Wall Decorating Tip By Gabrielle Di Stefano: Wallpaper Through the Ages to Today
It’s rumored that Oscar Wilde said on his deathbed, “It’s the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go.” Historically, wallpaper has been the poor relation in the world of the decorative arts, as it sits in the background and is often fragile and difficult to work with. But today’s wallpaper can play a vital role in decorating, influencing the choice of all the other furnishing colors and styles in a room.
Are you torn about wallpaper? Learn more about the history of wallpaper, and it may change your mind about using it today.
Early-15th-century wallpaper was created as a cheaper alternative to the paneling and tapestries used to warm and adorn European palaces.
Designed by Flemish artisans, this era’s wallpaper was hand printed with carved wood blocks. During the 1500s more ornate designs mimicking fabric patterns — such as brocade (as in this photo) and damask — covered the walls and lined the armoires and chests of the gentry.
The earliest documented form of wallpaper in England dates from around 1509: a woodcut Italian-inspired pomegranate design printed on a proclamation by Henry VIII. … Read Full Article