If you’re new to wallpapering, one of the terms that’s sure to have caused a few concerns will be ‘pattern repeats’. Sure, you’ll have a firm understanding that some wallcoverings have repeating patterns, but how do go about matching them and budgeting for waste - and which types are easier to hang?
In the latest edition of the Home Flair Decor blog, we break down the answers to all these questions and more, so you can order the correct number of rolls for your job with complete confidence, and hang your repeat-patterned wallpaper like a true pro. A bit of background All wallpapers, even those with little or no design have a pattern repeat, and this is due to the print rollers used during production. The pattern repeat refers to the vertical distance between the identical pattern occurring again, and whilst some repeats can be rather large at over one metre, most are a more conservative size. However it’s well worth being aware, that some aren’t always visible at a glance, so you must be sure to check the direction of hanging before you cut anything! The ‘design repeat measurement’ is usually printed on the roll label or on a separate label at the end of the roll, and tells you in centimeters the distance between the pattern until it identically repeats itself again. Patterns with no repeats, will of course, result in very little wallpaper waste. Understanding the pattern repeat is really important when it comes to ordering your rolls, so if you need any help at all with your calculations, please feel free to give us a call on 0161 729 1686, or drop us a line via our contact form, ensuring you include your room measurements and the wallcovering of your choice. For your information
There are four different types of pattern repeats, each of which pose varying levels of difficulty when it comes to hanging and matching. Here, we’ve split them into three categories based upon your level of wallpapering experience...FIRST TIMER
Random pattern / Free match: When a wallpaper pattern is truly random or free from any visible pattern, you don’t need to worry about matching the pattern at all, which makes them a great choice for beginners!
Top Tip: Before you open a roll, hold it up to your wall, and using a finger to mark the previous position, simply walk it across the wall to count how many strips you will need.
Reverse Hang: A slight twist on the random/free match is a technique called reverse hang; this can mainly be found on plain or plain textured wallpapers, but is not exclusive to this category, so check those labels prior to hanging! This technique is used to keep the colour, tone and texture evenly matched across your walls, and to do this, we recommend you cut all your lengths in one go and then mark each length you cut to show a single direction. (Make sure you roll out each length the same way as they come off of each roll). You could achieve this with a simple pencil mark (arrow) or by chopping a small piece from the corner of each strip.
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Straight across/straight match: A wallpaper with a straight across match is a pattern that matches across the width of the wallpaper. This means that the design has to match the strips on either side of it, which takes a touch more planning than free matches. Fortunately for the intermediate decorator, they don’t typically come in overly complex patterns.
You can now use this strip as your template and cut all other strips required, making sure you are carrying across the match. Again, there should be no need to number the reverse of these lengths as they should all be identical in size.
Drop match patterns are the most ‘complex’ pattern matches, but as with any wallpapering - practice makes perfect.
Using a drop match requires a little more planning and perhaps a double check before you start cutting, because the patterns need to be aligned both horizontally and vertically. Be sure to order enough rolls to allow for the necessary pattern matches throughout the room, as repeat purchases cannot always be guaranteed.
Half-drop/Offset match: Half-drop patterns repeat at the ceiling line on every other strip. The common theme with these is that the design tends to run through them diagonally, so they require three strips of wallpaper to ensure a consistent repeat of the vertical design.
Next stepsSo there you have it; everything you need to know about pattern repeats, together with all the peace-of-mind you need before tackling your next project. Of course, if you’ve got any further questions, or find yourself in a repeat pattern predicament at any stage of your project, our friendly team of experts are always happy to help. Call us during contact hours on 0161 729 1686, or drop us a message here.