Hints and tips
SHELF LIFE OF STICKERS
It is recommended to apply a purchased design sticker within one month. Certainly before three months. During the time the sticker shrinks due to the effect of the printing ink and it may get loose from the paper. Shrinking is useful for the already applyed picture – the picture stretches, becomes smoother and stronger.
TOOLS FOR APPLYING
You need the following tools for applying a picture:
- Spray, sponge or a cloth for applying the soap water solution to the surface;
- Light soap water solution. Use soap without additives – e.g. ordinary Fairy or kids’ shampoo;
- Spatula for smoothing. The plastic card with a soft material around it will do a well;
- Sharp knife. Knife with detachable blades or a craft knife;
- Measuring tape;
- Pencil – felt tip pencil; marker or roller ball pen;
- Tissue for drying water.
We recommend using the set of applying tools provided by us for applying. The set contains a measuring tape, pencil, spatula and knife.
Instead of a spatula you can also use a bankcard or driving license. To avoid scratching the sticker in smoothing, turn a soft material around the card, e.g. a sock. The knife should be very sharp. It is recommended to use a knife with detachable blade and put a new blade in when the sticker is applied.
Other tools you can find from your own household or from a nearby store.
To buy application kit, klick “add to cart” here or check the box by the “application kit” on the checkout page.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOUR
Colour is an important tool for shaping or changing the room. With colours the room can be changed warmer or cooler, objects lighter or heavier, surfaces taken further or brought closer. Warm hues like red and yellow emphasise (e.g. bring the wall closer) and cold hues like blue and lilac push back. Intensity as well as lightness affects the accentuating influence of the colour. For example light bright red object seems to be bigger and closer than a dull red object at the same distance. Though things can be generalised, the colour sense is subjective and mainly depends on a taste of the onlooker.
Main colours, or primary colours are red, yellow and blue. All other colours are received by mixing them.
Secondary colours or second stage colours are orange, lilac and green. These are received when the primary colours a mixed in pairs.
Tertiary colours or third stage colours are received with intermixing the secondary colours or mixing a secondary colour with the primary colour. When more than two colours are mixed, the result is some or other sort of brown.
Opposite colours or complementary colours or contrasting colours are located opposite to each other in the colour wheel.
Adjacent hues are close to each other in the colour wheel.
Broken tones are colours mixed with white or different shades of grey. The tone is not pure, but broken, more modest.
Monochromatic colours are lighter and darker tones of one colour.
Some methods for combining colours
Adjacent tone gamut.
Adjacent tone colours are close to each other in the colour wheel. Combining lightened or darkened variations of adjacent tones (broken colours) we get harmonic, safe colour solution. Using some extremely lightened or darkened tones (there is just a little speck of colour in grey or white) pure white or grey, we get a minimalist colour solution.
Colour contrast provides strong visual stimulation. Moving further from the safe colour harmony, contrast colours are used to emphasise harmonies by the means of contrast. A little amount of bright complementary colour is brought to the colour scheme to create contrast. Bringing in contrast highlights also the more modest colour group.
Monochromatic colours are lighter and darker hues of one colour. This colour harmony can be most often seen in the nature where hundreds of different green colours govern. Since they suit well with different light conditions the atmosphere is nice and calming. Monochromatic colour schemes can be changed even calmer with adding neutral colours like white, grey or black
Combinations of complementary colours
Modifying the volumes and strengths of the complementary colours is the basis for a successful colour combination. Contrasting colours or complementary colours are located directly opposite on the colour wheel.
The key is the balance. Follow mainly that not a single colour dominates in the colour scheme. Combining lighted or darkened colours is a sure bet.
If the contrasting principle allows the colours to outstand, the ensemble of complementary colours could be more even. If you look at the colour combination with half-shut eyes, you perceive that some colour outstands more than others.
- It is easier to combine tertiary or third stage colours, especially the variations of mixing them with white and black.
- Primary colours are difficult to combine.
- All other colours suit with black, white and grey. All beige and brown hues allow majority of other colours beside them.
- Try to limit yourself to 3-4 different colours.
- If you use monochromatic hues (different lightness grades of one colour) you may paint each object or wall with different colour.
