Wallpaper 101: Pattern Repeat


What is a wallpaper “repeat”?

A wallpaper’s “repeat” determines both how often the pattern repeats itself horizontally. It is technically the vertical distance between where the pattern is identical again and repeats itself. This distance can be very small if the pattern is tiny or it can be the entire width of the wallpaper.  There are a few different types of repeats:

The most common repeat in our collection is a Straight Match. Every panel of wallpaper hung will look exactly the same. The wallpaper will match horizontally creating a pattern sequence. Some wallpapers have a random pattern match, this is the easiest to hang because there is no pattern sequence and the wallpaper can be hung with no waste. Another repeat is called the Drop Match. Every other strip of wallpaper installed will have the same design at the ceiling line and it will form a diagonal pattern sequence instead of horizontal like the straight match.

Here is an image from The Wallpaper Collective that illustrates the difference:




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