Wallpaper Glossary

Each roll of wallpaper has one of these. These indicate the number given to each batch of wallpaper printed together in the same run. All orders with multiple rolls are supplied with the same batch number.

When ordering additional rolls we will always try to supply them from the same batch, but this is not always possible. This is why having a professional measure and ordering the correct amount of rolls is so important – there can be colour variations between batches which mean they may not match if ordered at a later date.

Often wallpapers come in different colours, each of these variations is called a ‘colourway’. The design remains the same while the colours change.

This type of wallpaper is made from a blend of natural and synthetic fibers which results in a material that breathes and is washable. These characteristics help prevent the build up of moisture and can be cleaned easily.

 A thick, plain paper installed underneath decorative wallpapers to help cover or smooth out rough, uneven and damaged surfaces. Often used in older homes which have uneven walls. It provides an even surface to apply the wallpaper to, helping to create an even finish.

This measurement is the distance, in centimetres, between identical points in the wallpaper design. Some wallpapers don’t have a pattern repeat, these are often called Murals or Panels.

This type of wallpaper requires the paste to be applied directly onto the back of the wallpaper.

This type of wallpaper requires you to apply the paste directly onto the wall.

This is the alignment of the pattern at the seams to ensure that each wallpaper drop lines up and its pattern matches seamlessly, horizontally around a room.

Half-drop patterns repeat at the ceiling line on every second drop and the design tends to run diagonally rather than horizontally. It usually requires three drops of wallpaper to repeat the vertical design. Due to this there can be a lot of waste to ensure all the necessary pattern matches. This is one of the most complex matches and you should plan ahead the wallpapers placement in the room to determine which drops will go where.

Plain wallpapers or those with a texture often have no particular match at the seams. This type of wallpaper is the easiest to install and will not generate any waste as all of the paper can be used.

This match means that all the strips/panels will line up the same at the ceiling line.

This type of pattern is when part of the design is raised up creating an interesting texture of different levels on the wallpaper.

This type of wallpaper has a soft, velvet like texture that covers parts or all of the pattern.