At Annie Selke, we’re really excited about our new wallpaper designs and we think you will be too! During our design process, we learned quite a bit about the fabulous history of wallpaper, and it made us fall in love with this design element even more.
Some historians argue that the use of paper to adorn walls and decorate living spaces dates all the way back to China in 200 BC. But, wallpaper as we know it – painted or printed images on long rolls of paper – originated in Europe towards the end of the 15th century.
Wallpaper became very popular in Europe in the 1600s and 1700s. In 1748 blue flocked wallpaper—textured paper designed to imitate cut velvet wall hangings—was an extremely popular design. And, if you love florals and textures as much as we do, there’s no surprise as to why. Take a look at the pattern below… can you say, “swoon!”?
Americans began using wallpaper in 1739 when it was introduced by the Philadelphia printer Plunket Fleeson. During the 1920s nearly 400 million rolls of wallpaper were sold, resulting in the decade being dubbed the Golden Age of Wallpaper–doesn’t that just sound delightful?
As trends and decorating styles changed, so did wallpaper. From Chinese rice paper to digitally printed modern designs, the history of wallpaper tells a fascinating story that continues to evolve. Wallpaper itself can tell a story too—think of a time you peeled back a layer and found another completely different wallpaper underneath. Who made that design choice? When? How many layers were there and how many stories did those layers hold? The questions and stories are endless.
Today, wallpaper is making a comeback. It’s the right now must-have design trend, and there are so many different ways to incorporate it into your home.
In a previous blog post, we shared our list of Annie’s favorite wallpaper decorating tips and tricks; check it out for total wallpaper inspiration!
Ready to take the wallpaper plunge? Even though we recommend professional installation, we’ve compiled a step-by-step guide on how to measure and hang your wallpaper for our DIY’ers.