Wallpapering a chimney breast: Pro tips for a smooth finish

Contemporary living room with chimney breast with patterned wallpaper
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Wallpapering a chimney breast may seem like a straightforward DIY job, but it does need a little know-how to get it right, especially if you are using patterned wallpaper. The key to getting the best finish is planning ahead and placement of your first drop. Get this right and the rest of the job falls neatly into place.

If you know how to wallpaper a flat wall then you will already know a lot of the techniques needed to wallpaper a chimney breast. You will not need any additional tools, just the same ones as for regular wall wallpapering.

Here we take a closer look at the two common options to choose your starting point and show you how to get good clean corners.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.