- There is no certain colour, which would match another colour; there are millions of suitable combinations.
- Do not be afraid of bright colours. If you choose one bright colour among reserved tones, you probably cannot get it wrong. Outstanding hue leaves a balanced impression in the room if there is less of it than mild colours.
- Combining several bright colours needs more courage.
- Trust your taste. Actually you are the one who lives among the colours you have chosen. The main thing is that YOU are happy.
HOW TO CHOOSE A PROPER PICTURE
The picture can be planned to the interior already in the course of interior design process. We usually have already completed interior to where the suitable picture must be found. According to your wishes, the picture may modestly supplement the interior but it could also be the most distinguished object in the room. The status of the picture largely depends on the colour of the background and closest objects. With the help of the background similar to the primary tone of the picture we will get a uniform result where the picture is part of the background. If the background is of different colour, darker of lighter than the picture, it will bring out the picture. The frame gives the finishing touches to the wall picture. It is easy to choose it according to the style and material of the furniture. Wall picture on a canvas can also remain without a frame if the edges of the canvas are turned around the frame to the bottom side. The frameless picture especially suits to a state-of-the art interior.
- If the interior has calm, neutral gamut, the range is really wide. Colour photos, neutral and bright graphics are suitable. The picture can bring contrast to the calm interior.
- If you do not wish the picture to dominate, the best choice would be a picture in the same gamut as the room or the one in neutral tones.
- To the room with contrast colours try to find a picture having mainly the same colours as used in the room. It is also important that there will not be abundance of colours. Hence the picture should not introduce more colours to the room with contrast colours.
- In case of colourful wallpaper or many-coloured interior textile, try to find picture without many small details and different colours. Minimalist picture in suitable tones balances very colourful interior valuing so the interior as well as the picture.
- The picture in black and white and grey tones is suitable to the interior with the same colours, but also any other colour is OK. Combining bright red with black and white is very classical.
- If the room has monochromic colours, the picture should not ruin the harmony. Select the picture in the same tones you have used in the interior.
Violating all rules can also give a very interesting result. You are the one who decides.
REQUIREMENTS TO THE QUALITY OF THE PHOTO IN CASE OF SPECIAL ORDER
The quality of the print depends on the quality of the photo. The number of pixels of the photo file determines how big print we can make from your photo. You get the number of the pixels when you move the cursor on the photo name. Displayed window shows the file’s pixels on the first line.
Generally the possibilities are as follows:
- For laptop picture we suggest the pixel dimention of which is at least 1260 x 2048.
- For printing larger products (wall pictures and fridge stickers) we need a picture the size of which are at least 2336 x 3504 pixels. Here is the rule that the more pixels, the better.
Your picture file should be in one of the following format: .jpg, .png, .pdf, .tiff, .bmp. Contact us at info[at]interiorstickers.co.uk and write down your request.
WHAT KIND OF SURFACE SHOULD BE USED
Suitable surface materials
Surface where the design sticker can be applied must be smooth and clean. Suitable surfaces are smooth, non-porous – proper ones are plastic, plexiglass, glass, metal and factory lacquered and painted surfaces. Non suitable are wood, wallpaper, concrete, cork, chipboard, manually painted walls and other rough, porous or “breathing”.
Painted surfaces – smooth factory painted materials – furniture, furniture boards, etc are suitable for applying. At the same time the picture cannot be applied to the manually painted wall – in the course of time the edges may get loose. The following item describes how to apply the picture on the wall.
Preparing the surface
The surface where the picture is applied must be clean, there should not be any debris, dust, grease, old product labels or other dirt. The room should also be possibly clean since the label collects static electricity and may dust. If dust of debris gets under the label, the surface becomes uneven. If there is much dirt, the label cannot be applied. Before applying, clean the surface with detergent and rinse or clean with strong alcohol.
Which materials can be used in applying a label on the wall (back wall of kitchen countertop)
Sticker is suitable to the walls of the kitchen and the bathroom.
