How to Apply Anaglypta

Lisa Monroe
Anaglypta wallpaper offers Victorian-era designs on vinyl for easy clean-up.

A Victorian-era embossed wall covering that has been around since 1887, Anaglypta offers textured and raised wallpaper designs. Because of Anaglypta's durability, it makes a practical choice for active families and stain-making kids. Originally made from wood pulp and cotton, today Anaglypta wallpaper comes in vinyl and paper-textured paintable versions. As with any major home decor project, hanging Anaglypta requires your full attention. Get the kids out the house and decorate in peace and quiet so you can focus all your concentration on the task.

Step 1

Sand the walls with 100-grit sandpaper to remove any excess flaking paint or plaster to ensure the surface is even. Wipe the walls with a dry cloth to get rid of the dust.

Step 2

Mix together 1 part flake adhesive and 1 part cold water in a bucket. Apply a thin layer of this mixture to the walls using a wide natural-bristled paintbrush. This step seals the wall. Leave it to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 3

Calculate the width of the wallpaper using the tape measure. With the tape measure and pencil, start from the left corner of the wall working right to mark a point the width of the wallpaper. Hold the level vertical on the wall at the pencil mark to make a line down its edge once the bubble in the vial at the top of the level stays between the two lines. Continue the line down the wall using the pencil and level. This line is your guide to ensure the first length of wallpaper hangs straight.

Step 4

Measure the height of the wall with a tape measure. Place the Anaglypta on a table face down. Cut a length of wallpaper that exceeds the height of the wall by at least 4 inches. This offers room for trimming at the top or bottom when lining up the wallpaper straight on the wall.

Step 5

Cover the length of wallpaper on its backside with wallpaper adhesive using the brush. Ensure that you distribute the adhesive evenly across the entire backside of the wallpaper all the way to the edges.

Step 6

Apply the wallpaper to the wall, lining up its top edge against or just above the ceiling joint and right edge with the guideline on the wall. Use a wallpaper brush to apply light pressure to ensure it is firmly in place. Squeeze air bubbles to the wallpaper's edge. Remove wrinkles while the adhesive is still wet. Remove excess wallpaper adhesive from the front of the paper using a sponge dampened in clean water.

Step 7

Apply subsequent lengths of wallpaper, ensuring they do not overlap. Cut pieces to match up the patterns in the wallpaper.

Step 8

Cut off the excess wallpaper from the ceiling, floors and corners using a utility knife.

Step 9

Allow the wallpaper to dry for at least 24 hours.


Buy about 10 percent more wallpaper than you need to account for pattern matching and errors.


To achieve a straight edge on your first piece of wallpaper, you may have to extend a bit of wallpaper past the ceiling or baseboard.


Measure and cut additional wallpaper sections by matching the pattern on the wall first.


Anaglypta can be painted over if you want to change the color of your walls.


Allow the wallpaper to dry naturally. Turn off the furnace to ensure it cures properly if you work in the winter.