Wallpaper is making a comeback and is such a high fashion statement. There are so many beautiful design options on the market that can fit with any style of the interior, be it contemporary, glamorous, traditional, dramatic or bohemian. There is definitely wallpaper out there for you!
A Little Bit Of Wallpaper History…
Wallpaper has been around for a long time. Egyptian papyrus was the earliest known paper invented around 4000 B.C. Wallpaper actually began in ancient China as early as 200 B.C. The first Chinese wallpapers were of birds, flowers and landscapes painted on rice paper.
In 105 A.D., the Chinese court official Ts’ai Lun, invented paper-making from textile waste, i.e. bark, linen, bamboo fibers and hemp. This was the birth of wallpaper as we know it today. Although the Chinese kept well their paper-making secret it eventually got to the Middle East and from there it spread in the 12th century throughout Europe.
Wallpapers were not printed in the beginning: they were rather painted by hand until the French Jean Papillon – who is considered the inventor of patterned wallpaper founded the first factory and in 1688 produced the first paper tapestry by making block designs in matching continuous patterns, and wallpaper as we know it today was on its way.
Wallpaper adds color, texture and depth to any room. It can define the mood, and evokes a feeling and style. In small spaces like the powder rooms used mostly for guests wallpaper is an excellent option!
It’s OK to be bold in smaller spaces especially in a transition zone, such as the foyer or an entryway. Chose a pattern that suits you style. Look for large-scale patterns or bright colors that make an impact. Be bold! Take a risk! Have fun!
Wallpaper can add more than a bit of excitement to the décor. A busy pattern in a dark color grounds the area and adds a great deal of personality.
Wallpaper can be the main feature, or it can tie together the existing interiors and color palette of the room. Providers like Clarke & Clarke, Thibaut, Scalamandre, and Schumacher make beautiful matching fabrics and wallpapers to coordinate and unify key design elements.
William Morris (1834 -1896), English designer, craftsman, poet, and early socialist, whose designs for furniture, fabrics, stained glass, wallpaper, and other decorative arts generated the Arts and Crafts movement in England, recognized the importance of wallpaper when he advised in one of his lectures;
“Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls for they are that which makes your house and home, and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging-house look about them…”
Here are some interesting books on the history of wallpaper you might enjoy
- Wallpaper: A History of Style and Trends by Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz
- Wallpaper, a history Hardcover by Françoise Teynac Franzoir
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