wall paper

26 Jan

A few months ago my room-mate chipped some of the paint off her wall. (We have these old walls – when you drive a nail into them several trails of cracks scurry from the point of impact.) When the top coat chipped off it took layers of other paint off the wall as well. Years of paint, eras of paint fell to the floor, revealing wall paper from decades past! The land lord claims that the building was established somewhere around 1910; and the small peak of wall paper that we saw looked pretty darn old. I’ve heard about people discovering crazy patterns underneath years of coverup  — offering a small look at what their home used to adorn on its walls. It was really cool to see that small piece of unexpected history.

I just happened to be perusing the clearance books at Green Apple the other day when I came across this gem: Off the Wall: Wonderful Wall Coverings of the Twentieth Century. It’s a great book, full of neat wall paper samples from the past century. AND, of course, I have some faves:

1950s American wallpaper

Scenic Late 1920s wallpaper

French wallpaper of the 1920s

French wallpaper from the 1920s

It’s really a shame that wallpaper isn’t as popular as it used to be.


6 Responses to “wall paper”

  1. kseverny January 27, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    tese are fantastic designs

  2. katie stratton January 27, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    Is the wallpaper underneath as cool as the ones you found above? We’ve still got some wallpaper on our plaster walls in the dining room from the 70s or 80s most likely. Our landlord won’t let us change anything though, so there it will stay for likely many many more years 🙂

    • taylored January 29, 2010 at 12:35 am #

      Hey Katie!!!!! Whoaaaaaa!!! The wallpaper we saw was definitely not as cool… it was kind of hard to make out because it was really old and discolored. Looked like some kind of flower motif or something. 70s/80s wallpaper sounds rad! haha!

  3. emmerly January 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    i love your perspective (as usual!) – and i can totally see the blue and purple wall paper in your bedroom!

    • taylored January 31, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

      it’s not on my wall… sadly. but it is definitely set to my computer background. about as good as it’s going to get until i own a house someday… 😦

  4. molm February 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    don’t worry…wallpaper will come back in style…just like everything else.

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