Betcha Can’t Find The Kill Point

Usually, when hanging wallpaper, you start in a corner, work your way around the room, and end up on the opposite side of that same corner. This virtually always ends up in a pattern mis-match. So we try to place this in an inconspicuous place, such as in a corner behind a door.

But this powder room didn’t have any hidden corners. All four of the corners were very visible to anyone in the room. I didn’t want an 8′ high corner of half-flowers and mis-matched motifs.

So I decided to put this kill point in the least noticeable space – the 1′ area above the door.

As you can see in the top photo, when the last strip of wallpaper came to meet up with the first strip, the pattern wasn’t going to match.

I didn’t want to have flowers cut abruptly in half vertically. So I decided to do some double cutting – a paperhangers’ term for splicing.

By cutting along the flowers in the design, I knew I could prevent an abruptly cut off flower. I padded behind the strips to protect the wall from being scored. Then I overlapped the new strip onto the first strip.

Then I took a sharp new razor blade and used it to cut along the motifs, pressing hard enough to cut through two layers of paper – but not cut into the padding and definintely not into the wall behind it all.

Once the excess paper was removed and the strips smoothed back into place, the seam is flat and smooth, and you could never tell that the designs is a marriage of two sets of motifs.

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3 Responses to “Betcha Can’t Find The Kill Point”

  1. davybaby Says:

    Oh, I hope you post a picture of a larger area; this is one of my favorite designs since you started this blog!

  2. thewallpaperlady Says:

    See my previous post, David. There are larger pics of the finished room.
    The homeowners loved it. The mother and daughter were literally squealing with delight! 🙂

  3. davybaby Says:

    I actually saw that post right after I saw THIS one, but couldn’t figure out how to take back my comment. 😉

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