Minimalizing Color Variations by Hanging in Sequence

Because grasscloth is a natural fiber product, it is known for certain inherent features, namely a pattern that cannot be matched, visible seams, and color variations such as paneling (one strip is a slightly different color from the one next to it), shading (different colors within the same strip), and edges that are lighter in color than the center of the strip. Just do a Search here to see pictures and read stories.

This manufacturer (Thibaut) has taken steps to minimize one of these issues. First, you want to be sure that all your bolts were printed at the same time, from the same run or dye lot (see label). Next, when a whole lot of wallpaper is printed at one time, the ink color can change ever so slightly from the beginning of a run to the end.

So Thibaut lists not only the run number, but the sequence in which the bolts were printed. On the label, this is referred to as “Shade.” The instructions are very specific about cutting and hanging strips of paper in the order they come off the roll, and using consecutive rolls in their proper order.

However, for this 11 bolt living room, I got 8 bolts of Shade series 4 (#’s 1-8), and 3 of Shade series 5 (#’s 7-9 … and what happened to the first six?!). These obviously were not printed in consecutive order! And they were all mixed together in the boxes. Good thing I checked the labels and noted the Shade numbers, before I cut anything up.

Luckily the layout of the room worked so that I was able to keep Shade 4 and Shade 5 on separate walls, so any slight color difference would not be noticeable.

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2 Responses to “Minimalizing Color Variations by Hanging in Sequence”

  1. Kim Says:

    I am to hang all of shade run before opening shade 2, etc?

  2. thewallpaperlady Says:

    Hi Kim, thanks for reading my blog!

    Yes, you should hang all the strips off one bolt first, before moving to the next bolt.

    Use the bolts in numerical sequence.

    And be sure to reverse every other strip.
    in other words, you hang the first strip right-side-up.
    The second strip you hang upside-down.
    The third strip you are back to right-side-up.

    This way you’re placing the same side of each strip next to itself, which minimizes abrupt color variations.

    I know it sounds confusing, but it’s standard procedure when hanging natural materials.

    You’re still going to get color variations, but these steps will help reduce it.

    Happy hanging!

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