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Papering around obstacles
Papering around light switches can be problematic but there are several options. You can paper around the switch, fix a perspex switch plate that allows you to see through to the wallpaper beneath or, as here, carefully match the paper over the plate to create a smooth, seamless look.
There is no set technique for wallpapering around a mantel, as each will have its own unique shape and changes of angle. To ensure a neat finish rather than a scrappy, haphazard one, however, always work slowly and methodically, carefully cutting, smoothing and trimming the wallpaper as you go.
Wall switches and sockets
Before attempting to paper around sockets, switches and any other electrical outlet, always remember to turn off the power at the mains, and allow plenty of time for the paste to dry before you turn it back on again.
Paper over wall switches and outlets and smooth down the wall as usual. Press paper firmly over the edges of the fitting so that it creases. Cut a cross in the paper across the plate, each slit running from corner to corner diagonally. Through this hole, loosen the screws fixing the plate to the wall. Then trim down the flaps of paper to leave an allowance of 1cm (%in) all round. Press the paper flat behind the face plate. Tighten the screws again and switch on the power at the mains.
With ceiling rose light sockets, position the paper over the fitting as if you were actually going to paper it into the ceiling. Get an assistant to hold the remaining length of paper against the ceiling with a household broom while you cut a cross in the paper exactly where the fitting needs to fall and pull the pendant through. Trim any excess paper and smooth what remains towards the fitting with a paper-hanging brush. Make a series of small cuts in the paper and use the rounded blade of a pair of small scissors to form a well-defmed crease around the fitting. Loosen the plate and press the paper flaps neatly beneath it; secure the plate against
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