• Dola

From Bland To Bold. Installing A Wall Mural Totally Changed The Game.

Updated: Feb 6

Hi guys, recently a company called PHOTOWALL UK/SWEDEN https://www.photowall.co.uk/ asked to do a collaboration with me and at first glance on their Instagram I was impressed so I said yes! I went through all the fine details and had a quick look on their website and the words " wallpaper, murals" immediately popped up and my first reaction was.. no way I love my precious white walls! lol. I decided I was simply going to go for a large canvas instead. That quickly changed because the more I kept browsing for a picture frame, I was rather attracted to the wall paper selection. I know right.. talk about decisions decisions lol.


PART 1 - CHOOSING A DESIGN

Anyway, it was crunch time, I had to make a decision. but rather than being an interloper, as its 'our home' I decided to ask the hubby for his thoughts. (More like throw it at him and blame him if it went wrong in the end *wink*) Knowing him, I had to narrow my options to three different wallpaper designs and a canvas idea ; you know, just to make it easy on him lol. I did a quick mock up of designs on a mood board to see how it'll look in the room with all the furniture and décor we already have and alas we had a winner! I knew I wanted only three colours around the room and I wanted something edgy and artistic. The thought, "If you're going to go bold, you might as well go BOLD" kept popping up in my head like in the movies with those cloud boxes that suddenly pop up when the actor is daydreaming of something sinister or interesting lol (you probably think I watch way too many movies at this point)

I digress- back to the point; We both surprisingly loved the 'RAINBOW VI' wallpaper. It was bold, it was stunning to look at and it just felt like you could never get tired of staring at it. okay fine, it was basically outside of my comfort zone but I /we loved it. I took some measurements, went back to them with the details, they created it to our specifications and we received it within three days.


PART 2- THE RESEARCH

I'm going to be honest with you and say I didn't know a lot about wall papers or murals because its not something I've wanted to explore before now. I do like to know what I'm doing and the benefits I'd be getting out of making a change in the long run, so I googled and watched a few videos about wall papers, types and quality to look out for. According to Photowall, both their standard and premium-quality wallpaper materials are durable, wipeable and environmentally friendly; however I went for their premium- quality for the following reasons;

  • Nonwoven material

  • Glue applied to wall

  • Does not fade in sunlight

  • Environmentally friendly

  • PVC-free

  • Fire rated

  • Scrape-resistant

  • Extra matt finish

  • Anti-reflective

  • Suitable for cleaning products

Also because it is more resistant to scrapes and suitable for cleaning products. Again, with kids, you just never know.




PART 3- THE TOOLS

You want to make sure you have everything you need to hand before you start this process. I would much rather order from the company just to be on the safe side but if you already have the tools then that's fab. I was lucky enough to receive this set of tools to work with. It includes

- Brush for applying glue

- Seam roller for making the seams invisible

- Paperhanging brush for smoothing the strips

- knife and cutting guide for trimming excess wallpaper

- Spirit level, a pencil and a tape measure.



PART 4- THE LAYERING

I should say, the tricky part. One false move and its all over!. no I'm kidding lol, once you get the first panel layered down, the other parts will be pretty easy to glide on. You just need to make sure you have the exact measurements set for the first panel on your wall. The tools are super handy and the paper comes labelled so you can cut along the lines and get them ready to apply. The only part I found tricky was the bubbles but the knife and cutting edge really helped with that, plus if you make a mistake, you can lift it up to layer again. It is time consuming but enjoyable all the same.


PART 5- THE END

Said no interior stylist/ décor enthusiast/ designer/ home lover ever!. of course we're going to style and move things around indefinitely. It's all part of home making and what we love about it. It never ends. I love how this little project turned out. I got to work with a lovely brand and our home office/side room suddenly feels brand new. Check out what it looked like before on my Instagram page @dolasjournal and follow so you don't miss my never ending journey of styling it.


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Dola xx

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