Wallpapers Borders Wall Accents / Murals
  Advanced Search
Collections Artists Customer Service View Cart

Ideas & How To's

Wallcoverings FAQ's

Since 1910, Seabrook Wallcovering has been helping families creatively design their homes. Our list of frequently asked questions covers everything from helping you match a wallpaper design to your unique space to advice on removing wallpaper from previously papered walls.

If for any reason we have not answered your specific question, remember there are helpful local dealers with Seabrook products nearby. Order on line or stop by today.

  1. Is wallpaper "in"?
    The popularity of wallpaper has never been "out" but it has typically gone in waves as other fashion products. The good news is that we are currently in a wallpaper revival period, and it is hotter than ever!

  2. How can I wallpaper my child's room without him/her outgrowing the design?
    Start by selecting a theme that is not necessarily age specific and then work with a color palette that suits your child's furnishings and accessories - and while you want the room to be your child's special place, you also don't want to select a color that you will tire of easily.

    Seabrook has a wide selection of wallpapers that are suited for infants to young children and also those patterns that are "tween-friendly" that span the "older child to teen" age group. Choosing one of these papers will assure that the room is appealing to you and your child for years to come.

  3. Is there a wallpaper pattern out there that could work in my unique home?
    Of course! Seabrook carries thousands of different styles of wallpaper in various color palettes. We have a huge selection that will work in any home from an urban loft to an English Manor.

    Probably the most daunting factor is the sheer volume of patterns that are available at any given time. In the past, your only options would have been to work with an interior designer or thumb through hundreds of wallcovering books. Our website provides the easiest way to find that perfect pattern to suit your individual tastes. Just use the Quick Search or Advanced Search tools to specify your design and color preferences, and you are able to focus on looking only at patterns that are of interest to you!
  4. Can I use a dark and/or large pattern in a small room?
    Certainly! The basic "rules" of decorating tell us that light colors make spaces seem larger and dark colors make them seem smaller….but we know that the rules are sometimes best when broken! Darker colors are often used in smaller spaces to create a warm and intimate environment. If the pattern is large and open, it will even create an added sense of dimension to the room. Sometimes our smallest spaces, such as half bathrooms, are the most obvious places for drama….have fun, do the unexpected in the rooms you visit for short periods of time….make a personal design statement!

  5. Do I have to do anything special to put a border up over wallpaper?
    For the best results, you should use vinyl to vinyl adhesive to adhere borders over sidewall wallpapers.

    * For more information on wallpaper hanging and removal, see our How to Hang Wallcoverings page under the Ideas and How To's heading.

  6. Why are wallpaper patterns priced as single rolls but packaged as double rolls?
    Wallpaper has always been priced by the single roll - packaging is the variable. Decades ago, manufacturers offered several different sizes of rolls (single, double, triple) with a standard of pricing by the single roll. Today, mainstream manufacturing offers only the double roll sized bolt. Pricing remains as it has always been - by the single roll. There is an added advantage to double roll packaging. You are working with a longer continuous length, therefore there is a greater amount of usable material (less waste when matching the pattern).

  7. How do you determine color and design directions for new wallcovering collections?
    Seabrook has a product development team that researches color and design directions extensively. We attend workshops, conferences, and merchandise markets in the U.S. as well as internationally. Most importantly we get out into "real world" retail markets to make certain we are headed in the right direction.

  8. How long does it take to create a collection?
    From start to finish, it takes about nine months to just over one year to create a wallpaper collection.

  9. How do I prepare my walls for applying wallpaper?
    You must properly prepare walls so that you have a good foundation for your new wallcovering. Remove all nails, screws, electrical plates, and any other wall fixtures. Remove old wallcovering and make sure the surface is free from grease, mildew, or other stains. Scrape off any loose paint.
    • For new walls, apply a high-quality primer/sealer (white is best) which will give the wallcovering an even surface for better adhesion. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendation for drying/curing time. Apply a wallpaper sizing which makes hanging and positioning easier, let dry, and hang your new wallpaper!
    • For previously papered walls, remove all the old wallcovering and clean the walls with a mild detergent solution or adhesive remover. Rinse with clear water and allow the surface to dry. Apply a wallpaper sizing. If it is not possible to remove the old wallpaper, make sure the old wallpaper is secure and stable, sand the seams, then prime with an oil-base primer to completely seal the surface and then apply sizing to the walls before applying your new wallcovering.
    • For previously painted walls, scrape or sand any rough spots and fill holes and cracks with spackling compound. Let dry, sand smooth, and apply and oil-base primer to the spackled areas. Let dry according to the primers directions. If your walls have glossy paint, go over them with fine-grit sandpaper for better adhesion. Rinse walls with clear water and allow to dry. Apply wallpaper sizing (for improved positioning and adhesion) and let dry before hanging wallpaper.
    * For more information on wallpaper hanging and removal, see our How to Hang Wallcoverings page under the Ideas and How To's heading.

  10. How do I get bubbles out of my wallpaper once it's hung?
    First of all, if you see bubbles after smoothing the wallcovering, don't panic! Normally, bubbles settle out of a paper within a couple of hours after it dries on the wall. But, if bubbles remain after the wallpaper is completely dried, slit the bubble with a sharp blade and work adhesive into the bubble area (you may also inject adhesive into the bubble with a syringe), then use a smoothing tool to press flat and clean the area with a damp cloth to remove any paste from the surface of the wallpaper.

    * For more information on wallpaper hanging and removal, see our How to Hang Wallcoverings page under the Ideas and How To's heading.

  11. How do I remove wallpaper?
    The current most common removal method is to use a chemical "enzyme" wallpaper stripping solution. First, score the wallcovering with a wallpaper perforation tool (available at home decorating centers), apply the chemical solution as directed and remove the wallpaper. After removal, clean the walls with a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly. You may now prep the walls with primer and sizing for your new wallcovering.

    * For more information on wallpaper hanging and removal, see our How to Hang Wallcoverings page under the Ideas and How To's heading.

  12. Can I use paste on prepasted wallpaper?
    Using paste on prepasted wallpaper is not recommended for the following reasons:
    • The manufacturer's warranty is invalidated when prepasted paper is applied with additional paste because all adhesives are not compatible.
    • There could be a chemical reaction between the two different adhesives which could repel the paper from the wall instead of adhering it.
    • A chemical reaction could cause discoloration in the wallcovering.
    * For more information on wallpaper hanging and removal, see our How to Hang Wallcoverings page under the Ideas and How To's heading.