Best choice for decorating the wall is to order the picture on the canvas. Still there are rooms where the picture on the canvas does not suit. Since the sticker is water proof, it is possible to use it also in humid conditions and the ones requiring more cleaning. If you need a picture on the wall in complicated conditions – e.g. back wall of kitchen countertop, bathroom, humid rooms, outside or some other place where the canvas does not suit, it is necessary to use a surface material under the label. In wet conditions it is recommended to the picture around the surface material so that the water does not get between the sticker.
Cheapest of these materials is Kapa board. It is also very light. Kapa boards have different thicknesses and it is usually sold with appropriate fasteners. Ask certainly a bending proof board from the shop assistant. Kapa board cannot be used outdoors.
APPLYING AROUND HANDLES AND OTHER OBSTACLES
If the handles of the fridge cannot be removed or there is a non-removable logo on the fridge; opening of a dispenser or mini bar, the sticker should be applied possibly exactly around the specified objects. To view the illustrative pictures, click on the picture.
1. First the position of the object should be measured on the sticker. Mark the upper, lower, right side and left side edge on the sticker. Then cut a little bit smaller hole and make the cuts up to the edges of the object. Apply the sticker to the door. The sticker should stick freely to the door, no strains allowed. If the sticker does not fit freely without folds, the film should be shifted or the cuts extended or more cuts made.
Another way is to apply the sticker softly to the place with the soap water. Then cut the object roughly from the sticker by feeling the object. The approximate hole should be smaller than the opening. Cuts are made to the edges of the object so that the sticker can be freely applied to the fridge (photo 2). If the sticker does not fit freely, the film must be shifted to the cuts extended or more cuts made.
2. Edges of the sticker are smoothed against the edge of the cut object. This must be done quite hard so that there will be a line of breaking on the sticker.
3. Cut the sticker remnants along the edge of the object. Use a sharp knife. The pressure of the knife should be sufficient to cut the sticker but not too strong to damage the surface (photo 3).
You succeeded if there are no folds or bubbles around the object.(photo 5).
TIPS FOR APPLYING STICKERS ON CUPBOARDS AND FRIDGES
3 ways of applying the sticker to the doors.
There are several ways for applying the stickers to the cupboard or fridge doors.The diagram shows three different ways. Click on the diagram.
Version 1: The sticker is applied to the door.(diagram 1)
Plus: the easiest and fastest application. In case of two doors it does not deform the image on the sticker since no sticker is lost in the middle.
Minus: more insecure application compared to the other ones. If the corner of the fridge door is in a heavy traffic area there is a danger that the edge of the sticker is rubbed when passing the fridge. Children tend to toy with the edges of the sticker. It suits well when the fridge is between the furniture or walls.
Version 2: The sticker covers the front sides of the door and the inner and outer edges of the door (diagram 2).
Plus: the most secure way application This way fixed edges do not get loose. Minus: very time consuming application. It does not suit if the image on the sticker can deform when the edges of the sticker are turned round the edges of the door.
Version 3: The sticker covers the front sides of the door and the outer edges. (diagram 1). Suits when the image in the middle cannot be deformed, but still securely attached edges outside are required.
In case of a one door fridge all three versions can be used.
Covering the edge of the door on top and side.
To cover the door of the fridge and cupboards more securely it is possible to cover also the edges with the sticker. It is specially recommended to cover the upper edges in case of a cupboard under the sink since the cupboard door becomes wet very often and so the water does not run under the sticker to channel it loose. An example of how the upper and first edge of the cupboard is applied. To view the illustrative pictures, click on the picture.
1. The sticker is applied to the door.
2. A diagonal cut is made from the upper corner (photo 1)
3. The front side sticker is pressed to the door. The remaining edge is turned on the upper edge (photo 2).
4. The remaining part of the sticker is removed. Hold the knife against the edge of the door crosswise with the sticker. Try to cut with one cut by holding tight the cut sticker slip with another hand. In case of a fridge try not to damage the seal (photo 3).
5. Press the upper edge of the upper sticker.Turn the edge round the corner (photo 4). You may need to make a cut from the hinge side of the door. Make the cut to the upper edge of the sticker to press it against the edge of the door (photo 5). Cut the remaining part alongside the edge.
6. Cut the edge remaining from the upper edge.(photo 6).