General Advice for Wallpaper Choice and Installation

Things to Do Before Installation

Inspect your walls. Most wallpaper is intended for smooth walls and not recommended for installation on textured walls, such as orange peel, knockdown or popcorn walls. However, most textured walls can be wallpapered when appropriate preparation has been completed—this may include scraping or lining the wall—and the correct wallpaper application method.

If you’re wanting to wallpaper over textured surfaces, we recommend reaching out to a professional installer.

Additionally, if you have painted your walls with “scrubbable” paints you might find that using traditional wallpaper paste and paper (like our Non-Pasted Traditional Pebble) is your best option.    

Wait at least four weeks after painting or priming. If painting or priming your wall prior to installation, please allow at least four weeks for the paint to fully cure prior to wallpaper installation.

If the paint is not fully cured prior to installation, you may experience bubbling or inadequate wallpaper adhesion to the wall resulting in the paper peeling away from the wall.

Check for these environmental factors. Moisture, excessive dry air and other environmental factors will have an effect on your wallpaper, so keep those in mind when deciding whether or not to use wallpaper.

If you’re unsure about whether wallpaper is right for your desired space, you might want to speak with a professional wallpaper installer.  

We recommend trying out test swatches first. Every DoodlePippin wallpaper order is custom printed on-demand with the design, wallpaper type and length you select at the time of purchase.

Therefore, we always recommend purchasing a test swatch and applying it to your wall to ensure the paper and application type you’ve selected are the best choice for your project before purchasing rolls of wallpaper. 


Types of Wallpaper

Peel and Stick Wallpaper 


– 100% paper with self-adhesive backing 
– Easy installation and removal (Renter friendly!) 
– Woven-linen texture 
– Budget friendly 
– Made in the USA 

The biggest benefit of our Peel and Stick Wallpaper is its ease of installation and removal. As the name suggests, you just peel off the waxy backing to expose the durable self-adhesive and stick the paper to the wall or surface you are papering. Be sure to apply pressure as you smooth the paper in place to bond the wallpaper to the surface.  

Our Peel and Stick Wallpaper can also be easily cut to size without fraying for different projects, like lining drawers or decorating your refrigerator for a bold and custom look, making it a great option for DIY projects.  

This type of wallpaper is a popular choice for renters and homeowners who want to quickly change the look of a room without the hassle of water-activation or paper paste required for other wallpaper application methods. Our Peel and Stick Wallpaper can be a budget-friendly option for impactful change in any room with simple, worry-free removal.  

Spoonflower’s Peel and Stick Wallpaper should be installed on smooth, flat surfaces and is not suitable for high-moisture environments. The wallpaper’s adhesive’s bond to walls will increase over time.  

Prepasted Removable Smooth Wallpaper 

– 100% paper with water-activated adhesive 
– Budget friendly 
– Easy removal 
– Semi-matte finish
– Made in the USA 

Spoonflower’s Prepasted Removable Smooth Wallpaper comes with pre-applied adhesive on the back, making installation simple. The paste is activated by adding water, allowing the wallpaper to be easily applied to the wall. This type of wallpaper is a popular choice for those who want a slightly more traditional installation process without the mess or frustration of paste. When installing our Prepasted Removable Smooth Wallpaper the wet paste application allows for easy movement of the paper during installation for quick alignment from roll to roll.  

When the time comes for a change, this type of wallpaper can be removed just as easily as it was installed. It’s a great budget friendly option to add a touch of texture and pattern to any room.  

Non-Pasted Traditional Pebble Wallpaper 

– 100% non-pasted paper 
– Great for high traffic areas  
– Commercial grade (Type II) and Class A fire rated 
– Highly durable, resistant to mold, mildew and water 

Things to keep in mind: 
– Professional installer recommended 
– Paste is required 

Spoonflower’s Non-Pasted Traditional Pebble Wallpaper is 100% paper requiring wallpaper paste and the traditional installation method. We recommend using a professional installer for this product as paste can be a bit tricky! Non-Pasted Traditional Pebble Wallpaper is our most durable wallpaper and is perfect for high traffic areas of your home, your corporate office or even your restaurant. This wallpaper is rated Type II for commercial grade applications and has a Class A fire rating. It is resistant to mold and mildew and can be cleaned. Non-Pasted Traditional Pebble Wallpaper is the perfect for your bathroom, kitchen and mudroom.  

Grasscloth Wallpaper 

– 100% handcrafted natural sisal 
– Subtle luster, natural white  
– Unique variations and striations due to the natural grass material 

Things to keep in mind: 
– Professional installer recommended 
– Paste is required 

Grasscloth wallpaper is a type of natural wallpaper made from woven sisal grass and other natural fibers. In Spoonflower’s case, our Grasscloth Wallpaper is handcrafted from 100% natural sisal fibers. This type of wallpaper is known for its unique texture and natural aesthetic, making it a popular choice for homeowners who want to add character and a warm inviting touch of nature to their home. 

Our Grasscloth Wallpaper is best for low traffic areas, such as dining rooms, low-moisture powder rooms or on accent walls. Due to its construction and delicate nature, we recommend that this wallpaper is installed by a professional wallpaper installer.