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Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by swaring, 1 May 2020.

  1. swaring

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    Hi guys,

    Wonder if anyone could help. We bought some wallpaper Arthouse Suki Grasscloth effect. Same batch number and pattern numbers. It was a drop match pattern which was a bit of a task to match but finally got it all matched in the end and cut before installing.

    All installed by a professional decorator and the end results are terrible. Can see the joins and seems throughout even though the pattern was matched.

    Can anyone advise at all. I have attached images. IMG_0723.jpg IMG_0725.jpg IMG_0724.jpg
     
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    If you've matched the pattern, then that's the effect.
     
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    I am not sure if the pattern has been matched or not. Sorry, it is difficult to tell from the photo. I can see that the repeat is supposed to be 32cm but I can't tell if it matches or if there is glue on the surface. I do not want to criticise the decorator and can only suggest that you email the makers of the paper.


    Edit----------- I don't think that repeat has been matched properly.

    If you have any paper to spare, offer it up to one of the seams and slide it up and down to see if you can make a better visual match.
     
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    Hi there. It is 100% matched. I was with the decorator when he matched it all. He cut one strip then matched to the first strip and dropped it down 32mm to get the odd pieces. So the 1st, 3rd and 5th strips were all cut the same and the 2nd, 4th, and 6th strip were all cut the same. He marked them up clear T1, T3, T5 etc.
     
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    If that is classed as a matchable wallpaper then the decorator has my sympathy.

    The joins can be seen all right - but does it look like he's tried to butt the papers together nicely - so there is no gap, and no overlap?

    Are the joints 'raised'?

    And does the pattern match up exactly?

    Paper can stretch slightly, so the pattern may not match precisely all the way down, has this happened?

    I can see where the joins are, but whether it's the fault of the decorator, or just not very brilliant wallpaper, it's hard to say from the pictures.

    Send more pictures, including round the door frames and skirting boards and all that, if only to get an idea of his standard of work.
     
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    There are several photographs of your exact wallpaper perfectly fitted in some kind of showroom display or something.

    Annoyingly.

    Whether the lighting was just right for these pictures, I don't know.

    £30 a roll.
     
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    Attached are some more photos:
     

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    Everything else looks good, he seems to be a good decorator from what we can see, but a very unfortunate choice of wallpaper perhaps.

    How long ago was the paper put up?
     
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    Does it look bad in daylight or night time, or both?
     
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    It looks bad in all light. It was put up 2 days ago?
     
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    It still needs to dry out thoroughly, so it may well look better after a week.

    When you look at the joins CLOSE UP, are the joins butted up nicely, or are the gaps/overlaps/raised edges etc?
     
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    Hmm I just don’t think it will change. Decorator says it’s a strippable wallpaper so doesn’t absorb paste like other papers.
     
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    See edited post above.

    Have you expressed your concerns to the decorator?

    Best he has a look, soon.
     
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    He said because it was a grasscloth effect you may see the seems when installed but didn’t realise how bad they would be . Just don’t know what to do now
     
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    May have to be stripped and re done with another paper. I keep looking at it now. Does it look bad to you? Or is it just me being picky?
     
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