Wallpapers with patterns look chic, but many people are afraid to wallpaper with patterns. But it is not as difficult as it seems at first glance. Once correctly cut, the wallpapers can be wallpapered just as easily as plain wallpapers. At the same time, the wallpapers set unusual accents, can favourably influence the proportions of the room and are a great background for discreet furniture and classic furnishing styles.
Wallpapers without patterns - does that exist?
When you get right down to it, there are no wallpapers without pattern offsets. Wallpapers are produced by embossing or rotary printing. This is also how the colour of plain wallpapers is applied to the backing material. With each revolution of the printing roller, the imprint is repeated on the backing. So plain wallpapers also have a pattern offset - it's just that you don't see it so much and therefore don't have to pay attention to an offset. However, there is no such thing as a wallpaper that is truly free of offsets. The shoulder is only not noticeable with shoulder-free wallpapers.
Offset wallpapers - which ones are there?
Pattern wallpapers are produced with staggered or straight repeat. This depends on the pattern. With a straight offset or repeat, the pattern cut is at the same height on the right and left. The measurement for the repeat is indicated on each wallpaper roll. With an offset repeat, the pattern cut on one side is in the middle of two pattern cuts on the other side. You must therefore offset the pattern by the centimetres indicated on the roll. In the case of an offset repeat, you will usually find two indications: the length of the repeat as a whole and the length by which the pattern must be shifted.
The pattern repeat is also indicated on the wallpaper insert. The straight pattern repeat is marked with two arrows at the same height, the staggered pattern repeat with two arrows at different heights and a wallpaper without a pattern repeat with one arrow and one zero at the same height. Large ornaments and geometric shapes can be easily identified on a pattern wallpaper and can then be cut to size. By the way, there is no fixed repeat. There are very small repeats of two centimetres, but also large repeats of 60 and more centimetres.
To cut pattern wallpapers with a pattern repeat
Once cut correctly, wallpapering patterned wallpaper is actually no longer an art. Cut the first strip as usual. The strip should be the length of the room height plus 10 centimetres. The extra ten centimetres are intended to compensate for unevenness in the ceiling and floor.
For wallpapers without offsets, you can simply place the next panel on top of the first panel and cut it to the same length.
For wallpapers with a straight repeat, find a distinctive pattern cut and lay pattern on pattern. Of course, you must keep to the length of the first panel.
For wallpapers with staggered repeat, the pattern is always shifted by the length of half the repeat. When cutting, the 1 - 3 - 5 - .... are cut to the same length. The same applies to the 2 - 4 - 6 - ... panels. Simply find two identical pattern pieces (the repeat) on one side of the wallpaper. The matching counterpart is now in the middle of the repeat on the other wallpaper side. Don't forget to add ten centimetres as a reserve. You can easily check whether you have cut the strips correctly by laying them on the wallpaper. If you have cut the strips correctly, you can wallpaper as normal. You only need to make sure that the patterns match when wallpapering.
How to save wallpaper
Use two rolls of wallpaper when cutting. Cut strips 1, 3, 5, ... with one roll and strips 2, 4, 6, ... with the other roll. This will save you a lot of wallpaper and you won't have so much waste to throw away.
Special feature: Stick fallen!
Tumbled gluing is not a type of repeat. This type of processing is mainly used for wallpapers made of natural materials. With inverted gluing, every second strip is turned upside down. This creates a natural structure.
Buying wallpaper - better measure once more
When buying sample wallpapers, be sure to plan for offcuts so that you have enough wallpapers from one production number. The production number or batch number is crucial because it is the only way you can be sure that there are no colour differences. The number indicates that all wallpaper rolls come from one production run.