How to Hang Anaglypta

Julie Hampton

Anaglypta wallpaper is a paintable wallpaper with an embossed raised design. The paper is often hung on ceiling to mimic antique tin ceilings yet a wide variety of designs are available. First used in Europe in the late 1800s, anaglypta is paper-based and relatively easy to hang. Installation of anaglypta on walls as well as using it as a base for decorative paint treatments is common. Due to the raised relief pattern and thickness of the paper, anaglypta is often ideal to cover wall damage.

Anaglypta Ceiling
  1. Measure out the area in where the wallpaper will be installed. Always order 10 percent extra to account for mistakes.

  2. Apply a wallpaper primer. The primer will allow easier removal of the paper in the future. The primer can be rolled on. One gallon of primer will cover 400 square feet.

  3. Unroll the wall paper in sections. Cut the proper amount for the length of the wall, or area to be covered. Use a straight edge and razor blade for precise angles and cuts.

  4. Roll clay based adhesive onto the back of the wallpaper. Bookend, or fold the paper together allowing the glue to soak into the paper. Lay aside for 10 minutes prior to hanging.

  5. Prepare the anaglypta to hang. Align the paper to the first straight edge and smooth down. Use a clean brush to disperse the glue evenly underneath. Make sure to not press down hard, as the embossed paper can be ruined from too much pressure. Make sure to rid the paper of any air pockets or bubbles.

  6. Match up all seams evenly, as well as pattern designs. Do not stretch the paper. Using a damp sponge, wipe away any glue that seeps through the edges of paper. Continue the project until the area is covered. Allow 8 hours for glue to dry.

  7. Hide visible seams by using quick drying joint compound. Lightly fill the areas, allow to dry, and sand. Repeat as necessary. This step is optional.

  8. Paint the wallpaper. Prime with a latex primer first---tint the primer to the desired wall color to decrease coats of paints. Darker paint colors will need several layers. A final coat of paint can finish the project, or decorative paint treatments such as color washing or plaster work can be added.