Posts Tagged ‘selection book’

It’s Great When Clients Send Me This Information

June 5, 2016

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This the backside of a wallpaper sample in a selection book. The client has not always made a choice when I first visit the home and measure the room. With this information, I can recheck the measurements and factor in the pattern repeat, pattern match, and other factors, to be sure they’re ordering the right amount of paper.

Knowing the manufacturer is valuable, too, because some manufacturers package their goods in American rolls, and some package in European rolls, and call what I call a double roll a single roll. Most (but not all) grasscloth is 36″ wide, and that’s a whole different ball game. Once I know what the client is purchasing, I can advise them correctly on how much to buy.

It’s also helpful for me to know if I will be working with paper, vinyl, non-woven, grasscloth, or other materials, as some may require special paste or equipment. And it always fun to know what pattern and color I will be putting up.

Be Sure to Look at the Room Set Photo

August 3, 2015

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When you are looking at wallpaper samples in the selection books, you get to look at a page maybe 18″ x 24″. But to know what the overall pattern will look like, be sure to look at the photograph with the wallpaper installed in a room setting.

This particular pattern probably showed some smeary blue and light blue colors on the page in the selection book. But, as you can see, the overall pattern splayed across a wall definitely has a strong striped effect. This could come as quite a surprise, if the homeowner had not looked at the to-scale photograph in the book.

This wallpaper pattern is by Designer Wallpapers, 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

Photos in Wallpaper Selectioon Books Not Always True to Scale

July 16, 2014

I encourage my clients to look not just at the wallpaper pattern they like, but also at the photograph of it used in an actual room. Most selection books provide these, and they are invaluable for showing the scale of the design, secondary pattern (do a Search on my blog – upper right), and other important features you would not see in a one-page sample.

But I got a surprise the other day while visiting Dorota (see links at right “Where to Buy Wallpaper”) and she showed me some new wallpaper selection books. Some of the patterns in the room sets (photographs) were way larger than they should have been.

That’s because the room sets are not really photos of actual rooms that have been wallpapered. Instead, the graphics guys use computer tricks to simply plop a photo of the wallpaper pattern into the background of a room setting. Apparently they don’t always bother to adjust the scale, so you can up looking at a pattern that looks like it’s 12″ high, but is really 4″ high. What a shock when that pricy package of wallpaper is delivered to your jobsite and it’s not what you expected!

Another reason to order samples before you buy. And Dorota is really knowledgeable about this, so working with her for your selections is another safeguard to be sure that what you see is what you get.