Secondary Pattern in Wallpaper

Digital ImageDigital ImageYou might think this wallpaper is going crooked. But that’s an optical illusion… What you are seeing is what’s called a “secondary pattern.”

The main pattern in this paper is the elephants, zebras, and lions. But the secondary pattern is how these elements work on an overall scale… how they play across the entire wall.

In this case, the secondary pattern forms a strong diagonal line. This is emphasized by the fact that the elephant picture is darker than other pattern elements, and is also slanted in the same direction as the diagonal line.

This wallpaper is by Brewster, and is part of the National Geographic line.  I hung this in a new home in the Aliana development in far west Houston.

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