer in black. The design is pictured above, and obviously I have the black version.
**PURCHASING THE PRODUCT**
I had looked in my local B & Q and Homebase stores for a black patterned wallpaper and found that there were very few in Homebase and many to choose from at B & Q, which is where I came across the Graham & Brown range. I choose the Midsummer in black for my bedroom and paid £16.98 per roll. I initially bought two rolls as I intended to paper just one wall as a feature.
**EASE OF HANGING**
As you will be able to see from the above picture the wallpaper is heavily patterned and is repeated every 20 - 30 inches or so. The first drop is very easy to hang indeed. I simply cut slightly longer than I needed for the drop off the roll, laid it out on my pasting table and pasted and hung it! Then I got a bit tricky for me..... It was the first time I have ever hung patterned wallpaper. My partner is actually a painter and decorator by trade (though does not work as one currently) so he could have done it himself in probably a quarter of the time it took for me to do it. But, I guess it would have been a bit of a Busman's Holiday for him hanging wallpaper at home and I like to do things for myself, learn new things and can be quite (erm... very) stubborn so I would not let him either do it or give out advice.
Anyway, on the next drop I found the level to match out and again cut the length to size. I did find that an awful lot of the rolls were wasted as they were the patterned bits in between the match. I was short of one drop on the wall by the time I had come to the end of the two rolls I got so I went and got another... that is another £16.98! To use it up and make the most of the roll I papered a small jetting out alcove wall the opposite side of the wall.
The paper did not tear on hanging, was easy to cut and very think so would hide the odd dicrepancy on the wall quite well.
The room looks stunning.
**MY OPINION OF THE PRODUCT**
I think that hanging wallpaper - particularly with a pattern - is a pain in the back side but the results on this occasion have been stunning. I love the transformation that wallpaper can bring to a room and this is no exception. I have completely changed the space and the black is not too dark because its just on the one wall then the tiny bit the other side.
The Graham & Brown wallpaper was great to work with and I would use the brand again in other rooms..... The next project is the guest bedroom, so I will start looking for a suitable roll (or two or three)
Oddly though, when I rubbed off the odd drop of paste on the surface of paper (which will only come off with a damp cloth), a lot of dye came off on the cloth and for a while it appeared as though the pattern had come off on my cloth. However, as the paper quickly dried it was evident this was not the case.
I am very pleased with the results and of myself for acheiving it. His lordship says it looks good too, so all round, all good.