Interior Design

Top 5 Decorating Mistakes

At Wallpaper & Carpet Distributors (WCD), it’s our aim to make the process of decorating as simple as possible.

Those luxurious hotel rooms, movie sets and interior design dream rooms that you are so eager to replicate are all completely attainable.

However, decorating novices often get themselves worked up about problems that are extremely easy to solve.

Our quality wallpaper and advanced technology make redecorating an absolute breeze and stamps out common problems.

Expert opinion

Here’s our expert opinion on how to solve challenges you may come across during your next interior design project.

Remember, even first-time decorators can get the job done with minimal fuss, so don’t be downhearted!

Get rid of wallpaper bubbles

The best way to stop wallpaper bubbling is to be proactive from the beginning.

When hanging a new sheet of paper, you’ll need to go slow and steady, smoothing out any bumps along the way.

A very light amount of pressure applied with a sponge is much better than dragging your hand across the paper, as it may damage fragile foil designs.

Prick with a pin

If you’ve applied the full sheet and bubbles have formed under your wallpaper, prick them with a pin whilst damp and ease the air out from the edges of the bubble, into the middle.

The wet glue should force the paper into contact with the wall and make it stick without any trace of bubbles.

Old wallpaper won’t come off the wall

Removing wallpaper can be a hassle, particularly tough textures such as woodchip.

Whilst steamers can be effective, they are also quite expensive to buy or rent.

We prefer the cheaper alternative of hot soapy water, which may be time consuming, but there’s nothing that works quite like it.

Leave plaster for few minutes before wallpapering

Wallpapering too early on wet plaster can lead to peeling, bubbles and mould due to moisture trying to escape from underneath.

Despite your eagerness to get things done, you must relax and take your time when it comes to finishing off your room with fresh wallpaper.

Even paint can crack and bubble under the pressure built up from water escaping the drying plaster.

It’s vital to wait a while for a thick coating of plaster to dry, which can take up to two months to be completely ready for decorating.


On the other hand, 3mm skim above plasterboard or chipped wall can take as little as a week.

It’s best to ask your plasterer for their recommendation as to when it’s safe to apply your wallpaper.

The walls will become a much lighter tone and you’ll notice darker damp patches where the plaster is still drying.

Condensation will also start to form on the windows which is a sign of plaster still drying, so take note of these tell-tale signs before diving in headfirst with your wallpapering.


Before you apply your wallpaper, you need to coat your walls in a sizing solution, which is an important step that many people forget.

The plaster will absorb the watered-down sizing paste, which means it won’t absorb your wallpaper paste when you apply it.

Wallpaper not sticking

Depending on the surface you’re applying the wallpaper to, you may come across a few issues when hanging your wallpaper.

It’s all about the preparation, for example, painted surfaces will need sanding down to avoid wallpaper peeling at the edges.

Before taking the wallpaper down and completely scrapping your project, there are a few ways you can attempt to salvage your freshly-laid wallpaper.

Solution to your needs

The best place to get all of your needs in Wallcovering & Fabrics is Wallpaper & Carpets Distributors (WCD).

It is located at Lot 1509, Batu 8, Jalan Klang Lama, Taman Desaria, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

WCD is currently Malaysia’s No. 1 Wallpaper & Carpet Distributor for  Korean, European, Luxury and Asian Wallpapers.

WCD offers over 10,000 designs across 450 collections of Wallcoverings.

The Wallcoverings vary from Paper Baked, Fabric Backed and Non Woven Backing which are suitable for offices, condominiums, apartments, hospitals, homes, banks, hotels and resorts.

WCD offers a vast range or Fabrics used for curtains and upholstery.

With over 50 collections, WCD also sells Sheers, Laces, Blackout Fabrics as well as Dim Out Fabrics that is suitable for homes, hospital and offices. Along with this, WCD sells Curtain Accessories like Tussels, Fringes, Metal Rods and others.

WCD, established in 1995, has since gained a reputation as one of Malaysia’s leading distributor of top brands of Wallcoverings.

It currently supplies to thousands of dealers all over Malaysia (inclusive of Sabah & Sarawak), Brunei, Vietnam, Mauritius and Singapore.

In addition, WCD also offers flooring materials such as Vinyl Sheets, Vinyl Planks, Vinyl Tiles, Carpet Tiles and many more.

With over 8 different Product Lines, over 15,000 designs, 500+ collections, WCD’s mission is to become the Number One Solution to Walls, Windows & Floors.