Wallpaper
Wallpapering a ceiling can be tricky, but it's by far the most versatile treatment discussed here. Paper suits flat, sloped and irregularly shaped ceilings, and the vast array of patterns and textures on the market makes for endless design possibilities. Answers to the following design-related questions will help you settle on a pattern and color. Does your house have exposed beams, skylights, or some other ceiling feature to which you want to draw attention? Pick a bold color or pattern. Do you wish the room in question were larger or smaller? Then select a light or dark color accordingly. Is your ceiling sloped or irregular? Choose a solid or scattered-pattern paper rather than a stripe or plaid. Home improvement centers and wallcovering and paint stores usually sell wallpaper by the 26-sq.-ft. roll. Prices start as low as $3 per roll and go up to $180 or more. Papering walls is usually a one-person job, but for ceilings it's better to have two people—one to smooth out the paper while the other holds the rest of roll at the ready. Other than that, the process isn't much different from papering walls. You can use unpasted or prepasted paper, which has a postage stamp-like backing that activates when wet. If you're commitment-shy, buy strippable paper—it's easier to remove. If you're planning to install paper on the walls, do the ceiling first and then overlap the top of the walls by 1/2 in. Butt the wall sections into the junction of wall and ceiling. This will creates a straight seam. If both papers match, the seam will be invisible.
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