All wallpapers with a design have a pattern repeat. The pattern repeat is the vertical distance between where the pattern is identical again (repeats). Plain or solid wallpapers don’t have a repeat.
The design repeat of a wallpaper tells you how many centimeters the pattern is vertically, until it repeats itself again. Patterns with no repeats will have little waste, but larger designs may have more waste. In fact, you need to match the pattern from strip to strip, so you lose up to the pattern repeat on each strip.
Understanding the pattern repeat is important, because you need this calculation to know how many rolls you have to buy to design your wall. Here at Vintage Wallpapers, we’re here to help you. If you have questions about the design repeat of a wallpaper, feel free to drop us a mail or to chat with us directly on this website. Mostly the design repeat of a wallpaper is listed. If not, feel free to ask.
There are different pattern matches:
Random pattern match: When the wallpaper pattern is random, you don’t need to worry about matching any pattern at all. For obvious reasons, random patterns are great for beginners. No matter how you position the paper the pattern still looks good. A great example of a random pattern match is a texture, such as grasscloth, or a stripe.
As a general rule, you should flip every other strip to make sure there are not color variations to worry
Straight across match: A wallpaper with a straight across match is a one that starts over at the ceiling line. This means that the design has to match the strips on either side. These take more planning than random matches, but they are not typically complex patterns.
Drop match: Drop match patterns are the most complex pattern matches. These wallpapers require a good deal of planning because the pattern needs to be aligned both horizontally and vertically with the wallpaper on either side. Because of the dual alignment, dropped patternsrequire a good deal of waste in order to have enough wallpaper to make all the necessary pattern matches.
There are two different kinds of dropped patterns:
Half-drop match: Half-drop patterns repeat at the ceiling line on every other strip and the design tends to run diagonally. It requires three strips of wallpaper to repeat the vertical design. A half-drop match is a straight match that has been split in half. You’ll need to lay out the room and determine which strips will go where ahead of time.
Multiple drop match: A multiple drop match is the most complex pattern match. It can take four or more strips to repeat the vertical design. A good example of this is a dense paisley pattern. The multiple drop match pattern looks great, but you may not want this to be your first attempt at wallpapering.
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