Posts Tagged ‘where to buy wallpaper’

Two Runs? Three Runs? Either One Is A Bad Deal

January 1, 2018


The client bought her paper on-line, before I saw the job and measured the space. Like most homeowners, she ordered too little paper. I told her to get another double roll.

The new roll was a different run number. In the photo, you see one is Batch 15, and one is Batch 16. And the label on the third double roll has been removed and discarded, so we have no way of knowing what batch that one is.

The problem is that each batch of wallpaper that gets printed will be ever so slightly a different color from every other batch. Not a problem if you can keep the different runs (batches) on separate walls. But if you have to put strips from different runs next to each other on the same wall, which is 95% of the time, you are likely to see a slight difference in color. This will make your wall look like it’s striped. Not good.

Buying wallpaper on-line can be cheaper and fast, but since people at the company are order-takers and are not wallpaper-savvy, there is noone checking things like run numbers. This is why I encourage clients to buy locally.

In my “Where To Buy Wallpaper” link on the right side of this page, I name several places where people really understand wallpaper, and so you can shop without having to worry about issues like run numbers.

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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.