Wallpapering: Colour Matching and Pattern Matching
During printing, papers of the same batch may vary slightly, in colour and tone, from roll to roll or even from one edge to the other, within a roll. Before attempting to cut any paper, unroll short lengths from each roll and look for differences in tone value of colour.
When using plain paper or one with a small overall pattern, edge-to-edge variations may be overcome by hanging every other length upside down. In this way light edges will abut light edges.
On floral patterns there may be shadowing on the underside of the pattern. These should always be placed to the bottom. A length that does vary in shade or tone should be used at a corner over a door or under a window where it will blend in and be less obvious to the eye.
Pattern matching is most important. There are two types of pattern: a set pattern where the pattern is repeated horizontally; and a drop pattern in which the design runs diagonally.
The bigger the pattern sequence, the greater will be the paper wastage. Patterns which match diagonally are more extravagant than horizontal patterns.
When hanging paper from left to right the left edge of the second piece of paper should line up with the right edge of the first piece and so on along the area. The converse applies when working in the reverse direction.
It is important that a paper with a definite pattern should match. While, with fairly muted overall patterns or plain paper, work should start from a window area and proceed inwards, when using a defined pattern, on a feature such as a chimney breast, the hanging sequence alters. The centre of the main design must start at the centre of the chimney breast or focal feature to prevent the room looking out of balance.
10. November 2011 by admin
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