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Frequently asked questions

Does my wallpaper have a border or coordinating paper to go with it?
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Does my wallpaper come in any other colours?
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Design repeat - what's this?
This indicates the depth, in cm or inches, of the wallpaper illustration. Wallpapers are printed using cylindrical rollers, so the design on the final printed wallpaper will repeat each time the roller turns. The biggest rollers - 64cm or 25" will give us the largest design repeat depth. Some designs repeat several times on the roller so create a much shorter design repeat, for example from as little as 2cm or 1".

What does the pattern match on my wallpaper mean?
To create a great look, its important that where two sheets of wallpaper join the pattern on the roll matches. The pattern match can come in different forms:- straight match, offset match and free match.

What is a straight match?
A straight match means that the left and right edges of the wallpaper strip match in a straight horizontal line with the left and right edges of the next strip of wallpaper.

What is an offset match?
With an offset match, the right hand edge of the first wallpaper strip only matches with the left hand side of the next strip, when the second strip is dropped by a specified distance. For example a label might state a 56/23cm offset match. This means the design repeats every 56cm and the point at which they match from left to right is every 23cm.

What is free match?
Free match basically means there is no matching required. It is the easiest product to hang, as no matter how the strips of wallpaper are hung, no visible join or seams need to be worried about. This also reduces the amount of wastage.

What type of wallpaper can I use in a bathroom?
Vinyl wallpapers resist moisture and are splash-proof and are therefore suitable for use in the bathroom. No wallpaper is recommended for use in direct contact with water, such as to line a shower.

What type of wallpaper can I use in the Kitchen?
Vinyl wallpapers resist moisture and are splash-proof and are therefore suitable for use in the kitchen. No wallpaper is recommended for use in direct contact with water.

What paste should I use?
Most commercially available pastes are suitable for our ranges of wallpapers, but please read manufacturers instructions carefully before use.

What types of paint should be used with paintable wallpaper?
We would recommend a good quality matt emulsion paint and allow to dry before applying other finishes, i.e. silk emulsion or satin/gloss oil paints. Always test on a small piece prior to emulsioning.

Can I hang new wallpaper over existing wallpaper?
It is possible but we do not recommend it - It can be done if you are hanging over a flat wallpaper but it is not possible to hang over textured or vinyl products, as the new paper will not adhere. It is always better to strip off any existing paper, this will almost always give a better finished result.

When should I use lining paper?
Lining paper gives a perfect base on which to hang wallpaper, therefore we would always recommend it.

What is cross lining?
This means hanging lining paper horizontally to give an even finish when the top wallpaper is hung over it.

What is a vinyl to vinyl adhesive, and when do I use one?
This is commonly used for hanging a border on top of a flat, or lightly textured vinyl wallpaper. Regular paste will not adhere to vinyl, hence the development of vinyl to vinyl adhesives.

What is 'Paste-the-wall' wallpaper and how much quicker is it to hang?
As its name suggests, 'Paste the wall' papers allow you to apply your paste to the wall before hanging, rather than to the back of the wallpaper. Dry wallpaper weighs less which means there's less chance of it tearing. We believe that papering straight from the roll cuts decorating time by about a half and it's a lot cleaner too. You donnt need a pasting table, unless you find a flat surface helps when you're measuring out your lengths prior to hanging.

Why can't the 'Paste-the-wall' method be used for traditional wallpapers?
Most traditional wallpapers expand when wet, which means they must be left to soak before hanging. Paste the walll papers have a special backing which does not expand, allowing it to be hung straight from the roll.

Can I paste the back of 'Paste-the-wall' wallpaper?
Yes, if you find it easier to hang conventionally then you can paste the back of Paste the walll papers. It's still quicker as there is no 'soaking time'.

Can I hang a border over a 'Paste-the-wall' paper?
Yes, use a vinyl to vinyl adhesive and if hanging over a wallcovering, paste the border first.

How quickly do I need to hang the wallpaper, when hanging 'Paste-the-wall' wallpapers - will the paste dry too fast?
Paste as you need to hang, donnt paste a whole wall at once, however you will have plenty of time to hang the roll.

Will 'Paste-the-wall' wallpapers slide enough, i.e. to match pattern, etc. ?
Yes, although the lining paper may develop bubbles when it is pasted. This is normal and the decorated wall will dry flat.

Wouldn't it be quicker to paint, than wallpaper?
Not necessarily, with our 'Paste-the-wall' papers you never have to go around the room again, applying a second coat.

What happens when I want to redecorate?
'Paste-the-wall' wallpapers peel off easily when it's time to redecorate. Simply lift a corner at the base of the wall and peel upwards.