Wallpaper Week with Graham & Brown – Tuesday Calm

Celebrate Wallpaper Week (5-11th Oc 2015t) with Graham & Brown with week!

Each day of Wallpaper Week is dedicated to a theme:

  • Monday: Date Night
  • Tuesday: Calm
  • Wednesday: Inspired
  • Thursday: Nostalgic
  • Friday: Funky
  • Saturday: Glamorous
  • Sunday: Social

I’ve chosen Calm because my beautiful vintage bird cage wallpaper* helps create a tranquil atmosphere in the room.

before photos redecorating feature wall in bathroom


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How to Wallpaper:

I’ve documented the whole thing and hope it helps you create your own feature wall:

  • Measure out the wall lengthways and ensure that you leave at least a few inches on the top and bottom when cutting your wallpaper roll to have some to work with.
  • Glue the back of wallpaper strip you’ve just cut and make sure that you do every corner!
  • Carefully fold the strip, bringing one end to the middle of itself and then the other half to cover the other side and meet what you’ve just folder. The third image above shows this well. It’s a good way to move the wallpaper and keeping it in a manageable state.
  • When you’re by the wall that you’re redecorating, unstick one side and then stick it to the wall starting from one edge.
  • Use your tools, such as a brush or ruler etc, to help you stick the wallpaper onto the wall without any air bubbles.
  • Unglue the second side when you’re happy with your first section and then smooth that onto the wall like you did with the first.
  • Once you’re happy, use a blade to cut off the excess.
  • Repeat with the other strips and be sure to remember to pattern match the wallpaper if applicable.

Decorating the Wallpaper:

I took inspiration from my trip to the House Tours earlier this year where I saw hand-embroidered wallpaper (that can be bought for £12k!!) Anyway, I decided to match my lovely new calming wallpaper to my Bluebellgray curtain… so I’ve started to cut out shapes of leaves from the extra material I had left over and stick it onto the wallpaper itself. I think it adds a unique twist to the wall and brings the room together by being all matching. Here’s what it looks like once finished!


Do let me know if you end up doing a similar thing as I’d love to see your projects.





Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • October 9, 2015

    Antonia Ludden

    Wow, those leave look utterly gorgeous – great idea, Alina, very inspiring!

    • October 11, 2015


      Thank you Antonia, I will be sure to show a pic once it’s all done! x

  • October 10, 2015

    Cathy glynn

    The paper is so pretty it really looks calming x

    • October 11, 2015


      Thanks Cathy, birds really do help me relax 🙂