Disguising a Mis-Match Under a Fur-Down (Soffit)

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Digital ImageOverhanging fur-downs, or soffits, can cause a conundrum when two of them meet in a corner. In this case, the fur-down was particularly deep (almost 2′), and difficult to reach. The wallpaper pattern coming along on the face (vertical surface) from the right has to match the pattern on to the left. But this means that, as the paper is folded under the fur-down, the pattern goes off in two different directions, and will not match where the two strips meet.

Sometimes this is handled by splicing the two pieces together, drawing a line from one corner to the other. This is neat and flat, but it leaves a very obvious mis-match, and the double-cutting (splicing) required can weaken the wall surface underneath, opening the potential for the wall to break open and the paper to curl.

So, in today’s case, I did something different. I overlapped the pieces of wallpaper a little. There is a visible ridge, but it’s way up high in a somewhat hidden location, and, when the paper is dry, everything pulls flatter and less noticeable. But you can see the mis-matched pattern.

To minimize this, I took some scrap wallpaper and carefully cut out part of the trellis pattern. I lined it up with the trellis pattern on the underside of the fur-down, and – voilĂ ! The pattern mis-match still exists, but, because the lines of the pattern are intact, the eye tends to skip right over it.

As the paper dries, the ridge will become less noticeable, and the top layer of wallpaper will become more opaque, hiding the shadow of the pattern underneath.

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