Graham and Brown Wallpaper Review

Updated May 18, 2024 | Posted Mar 12, 2023 | Product Reviews, Sundries | 1 comment

Graham and Brown manufacture a vast array of wallpapers, including various other brands like Superfresco and Laura Ashley. As the range is so vast, I can only talk about their wallpaper in general terms. However, the quality from paper to paper is pretty consistent.

As a professional Decorator, I have worked with Graham and Brown a lot over the years. They seem to produce a lot of very good quality wallpapers at a very reasonable price, which is probably why they’re now the leading wallpaper manufacturer in the UK.

I particularly like their non-woven, or ‘paste the wall’ papers. Most of their papers are thick, easy to use, won’t crease, and cut well with an Olfa Knife or Easy Trimmer. You can view their vast range by clicking here.

I think to get a proper idea, we need to look at specific Graham and Brown products, so I asked other professional decorators from a wallpaper forum to show their work and give their honest opinions.  We didn’t get a single negative comment! Below are some examples…

Hanging Graham and Brown Non-Woven wallpaper

 

I thought I’d write a little blog on hanging Graham and Brown non-woven wallpaper. This particular paper was £330 for this one wall, 7 lengths used!! Expensive stuff, so take your time when hanging it. I buy mine direct, click here to see online prices.

Do not paste the back of the paper when you’re using non-woven wallpapers. This is because they will not expand and contract like pulp papers do. Instead, after marking up and working out where your drops are going, you apply a paste with low-water content to the wall.

Always start in the centre when working on a single wall like this. Symmetry is very important in decorating.

I made sure I had plenty of paper before starting this room. Sometimes there are problems matching batch numbers when ordering wallpaper at different times.

Hence the 8 strip is part printed as that’s what’s allowed for this size wall.

Another tip is to seal the walls a couple of hours before you start with a coat of size or beeline primer.

I knew I didn’t need it as I’d be cutting the 7th length down to size.

500mm width I trimmed off 400mm for the final drop.

I used a brown chalk on the ends so they’re not as noticeable in the joints with it being a dark paper. It worked . This is a great tip, and I do it every time I hang wallpaper.

Very effective.

I’ve done 6 videos on hanging it.

And it’s taken just over 2hrs to hang, with faffing doing the filming as well and commentary. You can watch the videos on my YouTube Channel, or to see more of my work you can follow me on Instagram.

Click here to see full range and online prices.

Phil Beckwith

Professional Decorator

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Karl Hancock

Graham & Brown is good stuff. This was non-woven (paste-the-wall), so nice and thick. Like all papers with a metallic or reflective material, you’ve got to be a little careful to avoid creases. However, this particular wallpaper is very forgiving. It cuts well with no snagging, even when overlapping and splicing it is really easy to work with. Wipes off well and easy to keep clean. Another thing to mention is Graham & Brown have a fantastic range of both modern and classic prints, so there is loads for a homeowner to choose from.

Available online here.

Martin Thorne

This wallpaper was so easy to cut that I didn’t snap off one blade with the whole kitchen . A pleasure to Hang and easy to work with. It was also easy to match. I have hung a few Graham and brown papers now and it’s still the best brand to work with to date.

Every client has been really pleased and have had lots of compliments on social media also. Available online here.

Kevin Graham

The wallpaper on this feature wall is Graham & Brown Tartan White. It was great value, good quality, and easy to hang. Probably the best value wallpaper I’ve hung to be honest, given these rolls were not as expensive as the other high-end papers I have hung. Available online here.

Graham and Brown Wallpaper 'Checked Print'
Graham and Brown wallpaper is easy to hang

Matt Tector

This was done using Graham & Brown paste the wall, which was nice thick paper. I enjoyed working with it. It didn’t rip easily, which was very useful when going round the window reveal.

Scott Dowie

28 rolls of Graham and Brown wallpaper hung in this stunning entrance hall, stairs and landing. We had to strip the existing paper, then line.

Absolute joy to work with this paper, despite some interesting angles and features on this job. We would have had a real nightmare with a paper of lesser quality. Available online here.

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About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.

1 Comment

  1. susan stone

    I have graham and brown super alfresco with a bit of a sheen in the pattern and would now like to paint it, please could you suggest a good paint that will cover the green and orange embossed pattern please

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