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Sticking repeat wallpaper patterns: how it works!

Monday, 26 February 2024

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Are you planning to stick to repeating wallpaper patterns? If you want to bring a breath of fresh air into your own home, you will soon think of buying new wallpaper. There is hardly a better way to bring new life into your own four walls, and what's more, the choice is huge. Whether patterned wallpaper or plain wallpaper, there is a suitable wall covering for everyone.

Non-woven wallpapers are becoming increasingly popular, not least because they are extremely easy to apply. In contrast to conventional paper wallpapers, there is no need to soak them first. Apply the paste directly on the wall.

When you think about applying wall coverings, you often come across the word repeat. But what exactly is it? What's it all about and what do you need to bear in mind? In this article, we explain everything you need to know.

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What is a wallpaper "with a repeating pattern"?

It's quite simple: if a wallpaper has a repeat, this means that it has a regularly repeating pattern. There is a number on the back of the wallpaper, which is the height. This number is the distance in centimetres between each pattern in the wallpaper.

Every wallpaper has a repeat, even single-colour wallpapers - but you can't see it on these. However, the pattern repeat is particularly important for patterned wallpapers, as it ensures that the pattern on the different wallpaper panels is seamless and that there are no irregularities in the design.

The pattern repeat means the method of matching the wallpaper pattern together that makes a cohesive design all together. Become familiar with two different types of wallpaper patterns repeat to achieve the perfect installation of wallpaper.

What is a "straight line approach" in wallpaper patterns?

With wallpaper in a straight line, apply the wallpaper directly next to each other at the same height of the wall. This type of pattern requires less consideration while applying as its patterns are uniform and consistently beautiful across the entire wall.

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On the back of the wallpaper, a symbol of two arrows at the same height indicates that it is a wallpaper with a straight line.

What is an " Offset approach" in wall covering patterns?

A staggered approach, on the other hand, is a little more complicated. It is not enough to simply lay the wallpaper panels next to each other to create a uniform pattern. With an offset pattern, move the wallpaper up or down a little. So that the pattern continues seamlessly. This is usually half the height of the repeat. However, find the length in centimetres of the offset pattern on the back of the wallpaper.

On the back of the wallpaper, a symbol of two arrows at different heights indicates that this is a repeating wall covering with a straight start.

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The special feature of repeat wallpaper patterns

The installation of offset patterned wallpaper is not simplified. However, the designs are more elaborative and eye-catching, making it worthy of the effort! They do not follow completely symmetrical patterns, therefore the designs become complex and intricate, which makes them more interesting for interior design.

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Wallpaper patterns can be tricky but they are rather simple. A simple pattern is repeated at regular intervals. To ensure that the pattern is continued seamlessly on the different wallpaper panels, it is important to pay attention to the pattern repeat. A distinction is made between two different types: The straight approach and the offset approach.

With the straight approach, the wall covering panels are applied directly next to each other, whereas, with the offset approach, they must be shifted up or down by a certain amount. Various symbols on the back of the wallpaper indicate the size of the repeat in centimetres, the type of offset and the number of centimetres by which a wallpaper with an offset must be moved up or down.

We hope we have been able to answer all your questions on the subject of wallpaper repeats! Your team at BRICOFLOR, the wall & floor experts!

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