“Growing Paper” – Can You Spot the Mis-Match?

Digital ImageHere is a very pretty (and historic) wallpaper pattern that I am hanging in a master bedroom in the Museum District. This wall has two large side-by-side windows, which can get tricky, especially in a 90-year-old house with un-straight and un-plumb walls and ceilings.

I hung the strips to the left of the windows, then the three short strips over the tops of the windows, then three more short strips below the windows. The next strip was a full-length pieces to the right of the windows.

The trick is to get the top of the strip to line up with the bottom of the strip. In this case, for various reasons, mostly having to do with crooked walls, there was a 3/4″ gap between the new strip to the right of the windows and the strip beneath the windows.

Using paper that matched the pattern, I could splice in a 3/4″ piece. But that would mean that elements of the design would be duplicated, and the eye would catch that. But if I used a part of the design that did not duplicate the pattern, the resulting mis-match would be even more obvious.

I gauged that the right side of the design had fewer elements that HAD to remain intact, an the left side had a leaf that would look bad if it got repeated. So what I did was to take a 3/4″ wide strip that matched the left side of the full-length strip, and splice it in.

But to minimize the mis-match, I cut along some of the design and let it overlap the strip to the left. So now I had a double-image, but parts of it were cut out of the spliced piece, so you only see a little repeating.

Then I took some scraps of wallpaper and cut out “appliqués” of leaves and a butterfly, to paste over the repeated elements, to break them up. I even used pencil to draw in a few leaves and stems, again to break up the double image.

In the photo, to the left of the outlet cover, and to the left of the butterfly, can you see the two twigs that point off to the upper left corner? These are the duplicated images. But they’re not offensively noticeable, because a stem has been cut out, a leaf has been added, and a butterfly is added to break up the straight lines.

This wallpaper pattern, a recreation of a historic 1800’s design, is by Cole & Son, a British company, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

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One Response to ““Growing Paper” – Can You Spot the Mis-Match?”

  1. Old Pearly Jenkins Says:

    Gorgeous wallpaper.

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