Here's how to wallpaper a chimney breast to maximise space

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If you’re a fan of bold patterns or want to add a point of interest to a room without overwhelming the eye, wallpapering the chimney breast is the way to go. Express.co.uk chatted to DIY and upcycling expert for ITV’s This Morning, Georgina Burnett (also known as The Home Genie), to find out how to wallpaper a chimney breast.

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Wallpapered chimneys are trendy at the moment, but you’ll need to be careful about where you put the wallpaper.

If you've got a small room, or one that doesn't let in much light, wallpapering the chimney breast may not be advisable.

Georgina said: “Do bear in mind that patterned paper on the front of a chimney breast will make a room feel smaller.

“If you are trying to create the illusion of space in a room then paper the recesses instead.”

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How to wallpaper a chimney breast:How to wallpaper a chimney breast: Wallpapering the chimney is a great way to maximise space (Image: Getty)

How to wallpaper a chimney breast:How to wallpaper a chimney breast: You can hang wallpaper on the sides of the chimney breast yourself (Image: Getty)

How to wallpaper a chimney breast

You don’t need to hire a professional paperhanger to do the job, The Home Genie has explained exactly how to wallpaper your chimney breast with no fuss.

First things first, make sure your wall surface is clean and free of any dents or bumps as these will always show once you’ve papered.

Georgina said: “Then, measure the width and height (including height from the shelf to ceiling) so you know how much paper you will need – remember if it has a pattern this will need to meet at the sides.

“Always add 10 to 15cm of excess to the length for trimming at the end.

“You’re going to start in the middle so you then need to mark a vertical chalked plumb line

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