Wallpaper Pattern Matching

All wallpapers, except some textures and murals, have a pattern repeat. The repeat is the vertical distance between one point on the pattern to the identical point vertically. This pattern repeat is an integral part of the design. The repeat can range anywhere from an inch -- or even occasionally less -- up to as much as the width of the wallpaper or more. If the wallpaper to be hung has a pattern, find out what type of pattern match it has. There are three major types of pattern matches: Random Match -- In...

Wallpaper packing and sizes

Wallpaper comes in different lengths and widths and, although usually priced by the single roll, it is packaged either as double or triple rolls. People may find this packaging versus pricing situation hard to understand. However, wallpaper is packaged this way because double and triple rolls provide more usable wallpaper than single rolls. In addition, extra wallpaper allows for a margin of error during hanging, will help avoid the problem of finding the same dye lot or printing run when reordering to comp...

Common Wallpaper Characteristics

Below is a listing of the most important or common characteristics and definitions for wallpaper: Scrubbable means that the wallpaper can withstand scrubbing with a brush and a prescribed detergent solution. (An attribute that would be useful for wallpaper used in a kitchen, bath or laundry room, for example.) Washable means that the wallpaper can withstand occasional sponging with a prescribed detergent solution. (Great for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms.) Stain Resistance is the ability to show no a...

Wallpaper pattern and run numbers

A pattern number and dye-lot or "run number" is printed on each roll. A pattern number identifies a particular design and color way of a pattern. The dye-lot number represents a particular group of rolls that are printed on the same print run. Different dye-lot numbers could signal variables such as a possible tonal change of color, a change in the vinyl coating or a change in the embossing process. Because of this, it is very important to check each individual roll in your wallpaper job to ensure uniformit...

What about feature walls—are they still allowed by the ‘design police’?

Yes, it is still a very good way to make a focal point in a room. Using an interesting wallcovering can highlight an important area of a room such as around a fireplace, or create a positive first impression in an entrance hall, for example. You could paper the wall behind the bed, making a headboard ‘wall’. It can be a cost-effective and easy way to update a room, but a feature wall in every room might be too much… Even ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ minimalists can comfortably use wallpaper to add decorative effects ...

What are the latest trends in wallpaper design?

Every year there are new colours and designs in every product area responding to global and local influences, cultural and lifestyle trends and changes. Wallcovering manufacturers regularly bring out new colours and designs too; sometimes subtle variations in colour and texture, or more dramatic patterns. The trend to patterned, printed and embroidered fabrics has seen an equal shift to dramatic, “look at me” wallpapers. Rich and rococo-inspired patterns slightly over-scale and often with a play of metallic...

Has wallpaper moved on from those scary florals that my nana had?

Absolutely yes, and to be honest, not completely! Wallpaper has had a bad rap in recent years—many thought it as just being the stuff your gran used to have in the lounge. It’s come a long way since then. Homeowners shown contemporary wallpaper collections are often pleasantly surprised and impressed. There’s hundreds of new designs on the market, and some old classics that are still going strong. Today’s designers often reference the past, and re-style patterns that were popular at various times. Motifs li...

How do I work out how much paper I need in a room?

Most wallpaper rolls are about half a metre wide and 10 metres long, so that will give you about 3 drops given the standard wall height of 2.4 metres—about 5 square metres per roll. A normal-sized living room would take around 7 rolls, generally speaking but of course there are things like pattern repeats to be considered. As a starting point see our roll reckoner, and double-check with your retailer when you order.

Can I wallpaper a room myself or is it too difficult for a beginner?

Yes you can and no, it isn’t. It’s much easier now, with pre-pasted papers and new technologies like non-woven backings. Retailers will advise you; they have instruction leaflets and videos/DVDs that show you how. A great place to start is our How to Wallpaper section. And if you’d rather watch—and pay someone else—put up wallpaper, here’s a list of professional paperhangers.Yes you can and no, it isn’t. It’s much easier now, with pre-pasted papers and new technologies like non-woven backings. Retailers wil...

Is it true that if I wallpaper it will be hard to remove when I want to change the look of the room?

It used to be, but that was then—now there are papers that can be easily stripped and replaced. We make a very effective wallpaper stripper (Metylan Special Wallpaper Remover) that will make the job simple and quick. And if you make sure that the walls are properly prepared with a sealer before you put up new wallpaper, it makes re-decorating next time much easier.

What are the advantages of wallcoverings?

Wallpaper is now firmly back on the design agenda, for its new textures, modern colours and designs, and its re-discovered practicality: much like a cosmetic concealer, textured wallcoverings can hide less than perfect walls. And it can save time, often it’s quicker than painting—especially as one ‘coat’ of wallpaper is all you need to cover the wall for instant colour. And wallpaper is easy-care too—many modern papers are washable, durable and wear well. Wallcoverings have great ‘touch appeal’ too; adding ...

How do I decide whether to have wallpaper or paint?

You don’t have to choose one or the other, they work well together. Some rooms in your home can be painted, others can be wallpapered—it’s up to you. Designers happily use wallpaper and paint on different walls of the same room. Many wallpaper retailers also sell paint, and usually have wallcoverings that match most paint colours on the market, so you can easily co-ordinate the two finishes. Of course only wallpaper has a choice of patterns and textures; and it’s a ‘one-coat process’—when you have put the p...

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